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Bloomberg names Ghanaian CEO, Alloysius Attah, 2021 Catalyst, alongside NASA scientist, UAE Minister and more



This week, Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Three-Term Mayor of New York City introduced the inaugural class of Bloomberg New Economy Catalysts: a new global community of public and private sector innovators and entrepreneurs accelerating solutions to today’s greatest problems.

Farmerline Co-founder and CEO Alloysius Attah was named as part of the 2021 class of Bloomberg New Economy Catalysts who are creating true impact at the cutting edge of technology and policy – across borders, in emerging economies and beyond – to build a more equitable and sustainable global future.  

‘The Bloomberg New Economy Catalysts are a group of talented entrepreneurs, scientists, policymakers and other leaders taking on pressing global challenges,’ said Bloomberg. ‘Many of them are from countries that are having an increasingly big impact on the world economy. And I know our forum will benefit from their contributions.’

Alloysius co-founded Farmerline in 2013 with operations serving 800 farmers across Ghana. Today, the organization has worked with over 70 partners and 600,000 farmers across 25 countries. 

He currently leads the vision of Farmerline with a specific focus on fundraising and strategic partnership development, and will participate in the Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst event on June 30. This unique virtual platform will explore, debate and share with the world what’s next in the fields of climate, agriculture, bio-tech, e-commerce, space and digital money. 

Also included among this year’s Catalysts are: 

●      Noubar Afeyan, CEO and Founder, Flagship Pioneering: systematically creating science-based innovations to tackle the challenges facing human health and sustainability (United States) 

●      H.E. Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology, UAE: Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency who served as the deputy project manager and science lead of the Emirates Mars Mission (United Arab Emirates)

●      Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO and Founder, FTX: leading one of the world’s fastest-growing cryptocurrency exchanges that donates 1% of its revenue to charity and is the first to offer tokenized stocks (Hong Kong)

●      Ankiti BoseCEO and Co-Founder, Zilingo: transforming the global fashion supply chain through greater equity, transparency and sustainability (Singapore)

●      Simon ChamorroCEO and Co-Founder, Valiu: leveraging cryptocurrency to solve real world problems and bring financial prosperity to Latin Americans (Colombia)

●      Simran Chowdhry,  Co-Founder, BluePhin Technologies: tackling water pollution through an autonomous robot (United Arab Emirates)

●      Abasi Ene-ObongCEO and Founder, 54gene: making precision medicine more equitable by pioneering the world’s first pan-African biobank (Nigeria)

●      Justin GongCo-Founder, XAG: leveraging the power of agri-tech to reimagine the future of farming (China)

●      Sarah Hanson-Young, Senator for South Australia: fighting climate change to ensure an inclusive transition to a greener world, as the youngest woman to be elected to the Australian federal parliament (Australia)

●      Rachel Haurwitz, CEO and President, Caribou Biosciences: revolutionizing genome editing for the future of cancer therapy (United States)

●       Cristina JunqueiraCo-Founder, Nubank: expanding access to financial services to underserved populations in Latin America (Brazil)

●      Kieran Long, Director, ArkDes: reimagining urban living with the ‘one-minute city’ (Sweden)

●      Ma Jun, Founding Director, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs: promoting green supply chains and green finance through China’s first environmental public database (China) 

●      Megan McArthur, Astronaut, NASA: piloting NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station (United States)

●      Sara MenkerCEO and Founder, Gro Intelligence: using AI and machine learning to address food security and climate change(United States)

●      Daniel Metzler, CEO and Co-Founder, Isar Aerospace: developing  next generation rockets for sustainable access to space (Germany)

●       Nick MolnarCo-CEO and Co-Founder, Afterpay: connecting retail merchants with their end-customers through a buy now, pay later service (Australia)

●      Henrietta MoonCEO and Co-Founder, Carbo Culture: addressing climate change by sequestering CO2 for 1000+ years through a unique removal solution that converts biomass into biocarbon (Finland)

●        Nthabiseng MosiaCo-Founder, Easy Solar: financing high-quality solar systems and appliances for those with limited access to the grid, powering over 500,000 people across West Africa (Sierra Leone)

●      Matias Muchnick, CEO and Founder, NotCo: reinventing the food system by using AI to create plant-based versions of the foods we love to eat (Chile)

●      Shamim Nabuuma KaliisaFounder and Executive Director, Chil Artificial Intelligence Lab: reshaping the fight against cancer using AI and drones in Sub-Saharan Africa (Uganda)

●      Elizabeth Rossiello, CEO and Founder, AZA Finance: powering economic growth in frontier markets through cutting-edge currency trading solutions (United Kingdom)

●      Sara Spangelo, CEO and Co-Founder, Swarm: connecting the world through a lower-cost satellite communications network that reaches remote regions (United States)

●       Sandhya Sriram, CEO and Co-Founder, Shiok Meats: reinventing seafood to sustainably meet global food demand (Singapore)

●       Anthony TanGroup CEO and Co-Founder, Grab: using a super-app to bring on-demand financial services, mobile payments and mobility solutions to Southeast Asia (Singapore)

●      Danielle Wood, Director of the Space Enabled Research Group, MIT Media Lab: harnessing space enabled technology to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (United States)

By 2050 emerging markets will account for 56% of global output, up from just 21% at the start of this century, according to a Bloomberg New Economy Special Report by Bloomberg Economics. This group is charting the course for a better, more inclusive future for those economies and the global economy as a whole.

 The Catalysts will also play a pivotal role in helping inform the dialogue at the annual Bloomberg New Economy Forumapplying fresh ideas and big thinking to address humanity’s biggest challenges. The forum, hosted by Michael R. Bloomberg along with Honorary Chair Dr. Henry A. Kissinger and Chair Henry M. Paulson Jr., will convene 400 of the world’s most influential business executives, heads of state, innovators and academics from November 16-19 in Singapore.

For the latest on Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst and to watch the virtual event on June 30,  go Join the conversation on social media using #BloombergCatalysts and follow the forum on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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