Jim Taylor MC/MPA 1990
Cofounder and CEO, Proximity Designs
Taylor cofounded Proximity Designs, a social enterprise that designs, makes, and markets affordable products and services to rural families in Myanmar. Over the past nine years, Proximity has designed a range of products and services including small-plot irrigation devices, farm advisory services, rural solar home systems, and small holder finance. A leader in designing for extreme affordability or frugal innovation, Proximity’s products cost under $40 and are manufactured locally. Taylor has lived and worked in developing countries in Asia for more than 20 years in both the private and public sectors. He holds an MC/MPA from Harvard and an MBA from the University of Southern California, is the recipient of the 2012 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation in 2012.