Project Manager, Kenya
Bruce Kisitu is a project manager and development specialist with over 14 years experience as a consultant to a range of public- and private-sector organizations across sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2014, he has offered business development services through the Gutsinda Development Group, which managed the rollout of a village enterprise advisor model using mobile technology to deliver agricultural information on best practices. Previously, Bruce worked in various roles as a consultant, facilitator and trainer for the Uganda Management Institute, the East African Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities, the USAID Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation Cocoalink Plus Project, the Grameen Foundation and for the International Fertilizer Development Centre. Bruce earned his PhD in Public Governance and Management at North-West University, South Africa.
Executive Editor, Online Content
David Ellis is an educator, public interest advocate and broadband evangelist who has devoted his career to demystifying new technologies and raising awareness of their costs and benefits. Over the last 25 years, he has written and consulted widely on the global public Internet as an engineering and social phenomenon. David earned his PhD from the University of Paris and teaches at Toronto’s York University. As part of the iSDA team, he has overall responsibility for ensuring its new website provides visitors with captivating, accurate and topical information.
Following an early career in agritech R&D in Europe and Africa, Jonathan focussed increasingly on agribusiness development first in India, then Mexico and most recently in Africa. Jonathan is passionate about harnessing science, entrepreneurship and venture capital in the service of smallholders across the Global South. Jonathan earned an Executive MBA from the London Business School, a PhD in Plant Biotechnology from the John Innes Centre, and a BSc in Agricultural Botany from the University of Reading.
Head of Diagnostics and Decision Science
Keith has over 40 years experience in agricultural research and development, the last 30 of which have been with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) based in Nairobi, where he has led research in several areas, including on-farm agroforestry, soil fertility management and soil-plant spectroscopy. Prior to joining ICRAF, Keith developed tillage systems for the drylands of Swaziland; agronomic recommendations for Mediterranean areas at the International Centre for Research in the Dry Areas in Syria; dryland cropping systems in rice-based systems at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines; and agronomic recommendations for Southern Darfur as part of an integrated rural development project. Keith holds a BSc in Soil Science and PhD in Agricultural Botany from the University of Reading, UK.
Lead Data Scientist
Matt launched his career conducting academic research on methods for improving crop photosynthesis in response to environmental changes. After moving to the private sector, he began working as a data scientist and software developer for an agri-tech startup, where he helped build a digital platform to remedy challenges in the UK agri-food industry. His professional interests currently centre on using science and software engineering to improve livelihoods. A keen traveller, Matt has been on two long-term trips, most recently exploring the wilds of Central Asia and hiking to Mount Everest base camp. Matt holds a PhD degree in Plant Sciences from the University of Manchester.
Monica is a highly experienced, client-focused programme and operations manager. After 18 years working in the built environment, she brings a wealth of knowledge related to placing products with clients and providing a training environment to ensure end-users are familiar with all operational requirements. This has included start-ups throughout China and Hong Kong. She is currently leading the programme management side of iSDA, co-ordinating partners in several countries. She has a strong track record in the multi-phased implementation of software and enterprise tools through the entire project life cycle.
Ghana Operations Manager
Ophe is an experienced operations leader with expertise in managing innovative, localized solutions that enable transformation, growth and sustainability in emerging markets. Ophe has developed and led over 20 large-scale programs for emerging entrepreneurs and startups across Africa, Europe and the United States. As a passionate intrapreneur, she draws on an extensive background in leadership training, community engagement and operations management to provide holistic solutions to broad, complex business challenges.
Patrick Bwibo Wanyama
Patrick’s six years of experience as a field technician includes work for Agrocares on mobile and wet chemistry testing, as well as support for farmers in collecting soil samples and interpreting recommendations. In his current role at iSDA, Patrick is responsible for training VEAs, field officers and farmers on the use of handheld soil scanners and other mobile data collection tools.
With a background in marketing, media and intellectual property management, Peter transitioned from the private sector to consult on market development for CAS-IP, the CGIAR system office responsible for IP. In this capacity he advised member organizations on projects ranging from cacao conservation in Ecuador to establishing a seed alliance in West Africa. He then consulted for IFDC on projects across a dozen African countries, focusing on branding, media and agridealer development. Peter brings a wide range of skills and experience to iSDA, where his focus is on developing and testing solutions to last-mile delivery in the small farm sector.
Finance and Due Diligence Advisor
Robert has a wealth of experience in the agribusiness, energy and financial services sectors in Canada and across a number of African nations. He has provided consulting services to international development programs funded by the USAID, UK AID, GIZ, the World Bank, SIDA and the Rockefeller Foundation. His work has included investment facilitation for SMEs, structured trade of staple foods and inclusive business models in the agriculture sector in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. At the Bank of Canada, he was part of the team responsible for the Annual Debt Strategy and a C$35 billion treasury bill and bond debt portfolio. A Certified Public Accountant, Robert holds an MBA from Canada’s McGill University.