Our Ambassadors are innovative leaders who are passionate about the African agricultural landscape and committed to the growth of the African agri-food sector. They share the Nourishing Africa vision of a flourishing, sustainable and just food system in Africa.
Together with our Team and Board of Directors, The Nourishing Africa Ambassadors are determined to contribute to our mission of driving profitable and sustainable growth of the African agriculture and food landscapes by attracting, empowering, equipping, connecting and celebrating over 1 Million dynamic and innovative young African agri-food entrepreneurs. across the continent for the transformation of Africa’s agricultural landscape.
Claudia Castellanos is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Black Mamba Foods, a growing brand with a strong social and environmental ethos based in Eswatini that manufactures and distributes speciality food products in Southern Africa and overseas. Claudia has over 12 years of experience working as a marketing consultant for several business and NGOs in Eswatini and overseas, and as a lecturer for international universities such as the European School of Economics in Italy, and Mananga Business College Eswatini.
Claudia previously worked as a regional manager for SAIWA SPA, a former company of the Danone Group in charge of trade marketing and sales activities with the mail retailers of central Italy. She has also served as a trainer and mentor for Technoserve in Eswatini, and for several other business accelerator programmes.
Fred Zamble is the CEO of Seekewa, an ag-tech startup based in Côte d’Ivoire. Seekewa provides a unique farm-to-table platform combining refundable e-vouchers and crowdfunding to allow people and organizations around the world to support small farming projects in Africa. He is a serial entrepreneur with a background in software engineering and has a passion for tech innovation and social impact.
Before Seekewa, Fred successfully started two companies: Neuropixels, a web agency providing cutting-edge web solutions for companies, and Digicraft LLC, a digital marketing agency based in the USA.
Lesego Serolong Holzapfel is the CEO and Founder of Bokamoso Impact Investments and Bokamoso Foods, social enterprises dedicated to connecting the impoverished rural populations of South Africa to opportunity. Lesego and her husband Neil founded Raise the Children in 2008. Lesego, being a South African orphan herself, has always had a deep desire to give back to the community that raised her and to mentor and empower the many that share her story. Lesego is passionate about agriculture and African leadership as part of core entrepreneurial drivers that she speaks and teaches about.
Modou N.S.Njie is the Founder & CEO of Farm Fresh. Modou is an ICT expert with over 20 years’ experience as an IT Consultant for UNDP and Deloitte and two major banks in The Gambia. Over the past five years, Modou has been working as a social entrepreneur, starting up Farm Fresh in The Gambia. With a focus on promoting local produce and thereby securing income for local farmers and food processors, Farm Fresh has allowed Gambians from the diaspora to easily order fresh and healthy food for their families at home.
Moses Mallaghan is the Founder and CEO of Agroinnovagh, an agri-tech company that provides technological services to local farmers. As a young Ghanaian entrepreneur, he is determined to improve farming and the use of digital innovation in Ghana.
Nkiru Okpareke is the Co-Founder and CEO of Enviro Gro Farms, a company created to produce high-end vegetables for the Nigerian market. Nkiru has over 20 years of working experience, with a decade of that experience at ExxonMobil as a project and design engineer and project manager for infrastructure projects in Nigeria, the United States, Singapore, and France. She also worked as a human capital development expert and management consultant in Canada and Nigeria.
Olagoke Balogun is the CEO and Co-Founder of So Fresh, Nigeria’s pioneer and leading healthy food chain with over 10 locations in multiple cities in Nigeria. Olagoke is a graduate of biochemistry and has over 18 years of work experiences across different industries and functions. He is a strategy consultant and helps organizations to refine their strategic narrative, build scalable systems and structures, and develop operational and dynamic capabilities that helps them to build sustainable organizations that will outlive generations.
Olanike Majekodunmi the Founder and CEO of Nuts About Cakes Limited, a bakery which specializes in cakes, pastries and bread. Nike has over 14 years’ experience in the baking Industry and had worked in the e-payment industry for several years until she found her passion for baking. After leaving paid employment, she perfected her baking skills at a variety of baking schools both in Nigeria and the UK. She commenced building her dream company in 2007, which currently employs over 140 people. Nike is also a business coach, guiding young entrepreneurs in starting up businesses of their own. Her passion for the empowerment of young women drives her training programs, as she helps them grow to their full potential.
Sakina Soukrat is a seasoned agriculture professional with 30 years’ experience in the agricultural sector. Over the years she has garnered extensive experience in micro propagation (in vitro) techniques across various species, development of economic models for certified seed production and implementation of seed production projects. An agronomist engineer by training, she currently manages Technobiz Sarl, an organization engaged in agricultural production and seed marketing, consulting in micro propagation and seed production in Morocco.
Sunday Silungwe is the Co-Founder and a Director at Good Nature Agro. Good Nature Agro partners with smallholder farmers to improve their productivity through soil-enriching legume farming, and links them to high-value legume markets. Sunday leads Good Nature’s growth strategy and has a natural flair for innovation, combined with training and experience.