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Juan Guardado


  • 10 years of experience in East Africa, with start-up experience at EFTA Ltd and regional leadership role at Grameen Foundation USA

  • Previously, 6 years at McKinsey & Co, with expertise in strategy, operations and technical sales 

  • BEng from McGill University and MBA from INSEAD

Ali Mawji


  • Chairman and founder of Goldstar Paints Ltd, one of the sector’s industry leaders, with over 35 years of experience in the business world of Tanzania

  • He is an active investor in several companies and has a deep professional network

  • BSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics

Joris de Vries


  • Impact Investor with 15+ company portfolio in East Africa, including a number of agri-business investments

  • Holds an MBA with over 25 years of experience in Africa, focused on East Africa

Philip Magani


  • Former Chairman and CEO of the Cooperative and Rural Development Bank (CRDB); former Member of Parliament

  • Advises NEI on its supply chain development, focused on value added services, like access to finance, to increase farmer loyalty

  • BSc in Agriculture from the University of London and Makerere University, Uganda

Wilco Vermeer


  • TBD

Vera Wachira

Board Observer

  • TBD

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