Core Team

Jon White

Jon White is an experienced CEO managing companies and operations in Africa, Europe and USA. The last 15 years he has focused on agricultural and landscape solutions to increase yields, save labour, reduce energy and water consumption whilst reducing runoff and pollution. Jon’s drive and initiative combined with his vast experience, network and energy in the field helps ensure ImpactAgri’s projects succeed. Jon’s corporate background includes Senior Management roles, in world class manufacturing operations at Pirelli in the production of Fibre Optic & Power Cables, and as VP EMEA of Netafim, the world’s leading precision irrigation company. He started his career in the Mining Industry with British Coal. Jon has an Honours Degree from the University of Leeds in Mechanical Engineering.

David Hampton

David Hampton is a highly experienced consultant, company director and entrepreneur. He has over 30 years international experience and expertise in energy, water and the agricultural supply chain. David has worked in more than 20 countries and has worked extensively in Africa. He brings deep knowledge of sustainability, clean energy and business strategy. As well as his role as a Director of ImpactAgri, David is also the founder of Irbaris – a boutique firm of strategy and sustainability advisers – and a founder and Director of Africa Power – a specialist energy services company focused on developing and delivering off-grid electricity services in rural Africa. David has an MBA (Deans List) from IMD in Lausanne.

David Lyon

David Lyon has extensive experience working as a manager, consultant and entrepreneur focusing on sustainable natural resource management. Over the past 20 years, he has worked across Africa, Europe and North America with corporations, start-ups, NGOs, governments and research institutions. David’s work focuses on agriculture and natural resource management (e.g. managing post-harvest losses, integrating smallholders into local and global food value chains), responding to issues of resource scarcity (e.g. ecosystem services, water availability), building resilience to climate change, and developing clean technology opportunities. In addition to his role in ImpactAgri, he also works for the business strategy advisory firm, Irbaris and is a chair of trustees for an education charity operating in Uganda. He has a Masters degree from Yale University (Forestry and Environmental Studies) and BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford University.

Alastair Woods

Alastair Woods has many years experience working in consultancy roles, assessing water risk, driving supply chain efficiency, managing clean technology projects, and assisting organisations in setting, and meeting, a range of sustainability targets. Alastair has a particular depth of knowledge in sustainable development projects in emerging economies, having led improved ‘cookstove’ distribution projects in Kenya, water purification technology development in Bangladesh, and wind and solar developments in South Africa. Alastair is South African and spent his formative years in Cape Town, before moving to Edinburgh for his post-graduate studies, and then settling in London. His background, and his experience with corporates and NGOs, give him valuable insight into project delivery with multiple stakeholders – maximising value chain efficiency and mitigating environmental risk.

Kate Weinberg

Kate Weinberg has spent more than 12 years working as a consultant, lawyer, manager and advisor in private practice and the public sector. She has worked extensively on opportunities around food security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and water scarcity. She assists organisations to understand and manage their natural resource risks, driving efficiency, building resilience and successfully responding to environmental and development challenges. She has international experience, having worked in developing economies and managing multiple stakeholders. In addition to her role at ImpactAgri, Kate works for the strategy advisory firm Irbaris, and is an advisor to the Legal Response Initiative, a charity providing legal advice in relation to the climate change negotiations. She has a Masters degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, and an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.

Our Core Team is supported by numerous in country associates and specialist experts.