Patrick Struebi

Patrick Struebi

Social Innovation Fellow
Leading People and Organizations
Joined Fordham: 2015

General Information:
Hughes Hall, Room 536,
441 East Fordham Road,
Bronx, NY 10458

Email: [email protected]
Website: Personal website

  • Patrick Struebi is a social entrepreneur, thought leader, and founder of the Fairtrasa Group, a pioneering social enterprise that lifts marginalized small-scale farmers out of poverty. Fairtrasa is one of the largest organic and fairtrade exporters from Latin America with a vertically integrated business structure, impacting over 40,000 direct beneficiaries. He is also the co-founder of Blooom, a cutting-edge AgTech platform with the goal of lifting 1 million farmers out of poverty by 2023.

    For his work with Fairtrasa, Mr. Struebi has been selected as an Ashoka fellow and an endeavor entrepreneur, as well as a Yale world fellow. Furthermore, he has been named four times Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation (2014), the abc* Foundation (2012), Univision (2012), and Visionaris (2009).

    Mr. Struebi is a Gabelli fellow and a social innovation fellow at Fordham University in New York, where he teaches at the Gabelli School of Business. In 2014, the World Economic Forum named Mr. Struebi a New Champion and he is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He writes a column at HuffPost and gives talks around the world on social innovation and related issues.

    • Bachelor’s: Swiss Academy of Cert. Accountants, Zurich, Switzerland

    Education and Fellowships

    • CPA: Chartered Public Accountant (CPA) of Switzerland
    • BAcc: Swiss Academy of Cert. Accountants, Zurich, Switzerland
    • Yale World Fellow, Yale University
    • Member of the World Economic Forum (as Social Entrepreneur)
    • Ashoka Fellow
    • Endeavor High-Impact Entrepreneur
    • Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur
    • Gabelli Fellow
    • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    • System Change Solutions
    • Global Scaling of Social Innovations and Enterprises
    • Cross-cultural Collaboration Between Different Sectors (Private, Public, NGO, etc.)
    • Angie Fuessel, Christopher Laszlo, Patrick Struebi, Alessandro Valera, Carey Weiss. Systemic Social Innovation: Co-Creating a Future Where Humans and all Life Thrive, Humanistic Management Journal, June 1, 2019.
    • Research Principles for Developing Country Food Value Chains, Science Magazine, June 3, 2011. Huffington Post Blog