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Fabricating Society, 13th International Conference of Digital Fabrication
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Anna Lowe

Anna's background includes running a factory, a stint as managing director of a tech start-up, and nearly a decade of supply chain consulting for multinational pharmaceutical companies and later the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. She became convinced that digital fabrication and miniaturisation of manufacturing technologies offer the possibility for less developed economies to leapfrog to a new supply chain model - of networked local production. Anna moved to Ghana to co-found Kumasi Hive, a makerspace focussed on supporting innovators to build businesses out of their ideas. In 2016 she became one of the founding members of the MakerNet consortium, created to explore business models and digital tools for local manufacturing.  She is now leading the creation of a new organisation to take this work forwards.