Sasibai Kimis left a successful career in investment banking and private equity to launch Earth Heir, a luxury craftsmanship brand which infuses modern design into traditional crafts. Founded in 2013, Earth Heir works with craftspeople in Asia to support their livelihoods, reduce exploitation, and preserve their heritage skills and traditions. Sasibai was a Wharton “40 Under 40” award winner in 2015 and Earth Heir won the British Council & Arthur Guinness Projects Social Enterprise Award 2015. As the founder of this young organization, she drives vision, strategy and overall operations. Sasibai will use her fellowship to create a long term market development plan by connecting with global designers and distribution networks for ethically produced artisanal lifestyle, home and gift products. This plan will be phased and include a broad range of stakeholders and potential partners in order to set a course for elevating both the products and the livelihoods of craftspeople. She will also explore the social entrepreneurship ecosystem and organizations that promote ethical fashion.

ORGANIZATION

Earth Heir

TITLE

Founder / CEO

AREAS OF INTEREST

Social Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship, Environment

PROGRAM YEAR

2015

PROGRAM

Common Interest Program

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

Malaysia

DESTINATION COUNTRY

United States