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Valued Advisors

With experTise in the content and capabilities most relevant to GreenPath

Sidhanth Kamath is passionate about improving sustainability of food systems, and believes that smallholder farmers have a vital role to play in the transition to sustainable agriculture. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, he was a Fellow at the MIT Legatum Center. Prior to establishing GreenPath, Sid was one of the early-stage staff at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA). Sid is also a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and a former McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) Fellow. In his spare time he is (unsurprisingly) a fan of cooking and eating good food, and a keen scuba diver.

Mirafe Gebriel 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. Currently, Mirafe leads the ATA’s new the 'Agribusiness & Markets’ pillar, which aims to transform agricultural output markets and market linkages, with an added focus 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

Eden Getachew is the Deputy Country Head for Ethiopia at the Africa Governance Initiative (AGI). In a previous life, Eden was involved in creating Ethiopia's first artisan shoemaker society. She subsequently joined Ethiopia's Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), creating the Ethiopian Soil Information System, before joining the CEO's office. In 2014, Eden won an Africa Women in Agricultural Research & Development (AWARD) fellowship.

Kristen Dormanen is a senior consultant at Bain & Company focusing on consumers and retail. She is also passionate about increasing access to nutritious, naturally-grown food across the world, and previously served as GreenPath's start-up Head of Product, Sales and Marketing. Kristen has  worked at both early and growth-stage startups, and also holds an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management. She is originally from California, and, therefore, has a special love for avocados, as well as running, the ocean, and experimenting with health foods. 

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 US that are grown in the United States, Mexico, and Colombia among other countries. 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.

Christina Zawerucha is an sustainable agriculture and education professional. As GreenPath's first Director of Agronomy, Christina worked 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. Christina holds Bachelor Degrees from Binghamton University and a Masters of Science from the City University of New York.

Nicky Khaki has over fourteen years of professional experience across private equity, venture capital, and corporate finance in the U.S. and in Africa.  He is currently a partner at Gluon Limited, a private investment company with activities in Africa and North America.  Previous roles in Africa include founding Managing Director of EWB Ventures, Engineers Without Borders Canada's impact investment initiative; Vice President with Global Environment Fund, a global private equity fund manager focused on the energy, natural resources and environmental sectors; and Director of Accion’s fintech venture capital efforts in SSA.  Nicky spent the first half of his career on Wall Street in investment banking and hedge fund roles, advising on over $25bn in transactions. Nicky lives in Johannesburg, where he enjoys tennis, hiking, and as many sunny days as he can get.

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.

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.

Pascal Joannes is passionate about agricultural market development in Eastern and Southern Africa.  Pascal has spent more than 20 years in East Africa, primarily in Ethiopia. There, he developed the concept of locally purchased food assistance and support for small holders farmers on behalf of the European Commission and later on the United Nations World Food Programme. Pascal has also worked for the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency, advising the Ministry of Agriculture on grain market related issues. Originally from Liège, Belgium, Pascal is also passionate about Ethiopian antiques, especially tribal headrests from all over the country.

Matt Berg is CEO and Co-Founder of Ona, a Kenya / US based social enterprise that builds data solutions to tackle important global challenges.  Matt was born in Cameroon, grew up in Senegal and has lived and worked in Africa for over 15 years. Prior to founding Ona, Matt served as the ICT Director for Modi Research Group at Columbia University and was the country director for the Geekcorps’ Mali program. Matt is a PopTech! Social Innovation Fellow and was named to the 2010 Time 100 List for his technology work in Africa.