Senior Director, Intellectual Capital @ Omidyar Network
Senior Advisor @ McKinsey & Company
Dr. Roy Steiner is a highly experienced senior global agriculture and global development leader with a demonstrated ability to strategize, consult, and manage professionals for development initiatives for an array of countries across Africa, Asia and Europe. He is well respected in the agricultural and international development field for his expertise in designing innovative and impactful solutions
Dr. Roy Steiner is a highly experienced senior global agriculture and global development leader with a demonstrated ability to strategize, consult, and manage professionals for development initiatives for an array of countries across Africa, Asia and Europe. He is well respected in the agricultural and international development field for his expertise in designing innovative and impactful solutions through the use of technology.
Dr. Steiner served for nearly a decade at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, culminating in a position as Deputy Director and Founding Member of the Agricultural Development Initiative at the foundation’s Global Development Program. As Deputy Director, Dr. Steiner managed a professional team responsible for a $400M grant portfolio in the area of sustainable farmer productivity that included irrigation and water management, seed systems, agronomy, farmer organizations, gender, human capital and Information Communication Technology initiatives. Moreover, he has conceptualized and helped develop innovative initiatives including the Agricultural Transformation Agency of Ethiopia, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (chaired by Kofi Annan) and the Digital Soil Map of Africa.
Prior to the foundation, Dr. Steiner was Founder and CEO of Cyberplex Africa, one of the largest web development companies in southern Africa. Focused on developing and delivering web-based solutions and knowledge management systems, Dr. Steiner rapidly developed a team of 45 professionals with offices in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. Among his projects include founding one of the first online payment system platforms in Africa (QuickPay), and serving as Lead Developer of HIV/AIDS program management for the Centers on Disease Control.
Director, Intellectual Capital @ As the director of the Intellectual Capital team, Roy is focused on enabling the Omidyar Network to become a highly innovative and effective learning organization. Roy works across all regions and initiatives, working closely with both the board and the management team. His work focuses on helping ON achieve its learning objective at all levels - ranging from external trends and environmental shifts, to testing our theories of change to social impact considerations to internal operational activities, and many facets in between From April 2015 to Present (9 months) Senior Advisor @ Providing strategic advice to the agriculture practice and clients on technology innovation, growth strategies and international development projects. From 2014 to Present (1 year) Deputy Director, Agricultural Development @ Founding member of Agricultural Development Initiative leadership team within the Global Development Program. Managed team of 12 direct reports responsible for $400MM grant portfolio in area of sustainable farmer productivity that included irrigation and water management, seed systems, agronomy, farmer organizations, gender, human capital and Information communication technology initiatives. Responsible for developing strategic partnerships within China, Brazil and Africa. Reported to Director of Agricultural Development with regular interaction with co-chairs. From 2005 to 2014 (9 years) Managing Director @ Developed team of 45 professionals with offices in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa providing web software development which achieved Gold Microsoft Solution Provider Certification and >25% annual revenue growth. Also responsible for evaluation and knowledge management for rural development programs with government and NGO organizations incluiding SADC, UNDP, ECA, World Bank, USAID, IUCN. From 1999 to 2005 (6 years) Managing Director @ One of the original founders and responsible for initial launch strategy in 5 countries. Pioneered leading Internet Service Provider in Zimbabwe. Recruited and managed staff of 40 professionals and achieved operational profitability within 14 months. From 1999 to 2005 (6 years) Senior Strategy Manager @ Founding member of CH2MHill’s Strategies Group, focused on assisting large corporate clients to strategically manage key environmental engineering and water management issues. Leader of M&A support service and responsible for marketing and product development for the practice. From 1995 to 1997 (2 years) Management Consultant @ Engagement with major organization and strategy studies in areas including agriculture, investment banking, multimedia, retail banking, and chemical retailing. From 1993 to 1995 (2 years) Warren Weaver Fellow @ Led project on agricultural sustainability, involving economic and scientific analysis of 6 long-term systems in India, Philippines, U.K. and U.S. Helped initiate TEEAL – The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library – now used in over 60 countries. From 1991 to 1993 (2 years)
PhD, Agricultural and Biological Engineering @ Cornell UniversityMSc, Agricultural and Biological Engineering @ Cornell UniversityBSc, Mechanical Engineering @ Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyBSc, Biology @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology Roy Steiner is skilled in: Management Consulting, Agriculture, Business Development, International Development, Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility, Philanthropy, Strategic Planning, Business Strategy, Partnerships, Knowledge Management, Software Development, Entrepreneurship, Strategy
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