Jon Saunders '14

Jon Saunders '14

COO and Director of Finance, SunCulture Kenya Ltd

http://sunculture.com/

Jon Saunders is the COO at SunCulture, where he oversees all day-to-day operations and plays an integral role in all fundraising efforts. SunCulture is a Nairobi based social enterprise that empowers smallholder farmers with access to solar-powered water pumps and customized irrigation systems. SunCulture designs, manufactures, distributes, and finances (PAYGrow model) its Agro-Solar Irrigation system to smallholder farmers in over 10 countries across Africa. SunCulture’s solutions make it not only simpler, but also cheaper for farmers to grow high-value crops and increase their yields.

Prior to joining SunCulture, Jon graduated from Fordham University in 2007 and from CBS in 2014. He then worked at a family office that invested in African social enterprises, where he traveled across Africa building the investment pipeline, conducting due diligence, and providing technical assistance to portfolio companies. CBS played an integral part in Jon’s career development by providing him hands-on experience, including his social enterprise summer fellowship working for Tugende, a motorcycle taxi financing company in Uganda. Additionally, CBS’s network of alumni and students, and courses taught by Professors Bruce Usher and Paul Tierney, provided him with opportunities to learn from some of the brightest minds in the development world. Jon is also a recipient of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise's Loan Assistance Program, which enables him to work in a role he is passionate about.

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