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Nicolas Mounard, Chief Executive Officer

Nicolas Mounard, Chief Executive Officer

Nicolas has extensive experience of managing commercial and non-for-profit organisations and of designing, developing and managing long term agricultural value chain programmes in developing countries. Before joining Farm Africa in February 2016, Nicolas served for three years as the Managing Director at Twin and Twin Trading, an ethical trade organisation that represents 300,000 coffee, cocoa and nut producers in 16 countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia. Prior to that he was CEO of the leading French Fairtrade and organic food and drink company Alter Eco from 2008 to 2012. He has an MBA from the ESSEC Business School in Paris and was previously a member and chairman of FLO Cert’s Certification Committee. 

Yvan Biot, Director of Research & Development

Yvan Biot, Director of Research & Development

Yvan joined Farm Africa in 2014 from DFID where he directed forestry projects in Brazil and Indonesia and led the development of climate change policy and research, with a focus on climate science, adaptation and resilience. Yvan developed his expertise in natural resource management in Burundi, Malaysia and Botswana (soils and land degradation) and Brazil and Indonesia (tropical forests). He has a degree in agriculture and soil sciences from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and a PhD in development studies from the University of East Anglia, UK.

Jenni Bright, Director of Fundraising

Jenni Bright, Director of Fundraising

Jenni leads the fundraising directorate at Farm Africa responsible for raising vital funds through a variety of channels. These include supporting and communicating with Farm Africa’s individual supporters as well as delivering corporate and events Fundraising. Jenni is also responsible for driving forward Farm Africa’s ambitious digital strategy, finding new and innovative ways to engage with supporters online. Prior to joining Farm Africa in 2016, Jenni began her fundraising career at the RNLI before working at Shelter.

Mike Saxton, Director of Resources

Mike Saxton, Director of Resources

Mike has overall responsibility for financial management, people management, infrastructure (IT and premises) and governance, legal & risk within Farm Africa.  Mike has over ten years experience in senior positions working for innovative, Africa-focused charities and social enterprises including Riders for Health, Promoting Equality in African Schools and the Africa Governance Initiative. Mike is a qualified Chartered Accountant, having trained with KPMG. He is also a trustee of two other charitable organisations.

Giles Totterdell, Director of Finance and IT

Giles Totterdell, Director of Finance and IT

Giles became Director of Finance and IT in August 2018. He is a Chartered Accountant, and started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers before spending 12 years at the BBC and then moving to the British Red Cross. He joined Farm Africa in 2016, initially in the Kenya office, before moving back to the UK to take up the role of Head of Finance.

Michelle Wilson, Director of Programmes

Michelle Wilson, Director of Programmes

Prior to her appointment as Director of Programmes, Michelle worked for Concern Worldwide as Consortium Coordinator for DFID’s flagship resilience programme, Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disaster focusing on Chad and Sudan. Previous to this Michelle spent over 7 years overseas working in conflict and post-conflict settings of Northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone on a variety of humanitarian and development programmes. She completed a Masters in Conflict, Violence and Development at SOAS in 2012.

Yasmin Abdulwassie, Director, Ethiopia

Yasmin Abdulwassie, Director, Ethiopia

Recently returned from a year's post-graduate study in the UK, Yasmin Abdulwassie is our new Country Director in Ethiopia. Read an interview with Yasmin in our latest issue of From the Field. 

Rachel Beckett, Director, Uganda

Rachel Beckett, Director, Uganda

Rachel joined Farm Africa in 2007, and held a number of senior roles in the UK before relocating to Uganda in 2016. After spending the early part of her career working in Malawi, and then within the UK private sector, Rachel worked within fundraising and marketing teams at a number of UK and international organisations before joining the Farm Africa team.

Tom Cadogan, Director, Kenya

Tom Cadogan, Director, Kenya

Tom has extensive experience of leading and managing development projects over the past 17 years in East and Southern Africa. Prior to joining Farm Africa in June 2016, he headed the Rural Livelihoods and Agriculture portfolio for Irish Aid in Tanzania, chairing the project investment committee of the Agricultural Marketing Development Trust and developing policy research on the food reserve agency and national input subsidies.  Before this he was Director in Zambia and Tanzania for the youth-led agency Restless Development. He holds a PhD from the University of London (SOAS).

Ryan Whalen, Director, Tanzania

Ryan Whalen, Director, Tanzania

Ryan joined Farm Africa in early 2018, bringing more than 11 years of experience managing programmes that link African smallholders and agribusinesses to inclusive market opportunities. Prior to joining Farm Africa, Ryan served as a senior manager for Fintrac’s USAID programme based in Tanzania, managing smallholder co-investment programmes in modern agricultural technologies. His previous roles with Winrock International and the Peace Corps gave him firsthand experience in grassroots farmer training to facilitating large-scale contracts between smallholders and commercial buyers.

Colin Delmore, Head of Business Development

Colin Delmore, Head of Business Development

Colin jointly leads our business development team. He has over 10 years’ experience in the international development sector engaging with a diverse set of stakeholders across multiple continents. Previously, he was the Director of Development for AIP Foundation, an educational organization and social enterprise, and the Deputy Director of Development for Operation ASHA, a public health organization. Colin holds a BA in Sociology from the University of California Berkeley and a MA in Anthropology and Sociology from the Central European University.

Liz Dobson, Head of Business Development

Liz Dobson, Head of Business Development

Liz jointly leads Farm Africa's business development team. Liz joined Farm Africa in 2013 and has over 10 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, working in a variety of fundraising and programme development roles. Prior to joining Farm Africa, Liz was based in Malawi, working as a Fundraising and Grants Advisor to a Malawian NGO through VSO.

Jane Doughty, Head of Human Resources

Jane Doughty, Head of Human Resources

Jane leads Farm Africa’s human resources function and has more than 16 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. Jane joined Farm Africa in 2003, working in a number of roles, before moving into human resources in 2008. Prior to taking up her role with Farm Africa, Jane worked in the retail and marketing sectors, working for a number of organisations including the British Parachute Associate.

Jonathan Garrard, Head of Programme Support & Design

Jonathan Garrard, Head of Programme Support & Design

Jonathan joined Farm Africa in 2016 with a background in programme management in the health, nutrition, agriculture and WASH sectors. Having studied Development Management in Manchester, he lived in East Africa for 15 years working for GOAL and VSO and most recently managed the Business Development Team for Malaria Consortium in the UK. With the Programme Support team, Jon is assisting our country programmes to design and deliver high-quality and high-impact work with our community partners.

Amber Honey, Head of Finance

Amber Honey, Head of Finance

Amber joined Farm Africa after a five year stint at Deloitte, where she trained as a Chartered Accountant. At Deloitte she worked in Risk Advisory which involved working with clients to diagnose the root causes, and assist in the resolution, of issues facing their finance teams. Her lead into the International Development sector started with a volunteer placement in Rwanda where she worked with a local charity to improve their financial controls and technical capacity. She is passionate about empowering people and firmly believes that within finance there is space for greater innovation and creativity.

Mulugeta Lemenih, Head of Programmes, Ethiopia

Mulugeta Lemenih, Head of Programmes, Ethiopia

Mulugeta has over 25 years’ experience of natural resources management. His expertise spans watershed and land management; forest development planning; participatory forest management; carbon forestry; payment for ecosystem services and benefit-sharing arrangements within collaborative natural resources management. Mulugeta has extensive experience of teaching and research at universities, and has published more than 80 technical articles.  He holds a BSc in General Forestry from Haromaya University (Ethiopia), an MSc degree from ITC (the Netherlands), and a PhD in soil management from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden).

Libby Plumb, Head of Communications & Advocacy

Libby Plumb, Head of Communications & Advocacy

Libby leads the communications and advocacy team. Prior to joining Farm Africa in 2015 she worked for WaterAid America for eight years leading the communications team, and previously managed the communications services and community fundraising teams at WaterAid UK.  She started her career as an account manager for a design company. 

Penny Ruszczynski, Head of Corporate Partnerships

Penny Ruszczynski, Head of Corporate Partnerships

Penny leads the corporate partnerships team as they engage with the private sector to build strategic and impactful relationships. Having worked in fostering charity-corporate partnerships for nearly a decade, Penny is a firm believer in the capacity of business to help deliver tangible and long-term change, and enjoys building links between a company’s motivations and Farm Africa’s aims. Previously Penny worked at organisations including Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and The Connection at St Martin’s. She joined Farm Africa in 2014.