Stephen Edkins is an experienced entrepreneur and angel investor with interests in agriculture and renewable energy. He is passionate about investing in technology that has been developed in, or, can be applied to developing countries. Stephen, who is an Oxford-trained economist, started his career in finance with a focus on emerging markets. In 2004 he founded a venture capital firm in Shanghai focused on clean energy and made two successful IPO exits (Renesola) on the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.  Stephen became interested in the global rice trade when assessing the cost of importing rice into Nigeria.