Sara Menker

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Sara Menker is not afraid to follow her instincts as well as her heart. According to Menker, we could be less than a decade away from a global food crisis, and Africa can help meet the world's growing demand for food. Her view on this issue informs her work as the founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence, a software company focusing specifically on food markets around the world and making agricultural data and complex analysis simple and accessible. The Ethiopia-born data analyst received a B.A. in Economics and African Studies at Mount Holyoke College and the London School of Economics, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. And before stepping into the agriculture space and founding her company, was a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s commodities group, moving from risk management in commodity markets to managing an options trading portfolio. After eight years in this position, she listened to her heart and sought something more fulfilling.

She is now a Trustee of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies, a Trustee of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, and a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute. Menker was also named a Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum. All of this while running a diverse team of more than 40 employees split between Nairobi, Kenya and New York. For Menker, potential, on both a personal and global scale, is endless.

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