As the Founder and Managing Director of Rogers MacJohn, Richard helps companies move beyond traditional CSR to become primary agents for delivering societal and shareholder value. He leverages insight and experience from over 20 years in industry, management consulting, and philanthropy at industry-leading organisations. Business for Development and Rogers MacJohn have formed a unique partnership where both organisations utilise respective skills in the development and execution of inclusive business projects.
While at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Richard developed and managed a $400m portfolio of grants and corporate co-investments to catalyse greater productivity, market access, and incomes for 2 million small African farms. Prior, he consulted at McKinsey and Kroll, advising global clients in the food, agribusiness, and consumer goods industries on supply chain efficiency and risk, corporate strategy, and organisational effectiveness. During his early career at Kraft, he managed cross-functional, global teams to drive product innovation and manufacturing efficiency.
Richard has been recognised for brokering high-value, effective partnerships across public and private organisations that merge social impact into business strategy. Through identifying opportunities for social impact along supply chains, he helps corporations, governments, donors, and NGOs leverage core competencies, build partnerships, and develop business models that secure lasting impact around shared interests. He has advised multinational corporations such as Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart, Mars, and Kraft in addition to government agencies such as USAID, BMZ, World Bank, DFID, and the Nigerian, Ethiopian, and Tanzanian ministries of agriculture. He has also worked with social-sector organisations such as the Rockefeller Foundation, GIZ, TechnoServe, and Sustainable Food Lab. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida.