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Ayesha Vera-Yu

Ayesha Vera-Yu

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK), USA

CEO and Co-Founder of Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK) which co-invests with rural communities in the developing world on securing food, health, kids' schooling and their self sustaining future. ARK's Feed Back, a fresh vegetable basket exchange, secures food for farming communities plagued with hunger seasons in just 5 weeks and gets fishing communities to create gardens that secure their food and income. ARK's award winning 5-cent School Lunch is the only school lunch in the world that parents contribute to day one and fully fund after 3 years. Prior to ARK, Ayesha was Director at BNP Paribas where for 11 years she was involved in leverage finance, acquisition finance and loan syndications. She also restructured a farm in the Philippines making it the first one in the province to be organic, and to offer fair employment, revenue share, healthcare and continuing education to farmers/employees. Expertise - management, industry and business credit analysis, restructuring, natural farming, sustainable systems, social ventures.

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