Ep. 142 – SunCulture COO, Jonathan Saunders

Ep. 142 – SunCulture COO, Jonathan Saunders

Our guest today is Jonathan Saunders who is the COO for SunCulture, an innovative Africa-based agritech company. SunCulture develops and commercializes life-changing technology to solve the biggest daily challenges of the world’s 570M smallholder farming households. Jonathan has a track-record in building infrastructure for growth stage organizations that leads to institutional and governmental investments. 

As SunCulture’s first Director of Finance & Operations, and now COO, Jonathan established the human resources, finance and accounting, sales, supply chain, and IT infrastructure. His passion for creating social impact through operational excellence led him from a five-year career in private banking at J.P. Morgan to nearly ten years in social impact investing and operational leadership in African start-ups. Over his career he has worked for clients and organizations in Central America, Africa, and North America.

Jonathan earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University and B.A. in Finance from Fordham University. In his free time, Jon enjoys playing competitive hockey and currently plays for the Nairobi Ice Lions, after playing Division One in college. He is a New Jersey-native, and currently based between Nairobi and London. 

In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • Jonathan’s background in Wall Street and investment banking 
  • How SunCulture is helping to modernize the farming community 
  • What skills and tools Jonathan pulled from his MBA and time at Wall Street as well as sports to utilize into SunCulture
  • What is a social enterprise and how it operates

Resources:

Connect with Jonathan Saunders: LinkedIn 

SunCulture – http://www.sunculture.com

 

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