Ade Amanulah


Junior researcher Lembaga Demografi Institute Universitas Indonesia. BA Economics Universitas Indonesia.

Muganzi Arinaitwe


Uganda Scouts Association volunteer on various projects including "Water for Life" in rural areas and anti-malaria projects. BSc Software Engineering, Makerere University.

Murilo Bettarello


Brazilian agronomist. Nuffield International scholar. Sustainable advisor for NGO's (WWF, Rainforest Alliance, CI, Solidaridad, Global Coffee Platform), farmer associations, and government. MBA, University de São Paulo.

Cole Blum


Bain, New York, Melbourne. Advised a startup making diagnostics for malaria and sickle cell disease. Passionate about helping under-served people and the environment. BSc Mgmt & Finance, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton.

Javier Bravo


Costa Rican coffee farm manager. Managed projects involving pineapple, oyster, mushrooms, and Rambuhealth Antioxidants with Inversiones y Capitales Rotativos Icaro. BA economics, Texas Christian University.

David Browning


Led the global coffee practice at TechnoServe for 13 years. Partnered with the Gates Foundation to help a million people out of poverty. Sustainability counselor to multinational firms. Worked for McKinsey. BCom and MCom, Finance from UNSW in Australia. MBA from Yale.

Maria Burkiewicz


Researcher in GfK Polonia, a market research Institution. TA in statistics MSc Statistics, at the University of Economics in Katowice, Poland. Studied Computing at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Ireland.

Mario Cañon


Son and grandson of Colombian coffee farmers. 28 years in coffee and cocoa. Guatemala Country Director, Neumann. Colombia Country Director, OLAM. Former board member ASOEXPORT and ADEC. B Business, M. Finance, Bogotá Colombia.

Carl Cervone


Led work in over a dozen coffee countries over ten years for TechnoServe. Has a unique quantitative grasp on the state of smallholder coffee production globally. Founded a microfinance company in Tanzania. BA, environmental science from Wesleyan. MBA from Columbia.

Fernando Lee Chan


McKinsey, Boston. Passionate about agriculture development, sustainability and ocean health. BS Economics and Mathematics, NEU, MBA Social Innovation, Cambridge.

Erin Collins


Agricultural development and humanitarian food assistance. UN Malawi, Tony Blair Institute Togo, fieldwork in Senegal and Ethiopia. MA Global Human Development, Georgetown School of Foreign Service.

Maxime Deroubaix


Data scientist and underwriter of climate insurance programs for AXA. Passionate about agriculture & climate resilience. MSc in executive engineering and statistics from Mines Paristech.

Hannah Drew-Moyer


NASA contractor, data archive for projects Hubble Space Telescope and Kepler. Charitable Services Analyst Goldman Sachs Company subsidiary. BS Mathematics and Psychology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Will Edman


Deloitte Public Sector, International Development, and Sustainability. Lwala Community Alliance, Kenya. BS in Science, Technology, and International Affairs, Georgetown School of Foreign Service.

Gerardo Flores


Fourth generation manager of a Guatemalan coffee estate. Managed agricultural training for 20,000+ farmers. B. Agricultural Engineering, University of Florida and MBA, Valparaiso University.

Mark Furniss


20+ years in coffee; sourcing coffee Tanzanian highlands, Cameroon country manager, Singapore trading, Specialty and Sustainability Manager Winterthur, Asia Pacific regional manager. 4C governance council, VP Swiss Coffee traders Association, Advisory Panel UN Forum for Sustainable Standards. BSc Ag., Harper Adams University and MBA Rotterdam School of Management.

Grace Gee


20 under 20 Thiel Fellow. Y Combinator fellow. Last startup HoneyInsured was built on her Harvard published research, cited in House and Senate testimonies. BA Applied Mathematics in Statistics and Computer Science, Harvard.

Katrina Gertz


Data analysis and visualization for libraries and archives. Neuroscience research assistant at the Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Sciences University. Primate research in Costa Rica and South Africa. MLIS, University of Washington. BA Biology, Reed College.

Yohanan Getamesay


Managed social intervention evaluations projects, serological test surveys. B.A. in Economics, Addis Ababa University School of Commerce, Ethiopia.

Dana Gilland


General Counsel. 25+ years legal experience across global consumer products and technology companies, the federal government, and non-profits.

Alexandra Hilble


Swiss banking sector for UBS, Credit Suisse, and Julius Bär. Childs Dream Foundation Chiang Mai, Thailand. BBus Admin/International Management. University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe, Germany.

Aklan Huda


Experience in market research and managing palm oil smallholder sustainability projects in central Kalimantan. BEc Universitas, Indonesia.

Fernando Irarrazaval


J-PAL, Latin America engaging policymakers on social program design using scientific evidence. BSc Software and Industrial Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. MPA Econ. and Development, Harvard Kennedy School.

Esteban Jurado


Experience in projects with vulnerable populations. BSc Sociology, University of Nariño, Colombia.

Alyssa Lee


Accomplished nonprofit leader with expertise in human resources. Background in classical music, and thrives on making an impact by addressing systemic change. BMus WMU, MSc Boston University. SHRM-CP.

Connie Lee


Ernst and Young, Assurance practice. BS, MS Business and Accounting, NYU Stern School of Business.

Nick Kirby


Stumptown Coffee Roasters lead educator and account manager. Elementary school teacher in the Marshall island. Loves to find creative ways to facilitate empowerment through education. BA Sustainable Development, Columbia.

Michael Kra


Sustainability and Certification Branch Manager Barry Callebaut, Côte d’Ivoire. Trained rural communities to grow medicinal plants to combat malaria. BEng, ESA/INPHB in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire.

Karen MacPherson


Cell biologist turned engineer. Javascript/React frontend applications. BS Biology and Computer Science, Trinity University.

Mushegh Manukyan


Pro Bono Counsel. 15+ years practising law. Held senior legal roles with multinational companies. Currently with an international organization. LL.M. from Harvard Law.

Alexi Mendoza


UN agencies, Honduras, inclusive agricultural and rural development. B. Ag. Science and Natural Resources, EARTH University. Masters, Rural Development University of San Carlos Guatemala. Ph.D. Ag. Environmental Sciences, University of Zaragoza.

Morgan Minogue


Experience working in agriculture and extractive supply chains in Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. McKinsey, Ethiopia. Passionate about making global supply chains work for developing countries and smallholders. MBA Trinity College Dublin.

Julio Montealegre


Farmer and agribusiness entrepreneur. Led rural value chain development work for over 12 years for TechnoServe, Chemonics and MCA-Nicaragua. Fellow Central American Leadership Initiative. Member Aspen Global Leadership Network. MBA UC Berkeley and BS Agricultural Operations Management University of Florida.

Nicolas Moreno


Mathematician, philosopher, former mountaineering guide. Alpinist in Patagonia. BSc Math, University of Los Andes, Bogotá. Independently studied via Consorsa: Machine learning (Stanford), Data Structures (UCSD), Data Science (John Hopkins), and Deep Learning (

Janet Nakato


Institut Géographique National FI, Data Quality Control. Co-authored and designed ultra-low power gateways for environment monitoring wireless sensor networks, IEEE. BSc Computer Engineering, Makerere University.

Senthil Nathan


14 years of experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. Leading market access work for Fairtrade International's Network of Asia & Pacific Producers. Winner Branta Picker fellowship award. PepsiCo India. MBA, MPA Columbia.

Ketan Patel


25+ years experience establishing, growing, and managing commercial and impact orientated food, retail, and energy businesses. MBA University of Lincoln.

Antonio Peña


Ag-tech and social startup builder, Polymath Ventures. Passionate about agricultural sustainability. BA in Business Administration, University of Los Andes, Colombia.

Jeff Potter


Engineer on presidential campaign and a number of VC-backed startups. Cookbook author. AB Computer Science and Visual Arts, Brown University.

Njumba Raphael


Managed Digital Drum Initiative in Uganda, Uganda Scouts Association Safe Water, Scouts Against Malaria, Scouting for Peace. Computer networks, database design, and content management. BA IT and Comp. Science, Ndejje University.

Gabriely Reis


Brazilian agronomist. Development of projects in Brazilian coffee growing areas. Projects with bacteria decomposing organic matter. University Federal de Viçosa - Minas Gerais.

Karin Remmelzwaal


McKinsey in Joburg, focused on the social and public sectors. Public health NGO Tanzania. LLB University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and MSc, Global Health, University of Sussex, UK.

Jacob Robertson


Computer scientist who reads too much Wikipedia. BS Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Monica Sandoval


Born and raised at a multi-generational coffee farm in Guatemala. Environmental and development engineer focused on specialty coffee. Managed reforestation projects in the northern Guatemala.

Barnabus Shiferaw


Analyst, Reporter, M&E officer at various orgs. BA in Economics from School of Commerce at AAU.

Juan Fernando Sosa


Nature passionate agronomist. Researched new techniques on grafting and cloning of cocoa and coffee plants. BS Agronomy, University Zamorano.

Hue Tran


20 years as a coffee researcher focusing on plant breeding and farming practices. BSc Crop Science, University of Tay Nguyen, Vietnam. MSc of Biotechnology, SCU, Australia. PhD Biotechnology applied in agriculture, UQ Australia.

Laura Uribe


Research and consulting projects on poverty alleviation and gender dynamics in Latin America. MA in Political Studies, National University of Colombia.

Thomas Vaillant


Leveraged Finance BNP Paribas New York. MSc Management, HEC Paris, and BsC Mathematics, Pierre and Marie Curie University.

Olga Velasquez


10 years field experience Nicaragua with smallholder coffee farmers, entrepreneurship, and gender empowerment. Led MEL strategies for FCAM, Médicos del Mundo, and Technoserve. Postgrad degrees in Business and International Development.

Guicel Vera


Researched armed social conflict issues, Southern Colombia. Experience in management and training in rural areas within the Department of Nariño. Sociology, University of Nariño.

Alex Vidor


Previous work includes applying physics to problems in computer vision and folded engineering. Crafted software and web services in the commercial, defense and research sectors, for organisations such as NASA. AB Literary Art, Brown University.

Eugene Wang


Y Combinator fellow. Last startup HoneyInsured was built on his Harvard published research. BA Applied Mathematics in Statistics and Computer Science, top 24 Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard.

Samantha Whitford


Executive Assistant. Aviation and hospitality sectors. Restaurant owner Australia. B. Business CSU, Australia.

Brett Woodward


Programmer, analyst, and automator. Built tech stacks at several startups. Managed risk analytics for some of the top financial firms. BSc Finance, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.

Abiyi Yohannes


Organic certifier BCS Ethiopia, Sustainability Advisor, Technoserve, Coffee Cooperative Organiser. MA Bus. Admin. Leadstar College. BA Finance & Dev. Economics Addis University. Agriculture, Ambo College.

Advisory Council

Sir David Spiegelhalter

Knighted for his services to statistics. Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Consultant for the World Anti-Doping Agency. Former President of the Royal Statistical Society. Fellow of the Royal Society. Former Fellows include Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Research interests include Bayesian methods in statistics and algorithm transparency.

Geoffrey Grimmett

Known for his work on the mathematics of random systems arising in probability theory and statistical mechanics. Professor of Mathematical Statistics in the Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Former Head of the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. Fellow of the Royal Society, hailed as "one of the broadest probabilists of his generation". Former Fellows include Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking.

Sir Ian Davis

Knighted in 2019 for his services to business. Served as global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company. Chairman of Rolls-Royce Holdings. Non-Executive Director at Johnson & Johnson, Teach for All Inc, and Big Society Trust. Senior Advisor to Apax Partners LLP and a Non-Executive Board Member at the UK Cabinet Office. Undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford.

Michael Kremer

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2019 for his work on poverty alleviation. Gates Professor of Developing Societies at Harvard University. One of Scientific American's "50 researchers of the Year". Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a MacArthur Fellow, a Presidential Faculty Fellow, and a World Economic Forum "Young Global Leader". Recent research examines education, health, water, and agriculture in developing countries. PhD in Economics, Harvard University.

Board of Directors

Bill King

Bill has 20 plus years of experience in the financial markets including banking, asset management and technology. Formerly the head of Global Securitized Products at JP Morgan, head of securitized products at Citadel Investment Group and head of asset management and chief investment officer of Carrington Capital Management. Bill and his wife, Lesley, also own an organic farm, and two award winning restaurants. Bill also serves on the Board of Directors at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and Greenwich Land Trust.

Matt DesChamps

Matt DesChamps is the Chief Operating Officer and a founding partner of Kepos Capital LP. Prior to Kepos, Matt was a founding principal of Satellite Asset Management, L.P. and Chair of its Operating Committee. Formally, Matt worked at Morgan Stanley and Coopers & Lybrand, LLC. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Matt is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Franklin & Marshall College.

David Kennedy

David has 25 plus years legal experience with startups and technology firms. Most recently David served as the General Counsel and Secretary of technology company Criteo S.A, and was previously General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Infosys. Prior to Infosys, David was Chief Legal Officer at JDA Software, Inc., General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Better Place, Inc., and General Counsel and Secretary for Business Objects S.A. Dave began his professional career with IBM where he held various legal leadership roles.