Libby McCarthy

 
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Libby McCarthy

Libby has rooted her career in the question of how to redirect economic agency and dignity to those who have been systemically excluded. She’s explored this question working in Mae La Oon refugee camp on the Thai Myanmar border, forging public-private partnerships as an Account Manager with the Clinton Global Initiative, and has spent the past 4 years in Yangon, working with the Skoll Awardee, Proximity Designs. As Senior Product Manager at Proximity Designs, Libby leads a cross cultural, cross-functional team to design, manufacture and commercialise ag-tech products that increase the incomes and well-being of Myanmar’s smallholder farmers.

Throughout her 14 years abroad, Libby has relished the opportunity to foster connections between Asia and her home country, New Zealand. She serves as Vice-President of the New Zealand Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and is an Asia New Zealand Foundation Young Leader. She plans to use her year with Saïd Business School and the Skoll Centre to reapply her experiences and lessons in Asia to address growing inequality at home.

Libby is a graduate of Middlebury College where she gained a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a focus on East Asia and Mandarin. She completed her high school studies as the New Zealand scholar to Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong.