Christian Schmitz

After a corporate career with large multinationals such as Bayer, BASF and Henkel, Christian founded boutique consulting firm Aventa in 2009, offering strategic consulting to numerous international and domestic Japanese clients. He has built and run several startups and invested as an early stage angel investor. In 2019, he founded the PDIE = Purpose Driven Innovation Ecosystem to connect innovators, change makers and entrepreneurs on a global scale and foster sustainable innovation. PDIE Group is an official Earthshot Prize nominator and has successfully nominated Earthshot winners in the first two consecutive years.

Christian currently serves as CMO and Head of Asia for the global food and agricultural commodities trading platform DCX and since 2022 he assumed a position as senior advisor of the Future Food Institute. His passion is co-creating a better tomorrow through innovation.