Where are you from? Tell us a little bit about your journey to get here.
Although I have a background in technology, I fell in love with coffee when I first visited the farm of my in-laws in Jamaica. Since then, I have worked as a coffee roaster in the Netherlands and a coffee trader in Germany and spent the last seven years as the Commercial Director of the Dutch coffee importer Trabocca. At Trabocca we used Topl’s blockchain to power our farm-gate traceability project — a field so close to my heart that I decided to join Topl as Director of Business Development. In this role, I help develop the customer-base for Topl’s technology.
How did you find Topl or how did Topl find you?
A mutual business partner once described Chris — Topl’s Chief Architect and co-founder — as possibly the smartest person he knew, so I invited Chris to have lunch and share ideas. From there, we’ve stayed in touch and have met at multiple events in the coffee and sustainability sectors, culminating in me joining the Topl team.
What makes Topl the right fit for you?
Topl and I are very aligned in our missions. Inspired by Prof. Kate Raworth’s ‘Doughnut Economics’, I have made it my personal mission to build a coffee sector that benefits all people in the supply chain, within the means of our planet. Topl’s technology is one of the tools we will need to get there.
What are you passionate about outside of work? What are your hobbies?
My favorite Saturdays are spent between the farmer’s market and the kitchen. I am a huge fan of the French kitchen, although I am also very proud of my homemade Eggs Benedict.
Which of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are you most passionate about working towards and why?
I believe SDG 1 ‘No Poverty’ is by far the most important one since poverty is the root cause of all development issues. In the coffee sector, we can only reach environmental sustainability through economic sustainability.
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