Founder & CEO
Fairtrasa International AG
Patrick is the founder of Fairtrasa, a social enterprise with the mission of empowering marginalized small-scale urban farmers to lift themselves out of poverty. He developed a unique Three-Tier Farmer Development Model that links sustainable agriculture with community empowerment and access to international markets. Today, Fairtrasa is a vertically integrated group with 15 companies in 12 countries and one of the largest fair trade and organization fruit exporters from Latin America. For his work with Fairtrasa, Patrick has been selected as an Ashoka Fellow, an Endeavor Entrepreneur, and a Yale World Fellow, and has been named “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Schwab Foundation (2014), ABC Foundation (2012), Univision (2012), and Visionaris/UBS (2009). Patrick was selected by the World Economic Forum as a New Champion and he is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He is an Adjunct Professor and Gabelli Fellow at Fordham University and serves as Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Yale University. Patrick writes a column at HuffPost and gives talks around the world on social entrepreneurship and related issues.