The team at WARC is as dynamic and diverse as it gets, with people hailing from all backgrounds and nationalities. And with our farmers as the heartbeat of the company, we work hard together to transform rural Africa.
Board of Directors
Emiliano Mroue, CFA
Emiliano founded WARC in 2011. Emiliano is a young multi-lingual entrepreneur, with previous experience as a corporate manager at a Fortune 500's headquarters in Germany where he managed a portfolio of €60m and was selected as a top manager. He holds a MSc in International Management from ESADE University and Universität zu Köln, a BA in Business Economics from UTDT, is a 2018 Stanford SEED Program Candidate, and speaks 5 languages fluently. He has lived in Sierra Leone since 2011 and has visited over 72 countries.
Jorge Lopez Menendez
Jorge is an agricultural entrepreneur and founder of JTF, a company managing 27,000ha of land in Argentina. He holds an engineering degree in agronomy from Universidad de Buenos Aires, and has over a decade of experience managing large-scale farms. Jorge is one of the early adopters of no-till farming in Argentina, and was instrumental in introducing environmentally friendly models there. He has produced seeds and commodities for large multinationals such as Glencore, Bunge and Nidera. Jorge and his wife moved to Sierra Leone in 2015 and are based at the farm full-time.
Member of the Board
Cristián is an equity investor in WARC and sits on the Board of Directors. He is a long-time supporter of WARC and provides strategic advice. He is also a seasoned social entrepreneur, having founded DAP – a 20,000ha farm in Paraguay – and holds a group of telco companies in Chile and France. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the International Food Bank, a partner at Acumen and member of the BritDoc. Previously, he held different senior banking positions in New York and Buenos Aires.
ADVISORS TO THE BOARD
Dr. Martin Burt
Advisor to the Board
Dr. Burt is a pioneer in applying microfinance, microfranchise, youth entrepreneurship, financial literacy and technical vocational methodologies to address chronic poverty around the world. He is the CEO of Fundacion Paraguaya, co-founder of Teach a Man to Fish, with over 23 million beneficiaries. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum and of the Global Food Banking Network. In public service, he served as Chief of Staff to the President of Paraguay, Mayor of Asunción, and Vice Minister of Commerce.
Advisor to the Board
Pilu is the Founder of the Global Conservation Agriculture Network, Policy Coordinator for Sustainable Development and Planning at the Argentine Ministry of Agro-industries, and member of the council for the Argentine Ministry of Production. She is also the former president of AAPRESID, the Argentine association of no-till producers.
Advisor to the Board
Brent is the Founder and CEO of Abacus Wealth Partners and CEO of Align Impact, both Santa Monica-based financial planning and investment firms. Brent is also a Partner at Acumen and the author of "It's Not About the Money". His book was named one of Kiplinger's Top Five Business Books of the Year, and was named by FastCompany as one of the five most generous people on Wall Street.
Dr. Pedro A Sanchez
Advisor to the Board
Dr. Sanchez is the Director of the Agriculture & Food Security Center, Senior Research Scholar, and Director of the Millennium Villages Project at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He was previously the Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre, and served as co-chair of the UN Millennium Project Hunger Task Force. He is currently a Professor Emeritus of Soil Science and Forestry at North Carolina State Univeristy. Dr. Sanchez is a 2002 World Food Prize laureate and a 2004 MacArthur Fellow.
Fernando Vega Olmos
Advisor to the Board
Fernando was the Executive Creative Director of Gowland Publicidad, the Executive Creative Director of Ratto/BBDO.
OUR ADMIN TEAM
Chris leads the development of WARC Ghana; establishing project strategic direction, implementation and business development. With 10 years of experience, 7 years of which as a management consultant at Big 4 firm, and 1 year as COO of a Berlin-based startup, he has working experience in 10 countries. He loves to explore and travel, having visited 55 countries, and is constantly undertaking new adventures.
Fola supports the Finance Director and the wider team with finance-related activity. She has numerous years of private sector finance experience in Sierra Leone. In particular, she held various roles in the financial department of a mining operation in Sierra Leone for 7 years.
Larry joined WARC in February 2018, bringing with him over 10 years of HR experience in the private sector, NGOs and United Nations. He has contributed greatly to the development of the HR department, and improved on tools for managing employee's welfare and increase motivation for the field staff.
Arnaud is the Key Agronomist Expert on the EU BAFS program. Previously, he was Head of Projects at Welthungerhilfe for 12 years in Madagascar, coordinating rural development projects.
Director of WARC Foundation
Candelaria is the CSR Manager and Director of the WARC Foundation, where she leads the design, fundraising and implementation of the Group’s CSR Programs. Previously, she was the Founder and President of ABA (Anti Bullying Argentina), the country’s main anti-bullying NGO.
Carlos is a seasoned and adventurous finance manager with over 25 years of experience in the private sector, but is now committed to working with social impact enterprises and young professionals with the aim of improving lives of rural families in Africa.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Audit from Universidad de Chile and a specialization in Management of Information Systems. He has working experience in Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lesotho and Kenya.
Adikalie joined WARC several years ago as a guard, but moved up to his role as Administrative Assistant because of his interest in business administration. He is currently at IPAM University studying for a degree in Business and Finance.
Osman Joined WARC in September 2017 and has been assisting in coordinating and collecting movement of materials from Freetown to Tormabum. He also assists the Operations Manager with logistic information ie, collect invoices, sale and supply of WARC to all suppermarkets within Freetown.
Aruna is the company's driver. He works tirelessly to ensure that the CEO is never late for meetings. He is constantly on the roads to our operational site in Tormabum, expertly navigating the bumpy dirt roads with his many years of experience driving commercial vehicles in Sierra Leone.
Thomas is WARC's runner, taking care of all kinds of odd jobs throughout the day, from helping to pay bills at the bank, to picking up new arrivals at the airport, to fixing broken doors. He ensures that everything is taken care of so that other parts of the company can run smoothly.
Brima is WARC’s Operations Manager since 2011. He is well experienced in the Sierra Leonean agricultural sector and is in charge of managing the logistics and operations of WARC. He leads the processing of duty free concessions, contracting logistic providers and local suppliers.
Andrew supervises the milling and packaging of all WARC's products for sale to the general public and its distribution to all supermarkets in the country. He also helps with the clearing of containers at the port and facilitates their movement to WARC's operational sites.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Anthea is the 2018-19 Princeton in Africa Fellow placed with WARC. She holds a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and has lived in the US for over a decade. She leads WARC's M&E efforts on both internal and external consulting projects, and has a strong passion for data and visualisation.
Procurement and Logistics Manager
Estefania is in charge of the procurement and logistics operations of WARC, she has over 6 years of experience in international trade in the US, Colombia and Sierra leone, previously worked as a product manager in one of the top five largest freight forwarders in the world. She is in charge of both local and international purchases, RFQs, imports, inventory and other logistics involved in the companys operations.
Mireia is an agricultural economist and project manager. She works on WARC's agricultural consulting projects in Sierra Leone, as well as internal projects based in WARC's farm in Tormabum. Previously she worked as a project and financial analyst both in the private and public sector in Argentina. She has a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economy at the University of Buenos Aires.
Our farm team
Our farmers are the backbone of our operations in Tormabum. We have over 100 farmer-trainees working on our farm in roles ranging from field labour, to security, to technical mechanics. The majority of our farmers come from Torma or the surrounding villages. Once employed with WARC, the farmers receive regular salaries and continual skills training to ensure that our farming methods remain efficient, modern, and adaptive, giving us the best yields possible for our environment.
Fernando completed his agronomist training at the University of Buenos Aires with graduate degrees
specializing in Ecophysiology and extensive crop and production systems, and later taught there as a professor. His past work experience includes advising a company with over 400,000 Ha in crops and bovine cattle, as a Director of the National Agricultural Plan for the Environments. He also has experience farming intensive crops, setting up fish and chicken farms, and livestock farming in the northeast region of Argentina.
Farm Manager Emeritus
Dayo is well known to WARC’s founders since 2010 and joined WARC full time since inception. Dayo is responsible for the stock and warehouse management at WARC’s farm in Tormabum. Previously, he was a game ranger at the Outamba Kilimi National Park in Nothern Sierra Leone.
Edward is based in Torma, and he oversees all records and stock management for the logistics and finances. He reports directly to the Finance Director and Logistics manager on a monthly basis.
Enrique is WARC’s agronomist, based full-time in Tormabum, WARC’s farm. He provides technical advice and operations oversight at the farm. Previously, he performed as an agronomist and technical advisor to several large-scale farms and seed multiplication projects in Argentina.
Brima is in charge of WARC Production's Household Employee Extension Program (HEEP) network. He holds a degree in Agriculture from Njala University, and has worked as a volunteer in Sierra Leone's Forestry Department. He most recently worked for Statistics S/Leone in 2015, before joining the WARC team in 2017.
We are always open to having bright minds join our team.
We are looking for passionate and courageous people who enjoy working with high autonomy in challenging environments, aiming to make
systems change happen. Given that we work in the field with our farmers, we appreciate those that have humble confidence to learn from others, build common-ground, challenge the status quo and inspire others through learning by doing.
We are interested in people with 3+ years of work experience, who have an entrepreneurial mindset and know a thing or two about business and/or agriculture.