Looking to change the world? Please join us for a lively discussion of local and socially/environmentally responsible businesses and their products that connect global to local. The event will begin with a keynote address from Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak, founder and CEO of Haiti Coffee who will speak about Free Enterprise for Social Good. We will continue with a panel discussion of business leaders from coffee, chocolate, dairy and other industries about the why/when sustainability is good for the bottom line, going beyond Fair Trade to build trade partnerships and the role of private enterprise in sustainable development. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and speak with them during the reception about internship opportunities.
Funding to bring Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak to campus was generously provided by the University Lectures Committee of the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 4:30-6:00 PM
1211 Biochemistry, 440 Henry Mall
This event is sponsored by CALS Global and co-sponsored by the Department of Horticulture and the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics. Information will be available about international internship opportunities.
Our panelists include
Dr. Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak: A 2010 recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Dr. Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak has been working in Haiti for over a decade. There with her partners, she tackles big problems through income generating opportunities with bees, goats, sheep, rabbits and most recently with coffee. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa, responsible for human health and nutrition for 5,000 villagers and 7,000 refugees, she learned that animal agriculture is the foundation of the economy of the world’s poorest people. She realized that veterinarians have the opportunity to have a huge impact on poverty and hunger, and enrolled in veterinary school. Now, as a veterinarian, co-owner of Devils Gulch Ranch in CA, and CEO of Haiti Coffee, Myriam is poised to facilitate US-Global collaborations focused on free enterprise for social impact. In addition to running the farm with her family, and Haiti Coffee with partners, she is Co-Executive Director and International Program Director for DG Educational Services, a non profit focusing on agricultural education in the US and in Lessor Developed Countries (LDC), and a Farmer to Farmer Volunteer in Haiti with Partners of the Americas. As a Farmer to Farmer volunteer, she works as a catalyst in the development of a Haitian conceived and run agribusiness called Makouti Agro Enterprises.
Steve Wallace: Steven Wallace is credited with producing the world’s first premium quality, bean-to-bar chocolate produced entirely in a cocoa-growing country-of-origin (Ghana). He spent the summer of 1978 in Ghana, West Africa on an AFS high school student exchange scholarship where his host family comprised one father, 3 wives and 21 children. After a brief detour as a tax lawyer in Washington, D.C., Wallace returned to Ghana to start The Omanhene Cocoa Bean Co. at the age of 29. Omanhene is the first entity to sustain exports of gourmet chocolate made entirely in Africa. Wallace has been recognized by President Jimmy Carter and former ambassador Shirley Temple Black, among others, for this entrepreneurial accomplishment. Omanhene has been featured by the United Nations Global Compact for its path-breaking business model and corporate citizenship. Wallace is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of the acclaimed book, Obroni and the Chocolate Factory: An Unlikely Story of Globalism and Ghana’s First Gourmet Chocolate Bar.
Ryan George: Kerry is a leader in Taste and Nutrition for the global food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries; creating sustainable value for customers, employees, environment, community and shareholders. Ryan joined the Kerry Taste & Nutrition organization in September 2017. Based out of the North American headquarters in Beloit WI, he leads out the integration of Kerry’s Group’s 4 pillar sustainability program within the region. Before joining Kerry, Ryan was a global sustainability ambassador with Bord Bia (The Irish Food Board), primarily based in the U.S., he was tasked with leading engagement in strategically important conversations focused on sustainable food with global CPG brands and the role that Irish sustainable agricultural initiatives could play in export markets. Ryan is passionate about sustainable business and the value that can be unlocked through collective action. His interests include; stakeholder and employee engagement, communications and organizational development and transformation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and a Master’s degree in Business Sustainability from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School at the University College Dublin, Ireland.
Molly Nicaise: Singing Rooster is a social enterprise nonprofit co-founded by Molly and Christophe Nicaise. We supply U.S. and other international markets with gourmet Haitian coffee (green or roasted), chocolate bars or cacao (for chocolate-making) and art (for fair trade retailers, nonprofit fundraising). We partner commercially with small producers in Haiti to build better businesses while simultaneously re-introducing the world to fabulous Haitian products. Molly is the CEO.