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Paul Polak

In Memory of a Pioneer
PAUL POLAK (1933 - 2019)

“After messing around in this field for decades, what I’ve come away with is that the most practical, effective way to end poverty is to create new markets that are scalable and allow people who are poor to be the major players.”

It is with a heavy heart that we share news of Paul Polak’s passing. Founder of iDE and CEO for 25 years, throughout his life he was a pioneer and champion for people living in poverty. 

Read our Tribute to Paul Polak

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