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Christian Schmitz

After a corporate career with large multinationals such as Bayer, BASF and
Henkel, Christian started his boutique consulting firm Aventa back in 2009 and
offered strategic consulting to numerous international and domestic Japanese
clients. He has built and run several startups and invested as early stage angel
investor. In 2019, he founded the PDIE = Purpose Driven Innovation Ecosystem
to connect innovators, change makers and entrepreneurs on a global scale and
foster sustainable innovation. He currently acts as CMO and Head of Asia for
the global rice trading platform Rice Exchange. His passion is co-creating a
better tomorrow through innovation.
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