Chief Executive Officer
Mark Ingram is the founding CEO of Business for Development and is recognised for charting the strategic direction of the organisation since its inception. Under his leadership, Business for Development has become both a leading practitioner and voice of inclusive business in the region. His tenure with the organisation has seen him engage directly with a breadth of key stakeholders including CEOs and regional heads of some of the world’s largest companies, Government Ministers all the way through to some of the poorest communities in the region.
Prior to being appointed CEO, Mark served as the New Zealand Consul General to Victoria and Trade Commissioner for Biotechnology from 2003 – 2007. During this period, Mark brokered the establishment of the Australia New Zealand Biotech Alliance, founded the New Zealand Victoria Business Group, and led the first official visit of the Victorian State Premier to New Zealand in over 50 years.
How does Mark want to make a difference: “I want to help solve the most intractable development problem facing the world today – how to link smallholder farmers with markets in a way that enables them to exit poverty on a long term basis.”
Chief Operating Officer
Mark has worked in private and public enterprise, government, not for profit and community organisations in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Fiji. He has held leadership roles at the national and regional level in the Pacific. He has experience in leadership, advocacy, economic development, strategic planning, and project management and implementation.
Mark was awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1999, for service in humanitarian relief operations in Irian Jaya (West Papua).
Mark has an interest in leadership development, social responsibility, arts and entertainment.
How does Mark want to make a difference? “Through developing the skills and behaviours in individuals and organisations to be innovative, successful and sustainable.”
Director Africa Operations
With more than 20 years’ experience in the food and agribusiness industry holding a variety of executive management positions including Regional Director Kellogg’s Europe, Managing Director Kellogg’s Australia, Global Head of Burns Philp Consumer Foods Division and Managing Director of Berri Limited, John Cook brings significant sector expertise to the work of Business for Development. Leading key projects in Kenya, John has a deep commitment to seeing smallholder farmers overcome poverty through inclusive business models. In recognition of this commitment and wealth of experience, John was appointed by the Foreign Minister of Australia to the Commission for International Agricultural Research which provides expert, strategic advice for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
How does John want to make a difference: “There is a lot to be done and hopefully our efforts begin to make a small difference.”
General Manager - Projects
Paul Voutier fulfils a significant leading role in the design, development, implementation and management of Business for Development’s project work. This activity has seen him work closely with a range of multinational companies including Mondelez International, MMG, Base Titanium, Olam, Syngenta, GE and Newcrest across Southeast Asia and in Kenya. Core to this work has been introducing a number of these, and other companies, to inclusive business opportunities. In 2012 Paul co-authored the landmark “Business In Development Study” which established a body of evidence that characterized the nature of core business activities that Australian multinationals undertake which contribute to poverty alleviation. The report was commissioned by the then Australian Agency for International Development (now DFAT).
How does Paul want to make a difference: I want to create businesses which others want to emulate. Businesses which demonstrate that empowering farmers to become more productive can also be profitable.
General Manager - Thought Leadership
David has significant experience in developing and delivering inclusive business thought leadership together with some of the world’s leading companies, NGO’s, multilateral institutions and donor programs across the Asia Pacific. He regular speaks on and facilitates inclusive business workshops and recently led Business for Development’s regional partnership with the Business Call to Action (UNDP).
How I want to make a difference: “I want to help mainstream inclusive business so that engaging the private sector with low income communities becomes a normal part of the decision making process for business, government and NGO sectors”.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Having worked for Plan International and UNICEF, Meg has more than ten years hands-on experience in corporate social responsibility, building brand awareness, raising funds and engaging the business sector within a Not-for-Profit environment. In addition, she has worked for five years in the advertising industry delivering successful communications to meet client’s creative requirements. As the Marketing and Communications Manager at Business for Development, Meg’s focus is about bringing the organisations stories to life, connecting business to the impact inclusive business can have in international development and profit opportunities.
How does Meg want to make a difference: “I believe lining up business strategy with international development objectives can have a profound, long-term impact. I want to bring inclusive business stories to life so that eventually working like this becomes less the exception and more the norm.”
Rosheen O’Hare joined Business for Development in July 2013 with more than 15 years’ experience as a Senior Administrator, in both the corporate and the not for profit sectors. Rosheen held the position of Executive Officer for Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific, for more than four years. Her most recent position was as Office Manager of Homelessness NSW. Rosheen is a key support to project staff and management through office management, accounting and financial processes, risk management, strategic planning, project and stakeholder management, developing cost effective processes and HR. She assists with the organisation’s advocacy programs and manages the website content and also works closely with the Audit & Governance Committee.
How does Rosheen want to make a difference? “I prefer to hold a ‘socially useful’ position and I am a lifelong learner.”
Ross is a fourth generation horticulturist and career wise wanted to work in agriculture. His professional life of 40 + years has been spent undertaking veterinary work with businesses, institutions, universities, farms and governments (including the UN) from around the world in matters mostly to do with pigs. As a consultant, Ross schedules his veterinary business to pick up work in the developing world including Laos, East Timor, Thailand, Vietnam and PNG.
How does Ross want to make a difference: “Helping people feed themselves and others is an honourable profession. The idea of assisting communities in PNG to take control of their own food security and at the same time build small inclusive businesses that empower people appeals to me. In the Hilans Pik Limited project the technology is very straightforward. Implementation, in PNG with all its complexities, is a little more difficult.”
Project Consultant, Kenya
Hesbon has been working professionally in the agricultural sector for more than ten years. Experienced in steering farmer organisation to derive maximum efficiencies with available resources to address food security. He has keen interest in commodity value chain analysis with emphasis on policy interventions having analysed markets for different crops. He is listed as a consultant for business advocacy fund in Kenya and co-authored cotton handbook for extension, managing contamination and pre-ginning best practices for east and southern African cotton, market research on the Kenya textile industry policy. Hesbon is an Agronomist for Business for Development in the Kenya project with a focus on effective engagement in agricultural productivity to improve livelihoods of the rural community.
How does Hesbon want to make a difference: “I believe in making markets work for the poor by finding profitable markets linkages, formation of strong farmer groups and co-operatives.”
Project Consultant, Kenya
Having worked for the government of Kenya on livelihood partnership programs with international development organisations, Thomas has substantial experience in building capacities of the local people who depend on agriculture for their livelihood. In addition, he spent over ten years co-ordinating agricultural extension services for the Kenya Economic Recovery Program.
How does Thomas want to make a difference: “I believe in technologies which are easily adoptable by the target clients is key in livelihoods programming. I want to package agricultural technologies in forms easy to unpack, and adopted for agribusiness.”
Project Consultant, Kenya
Having worked for companies Kenya Bixa and Kenchic, Eliud has more than 12 years hands on experience in poultry production, brand development, training and developing of poultry based agribusinesses. In addition he has worked to two years in poultry based livelihood projects in Horn of Africa and central Africa. As the person in charge of Business for Development’s poultry and stock feed program in Kenya, Eliud’s is focused in putting in place strategies to bring inclusive business story to impact the lives of the resource poor in the world by engaging business with the ultimate goal of building sustainable non-exploitative poultry supply chain.
How does Eliud want to make a difference: “I would want to make a difference by building agribusiness strategy that has a long term impact to businesses by ensuring successful outcomes which will used to adopt the inclusive business strategy as a norm in business interactions and creation of equal opportunities in Africa and elsewhere in the world.”
Isaac Jeffries specialises in designing and building sustainable businesses. He has previously worked in strategy at ANZ, finance at Servants Community Housing, and advising social enterprises at The Difference Incubator.
Isaac helps inclusive businesses and not-for-profits transform their business models, allowing them to grow, scale, and operate sustainably. Over the last seven years, he has become renowned for being a skilled facilitator, engaging speaker and a trusted advisor.
How does Isaac want to make a difference: “I believe that a well-designed business can change lives. There’s something remarkable about using the market to create jobs, grow good ideas, and address tough social issues.”