Annie is an Unreasonable Fellow. Annie has participated in 1 program, including Unreasonable Impact Americas 2019.
Annie Ryu is founder and CEO of The Jackfruit Company (TJC), the world’s largest jackfruit buyer and #1 jackfruit brand. While attending Harvard, Annie discovered the jackfruit plant as part of her work in India implementing a maternal and child healthcare program she developed with her brother. In jackfruit, Annie saw an incredible opportunity to convert an underutilized crop to nutritious, delicious food, and income and opportunity for farming families. Annie worked to build TJC during her junior and senior years at Harvard, simultaneously winning Harvard’s Women in Business Competition, Harvard’s i3 Innovation Challenge, and the Resolution Project’s Social Venture Challenge, and being recognized as a Global Good Fund Fellow, an Honorary Fellow at the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT, and one of Glamour’s Top 10 College Women. Graduating first in her class in 2013 (Sophia Freund Prize), Annie declined the Fulbright Fellowship and the Rockefeller Fellowship, and subsequently left Harvard Medical School to work full-time building TJC. In recognition of her work, Annie was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 and to Top Women in Grocery.