Thought For Food

Regional Coordinators

Our team is powered by a group of 15 TFF Regional Coordinators who form a diverse group of talented entrepreneurs, researchers, consultants, engineers, farmers and academics leading TFF’s work in their respective regions: North America, the Caribbean, Central & Latin America, Brazil, Europe, Asia & Middle East, East/ South & Central/ North & West Africa, and Oceania.

The all-star TFF Regional Coordinators drive forward our mission to create a more resilient and inclusive food system by 2050. On a 3-year term, they develop strategic partnerships and manage their cohort of passionate TFF Ambassadors. The Regional Coordinators play a key role in ensuring our TFF global next-gen movement becomes a critical force for impactful transformation in the food and agriculture space.

  • Darío González

    LATAM | Colombia
  • Jessica Tambalo

    LATAM | Brazil
  • Cuthbert Mukora

    AFRICA | Zimbabwe
  • Maame Ekua Manful

    AFRICA | Ghana
  • Morris Opiyo

    AFRICA | Uganda
  • Matt Foley

  • Ayna Arora

  • Sujala Balaji

    NORTH AMERICA | Canada
  • Utsav Soni

    ASIA | India
  • Brittany Dahl

    OCEANIA | Australia
  • Lethícia Magno

    Europe | France
  • Luke Smith

    CARIBBEAN | Trinidad & Tobago
  • Isabel Zendejas

    LATAM | Mexico
  • Christina Ong

    ASEAN | Singapore
Thought For Food

Core Team

  • Christine Gould

    Founder & CEO

    Christine has dedicated her career to making ag innovation more open and collaborative. She created Thought For Food to inspire young people to get involved in developing the solutions their future depends on. Christine holds an MPA in Science & Technology Policy from Columbia University. She sits on the Board of Young Professionals in Ag Development and is a Founding Member of the Ashoka Changemakers League of Intrapreneurs.

  • Davide Mancini

    Chairman of the Board

    Davide has several years of experience in the field finance, strategy and transformation and brings a strong passion for technology, innovation, and sustainability to the team. He worked and lived in 10+ countries and spent 16 years between NBC Olympics and General Electric industrial businesses where his last role was VP of finance. Davide is a graduate of the Experienced Finance Leadership Program and HBS Executive Education.

  • Melissa Ong

    CEO SE Asia Region

    Melissa joins TFF after serving for almost five years as CEO of the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI), an independent, non-partisan think tank governed by the not-for-profit Jeffrey Cheah Foundation. She brings 25+ years of Asia-regional experience in International Trade, Brand Communications, Market Research, Organisational Development, Social Strategy, Corporate and Internal Communications.

  • Matt Glithero

    Managing Director and CFO

    Matt has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance and business leadership within multinational corporate environments, most recently at General Electric. He has a passion for continuous improvement and process excellence and gained extensive global operational finance expertise within the Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Power Generation industries, where his last role was VP Process Excellence Leader.

  • Caroline Steiblin

    Corporate Program Manager

    Caroline combines her analytical skillset and passion for research to create tangible impact in corporate development for TFF. Using her background managing and supporting data-driven and cross-departmental projects, and 5+ years of corporate experience, she is streamlining TFF’s food and agriculture innovation. Based in Switzerland, Caroline connects the TFF Community with tools to collaborate with major local and international partners.

  • Chelcie Vallely

    Digital Products Manager

    Chelcie has 7+ years of experience wearing a multitude of hats in startups, nonprofits and creative content agencies including VICE Media and The Economist Group. She is dedicated to leveraging innovation for social impact, applying her passion for business, design and technology as Digital Products Manager for Thought For Food®. She led the launch of the TFF Digital Labs® platform and curriculum and continues to accelerate its development and long-term strategy.

  • Marie Brueser

    Community Manager

    Marie is passionate about food sustainability which has shaped her path so far. With a PhD in plant genetics and plant breeding, she understands some of the challenges faced by farmers and plant breeding companies as well as the techniques available to solve global issues like food security. At TFF, she is constantly energised by the inspiring people and the innovative solutions they are bringing forward.

  • Jana Stolz

    Communications & Projects

    Jana's passion is for projects that build a meaningful, sustainable and impactful future. Her background is in communications, brand and project management with experience across agencies and startups. TFF is a real heart project for her, because it gives her the opportunity to bring purpose to the world and covers her passion for food and nutrition. Jana studied Multilingual Communication at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany.

  • Naomi Haeger

    Social Media Manager

    Naomi is passionate about creating long lasting change in the food system for a better future. She is driven to increase TFF's global reach and hopes to inspire more young people to think about the future of food. She has a keen interest in designing for behaviour change, and has a background in working in startups as well as advertising agencies. She studied a double masters in Global Innovation Design at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.

  • José Silva


    José is an emerging visual designer and strategist with a few years’ freelancing experience. Driven by a restless spirit and endless curiosity, I assure you I won't leave the wildest idea unexplored! From visuals for upcoming startups to full rebrands for NGOs, I love working with energetic, defiant companies who break the rules and laugh in the face of convention – the risk takers! Let's reinvent the future together?

Thought For Food®

Our Approach

The TFF Community has taught us a powerful framework of 6 Next-Gen Attitudes, which we believe can solve our world’s most complex challenges—starting with the creation of an inclusive and resilient food system.