Pauline Njiru

Pauline is a production assistant. She started her career in Sales and Marketing, specialising in cooking oil and maize flour. Driven by curiosity and passion, she made a career shift to the production team, dedicating six years to understanding the intricacies of processing these commodities. Along the way, Pauline studied food science and earned a degree in Marketing and Public Relations.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Pauline finds joy in cooking, cultivating the land, and she has a newfound interest in beekeeping.

Cristian Bello

Cristian is driven by a desire to use technology for the greater good. Since 2014, he has dedicated his career to social impact companies, initially in educational technology and currently in agricultural technology. Continually curious, Cristian enjoys exploring new ways that technology can positively influence lives.  Outside of work, he’s busy doing sports, mainly surfing and tennis

Daniela Alvarez Zegarra

Daniela is a Data Analyst residing in Arequipa, Peru. She is passionate about using cleaning data to facilitate accurate predictions and she enjoys building data dashboards. Daniela has a special interest in agribusiness, where she leverages her skills to make meaningful insights.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Daniela is a fan of data science competitions, showcasing her enthusiasm for pushing the boundaries of her expertise. As a result of this, she became an ambassador for Women in Data Science in her city. In this capacity, Daniela is dedicated to encouraging more women and young students to explore the realm of data science and integrate its principles into their respective fields of study.

Mutuku Muli

Mutuku is a full-stack developer with an interest in transforming the agricultural industry through inventive technological solutions. With a deep-rooted commitment to merging agricultural expertise with cutting-edge software development, he thrives on creating solutions that optimize efficiency, sustainability, and productivity in agribusiness operations.

Alessandro Cordano

Alessandro has more than 10 years of experience in the global food trading industry. He finished his career in Industrial Engineering at University of Lima, and has experience in financial modeling using information systems. Alessandro has professional experience in fruit trading companies around the world such as Tridge Korea and TruMarket. Both companies use technology to leverage market intelligence and generate business. This evidences that he is passionate in transforming and adding value to sustainable and responsible value chains, by leveraging technology. His work on Producers Direct is focused on increasing impact for the producers through commercial growth strategy. He also loves trekking and outdoor activities in nature.

Katherine Bocanegra 

Katherine is an Economist and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Climate Change. She has always identified herself as a very passionate and sensitive person to provide solutions to social and environmental problems facing society. She has more than 10 years of professional experience leading and contributing to climate change mitigation, adaptation and climate finance projects. As Project and Climate Coordinator on Producers Direct, she is designing and leading the implementation of the climate change strategy, risk management and finance strategy. She is also involved in the coordination and oversight of all Producers’ climate change projects and activities. She loves dancing, sports and everything related to culture such as going to the theater and visiting museums.

Jason Archie

Spurred by a  passion for seeing the global food system transformed so smallholder farmers retain better value from the food they produce, Jason joined Producers Direct in 2023 as International Commercial Programmes Manager. 

Based in London, he has held commercial roles across the FMCG and fresh produce sectors, working with farmers and food manufacturers to market agricultural produce and value-added products into European retail markets. He has direct experience working with agribusinesses –most notably across West Africa – to establish growing projects, improve product quality standards, and facilitate access to export markets. He achieved his doctorate at Alliance Manchester Business School and is currently a member of the Food Ethics Council and Asia-Africa Centre for Sustainability in the UK. His research work on responsible business in the agro-foods industry has been published in leading International business journals

Having also worked at a number of national cultural arts institutions, he has a track record of  using entrepreneurship and creativity to facilitate social change. When not busy finding ways to create market access for smallholders  he is passionate about collaborating with like-minded individuals and organisations to share stories and curate spaces where people can come together to learn more on the reality of our global food system

Pablo Borasino

Pablo joined Producers Direct in January 2023 as a user researcher. Since then he has been dedicated to connecting the Digital Team with users in the field, providing feedback for the development of the virtual platforms and for the organisation of the work of the PD teams.

As a philosopher, Pablo does not accept explanations with gaps or flaws. As an interviewer – he says – he feels – sort of – like Socrates helping his interlocutors to give reasons for their decisions and attitudes. But for him, there is nothing more valuable in life than connecting with others and understanding them deeply.

Pablo also likes to connect with people in other ways when he is not working: through music, literature, and cooking. If he invites you to his home for lunch, don’t pass up the opportunity.

Redempttah Mutua

Redempttah is a highly motivated senior sales manager with extensive customer service and sales experience. She is an outgoing sales professional with a track record of driving increased sales, improving buying experience and elevating the company profile with the target market. Redempttah is diligent about working closely with the sales team to maximise business revenue and drive the teams’ performance.

She has studied sales and marketing, a field of study she became passionate about and has had an opportunity to work in for over 20 years now. Being able to run the sales world for some time now has enabled her to start ventures like farming and beekeeping. Redempttah is looking forward to growing the company to greater heights. Running the Producers Direct’s commercial team has been the most fulfilling part of her journey here thus far. Redempttah prides herself in the number of business and relationships she has across the world which brings out the best leader in her.

Redempttah is a mother to many and inspires everyone who interacts with her. She is a loving and caring mother of 5 and truly believes that the most precious gift is family. She believes that families are like branches on a tree – we grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.

Diana Quintero

Diana grew up in a rural Colombian family, which has given her a deep understanding of the problems and opportunities of rural communities. After graduating with a degree in business administration, she co-founded Bive, a social enterprise facilitating access to high-quality healthcare for more than 100,600 people in rural areas in Colombia, particularly in coffee-growing communities. After eight years leading her social organisation, Diana moved to Malawi to work at mothers2mothers, an international NGO that empowers women living with HIV to eradicate pediatric HIV/AIDS. There, she became interested in sustainable food systems and climate change. She completed a Master’s Degree in International Development Policy, focused on technology, innovation, and climate-smart agriculture. Diana is our International Project Manager coordinating our efforts in farmer data for decision-making. She leads the development of our digital app Croppie in Colombia, Peru, and Uganda and is excited to scale this technology to millions of farmers.

Nick Coates

Nick moved to London from New Zealand in 2007 to pursue a career in finance. After 2 years and one too many bad coffees, he decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship. Federation Coffee was founded in 2009 and grew to two locations, a wholesale coffee roasting business, as well as a commercial bakery, before being sold in 2014.

Nick then joined Virgin Start-Up and worked with over a thousand startups in his roles as a Business Advisor – helping founders fine-tune their business models, and subsequently leading the lending team as a Senior Investment Manager. After several years consulting in a wide range of industries from food-tech and hospitality to private healthcare, Nick joined Producers Direct as the Head of Business Development to lead commercial strategy and development of Producer Direct’s wider business model.

Daisy Little – Savage

An adventurous childhood and a Geography degree at the University of Cambridge cemented Daisy’s passion for international development. That passion ultimately inspired a move to Kampala, to co-found a startup teaching young people to code. She spent the next few years helping organisations in Kenya and Uganda to build their own tech projects, and eventually found her home at Bidhaa Sasa, working with women in rural Kenya to facilitate access to life-improving technologies.
Moving to Nairobi she built out Bidhaa Sasa’s internal tech team and brought the company’s processes into the digital age. Now based back in London, Daisy joined Producers Direct in 2022 to take the lead on all things digital and apply her project management and technical experience to a new set of challenges.
Outside of work, you’ll find Daisy listening to political podcasts, walking her Ugandan street dog, or picking recipes from a collection of cookbooks that is, according to her, rapidly getting out of hand!

Ronny Garcia

Ronny joined the Producers Direct team in 2021, from a previous role, leading one of the largest cooperative organisations in Peru.

Ronny has worked with small-scale producers in rural development for more than 17 years. His experience in similar positions managing and building diverse business portfolios, working on his strengths such as rural finance and fund management with multiple foreign and local banks, business management and partnership governance is what has always motivated him.

Ronny has participated in specialised coffee fairs in Europe, Asia and the USA. As commercial manager for Peru, Ronny’s work includes articulating networks of partners within the framework of a shared brand, providing support to financial and accounting operations, as well as other training activities for the target groups of producer organisations.

Ronny graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a mention in general management at the ESAN University in Peru, he carried out specific leadership and innovation studies at the ESADE University of Barcelona in Spain and received training in stock price risk management (PRM) by Oikocredit in Costa Rica. He likes coffee and enjoys it even more if the coffee is direct from producers. He also enjoys driving and visiting new places. 

Gertrude Bosire

As Communications Manager, Gertrude works closely with our internal teams and our network of smallholder farmers to highlight the power and impact of our work. 

Over the past decade, Gertrude has worked in communications and research, across multiple fields- from entrepreneurship, reproductive health, governance, and radicalisation.

Before joining Producers Direct, Gertrude worked extensively with young people in East Africa, sharing their stories of impact and amplifying their voices. Gertrude believes in the power of stories and she is passionate about telling these stories to inspire and create meaningful impact.

Gertrude has a degree in Journalism from the United States International University (USIU).

Davis Gathumbi

Davis is a passionate and driven agri-entrepreneur with significant experience in the agriculture and horticulture industry. Davis started his career in Information and Technology (IT), but soon after discovered a new passion for agribusiness.

His entrepreneurial spirit and vision for seeing an empowered youth and women in Kenya led to him setting up Afrifresh – a thriving youth-led business-to-business fresh produce company that grows, aggregates and supplies fresh produce from medium and small-scale farmers in Africa to global markets in Europe and Asia.

Davis has a keen interest in expanding his knowledge in sustainable agriculture, agronomy, and crop science; leveraging skills in research, analysis, quality control, and agricultural management and has previously worked as an Agri-projects Manager, Agri-consultant and Agribusiness Strategist. His passion has led him to mentor, empower, and facilitate training for farmers and aspiring farmers especially in rural/suburban areas. As a transformational leader, he has successfully built teams, companies and created shareholder value.

Outside working in the agri-world, Davis enjoys motoring events, running, listening to electronic dance music, afro house music and travelling.

Margaret Mimoh

Margaret K. Mimoh is a woman entrepreneur, highly experienced in beekeeping, honey processing, value addition of honey, dried fruits and vegetables, training small scale producer organizations in enterprise development and marketing with over 20 years’ of experience in the private sector perspective.

Mimoh was involved extensively in the management and coordination of beekeeping development initiatives in a number of countries across East Africa through Honeycare Africa Ltd for 20 years where she gained a wide knowledge and understanding of small holder enterprises for economic strengthening.

She has been involved in reviewing the Kenya Honey Standard through the Kenya Bureau of Standards. She has gained extensive knowledge in development, designing and implementation of profitable community initiative across the region.

She has undertaken various business supplies and consultancies across the region, she is from a management background and is result oriented. She has gained a wide knowledge in training small farmer organizations in business development and marketing. She is conversant with resource mobilization, markets and organizational development approaches for small farmer organization from a private sector perspective.She holds a bachelor degree in Business Development Studies -Entrepreneurship Option from The Management University of Africa.

Benard Ochieng

Benard started his career as a trainer of accounting and auditing before joining Smallholder Irrigation Scheme Development Organization (SISDO) where he worked with smallholder farmers and businessmen and women in the outskirts of Nairobi, helping with business development and financing programmes. After studying Co-operative Management from Co-operative University of Kenya, his passion for co-operative movement continued when he joined Tembo Sacco Ltd as an accountant and was also involved in product development and project management. He has also worked in the software and impact investment industries, most recently with Volta Capital, a UK impact investment advisory firm, mainly focusing on education, health and sustainable agribusiness.

He is a Certified Sage X3 Financial Consultant, a Certified Credit Professional and a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya. Benard also holds a degree in Finance and Banking from Moi University and is a registered member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

After visiting the East African countries and 45 of the 47 counties in his home country, Kenya, Benard’s thirst for adventure is not yet quenched as he plans to next visit South East Asia and Latin America.

Stanley Masinde

Hi, I’m Stanley. I’m a software engineer living in Nairobi, Kenya. I am a fan of technology, IT, and web development. I’m also interested in Farming and Agribusiness.
I have great passion in using tech to improve agriculture by providing farmers with access to data they need to make day to day  decisions.

Talía Lostaunau

Talia was born and lives in Lima. She studied Forest Engineering at Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. At that time, she was passionate about Peru, its people, and its 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 her thesis work. Since then, Talia has worked on developing participatory projects related to conservation, ecotourism, forestry, and agriculture.

After having travelled throughout all the regions in Peru investigating and documenting different sustainable business models led by communities, she became part of Producers Direct in 2018 to support the fundraising team. She knows that she lives in a country full of opportunities, especially in rural areas, and loves to be part of its sustainable development.

Talia collects places. She dreams of visiting the 76 Natural Protected Areas in Peru (she has already been to 30).

Sarah Mackay

Sarah lives in the UK, and after studying a Masters in International Development at Leeds University, has worked for a number of different charities as a fundraiser. These include a charity helping women offenders (TWP), University College London and Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death charity). She went on an adventure to Peru in 2012 to pilot an amazing idea called Wefarm, and was there when farmers from Kenya connected with farmers from Peru for the first time. She started working for Wefarm in 2016 in a grants and partnerships role, and has now come full circle to support Producers Direct raise critical funding and strengthen strategic partnerships.

Eunice Prudencio Sotelo

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 programme with communities, teachers, students and parents with Mine Xtrata – Las Bambas in Apurimac and, in 2015, at the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society – IASSCS, to develop the activities and logistics of the conference program in Dublin, Ireland. All this experience has sought to build her knowledge on rural communities, social and cultural diversity and the gender gaps.

Since joining Producers Direct, her work has been focussed on developing the different aspects of the INSPIRE project in Peru. Concentrating on forming relationships through constant communication with the producer organisations, inclusion of women and young people, and the quality of life, and the recognition of the small producers’ initiatives in Peru.

Eunice is very interested in popular-traditional music, as an expression of cultures, identities and gender.

Anncate Ndwiga

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 Accountants Kenya). She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Banking) Degree. She has extensive experience in accounting of over 7 years where she has worked in the Fresh Vegetables and Fruits Export industry in Kenya, with markets in the EU and the Middle East while supporting smallholder farmers as producers. She has also worked in an Architectural firm dealing in architectural design, planning and consultation. Her experience has given her a wealth of knowledge in finance analysis, problem solving, attention to detail, conformity to accepted financial and accounting guidelines and ability to make well thought out decisions.

Anncate loves cooking and travelling. Recently she has developed interest in yoga and cycling as a way of relaxing

Trilce Oblitas

Trilce’s passion for challenging the paradigms of development and deep interest to understand the realities of rural, underprivileged and neglected communities in Peru, Latin America and globally has been a priority in her life and career.

Trilce joined Producers Direct in 2015 when she returned to her native Peru after studying and living abroad for 8 years. Her academic training in Development, Sociology and Politics, by Utrecht and Leiden University respectively, grounded her in the social sciences and enabled her to experience work, research and field work in Southern Kenya and in Peru (2012-2014) with a multidisciplinary approach fueled with a critical-thinking that she identifies as key. Trilce has lead the implementation of our model in Peru for the last 8 years and is eager to dive into a more strategy-based role with a key focus on scaling our programs across Latin America.

As a proud feminist, political activist, and a committed Cooperativista, Trilce is sure that sustainability in a changing world is achieved by putting the voice of the smallholder farmers we work with at the center of everything we do.

Sam Webb

Whilst studying for an MA in Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford, Sam became interested in issues surrounding international and community development.  Working with an education and community development NGO based in Trujillo, Peru he ran a variety of workshops and programmes – including a photography programme with a  group of secondary students, helping them to explore their community, and communicate their stories to the outside world. He has also volunteered as a community mediator, and worked with education, refugee and community support organisations.

Since joining Producers Direct in 2015, Sam has worked on leading communications of the organisation. More recently he has used his experience of community-led and participatory projects to work on the development of a farmer-led data system to support smallholders across our network.

Outside of work Sam enjoys drumming, running and cooking.

Katie Messick Maddox

Katie joined the Producers Direct team in 2014 after relocating from Nicaragua to London with her family. Her passion for working with ambitious organizations was sparked over 15 years ago while advocating for the rights, voices and visions of indigenous peoples at Cultural Survival. From this foundation, Katie led youth leadership programmes with the YMCA and Peace Corps Paraguay, before pursuing a Masters in International Development Policy at Duke University. Katie worked with Save the Children US and Restless Development Uganda before returning to Latin America as the Nicaragua Country Director and later the Director of Operations for Manna Project International. Katie led Producers Direct’s Fundraising and Partnerships for 6 years before stepping into the COO role.

When Katie isn’t at work, you’ll find her chasing around her 2 young boys and trying to enjoy a hot cup of coffee.

Claire Rhodes

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 smallholder farmers for smallholder farmers.  Before joining Producers Direct, Claire worked with a number of organizations to promote the expertise and leadership of smallholder farmers and grassroots communities. This included seven years with the US-based non-profit Ecoagriculture Partners, and work with the United Nations Development Programme, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the UK Department for International Development.

As well as being passionate about making Producers Direct’s model work for smallholder farmers, Claire has a deep personal interest in the long-term sustainability of the world’s coffee supply. “Sin café, no hay mañana”