The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), a waste-tackling non-profit backed by major oil and chemicals firms, has appointed Pranav Sethaputra from Grow Asia to lead engagement.
Sethaputra calls time on more than five and half years with Grow Asia, a non-profit that seeks to build sustainable agriculture ecosystems in Asia, where he led partnerships and communications.
He takes on the role of manager, business analysis and engagement for AEPW, which launched in 2019 with a pledged US$1.5 billion fund to spend on plastic waste management infrastructure development in the Global South.
His role will involve engaging with key stakeholders in Southeast Asia, especially regionally-headquartered businesses that are looking to support efforts to address the plastic crisis. The Alliance is funding a portfolio of about 30 projects addressing plastic waste in Southeast Asia.
AEPW has faced scrutiny for claiming to address plastic pollution while its members, which include ExxonMobil, Dow, and Procter & Gamble, ramp up plastic production. A Bloomberg investigation published in December questioned the impact of its waste elimination projects.
Prior to joining Grow Asia, Sethaputra was group sustainability manager for MCI, which provides advice on sustainable event management and communication systems.
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