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Co-founder and managing director
Guillaume Virag is co-founder and managing director of Project Alba. He studied Economics at Ecole Polytechnic and was involved in startup projects in IT prior to creating Project Alba (alongside Victor Combal-Weiss). He became involved in agriculture seven years ago when understanding it was central to the lives of over 2 billion people still living on less than $1 per day.
Team members     picto-equipe

30 employees are now working at Project Alba with a mix of 15% international staff and 85% local staff. Among them:

 

Savy Huom joined us as Field Agent back in 2012. He is now a Team Leader with key responsibilities in handling our production with farmers.
Chivorn Sros is one of our first employees, he is Project Alba's IT Manager, responsible for systems development and ensuring agents can access the relevant information to work with farmers.
Parth Borkotoky leads the R&D team. Parth did his masters in Agriculture Economics from University Putra Malaysia. Thereafter he has been working in the Agribusiness sector in Malaysia and India. His experience covers farm management, market research, research and development.
Mariella Mbath, an agro-economist who holds a MSc from Agro Paris Tech and has worked in agriculture and agribusiness organizations, is in charge of Operations.
Sourn Vichet, who joined the company in 2012, is Project Alba’s HR director and farmers acquisition responsible.
The Administration & Legal department is led by Sao Sopheap, who holds a Masters in Finance and Banking and has 15 years experience working in administrative and financial management.
Mélanie Perissé is Project Alba’s Finance Director. Melanie graduated from Centrale Paris and has background in management consulting, humanitarian development and impact investing.
Advisory Board Advisory_Board
Bruno MARTINAUD
Experienced entrepreneur, Bruno is the founder of Intelware and MP3 Minutes. He is a consultant for startups and founded the Entrepreneurship Master’s Degree at Ecole Polytechnique. He is a precious and very regular advisor since the very beginning of Project Alba and is coaching us through the different steps of the project.
Pierre-Antoine DURGEAT
French digital entrepreneur. Graduated in Computer Sciences from Supelec, he has created and operated several large internet services (Mappy, VisioCity, TellMeWhere, Boonty). Pierre-Antoine is also active in Venture Capital.
Ned Tozun
Founder and President of d.light, one of the very first successful social startup companies in developing countries, out of Stanford’s d.school. D.light has now expanded to over 60 countries. Ned has been recognized by Forbes as one of the world’s top thirty social entrepreneurs. Prior to d.light, Ned founded several consumer product start-ups in Silicon Valley.
Nicola Kerslake
Based in Silicon Valley and Nevada, Nicola is an investor in agribusinesses. She founded Newbean Capital, a fund focussed on agriculture. She is also involved in advising Agricultural Research Agencies and Agribusinesses.