Uzo is the CTO & Co-founder of Releaf (YCS17). Releaf supplies food processing factories in Nigeria with high quality raw materials. They currently work in the vegetable oil value chain where they source palm nuts from smallholders farmers, de-shell the nuts and then sell the palm kernels to vegetable oil refineries.
Harry worked on Brain-Computer Interfaces at MIT, and is now doing Speech ML at Google. He builds stuff in his garage when he's not riding his motorcycle or climbing.
Mackenzie is working on a project which aims to reduce regulatory burden on farmers. In the past, she conducted research at Stanford on climate security in the U.S. military. She serves on the Board of Directors of Interact.
Maya is passionate about the African Tech space, and is currently trying to identify the problem space that she really wants to tackle (and is looking for co-founders). Last summer she decided she wanted to get some exposure to the African Tech scene so she booked a flight and 2 weeks later arrived in Kenya, networked and ended up working a pan-African digital bank focusing on on BD, UX and product development.
Jenna is the Program Manager for Market Match at the Ecology Center in Berkeley, California. Market Match connects low-income shoppers to sustainable, locally-grown produce. Jenna previously worked at the USDA on nutrition assistance programs. She is interested in the linkages between agricultural policy, food insecurity, and dietary patterns.
Hannah Kerner is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland. Her research involves developing new machine learning methods using remote sensing data for agricultural monitoring, food security, and other applications in Earth and planetary science.
Nina is a senior program manager at Pillpack (Amazon Pharmacy) where she manages experimental B2B healthcare initiatives. She joined Pillpack prior to its acquisition by Amazon. Prior to Pillpack, Nina was a venture capital associate at Kleiner Perkins where she invested in growth stage digital health and frontier technology startups.
Joshua founded FarmShots, a satellite imagery and analysis company that was acquired by Syngenta in 2018. He currently serves as the lead for Syngenta's digital efforts.
Tena grew up in Croatia, studied liberal arts and cognitive sciences in London and Paris, then joined a startup in Berlin a year ago to pursue an interest in data analysis and to learn about business in general. Throughout her studies, she's been passionate about climate change and sustainability, as well as empathy, wellbeing, and decision-making.
By day, Nathalyn is a product designer working on commerce/experimental products at Facebook. By night, she's sipping wine/caring for her many plants. She's interested in agricultural ideas/tech in developing/underserved markets as well as community-centered approaches (ie. botanical gardens, public greenhouses, conservatories etc).
Dan is a product manager at the New York Times. Before joining the Times, he was a product manager at Google, working on Google Drive, Firebase, and Chrome.