Paul Polak: Always curious, always learning

    Paul Polak. Photo by: The Out of Poverty Team

    Most people retire at the age of 65. Paul Polak, however, is not most people.

    The former psychiatrist — Polak holds a medical degree and was a practicing psychiatrist for 23 years — founded iDE in 1982, an international nonprofit that uses market-based solutions to address poverty. The organization claims to have lifted nearly 20 million $1-a-day, one-acre farmers out of poverty by making low-cost irrigation technology available and giving them access to markets for their crops.

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      Aimee Rae Ocampo

      As former Devex editor for business insight, Aimee created and managed multimedia content and cutting-edge analysis for executives in international development.