Fraser has spent his career identifying opportunities for sustainable and socially responsible business. After launching his career at Boston Consulting Group he worked for the World Bank and lectured at Oxford University on development economics, international trade and finance. He went on to consult with McKinsey and became a Senior Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute, where he led worked across South East Asia on issues including productivity, growth and economic development. He became director of the sustainability consultancy AlphaBeta in 2015 and is the lead author of its recent report, ‘Valuing the SDG Prize in Food & Agriculture’. He has a Doctorate in economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Many of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched by the United Nations in 2015 challenge the food and agriculture industries to take action to end hunger. But what’s in it for business? AlphaBeta has been finding out. Its research, carried out for the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, reveals that rising to the SDG challenge could unlock business opportunities worth US$2.3 trillion a year by 2030. It also suggests that Asia, with its large share of arable land, rapid consumption growth and big potential efficiency gains has most to gain. Fraser’s presentation will investigate the size of Asia’s sustainability prize – and how it can be grasped.