Our Management Committee and International Advisory Council are made up of individuals who have a diverse set of relevant skills, experiences, and knowledge. Its members are responsible for delivering Alluvial’s objective of contributing in partnership with local Communities, to both self sufficiency of food production, and economic prosperity on the African Continent.
Bishop Precious Omuku
A professional geologist, Omuku held senior positions in
Shell Nigeria and Shell UK before his appointment as Shell Nigeria's chief geologist, and later, executive director ofexternal affairs, director of Shell Trustees Ltd., chairman, Board of Shell Nigeria Gas, and Senior Advisor, Shell International, London - a position he held until he retired from Shell. He has served as a member of the governing council of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, a member of the board of the Nigerian Mining Corporation, chairman of the Rivers State of Nigeria Bureau of Public Procurement, chairman of the Rivers State (of Nigeria) Sustainable Development Agency, and Archbishop of Canterbury's Adviser on Anglican Communion Affairs. Omuku is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rivers Community Development Foundation (set up by the World Bank), member of Friends Life Committee of Reference, a Bishop of South Sudan and Sudan, an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Southwark, Church of England, and an Assistant to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Frademir is Chief Operating Officer of Alluvial. He has over 33 years experience in the key components of our business, spanning farm management, tractor fleet management, training and human resource management and haulage.
Since 1998, Frademir has invested in and managed several projects in rice, soybeans, corn and sorghum as well reforestation in southern Brazil and Africa. Trained as an accountant, Frademir brings his unique background in agribusiness and project management to multi-million dollar agriculture development projects.
Dimieari Von Kemedi
Dimieari Von Kemedi is Co-founder and Managing Director
of Alluvial. Kemedi has been responsible for project planning and management of Alluvial’s rice project and has taken a lead role inestablishing Alluvial’s export processes. He has worked in community development, nature conservation and conflict management. Kemedi has served a number of senior level expert and consulting positions, including with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the UN Panel of Experts on Liberia, Statoil and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Kemedi holds a degree in law from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt and was Environmental Politics Visiting Fellow at the University of California Berkeley.
Phanice Nyabate Mogaka
Phanice Nyabate Mogaka is Executive Director of the Alluvial Management Committee. Phanice is Founder and CEO of Eye on Africa, a pan-Africanist organization highlighting
development and promoting investment across the continent. Phanice had previously worked at the United Nations from where she was subsequently seconded to the Kenyan Government. She advises a number of governments across Africa at Presidential and ministerial level on development policy, trade and African integration. Phanice serves on the boards of Bliss GVS India, Samburu Girls Foundation and Pangani Girls Alumni Association. She is a founding member of the Harvard Africa Women's Network (HAWN). Phanice is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School and a Stanford world fellow. Phanice has a degree in sociology and communications from Massey University, New Zealand, and a postgraduate certificate in public policy from the University of Southern California.
Márcio Luiz Simon
Marcio Chief Agronomist at Alluvial. He has broad experience as a farmer since 1985, in owned and rented lands, being in charge of both administration and operations, mainly in
irrigated rice farms, but also with experience in farming soy, corn, etc. Marcio is a regular participant in seminars and technical gatherings and is trained in direct planting and health and safety at work and in agriculture, livestock, forestry and aquaculture. He is experienced in people management, project planning and implementation, topographic surveys, canal marking and dimensioning. Marcio has planned and constructed many roads and buildings as well as pumping stations and irrigation facilities including irrigation requirement calculations. He also has experience in planning and installation of drainage systems, tuning and maintenance of agricultural machinery and equipment and a broad knowledge of agro chemicals, auxiliaries and similar products as well as application systems. Marcio completed the Second Degree, at the Servos de Maria private school, in Turvo – SC – Brazil.
International Advisory Council
Wesley Davis is a co-founder of Alluvial and Chairman of the
Alluvial International Advisory Council. Wesley spent 20 years in Emerging Markets Finance spanning a wide range of roles, For the past three years, he has been leading the financing of Independent Power Projects in West Africa that include gas to power to reduce gas flaring in the Niger Delta as well as utility-scale solar projects which integrate into existing infrastructure for increased efficiency and load balancing. Wesley’s passion is harnessing the agricultural potential of Africa to enhance rural livelihoods and ensure food security. Wesley holds a Masters in Business Administration from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Arts, Economics from the University of Florida.
Enos Ned Banda
Enos is the founder/Chairman of the Freetel Group, an investment and advisory firm that has advised on significant cross-border M&A transactions, project finance, and
sovereign policy initiatives and transactions. He is an experienced investment banker who headed the African investment and corporate banking operations of Credit Suisse and HSBC and has practiced as an international corporate lawyer in the state of New York and in South Africa. He has advised on private sector and sovereign government transactions in excess of US$10 billion in a career spanning over 20 years. He is a founder shareholder of Cell C, the third cellular mobile firm in South Africa. Enos is the former Chairman of the South African National Electricity Regulator. His prior board positions include: Norilsk Nickel, the largest LSE listed nickel producer in the world, Air Liquide and Gold Reef Resorts. He is currently a core faculty member and Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Phillip van Niekerk
Phillip has spent the last 36 years covering Africa as a journalist, editor, communications adviser and political risk consultant. He is President of Calabar Consulting, a
Maryland-based company that advises corporate investors in Africa on political risk, integrity due diligence and anti-corruption. He is a Strategy Director of All Africa Resource Development (Aard), a company set up to monetize gas flares in Nigeria through deployment of new technology. He began his career as a journalist covering the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and reporting from war zones across the continent. He was editor-in-chief of the Mail&Guardian, South Africa’s leading investigative newspaper, Africa Correspondent for the London Observer and project director for the DC-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. He was also a founding member and head of the Africa Practice of G3 Good Governance Group in London.
Ide is the principal farm manager at Alluvial. Ide has over 12 years working experience as an agronomist across much of West Africa including Sierra Leone, Benin Republic and
Nigeria. Ide worked in various agricultural projects as training manager, team manager and farm manager. Ide has experience in farming fruits and vegetables as well rice, cassava and plantain amongst others. He has also reared goats, chicken, pigs, fish etc in mixed farm settings emphasizing zero waste. He is a leading expert in organic farming and animal breeding and has lived in rural settings over the past 15 years. Ide has been responsible over the last three years for the development our farms including land clearing and preparation, cost effective irrigation, building of infrastructure and community relations. Born on the 15th of January 1980 he graduated from the University of Abome, Calavi, where he studied crop production. He also has a certificate in Agricultural Entrepreneurship.
Adhiambo is an executive consultant whose work has focused on natural resources management, sustainable market-driven opportunities, skills development, education and
institution building as well as broadening youth and women’s access to financial services. She is a Director of Greetings Media Limited, a start-up multi media company. Adhiambo was the pioneer Managing Director of Dangote Foundation and Director of Pan Africa Programs/Representative-West Africa of the Ford Foundation. Prior to that, at the World Bank Adhiambo worked on girls’ education in Africa. She also served as Social Scientist for West Africa for the International Potato Center, promoting the post-harvest uses of sweet potato in the bakery and confectionery sector and the strengthening of seed potato systems in Cameroon. An Urban Studies graduate of College of St. Catherine, St. Paul Minnesota, she has a Masters of City and Regional Planning Degree from University of California at Berkeley and Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College) which she attended as the first Rhodes Scholar from Kenya.
Dr. Nkiru Balonwu
Nkiru is Founder and Managing Partner of organisational strategy and stakeholder engagement consultancy, RDF. The company provides expertise in investor relations, social
outreach, government relations, boards, reputation management, and partnerships to execute strategy through successful communication. Within the first twelve months of its formation, RDF has already worked with more than a dozen entities including brands, state institutions, and C-Suite executives. Prior to forming RDF, Nkiru was CEO for Spinlet – the leading digital music platform for African music across the continent and around the world. Before this, she held positions as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Lagos and was a founding member of Ratio Consulting. Nkiru is also creator of Bukkipa, a user-friendly mobile app that simplifies the accountancy and cash flow management processes for individuals and SMEs.
Passionate about women in business and the democratizing power of emerging communications technologies, Nkiru is a founding member of the AWB (African Women on Board) organization, and currently sits on the boards of Rele Gallery (rele.co) and Girly Essentials (girlyessentials.com.ng). She also regularly works as a mentor to younger women wishing to enter executive-level roles in businesses in Africa. A firm believer in placing effective communications at the heart of successful business and social strategy, Nkiru is an inspiring speaker and media commentator with a unique voice.
Nkiru holds a Doctorate Degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a Masters from University College London (UCL) and a First Degree from the University of Manchester. She has been called to the Bar in Nigeria, England & Wales and New York State.