Michelle is a thought leader, strategist and entrepreneur who has developed successful businesses that foster agricultural transformation and food security in Africa and emerging markets. Michelle is a former Accenture global Managing Director with over twenty years of experience in consulting and outsourcing as CEO of a US-based home health services company and Group Executive Strategy for the Econet Group. Michelle serves on the Board of Directors of the Travel for Impact Fund, Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation and the Botswana Human Resource Development Council.
Michelle was named Africa’s “Most Influential Woman – Business and Professional Services” by CEO Global in 2017. Michelle holds a BSc. Engineering Degree from Cornell University where she serves on an advisory board to the Dean of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.
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Go Fresh! is an award-winning Botswana-based agricultural operation that utilizes the latest greenhouse and hydroponic technology to locally grow Grade-1 vegetables consistently, year-round. Go Fresh! grows food-safety certified tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, leafy greens and herbs. The business has created 45 skilled and unskilled agriculture jobs and can create over 725 new jobs over the next three years by deploying best-in-class technology with an ISO9001 quality management system, and an operating model that has been proven over the last 3 years.
Using a distributed growing methodology, Go Fresh! supplies domestic markets, with the opportunity to expand into specialized export markets and further distributed operations across the continent. Go Fresh! provides a sustainable solution for our grocery retailers, wholesalers, hospitality and tourism customers with high-quality produce that has long shelf life and low-carbon footprint by growing near major distribution and consumption hubs. Go Fresh is currently raising US$3m for its next phase expansion in Gaborone and Maun.
Infinite Foods aims to be the leading distributor, licensor and manufacturer of plant-based protein products across Sub-Saharan Africa, enabling leading brands, such as Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods, Soylent and JUST, Inc reach the African continent faster, with less risk. Africa represents a rapidly growing continent with 1 billion consumers growing at 2.25X the rest of the world, with promising upper-middle class markets such as South Africa, and a growing international tourism sector. Africa also represents some of the least food secure countries in the world, in desperate need of affordable protein. Infinite Foods will establish Africa based manufacturing to deliver affordable protein products to the continent. Infinite Foods is currently raising $2m for its Africa launch.
Crossover Meats is a food technology company providing more affordable and environmentally friendly beef alternatives to global markets, including China, US and Sub-Saharan Africa. The world-wide demand for meat is exploding, driven primarily from emerging markets with fast growing populations and expanding middle classes. The world’s current natural resources are struggling to sustain the projected global demand for protein, in particular red meat, using current agricultural and livestock rearing practices.
Beef production has a major negative impact on the environment. While meat replacement food technology is gaining momentum, plant-based meat and culture-based meat solutions will not likely entirely solve the problem in the near term.
Crossover Meat provides hybrid meat products that are affordable and environmentally sustainable. Crossover Meat products are made of all-natural meat ingredients. Crossover Meats first product is the Chief Burger – a patented chicken-beef crossover which tastes like 100% beef, at 30-35% less cost and with a 50% better environmental footprint.
Fodder Green grows high-quality animal feed in distributed farms using 0.5% of the water and 1000X less land than growing lucerne (alfalfa) in an irrigated field. Fresh barley and legume sprouts are grown 365-days a year and take only 6 days from seed to feed. High in protein, minerals and amino acids, fresh sprouts provide a highly nutritious feed for cattle, horse, pigs, small stock, chickens and game that leads to superior feeding results. Fodder fed animals have higher fertility, better milk production in dairy cows and weight gains in intensive feeding programs. Fodder Green presents the opportunity to transform the livestock farming system in Africa, including the introduction of viable dairy farming. Fodder Green is currently in the start-up phase and Accite runs fodder machines producing 1.5T of fresh feed per day.