John Cook

Director, Africa

With more than 20 years’ experience in the food and agribusiness industry, John has held a variety of executive management positions including Regional Director Kellogg’s Europe, Managing Director Kellogg’s Australia, Global Head of Burns Philp Consumer Foods Division and Managing Director of Berri Limited.


John brings significant sector expertise to the work of Business for Development. Leading key projects in Kenya, John has a deep commitment to seeing smallholder farmers overcome poverty through inclusive business models. In recognition of this commitment and wealth of experience, John was appointed by the Foreign Minister of Australia to the Commission for International Agricultural Research, which provides expert, strategic, advice for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

How does John want to make a difference?


“To make a positive contribution.”