A dedicated and diverse team of professionals
with significant experience living AND WORKING in EAST AFRICA
Jacie Jones | Managing Director 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 supported and consulted on a variety of ventures focused on value chain development, 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 running, traveling, and all things coffee.
Eric Couper | Director of Operations 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.
Thomas Lilay | Farm Manager is passionate about growing high-quality fruits, vegetables, and herbs in an environmentally sustainable manner. He has 14+ years of experience working across Africa as a horticulture farm manager and production manager, working in both food production as well as flowers. He has worked for Wealmoor in West Africa supplying Tesco & Sainsburys and other international buyers, and also worked as a Trainer and an Inspector for international certifications standards including Global GAP, Fairtrade, Tesco standards, and more.
Tigistu Kebede | Expansion Manager 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.
Ele Gower | Sales & Marketing Manager is passionate about the role that entrepreneurship will play in making our world a better one. She joins us from the UK, having spent the last few years growing two start-ups within London’s tech sector. Prior to that she graduated from the University of Cambridge with first class honours. She grew up in the UK countryside. Sadly, there were no avocados there; just one of the reasons why joining the team in Ethiopia was such an exciting prospect.
Tesfaye Bedada | Supply Chain Manager is passionate about establishing high-quality sustainable supply chains and logistics systems for products grown by Partner Farmers. His mission is to establish data, information and operational systems that improve supply chain efficiency on both Inputs to farms and Outputs from farms; to coordinate all procurement for products found in Addis Ababa and Butajira and to lead all import and export processes. Tesfaye can be found watching football in his spare time.
Biniyam Yirgalem | Finance and Administration Manager is passionate about establishing a very good accounting system for the company. He loves to prepare, analyse, verify and disseminate critical monthly and yearly financial reports, coupled with budgeting and forecasting responsibilities, advice and handle tax and investment incentives. His managerial experience has been well developed over the past 14+ years in a career which has spanned a wide range of companies.
Andrew Weiler | Product Development Manager is passionate about helping farmers and providing nutritious, sustainable food to people worldwide. At GreenPath, he oversees our portfolio of special projects and leads our entry into agri-processing. Prior to GreenPath, Andrew worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he advised clients across multiple sectors in the US and in Ethiopia. Andrew is from Minnesota, USA, and his passion for agriculture stems from years of visiting grandparents’, aunts’, and uncles’ farms in Minnesota and North Dakota, USA. In his free time, Andrew enjoys playing basketball, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
WITH TOP-NOTCH STAFF
from across ethiopia's agriculture sector
GreenPath employs over 90 full-time staff members, including the following superstars.