As the 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 organizations.
While at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Richard developed and managed a $400m portfolio of grants and corporate co-investments to catalyze greater productivity, market access, and incomes for 2 million small African farms. Prior, he was a consultant at McKinsey, where he advised global clients in the food, agribusiness, and consumer goods industries on supply chain efficiency and risk, corporate strategy, and organizational effectiveness. During his early career at Kraft Foods, Richard managed cross-functional, global teams to drive product innovation and manufacturing efficiency.
Richard has been recognized for brokering high-value, effective partnerships across public and private organizations 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.
Richard 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 worked with social sector organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation, GIZ, TechnoServe, Sustainable Food Lab, and the Shared Value Initiative in addition to serving on the Board for the Committee for Sustainability Assessment. He holds a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida.