A dedicated and diverse team of professionals

with significant experience working and living in Ethiopia  


Deborah Mekbib is passionate about sustainable development within the context of her native country, Ethiopia. Prior to GreenPath, Deborah worked on a series of livelihood projects, including a Do-No-Harm analysis for market interventions and a communications plan for livelihood project in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. While at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), Deborah developed national strategies for horticulture and pesticides distribution. Born in Ethiopia, Deborah spent her formative years in Zambia and Malawi. Today she enjoys exploring Addis Ababa, spending time with family, photography, ping pong, and learning about Ethiopian history and comparative models of agricultural-led industrial development.  

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Tigistu Kebede is passionate about streamlined nursery and packhouse operations. A MSc. Graduate from Haramaya University near Dira Dawa, Ethiopia. He recognizes that the efficient development of seedlings and packaging of produce are critical for a successful agribusiness like GreenPath. Prior to joining the team, he worked as a Packhouse Manager and Nursery Officer in several Ethiopian Horticulture Companies. Tigistu enjoys watching competitive football, especially Arsenal.

Jacie Jones is passionate about leveraging enterprise to drive sustainable development. Prior to GreenPath, Jacie advised teams founding early-stage social ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. She formerly worked as a Technical Advisor and Manager at TechnoServe, where she supported a portfolio of market-based agriculture and enterprise development programs across East Africa. Jacie has consulted on projects related to smallholder training and extension, producer certification and environmental marketing. Before migrating to warmer climates, Jacie grew up on a family farm in northern Wisconsin. She loves climbing, traveling and all things coffee.

Eric Couper is passionate about using technology to address agricultural development challenges in the developing world. Eric focuses on building information systems that will influence smallholder farming. Eric formerly worked as a Technology Advisor at Abt Associates, where he provided consulting, implementation, and training support across Abt's international projects. Eric also worked at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), advising the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture on their ICT4Ag strategies and initiatives. Originally from the state of Louisiana in the southern US, Eric loves all things New Orleans, most notably the food, music, and culture.

Ahadu Erstu is passionate about developing operational systems that enable smallholder farmers to participate in the professional marketplace. Ahadu is a finance and administration specialist and has helped growing companies across a variety of industries, including agriculture, healthcare, and tourism, set up best-practice financial and administrative processes, enabling the companies to operate efficiently and achieve their goals. Ahadu is a native of Addis Ababa, and in his free time he seeks out the performing arts, specifically live performances of Ethiopian Jazz.

Christina Zawerucha is passionate about facilitating the exchange of ecological wisdom in an international context. Christina works directly with GreenPath's partner farmers to co-develop participatory permaculture strategies to tend their land and produce nutritious foods. Prior to GreenPath, Christina co-founded Permaculture for Peace, a nonprofit that employs permaculture as a tool for peace-building and literacy development in conflict and post-conflict areas. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the documentary film "I Learn America", and Al Jazeera America.

Sidhanth Kamath is passionate about working with smallholder farmers and sustainable farming. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, he is a Fellow at the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. Prior to GreenPath and MIT, Sid was a Program Manager at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a McKinsey Global Institute Fellow in San Francisco, and a consultant at McKinsey & Company in London. Sid is originally from India and enjoys scuba diving, traveling, and soccer.


Kristen Dormanen is passionate about increasing access to nutritious, naturally-grown food in both developing and developed countries. She is a  MBA graduate of the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. Prior to GreenPath, Kristen worked in management consulting at Bain & Company, focusing on private equity, consumer strategy, and new market entry. Kristen has also worked at both early and growth-stage startups, where she developed initial market, sales, and pricing strategies for these companies. Kristen is originally from California, and, therefore, has a special love for avocados, as well as running, the ocean, and experimenting with health foods. 


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from across ethiopia's agriculture sector


And Valued Advisors

With experise in the content and capabilities most relevant to GreenPath

Mirafe Marcos served as Chief of Staff of the Agricultural Transformation Agency during the organization’s start-up phase, with oversight responsibilities for programs, projects and operations teams. More recently, Mirafe has been leading and building out two of the ATA’s newest pillars. First is the 'Agribusiness & Markets’ pillar, which aims to transform agricultural output markets and market linkages. Second is the ‘Enhance Implementation Capacity’ pillar, which focuses on leveraging ICT and the private sector for accelerating the transformation of the agriculture sector. 
Prior to joining the ATA, Mirafe worked with the World Bank for ten years in different capacities, including as a Country Economist for Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia. Mirafe holds an MA in Public Administration with a concentration in Development Economics from Princeton University, and a BA in Economics from Grinnell College.   

Camilo Penalosa is the Managing Director of Infinite Herbs & Specialties Co, an agriculture company that grows, packs, and distributes herbs and specialty veggies in the United States, Mexico, and Colombia. Previously Camilo was Planning Director for a banana company in Colombia and the Director of Hortalizas de Colombia. He also served as the Economic Development Deputy Minister in Colombia during Presidente Cesar Gaviria's administration. Camilo holds a Bachelor Degree in Horticulture from the University of Florida and an MBA from the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. He has visited over 50 countries studying agricultural projects and opportunities and has attended over 30 major produce shows around the world.

Eliot Coleman is an American farmer, author, agricultural researcher and educator, and proponent of organic farming. Eliot owns Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine, where he produces year-round vegetable crops using small-scale organic farming practices and sustainable agriculture. His farm currently serves as a learning center for people interested in natural and sustainable agricultural practices. Eliot was previously the Executive Director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and an advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also authored "The New Organic Grower" in 1989 and the "Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming", a document that formed the basis for today's U.S. National Organic Program.

Dr. Avihai Ilan is an agriculture development consultant with the Institute of Technological Empowerment (YVC College, Israel) focusing on sensor-based agricultural solutions for smallholder farmers. He specializes in horticulture development, plant propagation, and project management, and has experience in numerous countries, including Israel, Egypt, India, and Uganda. He was previously with the USAID-MASHAV-MoA/Ethiopia smallholder horticulture (SHH) program from 2009-2013. Dr. Ilan holds BSc and MSc degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a PhD from the University of Tennessee.

Eden Getachew is Governance Advisor at Tony Blair's Africa Governance Initiative. In a previous life, Eden was involved in creating Ethiopia's first artisan shoemaker society. She then joined Ethiopia's Agricultural Transformation Agency, creating the Ethiopian Soil Information System, before joining the CEO's special team. In 2014, Eden won an Africa Women in Agricultural Research & Development (AWARD) fellowship.

Joseph Shields is a Managing Director at Flow Equity, an investor, and an entrepreneur in Ethiopian agriculture. He was previously a Private Equity Fellow at McKinsey & Company in Washington, DC, where he focused on economic development, private equity, and operations. Prior to his time at McKinsey, Joseph worked for the Jameel-Poverty Action Lab in India managing a data processing and surveying organization to conduct a randomized trial evaluation. Joseph holds Bachelors degrees in Industrial Engineering, Economics, and Political Science from Northwestern University.



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