Richard Rogers joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2007, where he serves as a Senior Program Officer on the Agricultural Development Program’s Market Access Team.
His primary role is to develop and manage a portfolio of grants, in partnership with multinational and local companies, to improve the incomes and livelihoods of smallholder farmers growing high-value cash crops such as cocoa, cashews, coffee, cotton, fruit, and rice in Sub-Saharan Africa earning less than $2/day.
Major grant areas include improving farm productivity and farmer organisations, reducing supply chain inefficiencies and post-harvest losses, developing SME processing capacity and farmer support services, and working with the financial sector and businesses to stimulate a greater flow of private capital into African agricultural value chains.
Richard’s work aims to leverage foundation funds to buy down the financial and organisational risk of companies willing to test out new business models leading to improved business performance and social impact. Prior to joining the foundation, Mr. Rogers served as a management consultant in the areas of global supply chain efficiency, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring.
Previously, while a consultant with McKinsey & Company, his work focused on supply chain and manufacturing strategies for multinational food and consumer goods companies. He spent his earlier career with Kraft Foods where he specialised in manufacturing and supply chain productivity, product commercialisation, and market entry.
He holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Chicago.