Ariana started her career as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in their DC and New York City offices where she advised clients across the government, non-profit, and private sectors. She then joined TechnoServe as a Fellow in their Ethiopia office and joined them full-time thereafter supporting a range of projects with Nespresso, Mondelez, Gates Foundation, JDC, the Swedish Government, and Diageo to ultimately design and build more sustainable and equitable value chains and market systems. Her accumulated experiences, passion for sustainable and delicious food, and deepening sense of responsibility to tackle complex societal issues are what led to Forested Foods. Prior to Forested, Ariana co-founded Common Farms, an indoor farm in Hong Kong, as well as a North Korean arts fundraising series.
Ariana grew up in Hong Kong before she moved to the United States to attend Syracuse University, where she triple-majored in Advertising Communications, Entrepreneurship, and Economics. She recently received her MBA from Yale’s School of Management, with a concentration of courses from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Kamran joined Victory Farms in 2020 as their Director of Expansion, and led strategic initiatives including designing and scaling the company’s community outgrower model, optimizing their distribution process, and developing their East Africa expansion strategy. In September of last year, Kamran led a team of Victory Farms veterans to launch the organization’s first international expansion into Rwanda, founding Kivu Choice, which aims to become the largest and most sustainable fish farm in the country, serving the Rwanda, DRC, and Burundi markets. Kamran holds MScs from Imperial College London and Oxford University, and an MBA from Stanford University, with prior work experience in the tech and oil and gas sectors.KEEP READING
Jim Taylor is Co-founder and Chief Executive of Proximity Designs, a social business operating in Myanmar since 2004, that delivers affordable and innovative products and services for farm families living in poverty. A social entrepreneur with over 25 years of public and private sector experience in Asia, Jim continues to lead the organization during the ever-changing political and economic landscape in Myanmar. With previous experience at leading providers of supply chain management software for the global fresh foods industry and Fortune 400 agri-business companies, Jim has also built experience working as an economist in Indonesia and managing a development assistance program in Cambodia. He has worked in India, Bangladesh and Singapore as a consultant. Jim holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2012, he received awards from the Schwab Foundation (World Economic Forum) and Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship.