COSA developed a system for measuring performance and impact of agriculture sustainability initiatives. It has its own technology for data collection but realized its tools could be greatly improved by partnering with an organization solely dedicated to creating mobile technology for the agribusiness. By partnering with SourceTrace, the global leader for mobile technology in this field, we can further advance the development of shared measurement. SourceTrace’s technology is easily adaptable to include COSA’s indicators and surveys, and both organizations found it a great opportunity to begin their partnership by adapting SourceTrace’s systems to be used for the organic cotton supply chain.
Daniele Giovannucci is the President of the Committee on Sustainability Assessment and leads the network of global partnerships that are a hallmark of its participatory learning process for improving sustainability practices.
His enthusiasm for a pragmatic approach to research and development stems from15 years as a business executive in food-related firms. Later, as Senior Consultant to the World Bank (Markets and Agribusiness Thematic Team), he helped evolve the design of sustainability components for many rural development and agribusiness projects for nearly a decade. He has developed or managed projects in more than 30 countries since he began working on the sustainability issues of developing nations in 1992.
Downloads of his published work rank him in the top 1% of the more than 240,000 professional authors tracked by the Social Science Research Network (including translations) and his newest major works (co-authored) are Sustainable Development in the 21st Century (United Nations DESA) and Measuring Sustainability: COSA findings in 12 countries for coffee and cocoa.
For a thorough list of publications, please visit: http://www.dgiovannucci.net/publications.htm
Manager of Partner Relations and Learning for the Committee on Sustainability Assessment. He leads work with dozens of global organizations that are formulating diagnostic tools with COSA to better understand Producer Organizations and he also manages key processes for the overall learning that is generated together with COSA Research Partner Institutions. Saurin specializes in Organizational and Business Development processes and has spent the past 12 years managing international development programs and formulating systems for producer organizations to access information, capital and markets.
Prior to COSA, Saurin served as Vice President of Root Capital and developed the organization’s Financial Advisory Services program, which delivered financial management training to 300 producer organizations across Latin America and Africa. Saurin previously worked with the Grameen Foundation where he managed the collaboration of a multi-stakeholder partnership, using mobile technology and agriculture research to track plant diseases affecting food security in Uganda. In India, Saurin served as Program Director for Zameen Organic, where he supported the organization of 5,000 small scale cotton farmers into a certified Fair Trade-Organic supply chain. He served 2 years in Peace Corps Panama and received a Bachelor degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In his spare time, Saurin supports Haitian coffee farmers as an advisor for the Singing Rooster Coffee Company.
Dr. Venkat Maroju:
As Chief Executive Officer, Dr.Venkat Maroju leads business strategy, global expansion and sales at SourceTrace Systems. He has turned the company around by rightly positioning it in the agriculture domain with the vision to capitalize on the worldwide demand for remote transactional solutions in this sector. Venkat brings with him rich and diverse experience in technology leadership, having worked with well-known global corporations like Bose and ComauPICO (A subsidiary of Fiat). He blends this with extensive grassroots-level experience with social enterprises in developing countries, as well as with micro-finance institutions, farmers’ cooperatives, sustainable agriculture, rural supply chain and renewable energy.
Venkat’s career began in the auto industry, where he led several large-scale technology transformation programs for digitization & collaboration for distributed product development and supply chain processes. Later, he became Divisional Information Officer of Bose Corporation where he led the information systems strategy and implementation for the global Automotive Division with presence in USA, Europe, Japan and China. Prior to joining SourceTrace, Venkat had founded Factum Ventures, a holding company in India that set up and promoted new business ventures in sustainable agriculture, microfinance and renewable energy. He led the strategic planning and business development efforts, including fund-raising.
Venkat holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He was a Sloan Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and also holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia and Masters in Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His Bachelor’s degree in Engineering is from Osmania University College of Engineering, Hyderabad.
Sylvia has 10 years experience working with the agricultural sector and small producer organizations. Most recently, Sylvia has worked for BSD, a sustainability consultancy firm, leading projects in the agricultural sector including GRI reports, sustainability strategies and applied research. Sylvia also supported social entrepreneurs in the development of a Fairtrade & Fairmined value driven business model and led projects for strategy development for sustainable coffee supply chain financing in Colombia and Guatemala.
Prior to BSD, Sylvia worked for Fairtrade International’s certification branch, FLO-CERT, as auditor and certification analyst for Brazil, as well as regional certification manager for Colombia for almost 6 years. Some of the work performed as regional certification manager included: studying and understanding the national context for the cotton, coffee, orange, fresh fruit, cocoa, flower and banana supply chains, evaluating audit reports, issuing certification decisions and developing regional certification policies. Sylvia is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Tadeo Cwierz leads SourceTrace’s business strategy, sales and solution delivery in Latin America, which includes Central and South American countries. He also has the additional role of setting the overall technology strategy including solution and application architecture, and evaluation of new technologies.
Tadeo comes with more than 14 years of experience in technology and business leadership. He has extensive experience in design and deployment of mobile applications solutions for financial inclusion, agriculture, manufacturing and distribution & logistics in remote locations in Central and South America, Mexico and Spain, having led software projects right from concept to delivery and support.
Since joining SourceTrace, Tadeo is based out of Costa Rica and has held various leadership roles including business development, solution delivery and support of mobile applications for the microfinance and agriculture value chain. In this role Tadeo has worked with several farmer cooperatives, commodity firms, microfinance institutions and government agencies.
Tadeo began his career as Information Technology and Information Security advisor for KPMG Argentina and KPMG Costa Rica.
Tadeo has a Master’s degree in “Internet Marketing and New Economies” from Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from UTN-FRBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.