Meet Our Leaders
Tevis Howard, Founder & CEO
Tevis has spent 10 years building Komaza, with no end in sight. He was an award-winning science nerd in his youth, and earned a B.Sc. in Neuroscience from Brown University. He has since been recognized by several leading impact investors and was named as a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur. Originally from Palo Alto, California, he now lives in Kenya full time.
Charles Gitahi, Nursery
Charles joined Komaza in 2012 to develop our seedling nursery, and brings deep technical expertise on tree propagation. He grew up working at Kenya's largest nursery, the Tree Biotechnology Program Trust, and has previously established a successful landscaping business. He holds a BA in Landscape Architecture from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
Ayesha Wagle, President
Ayesha joined Komaza in 2013, bringing a wealth of financial and investment experience. Previously she was Senior VP at MCE Social Capital, running an innovative social impact loan portfolio, and a Wall Street currency trader at Morgan Stanley. She holds an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins and a BA in Economics & IR from U Penn.
Tiffany Card, Technology
Tiffany joined Komaza in 2016 to lead development of our new technology platform - merging farmer, tree growth, climate, and behavioral data to scale our operations. A seasoned Silicon Valley founder, her prior experience includes leading a mobile commerce company, a behavioral health company and four years as a designer at IDEO. She holds an MBA & Engineering Masters from Stanford and BS from Yale.
DAN MCGOVERN, FIELD OPERATIONS
Dan joined in 2016 to lead rapid scaling of Komaza's forestry operations with smallholder farmers. He previously ran East Africa Training operations at One Acre Fund, East Africa's fastest-growing farmer organization, and brings four prior years of teaching experience. He earned a MA in International Education from Columbia and BA from Macalester College.
Chris Swanson, Expansion
Chris joined Komaza in 2017 to lead the company's expansion into new markets and partnerships. Previously, he was Director of Field Operations in Kenya for One Acre Fund, East Africa's fastest-growing farmer organization. He earned a MA in Development Practice from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Business & Marketing Management from the University of St. Thomas.
Sjors Martens, Business Development
Sjors joined Komaza in 2018 to lead the Business Development division - increasing the value of our farmer-grown timber and securing the best markets for it. A former strategy consultant, Sjors brings extensive experience in East Africa; most recently he functioned as the Tanzania Chief Commercial Officer for Mobisol - Africa's leading off-grid solar company. He holds an MSc Intn'l Economics (cum laude) from Maastricht University.
Lucinda Pouw, Talent
Lucy joined in 2018 to lead Talent Acquisition and Talent Development for Komaza. She brings five years of International Recruitment and Talent Management experience in Europe and East Africa. She holds a MSc in Special Education and a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Leiden University.
Esther Mutuma, Managing Director - Central Kenya
Esther joined Komaza in 2018 to launch value addition operations in Central Kenya. She previously served as CEO of Asante Capital EPZ. Esther holds an MA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Cambridge, a BA in Economics from the University of Nairobi and is also a CPA. She grew up on the slopes of Mt. Kenya in the Central Highlands of Kenya.