Team

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.

Carl Cervone

Chief Operating Officer

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.

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.

Ian Davis

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

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.

Staff

Yousra Abbud

Finance

Worked in Gaza developing marginalized communities and empowering youth. Oversaw operational functions and financial management. BA Accounting, Al Azhar University, Gaza.

Adrien Aixala

Operations

Citibank M&A. French Nepoli NGO volunteer helping finance a village medical center. BSc Math, Sorbonne Paris. M Management HEC. M Public Affairs, Sciences Po Paris.

Ilya Altshteyn

Data

NSF Graduate Fellow, UCLA Anthropology Dept. Worked with the Shuar hunter-horticulturalist group in Ecuador researching how evolution shapes human behaviour. After UCLA, self-taught to code. BA Psychology, UCSB and MA Anthropology, UCLA.

Joe Alves

Engineering

Software Engineer. Built real time education platforms. Led academics at a New York web development bootcamp. Passionate about sustainability and working for a prosperous world.

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.

Diana Baquero

Impact

TechnoServe Mexico, Colombia and Mozambique. Several years working with coffee and cacao smallholder farmer organizations. MPA Development Practice, Columbia.

Claudia Batista

HQ

In-house and law firm experience in Brazil, France and Asia Pacific. LLB University Federal of Paraiba, Brazil. Masters degrees from the Sorbonne, Paris and NYU.

Murilo Bettarello

Operations

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

Operations

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

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.

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.

Fernando Lee Chan

Operations

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

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.

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.

Alexandra Hilble

HQ

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.

Hari Khalsa

Operations

Interned for coffee-tech company Bellwether Coffee, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Center for Environmental Health. BS Society and Environment, UC Berkeley.

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.

Amri Ilmma

Operations

J-PAL (Poverty Action Lab) Jakarta and Cambridge. Research and policy advocacy on social assistance in Indonesia. BA Math and MA Econ, University of Indonesia. MPA International Development, Harvard Kennedy School.

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.

Connie Lee

Finance

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

Karen MacPherson

Engineering

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

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.

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).

Senthil Nathan

Operations

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.

Jean-Philippe Osta

Finance

Worked in M&A at Lazard in NY. MSc Management, HEC Paris, and BSc Mathematics, University College London. 2017's most promising new student at the Naguru East Coast boxing club in Kampala (as rated by his Enveritas colleagues).

Mallory Plaks

Operations

Peace Corps Volunteer, Peru. Worked in Mozambique and Honduras supporting smallholder farmers with Technoserve. BA Global Studies, UNC. MA International Development, Georgetown.

Jeff Potter

Engineering

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

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.

Karin Remmelzwaal

Operations

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.

Peter Rosiello

Operations

Industrials Group at Deutsche Bank in New York. BA History, Bowdoin College.

Rivandra Royono

Operations

World Bank, Indonesia and Myanmar. AusAID tertiary education program. B. Engineering Physics, Bandung Inst. Tech. MPA International Development, Harvard Kennedy School.

Monica Sandoval

Operations

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.

Lauren Schneider

Impact

Led field operations work, One Acre Fund, Kenya and Malawi. Worked on reconstruction of the Andaman Islands following the 2004 tsunami. Architectural preservation work Alcatraz and Yosemite's Wawona Hotel. Impact measurement, Fair Trade USA. BS Architectural Engineering and MS Structural Engineering, Stanford.

Scott Schubert

Data

Researcher at Brandeis and at the Steinhardt Social research Institute, working on the meta-analysis team of the American Jewish Population Project. BA Applied Mathematics & Economics and MS Social Analysis & Research, Brown University.

Albab Seifu

Operations

Linking smallholder farmers to export markets, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency. Management consultant, African Development bank, Tunis and Nairobi. BA Econ./Languages. Colorado College and MSc Dev., SOAS, University of London.

Anna Sosdian

HQ / Operations

Based for 5 years in Kakamega, Kenya with One Acre Fund. People Division Director serving a team of 2500+. BA Development Studies and Political & Social Thought, University of Virginia.

Nick Spilger

Product

An early employee at Sprig, a SF based startup, where he scaled operations for healthy, locally sourced, organic meals. Started his own data insights company in the coffee supply chain. BA Economics. University of California Santa Barbara.

Claude al Tabar

Operations

McKinsey, Dubai. Started a Middle East fund. Led a financial transformation for a top university in Lebanon. Led the fundraising for four startups in New York. BE Mechanical Engineering, American University of Beirut and MPA Economics and Development, Harvard Kennedy School.

David Tang-Quan

Operations

Innosight, disruptive innovation management consulting firm, Boston. Managed strategy and growth for social enterprise in Rwanda. Passionate about scaling innovations in the international development space. BA Economics, Harvard.

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.

Thomas Vaillant

Operations

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

Olga Velasquez

Operations

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

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.

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.

Samantha Whitford

HQ

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

Rory Winn

Operations

One Acre Fund in Kenya running agricultural trials. Volunteer teacher in Cambodia. Worked for Kiva and a Dutch horticultural company. BSc Economics & History, Loyola Marymount University in California.

Brett Woodward

Engineering

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.

LuShuang Xu

Operations

Citigroup Equity Capital Markets in New York. BA Government and East Asian Studies, Harvard.

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.

Heru Yuda

Operations

Grew up in Sumatra, picking coffee on his family's small farm. Jakarta based, experience in community empowerment and policy advocacy. Master, International Affairs, Johns Hopkins, Washington. BA Int. Relations, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta.