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Thea Pease
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Thea Pease

 Engagement Director

Thea joined RIG as an Engagement Director in February 2021 and leads the AgriFood and Industrial Biotech practices

Thea has spent 6 years working in and around agriculture, food and sustainability. In her last year of studying French, Spanish and Mandarin at the University of Exeter, she co-ran The Biosmart Initiative, working to explore carbon sequestration and clean fuel opportunities with biochar in Ethiopia. Following a post-grad in Social Innovation Management at the Amani Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thea worked briefly with Mustard Seed, a social impact VC, before joining Wefarm, the world’s largest platform for small-scale farmers.

She spent over 4 years at Wefarm, working with over 2m farmers across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and eventually leading sales and business development as part of Wefarm’s Senior Leadership Team. Thea also launched Wefarm’s Marketplace, which generated $29m in sales of agricultural inputs in 3 years, and secured partnerships with a range of agricultural input companies, multi-nationals and F&B companies.

Thea is a people-focused operator and passionate about supporting the early-stage growth of globally ambitious startups who create triple bottom line impact (people, planet and profit).

A French and Spanish speaker, with rusty Portuguese and extremely rusty Swahili and Mandarin, Thea enjoys travel, is a keen yogi and reader, and one day hopes to finish writing the novel she started 4 years ago, and never quite gets around to completing.

Myth or Reality? Exploring the high flying aspirations of Vertical Farming

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were built, it is said, around 600 BC by King Nebuchadnezzar II for his wife Amytis, because she missed the verdant landscapes of her native Media (modern-day Iran). Descriptions of these gardens also suggest that they could be considered the first example of a vertical farm, with a series of stacked terraces irrigated by manually operated water pumps.

 

Dairy farming and Scope 3 emissions: Why sustainable changes must be aligned with economic benefits

There is huge potential for the food industry to reduce their carbon footprint whilst educating consumers on the benefits of dairy farming; however, a ‘wait and see’ approach may lead to missed opportunities

 

“We know more about space than we know about the ocean"

Getting into the (sea)weeds (Sorry, we couldn't kelp ourselves).