Changing the future of food and farming

Team profile

Donald Peck

"I strongly believe that organic farming principles and methods are the best way ahead for farm production and that practical, farm-based research and farmer-led innovation are crucial to combining those principles and methods for the healthy development of farming across the world."

Job title:

Trustee / Economist

Role and responsibilities:

I am an emerging markets economist, and I have spent many years in South Asia and South America as a business adviser and investor. I worked for the World Bank Group in Washington DC, and then for CDC, the South Asia and Africa investment arm of DFID; later spending 12 years in India investing in businesses large and small. In 2005 I helped found Lok Capital, an initiative in India investing in social enterprise with funds under management totaling over £100m, now linked to Lok Foundation, an active Indian philanthropy.

I advise Paul Hamlyn Foundation on their India grants programme and other investors on social enterprise and impact investment in emerging markets. Since 1994 I have been a trustee and, since 2010, Chair of the UK Foundation Rachel & Pamela Schiele (FRPS), which runs a significant organic farming business in Argentina with multiple on-farm research programmes.

I am also Treasurer (since 2009) of the think-tank Institute for Public Policy Research, and a trustee of Think Ahead, a charity providing fast-track training for mental health social workers across England.