With locally-led operations in Zambia supervised by a global board, we directly tackle the challenges of African subsistence farming.
Meet our Co-Founder Ackson, a highly skilled Technical Director who has made significant contributions to the agricultural landscape through his expertise in delivering agricultural extension services with a climate-smart approach. He holds a Master's in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University and a Bachelor's in Agronomy from the University of Zambia, which has provided him with the foundational knowledge necessary to excel in his current role.
As Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Harvest Fund, Michelle oversees all administrative, operational, and strategic functions of the organization. Michelle's extensive background in the field has given her a deep understanding of smallholder technology, policy, and agricultural extension. With a Bachelor's from Duke University and a Master's in Business Administration from Columbia University, Michelle is dedicated to excellence and possesses an ability to think outside the box.
Meet Namonje, the accomplished operations manager at The Harvest Fund. With exceptional skills in managing vendor relationships, deliveries, logistics, and implementing training programs, Namonje is an asset to the organization. With a diverse range of experience in start-ups, NGO, healthcare, and telecommunications, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her role.
As Administrative Manager, Natasha (Esther) brings a wealth of experience in bookkeeping, accounting, finance, reporting, and loan collection functions. She is a certified accounting technician, which speaks to her ability to manage complex financial operations. Natasha has spent time working at an auditing firm and, thus, understands the importance of compliance and accuracy.
Our board of directors have experience in all regions of Africa and boast expertise across the social enterprise, NGO, and corporate worlds. Our directors bring invaluable perspectives and experiences to the table, with a particular focus on agricultural development, policy, and technology for smallscale farmers.
Trevor has 20+ years of international development experience and currently serves as the Vice President for Strategy, Planning, and Global Governance at Food for the Hungry. He was previously the advisor to the President and CEO of PACT, a non-profit working in 40 countries on solutions for human development. A native of Harare, he holds a Bachelor's from Zimbabwe's National University of Science and Technology and a Master's from University of Zimbabwe.
Martha Haile is an experienced startup executive in the agricultural technology sector. She is a co-founder and the former COO at Hello Tractor, as well as the former VP for Business Development at Wefarm. She specializes in creating new business channels, managing global teams, developing strategic partnerships, and leveraging deep market intelligence with a focus on driving digital technology adoption within smallholder farmer communities. Martha has traveled extensively throughout Africa and has lived and worked in Kenya and Nigeria for over 8 years.
Jim is an expert in technology commercialization, business incubation, and entrepreneurial innovation. Since 1993, he has helped over 80 organizations with accelerators and regional innovation clusters. Jim has mentored over 250 companies, including social entrepreneurship projects in China, Uganda, Nigeria, Myanmar and Senegal.
Ogo Ibok is the group CEO of SENCE Limited, an HR consulting firm; SENCE Agric, an agriculture consultancy firm; and Sophie & Grace, an agriculture distributor. Prior to SENCE, she was Pfizer's Regional Director for HR and Administration for East, Central, and Anglophone West Africa, overseeing 22 countries. She holds a Master's degree in Human Resource Management from the Middlesex University, UK.
William Chilufya is Southern Africa Regional Africa Manager for Hivos, a Dutch NGO. As an authority on nutrition in Zambia, he is the former Country Coordinator of the Zambia Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition alliance, a global movement across 61 countries working together to end malnutrition. William has a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Free States in South Africa.
Funding the Future
Our efforts are made possible by the generous contributions from the following donors, with special thanks to Santa Clara University's Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship for its in-kind support.