Our Team

We’re enlightened foodies, who came together not only because we share a passion for delicious food but because we deeply believe that building sustainable food systems, starting with agroforestry, is fundamental to our ability to enjoy the most delicious foods forever!

We’re here to strengthen forest-based economies. To do so, we’re planting more trees, protecting and enhancing forest biodiversity, growing more forest-based food, and building more equitable supply chains.

 

On-the-Ground

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Ariana Day Yuen
CEO

Ariana started her career as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in their DC and New York City offices where she advised clients across the government, non-profit, and private sectors. She then joined TechnoServe as a Fellow in their Ethiopia office and joined them full-time thereafter supporting a range of projects with Nespresso, Mondelez, Gates Foundation, JDC, the Swedish Government, and Diageo to ultimate design and build more sustainable and equitable value chains and market systems. Her accumulated experiences, passion for sustainable and delicious food, and deepening sense of responsibility to tackle complex societal issues are what led to Forested Foods.

Ariana grew up in Hong Kong. She attended Syracuse University and studied Advertising Communications, Entrepreneurship, and Economics. She is currently completing her MBA from Yale’s School of Management.

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Netsanet Aragaw
Stakeholder Affairs

Netsanet establishes and manages our relationships with the farming communities and stakeholders we work with. She was born and raised in Addis Ababa and graduated from Unity University majoring in Marketing Management.

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SISSAY GIRMA
FOREST COORDINATOR

Sissay Girma provides critical oversight of and support to our forest-based farmers’ and their agroforestry production. He has years of agroforestry experience, and produces forest-based honey, coffee, and vegetables. His vision is to transform Ethiopia’s honey sector through improving bee colony management with farmers throughout Ethiopia’s forests as well as experimenting with producing quality single-origin honey. Beyond his passion for beekeeping and farming, Sissay invests time in improving upon his martial arts skills and lifestyle. Educated under North Korea’s International Taekwondo Federation (ITF), Sissay is a 5th-degree Black Belt.

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CHRISTINA OSPINA
SUMMER ASSOCIATE

Christina Ospina is Master of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. At F&ES, she is pursuing a specialization in Business and Environment with a focus on sustainable food systems and responsible sourcing as a means of improving social and environmental impact. Prior to Yale, she worked in Washington, DC improving safety and operational performance for publicly-owned electric utilities. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University where she majored in Human Biology with a concentration in human-environment interactions.

Board of Advisors

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Jacie Jones
Managing Director, Greenpath Food

Jacie is passionate about leveraging enterprise to drive sustainable development. Prior to GreenPath, Jacie advised teams founding early-stage social ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. She formerly worked as a Technical Advisor and Manager at TechnoServe, where she supported a portfolio of market-based agriculture and enterprise development programs across East Africa. Jacie has supported and consulted on a variety of ventures focused on value chain development, smallholder training and extension, producer certification, and environmental marketing. Before migrating to warmer climates, Jacie grew up on a family farm in northern Wisconsin. She loves running, traveling, and all things coffee.

 

Expert Counsel

These counsels are our go-to for advice on specific topics critical to Forested Foods strategy, business model, and values. They have been recognized as leaders in their field and are both friends and advocates of Forested Foods vision and mission.

 
CHRISTOPHER SCOTT  Human-centered Design

CHRISTOPHER SCOTT
Human-centered Design

GRETA FRANCESCA IORI  Wildlife Relations

GRETA FRANCESCA IORI
Wildlife Relations

CARLA MARINA MARCHESE  Honey Sensory Analysis

CARLA MARINA MARCHESE
Honey Sensory Analysis

HELLEN KASSA  In-Country (ET) Execution

HELLEN KASSA
In-Country (ET) Execution

Agroforestry

Agroforestry

Import and Distribution

Import and Distribution

Culinary and Foodservice

Culinary and Foodservice

Media and Communications

Media and Communications

Technology

Technology

Blockchain and Supply Chains

Blockchain and Supply Chains

Finance

Finance

Gender and Youth

Gender and Youth

 

Other Partners and Support

 
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