Thursday, August 12, 2010

Paul Polak

Paul Polak is president of International Development Enterprises (IDE), a nonprofit, poverty alleviation organization he founded in 1981. IDE pioneered the development and marketing of affordable technologies within developing countries. The Technology Museum of Innovation named IDE-International a Laureate for its development of "Easy Drip" a truly affordable micro-irrigation system for the rural farmers in developing countries. In 2004, Paul was awarded Ernst & Young's "2004 Entrepreneur of the Year" award in the category of social responsibility.

As a result of technologies like "Easy Drip" and facilitated market entrance, IDE families have increased their net annual income by more than $200 million annually. Recently Polak was honored by Scientific American as one of the Top 50 innovators in 2003 for his work pioneering poverty alleviation worldwide.

In 2007, Polak founded D-Rev, an organization created to design affordable technology for dollar-a day customers and developing markets where they can be sold profitably and sustainable at a fair market price.

Paul Polak received his MD from the University of Western Ontario and practiced psychiatry for 23 years.

Here are his clips.

1 comment:

Kathryn Polak said...

The videos done by Cornell eClips are by far my favorite ones about Paul Polak. Thank you for sharing them here and on You Tube.
FYI: Paul Polak is now blogging every Friday with lessons about his methods in how to end extreme poverty.
His hope is to help inspire others to become part of a revolution to effectively end poverty worldwide.