Loyce Ong’udi, Founder and Director of Mwanzo Proud Farmers, works to create sustainable rural development co-operatives in her home village in Nyanza Province and other neighboring rural villages in Kenya. Loyce Mbewa Ong’udi is a US citizen and Nyanza Province native. She uses her international business experiences in the development of partnerships with international social business investors and agricultural communities. Loyce’s vision is to combat poverty through the development of sustainable co-operative businesses informed by community-based solutions and the ingenuity and strengths of local peoples.
As graduate student, Loyce was a Harry Truman Scholar and graduated from the Daniel Evans Public Affairs School at the University of Washington where she focused on leadership development and non-profit management. Loyce has a long history of international non-profit development experience. She has been a keynote speaker at dozens of conferences and events in the US and abroad, focusing on need for employing culturally sensitive capacity building and proven sustainable business responses that alleviate suffering and poverty. In the last ten years, Loyce's hard work and commitment have vastly improved the lives in her childhood village, as well as thousands of lives in surrounding villages. Her dream is to replicate sustainable farmer-owned cooperative models in other resource limited communities over time.
Robert Howe, Advisory Board Member, holds over 35 years of executive management experience in finance, sales and accounting. He has been responsible for preparation of financial statements and management of day-to-day accounting for over 100 companies owned and operated by Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, the Polygon Group of companies and others. During his career, he has obtained over $800 million in financing and sold over $300 million of real estate.
Bob is an expert at strategic financial planning, including budgeting, corporate level cash management and risk-reward/ROI analyses. He has extensive experience directing and collaborating with attorneys, tax advisors, accountants, lenders, senior management and operating personnel. He has also been involved as Treasurer for several non-profit entities including the Rotary Club of Seattle Northeast and three organizations focused on helping people impacted by HIV/AIDS in Kenya.
Alan Van Boven, Advisory Board Member, coaches enterprises in business strategy creation & execution for the Supply Chain Management marketplace. He is an experienced executive in business & product strategy and technology innovation. Alan’s current focus is carbon & spend management in transportation where real economic benefits can be achieved via technology enabled innovation in optimization & collaboration processes.
After a BS in Mathematics from the UW, Alan progressed through technology enterprises in areas of national security, wireless telecommunications and, most recently, in the application of web-based technologies to the transportation and logistics marketplaces. Alan was the CEO of ShipLogix until it was sold to Infor in 2007. Today, he is a principal in Supply Chain Visions, a boutique thought leadership consulting team.
Line Ghislaine Nya-Ngatchou, Development Director, is passionate about sustainable development and access to essential services to poor people throughout the world. She is a multilingual professional with a Master’s Degree and experience in sustainable development with concentration in agricultural economics from Montpellier-France and a bachelor’s degree in Tropical Agronomy from the University of Florence-Italy. Line worked with women’s associations in rural areas of Burkina Faso, where she successfully formulated, and implemented strategic model to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of Shea butter trade mark, and product quality certification. As a result of her research the data has been referenced in published articles on “Indication Géographique Protégée (IGP)” in Africa.
Line also holds an MBA in financial management. She has worked for international trade and industry ventures for local and international organizations to increase trade relations between the Pacific Northwest and Africa. Her past experience among others are, as the head of public relation of “Common People” a non profit organization that provided health assistance to underprivileged people in Cameroon. She led charitable giving drive which raised over $120,000.00. As a result of her leadership, over 650 tuberculosis patients were treated and 130 children received educational and medical support. Line is fluent in French, Italian and English.