Team

CLAIRE RHODES

CEO

A biologist by training, Claire’s early career involved counting Costa Rican caterpillars and other environmental conservation efforts, before realizing much of the earth’s biodiversity is managed by smallholder farmers and there is a lot to learn from them. Claire joined Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation in 2009, attracted by the goal to be an organization led by […]

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SYLVIA NG’ENO

HEAD OF PROGRAMMES

Sylvia is based in Nairobi Kenya, and has been with the foundation since December 2010. She was born into a smallholder Tea Farming community in the highlands of Kenya and has worked in her pervious jobs in the Tea Extension services at her communities local tea factory and later at a Tea growers SACCO (savings […]

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KATIE MESSICK MADDOX

HEAD OF INVESTMENTS

Katie joined the Producers Direct team in 2014 soon after relocating from Nicaragua to London with her family. Katie’s passion for working with ambitious enterprises was sparked over a decade ago, when she began advocating for the voices of indigenous peoples at Cultural Survival in Cambridge, MA.  From this foundation, she led youth development programmes […]

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JEAN BAPTISTE FRANCOIS

TRAINING QUALITY MANAGER

Jean Baptiste, is a native of Haiti, and a son of rural people. He has a degree in Agricultural Science, focusing on Vegetable Production. He worked as Farmer Technical Assistant for Agrotechnique SA between 2008 and 2009. After the earthquake in Haiti he worked for World Relief Haiti, first as Agronomist Field Agent for 15 […]

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SAM WEBB

INFORMATION MANAGER

Whilst studying for an MA in Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford, Sam became interested in issues surrounding international and community development. Shortly after graduating he went out to work with Supporting Kids in Peru (SKIP), an education and community development NGO based in Trujillo, Peru. Throughout his time with SKIP he ran a […]

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Ruth Wanjiku

INVESTMENTS Coordinator

Ruth’s passion for international development sparked during her formative years growing up in Kenya. Her experiences growing up in Kenya and her life in UK geared her to work in an impact led environment and especially, supporting the development of small communities. Ruth is a recent graduate of University of Birmingham, graduating with a MSc […]

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TRILCE OBLITAS

PERU MANAGER

Based in her native Cusco, Trilce is excited to be back in Peru and working with the Producers Direct family. She has had the opportunity to live abroad from a young age, allowing her to experience different realities, and becoming more passionate about her native Latin America. Trilce graduated from University College Utrecht in the […]

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BONIFACE KEYA

AFRICA MANAGER

Boniface is a participatory development practitioner with extensive knowledge and experience in rural development, corporate governance and business development against a backdrop of excellent communication skills, capacity building specialization and good sense of humour. Boniface brings on board a wealth of experience in business support and development, assisting Small Producer organisations to set-up in enterprises […]

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ANNCATE NDWIGA

ACCOUNTS AND OPERATIONS MANAGER

Anncate’s passion in finance and accounts has helped in creating solutions for companies and farmers especially in helping them understand their finances ,record keeping and decision making. Anncate is currently pursuing a Certified Investment and Finance Analyst (CIFA) professional accreditation and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA K), registered with ICPAK (Institute of Certified Public […]

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VALERIE ANEMBA

AFRICA Coordinator

Valerie Anemba is the Producers Direct Africa Coordinator. She recently graduated, having studied a Bachelors in Arts and Communication, with a double-major in Development Communication and Public Relations. She has always been interested in developmental activities and programmes that support, empower and help to improve the living conditions of the rural community through extension services. […]

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EUNICE PRUDENCIO SOTELO

PERU COORDINATOR

Eunice lives and was born in Cusco. She has trained as an Anthropologist at the San Antonio National University in Cusco and has a masters degree in Gender Studies from the Pontifical Catholic University in Lima. She has worked as an Assistant Lecturer in the faculty of Anthropology, as an assistant in the educational resources […]

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Claire Hubbard

HEAD OF FINANCE

Claire has carved her career in Finance after completing a Business & Finance Degree, and subsequently gaining CIMA accreditation whilst working for an IT company. In 2009 she took a career break to travel, and although she ended up working in Accounts whilst she was away, it was here her interest in food distribution & […]

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Pauline Kibugi

AFRICA FUNDRAISING MANAGER

Pauline is passionate about development, especially in Africa, and believes that entrepreneurship and, in particular, agribusiness is the vehicle to drive that agenda. This passion has seen her journey through various international non-governmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations managing projects, undertaking research studies, program and institutional evaluations and assessments. This includes her work with the Common […]

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Talía Lostaunau

PERU FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR

Talia was born and lives in Lima. She studied Forest Engineer in Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. At that time, she was already passionate about Peru, it’s people and natural resources. By the time she finished her pre-graduate studies, she developed an interpretive plan for a Private Conservation Area in the north of Peru as […]

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