Team

Aime Adido

Operations

Network system deployment manager. PGD in Infrastructure Management System, IIHT, India.

Shinta Afriani

Operations

Worked on projects related to sustainable rice cultivation practices, focusing on environmental impacts such as soil fertility, greenhouse gas emissions, and human health risks. Research Assistant Faculty of Agriculture, Yamagata, Japan. M.Agr, YU. B.Agr.Tech, UGM.

Amanda Almeida

Operations

Scientific sustainability researcher. Previously investigated mineral industry waste for use as construction components. BA Civil Engineering. UEMA.

Ade Amanulah

Operations

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

Muganzi Arinaitwe

Operations

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

Edik Avilés

Operations

Experience in indigenous regions as a specialist in safety, environment and occupational health. Researched lines in wastewater and solid waste treatment. BSc Environmental Technology Engineer. PUCH.

Nicole Báez

Operations

Nanotechnology Engineer and Data Analyst from Orizaba, Mexico. Passionate about data, programming, and maths. BA in Nanotechnology. MA in Data Science, ITESO.

Abenezer S. Belay

Operations

Full Stack Freelance Developer. Previously Head of Education at A2SV. Lectured on Data Structure and Algorithms. BSc Engineering, AAiT.

Dara Bernstein

Operations

International development program evaluation. J-PAL Morocco, WARC Group, Mathematica. BA in Economics and French Studies, Brown University, MSc in Public Policy and Development, Toulouse School of Economics.

Maya Bhandari

Impact

Bain Boston advising the private sector and non-profits. Sustainable shrimp supply chain at The Nature Conservancy. BA in Neuroscience, Amherst College.

Liz Bourgault

Product

Diverse global experience with grassroots and government forest management organizations in over 10 different countries. Previously at Global Forest Watch, leading the use of satellite based data for effective forest management in the field. Worked at SkyWatch Space Applications, pushing for accessible and affordable satellite imagery data for all. BA Econ, LafCol. MA, AU.

Javier Bravo

Operations

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

CEO

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

Data

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.

Jacek Bylina

Data

Software Engineer at Polish's largest scientific institute - National Center for Nuclear Research, and commercial software companies (Touk). Nonprofits and OSS enthusiasts. BS Computer Science, Military University of Technology in Warsaw.

Chris Canipe

Data Visualization

Interactive Designer and Data Visualization Engineer. Previously worked as a visual journalist at Thomson Reuters, Axios and The Wall Street Journal. MA Journalism, University of Missouri.

Mario Cañon

Operations

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.

Long Cao

Operations

Data Analyst. Pangolin and small carnivores researcher. Save Vietnam's Wildlife. BA Biology, St. Olaf College.

Erin Carr

Impact

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.

Fernando Chan

Operations

Worked on complex natural systems change with a focus on scaling nature-based solutions such as carbon markets and agroforestry systems. BS Math Econ, Northeastern. MBA Social Innovation, Cambridge.

Julian Chung

Legal

General Counsel with over 25+ years of experience as a corporate attorney. JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Paul De Coss

Operations

Mexican Actuary, loves all about math. Consultant in retirement, calculating actuarial valuations and pensions. Data analyst for Latin America grocery retailers sales data. BSc Actuarial Science, BUAP.

Igor Coulibaly

Operations

Agronomist engineer, specialist in business management and agropastoral organization. MAgrSc agropastoral organization, University Gbon Coulibaly.

Kevin Cussen

Product

Serial social and climate entrepreneur in sectors from blockchain to biogas. Advocate for smallholder farmers as the Product Lead for LiteFarm since 2020. Involved in numerous open source communities, non-profit organizations, and start-up ventures as an advisor or contributor. BS computer science UTD. MBA global business UW / CBS.

Maxime Deroubaix

Operations

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

Fabian Dinklage

Data Visualization

Interactive Designer and Data Visualization Engineer. Google News Fellow previously at ZEIT ONLINE. Experience developing data visualizations in the news, public and science sectors. BA Interface Design.

Hannah Drew-Moyer

Data

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

Operations

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

Pedro Ferrari

Engineering

Senior Frontend Engineer with 15 years in web development. Previously at Docker and KRY. Records TypeScript and CSS video series and contributes to open source. BA Game design, UAM Brazil. BA Law, FMU.

Gerardo Flores

Operations

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

Partnerships

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

Engineering

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.

Alex Gerszten

Operations

Market research consultant at Quadrant Strategies. Sustainability consulting internship at Quantis. Experience in agricultural microfinance. Designed an off-grid cooling device for fruits and vegetables. BA Yale, MBA MIT.

Katrina Gertz

Data

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

Operations

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

Nigel Gott

Data

Software Engineer, first employee at open-source startup Baserow. Built geospatial museum mobile game and also worked in fintech. M.Eng Computing, Imperial College London.

Kateu Herbert

Operations

Data analyst and Scala developer specializing in creating and leveraging big data systems to inform strategic decisions. Worked in the Uganda public sector doing technical writing and creating backend systems. BEcStat, KYU, Uganda.

Alexandra Hilble

Operations

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

Operations

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

Irene Hwang

Product

Product, UX, and service design in emerging markets for low-income users. Former head of product and design at a start-up building affordable offline content distribution networks and video services in Southeast Asia. Led design and engineering for a social venture building mechanical graters for small scale female gari producers in Ghana. BS Eng and Sustainable Design, Olin.

Fernando Irarrazaval

Data

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.

Seth Jennings

IT

Worked at the intersection of technology and political organizing. Digital Director on multiple state-wide and nationally focused political campaigns. Technology specialist in the private sector. Computer Science, NMSU.

Esteban Jurado

Operations

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

Charmaine Lee

Operations

Managed strategic policy initiatives for the Government of Singapore in education, tourism, and social services. Product management at Vulcan AI and Glassdoor. BA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, University of Oxford. MA International Politics, Sciences Po (Paris) and Fudan University. MBA, MIT Sloan.

Daniel Lopez

Operations

Managed social and educational programs with communities affected from internal armed conflict. Front line for certifications within the integrated management system for the biggest flower production company in Colombia. Technologist in Environmental Management Systems, SENA. Certificate in IT Support Professional, Google.

María Fernanda Lozano

Operations

Data analyst at an artificial intelligence Mexican startup. Passionate about using data to fight poverty with a gender perspective. BA in Government, BA in Economics, Universidad Panamericana.

Daniel Kanef

Impact

Bain Dallas. Previous work in global supply chains & strategy. Passionate about global economic development and sustainability. BA in Economics, Finance & French, Wash U.

Jessie Kaull

Impact

Supply chain sustainability and community-based impact within terrestrial and marine food systems. Supply chain decarbonization, Checkerspot. Food security project management, The Farmlink Project. Climate communications, United Nations Foundation. MA Sustainability Science and Practice, BA Human Biology, Stanford University.

John Kinuthia

Operations

Conducted training and field coordination for different projects in Kantar, Gustovenus Research company and Millward Brown East Africa Limited. Diploma, NIBS.

Nick Kirby

Partnerships

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

Operations

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.

Irene Macira

Operations

Audit Automation across industries in East Africa. Researcher on PEPFAR supporting services project in Kenya. BComm, Finance, CUEA.

Ren MacPherson

Engineering

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

Mushegh Manukyan

HQ

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

Analaura Sánchez Méndez

Operations

Previous work with Life Cycle Impact Assessment modelling and quantification in kg of CO2 equivalent. Volunteer scientific content writer and researcher at the NGO Climate Science. BS Sustainable Development Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Alexi Mendoza

Operations

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

Operations

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

Operations

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

Operations

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 (deeplearning.ai).

Tornado Munthe

Operations

Grew up among coffee farmers in North Sumatra highland. Passionate about coffee and coffee farming. Junior researcher economic and agricultural research. BEc Stindo Medan, North Sumatra.

Cynthia Mwinyi

Operations

Data analyst and research assistant on projects that supported social and behavior change in the health sector of Kenya. BSc Statistics, JKUAT.

Joanna Nairn

Standards

14 years practicing attorney in the U.S. and Canada, litigating cases from trial through Supreme Court appeals. Worked on whistleblowing and employee complaints at a multinational financial institution. BA Political Science, University of Toronto and JD, Harvard Law.

Janet Nakato

Operations

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.

Vaal Charles Nsubuga

Operations

Self taught digital marketer and media content creator. BA Business Computing, Ndejje University.

Isaac Ochoa

Impact

McKinsey San Francisco, advising private and social sector clients. Previously worked on international development and academia in Latam. BA Social Studies, Harvard.

Anna Odell

Operations

Geospatial researcher of the changed environment at a large-scale. BSc Environmental Science, MSc Computing and Informatics. BrownU.

Joshua Owens

Data Visualization

Cryptologic Arabic Linguist USAF, Deployment Strategist Palantir Technologies Middle East. Built the data pipelines and interaction system that allowed a humanitarian aide organization to identify and address need and distribute limited resources across a warzone. BA Computer Sciences / Mathematics, double in Music.

Ketan Patel

Operations

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

Antonio Peña

Operations

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

Luke Peterson

Engineering

Front end focused software engineer. BSc Computer Science, UMN.

Carlos Ortiz Pérez

Partnerships

Machine Learning Operations. 15 years at Volcafe Ltd in roles ranging from agronomist, coffee trader, sustainability manager, co-creator of farmer support and services program geared towards farmer´s sustainable profitability, global climate lead, carbon accounting coordination. Agronomist and MSc Agribusiness, Earth University and University of Costa Rica.

Isabelle Pilson

Operations

Sustainability and social impact for venture capital, Energy Impact Partners. Regenerative agriculture, TomKat Ranch. Land conservation, JMT Wilderness Conservancy. BS Environmental Systems Engineering (Minor in Psychology), MS Sustainability Science and Practice, Stanford University.

Jeff Potter

Engineering

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

Ristine Pretorius

Finance

Chartered Accountant CA(SA), since 2009. Audit Manager at PWC Stellenbosch, Senior Audit Manager at PKF Cape Town. Financial Manager at Delecta Fruit exporting company. Trainor at national audit firms and presented other courses such as financial for non-financial managers. B Acc (Hons) & B Com Acc (Hons) UFS.

Njumba Raphael

Operations

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

Operations

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

Samuel Riou

Impact

Trained as a research biologist in ecology & evolution. Management consulting and start ups. 5+ years at Bain & co. advising private sector across Africa and the Gulf, based in Dubai. PhD Integrative Biology, Univ. of Leeds, MBA HEC Paris.

Jacob Robertson

Engineering

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

Angie Rubi

Operations

Developed a sustainable business model for small business commercializing specialty coffees with direct clients. Developed a productive area for roasted coffee and a coffeeshop. MS, Zamorano.

Jake Schenthal

Operations

Sustainable agriculture, farmer livelihood, and climate adaptation specialist. Fulbright Scholar to India research on climate and drought adaptation of smallholder farmers in Rajasthan. NASA SERVIR and NASA SARP. BA in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vanderbilt.

Muhammad Ammar Sahab

Operations

J-PAL SEA research intern working on projects, ranging from public transport, financial inclusion, to halal certification. BSTAT, Bogor Agricultural University.

Hue Tran

Operations

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

Operations

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

Chryssa Van der Merwe

People Operations

Background in Industrial Psychology. Ferva consultant. Led and managed various clients across an array of industries to assist them with the HR needs along the employee lifecycle. Recruiter for Business divisions at Startup Airlift. MComm Industrial Psychology UNISA and SU.

Guicel Vera

Operations

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

Engineering

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.

Tuyet Vo Thi Anh

Operations

Project Coordinator for Sustainable Natural Resource Management project by JICA. BA Community Development, DLU, Vietnam.

Eugene Wang

Engineering

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.

Emma Weissburg

ML Ops

Biologist and Environmentalist. Coordinated an Environmental Justice Program in Seattle. Background in soil science, agriculture and forestry. B.S. in Environmental Biology and Applied Ecology, Cornell.

Samantha Whitford

HQ

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

Farahnaz Wick

Data Visualization

Cognitive scientist turned data analyst. Studied the human visual system and built computational models from behavioral data as a postdoc at Harvard Medical School/BWH. PhD in Computer Science UMB.

Abiyi Yohannes

Operations

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

Stefan Wüst

Engineering

Software Engineer & UX Researcher. Previously worked with startup founders and corporate innovators to develop new products & services. MSc Innovation Management & BSc Business Informatics, UAS Technikum Vienna

Jiashi Yang

Impact

Impact Analyst. McKinsey Houston. FarmWorks Africa. Center on Global Energy Policy. BA Sustainable Development & Russian Literature, Columbia.

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.