About Us2020-06-24T10:27:33+00:00

Who we are

InspiraFarms was founded in 2012 with the goal of providing small and growing agribusiness in the developing world with the tools, technology and expertise to significantly reduce food losses and energy costs, and access higher-value markets.

We’ve helped numerous clients overcome the challenges of unreliable electricity supply, dependence on diesel generators and financial barriers to achieve sustainable growth.

As a ‘Best-for-the-World’ founding B-Corporation rated in the top 10% of our industry, we offer our clients unparalleled service and technical support, while providing a clear understanding of their return on investment.

With the support of InspiraFarms and its partners, our clients have improved the livelihoods of over 5,000 rural community members across the developing world, including new jobs filled by women in underserved communities.

Meet our co-founders and Board members

Dr. Michele Bruni
Dr. Michele BruniCo-founder and Technical Director
Tim Chambers
Tim Chambers Co-founder and Managing Director
Caroline Bressan
Caroline Bressan Board Chairman
Seth Silverman
Seth SilvermanFactor(e) Ventures
Emmanuel Beau
Emmanuel BeauEnergy Access Ventures
Rogier Pieterse
Rogier Pieterse Pymwymic
Jordan Broadbent
Jordan BroadbentShell Foundation (Board Observer)

Meet our adviser team

Ben Gomes-Casseres
Ben Gomes-Casseres Strategy, Senior Advisor
Deirdre Holcroft
Deirdre HolcroftPostharvest Management, Special Advisor
Deirdre Holcroft holds a PhD in postharvest physiology from University of California Davis as well MSc and BSc degrees in horticulture from University of KwaZulu Natal. From a farming background in Zimbabwe, she went on to study and work in several countries before settling in France. After 20 years’ experience in both industry (AgroFresh/Dow AgroSciences and Dole Fresh Vegetables), and academia (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and Michigan State University, USA), Deirdre started Holcroft Postharvest Consulting in 2011. She specializes in the postharvest handling of fruits, vegetables, fresh-cut produce and flowers with an emphasis on reducing food waste, and improving quality, shelf-life, and profitability. Her advice is based on sound scientific principles tempered by experience
Trista Vincent
Trista Vincent Marketing & Communications, Special Advisor
Brenton Nestler
Brenton NestlerSales, Special Advisor
Sean McCaffery
Sean McCafferyOperations, Special Advisor
Mengnan (Cliff) Zhu
Mengnan (Cliff) ZhuFinance Risk, Special Advisor

Meet our global team of experts

Mina Stiernblad
Mina StiernbladInternational Business Manager
Mina holds a MSc in Corporate Finance and Financial Management from Lund University, School of Economics and Management in Sweden. During the last four years she has worked in East Africa focusing on innovative start-ups in the agricultural sector. Mina draws inspiration from her farm upbringing which has greatly shaped her contribution to the agriculture industry. She has a strong experience in financial strategy, investment and financial management. Mina enjoys building structure, high-performing teams and problem-solving in emerging markets. Mina leads InspiraFarm’s finance and administration team, with a special focus on business growth and expanding the asset finance facility for our customers.
Alessandra Quartesan
Alessandra QuartesanProduction Operations Manager
Paula Rodriguez
Paula RodriguezHead of Community and Customer Relations
Giovanni Gallina
Giovanni Gallina Senior Engineer
Rodney Muriuki
Rodney Muriuki Regional Engineer - East Africa
Stephen Wormald
Stephen WormaldSenior Business Developer South Africa
Stephen has had over 25 years of agri-business experience in the Southern and East African region. This includes considerable horticultural sector and export crop production, cold chain management and export experience, project feasibilities and implementation. Has successfully established smallholder production models that are sustainable and market focussed, to supply leading global retailers and manufacturers. He holds a BSC in Agriculture and an MBA from the Graduate School of business in Cape Town. Originally from Zimbabwe he now lives in Cape Town .
Fernando Cojulun
Fernando Cojulun Senior Business Developer - Mexico
Federico Boni
Federico BoniDesign & Product QA Officer
Gabriele Gubiotti
Gabriele GubiottiBIM specialist
Paul Roeder
Paul RoederDesigner & Researcher
Paul does research and designs data-driven products and services to optimize InspiraFarms customer’s operations and cold chains through digital technology. Before joining InspiraFarms he worked several years as a freelance interface designer for startups and corporations in Europe. He lives in Berlin and studies interface design at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, where he gained his customer-centric and hands-on approach to design.
Theodor Hillmann
Theodor HillmannFrontend Lead
Theodor is our Berlin-based creative coder and interaction designer with a strong focus on user experience. As a leading software developer, he tries to identify problems and innovates our products hand in hand with our customers. He breathes prototypes and dreams of data at night.
Elisabetta Stufera
Elisabetta Stufera Finance & Administration Officer
Elisabetta holds a BA in Communications and a passion for travel. With experience in the tourism and transport industry, she’s worked in Italy and abroad. Elisabetta joined Enterprise Projects Ventures in 2016, offering administrative and logistical support. She currently resides in Italy with her husband and two children
Matteo Tardioli
Matteo Tardioli Accounting Officer


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