Bian Li has over 12 years of public and private sector experience in food, finance, fashion & international development across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. She is a global corporate development and value chain strategist specializing in complex projects at the intersection of finance and operations. At Occam’s, Bian often leads the deal management and deal execution efforts while managing a high degree of client exchange.
Previously, Bian was the Director of Planning at The World Food Prize Foundation, where she convened world leaders, CEOs, philanthropists, international development agencies, scholars and farmers on a global stage to confront the most pressing challenges facing sustainable food, agriculture and global hunger alleviation. She has been credited for bringing the issues of financial inclusion, youth engagement and market-based solutions to the forefront and conceived of the annual dialogueNEXT program for young change makers at the cutting edge of food & agriculture innovation. She began her career as an investment banker in Chicago and Hong Kong for Lincoln International where she specialized in mergers & acquisitions in the food, consumer products and electronics space.
Recognized as a thought leader on global food security issues, Bian speaks frequently around the world on the power of finance, market access and entrepreneurship in agribusiness development, including at TEDx and USDA and was named a 2014 IFAMA Global Young Leader by the International Food & Agricultural Management Association. With QuesS Capital Managing Partner Mpule Kwelagobe, she is co-founder of Project Leverage, a global platform for investing in young African agricultural entrepreneurs.
Bian obtained a BBA in Economics and BA in International Studies from the University of Iowa and a Master of Engineering in Logistics & Supply Chain Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Zaragoza International Logistics Program. For her work in community development in Ghana, Bian was enstooled as a Queen Mother of Taviefe village. She began her work in Africa as a researcher in rural Kenya at African Science for Insect Food and Health. Bian also speaks fluent Chinese and Spanish. Bian is a PADI certified Rescue Diver.
Bian lives in Los Angeles.