Jim Zenner, Vice President & Senior Partner

James Zenner

Jim Zenner
Email: james.zenner@heartland-global.com

Mr. James Zenner has 40 years of broad management experience including 11 years with DuPont Protein Technologies (The Solae Company) where he held increasingly accountable management positions including Area Managing Director for Asia Pacific, with responsibility for eight Asia Pacific business regions for the company’s Isolated Soy Protein (ISP) business, focusing on the health and nutrition market, processed food, beverage, meat, poultry and fish industries.

Prior to this, Jim was the Director of Global Industry Management at DuPont Protein Technologies with responsibilities for worldwide business development in the $230.0 million Isolated Soy Protein market.

Before joining DuPont Protein Technologies, Jim was Director of Store Brand Cereals, for The Ralston Purina Company (Nestle Purina / Ralcorp) and also held increasingly responsible management positions at the Warner-Jenkinson Company (Sensient Technologies Corporation) and Maritz Incorporated.

Jim is President of JPZ Consulting Group, a company he founded in 2001 that specializes in general management and nutritional science solutions for the companies in the international food and food ingredients marketplace and organizations within the global Non-Governmental Organization and Private Voluntary Organization food security supply chain. The group’s focus is on providing clients with management expertise and creative uses of new or existing food ingredients, commodities and micronutrients that are developed into great tasting, healthy and nutritious foods.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

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Lloyd Le Page, President & CEO

Lloyd Le PageLloyd Le Page
Email: lloyd.lp@heartland-global.com

Mr. Le Page’s career includes over 23 years management experience in farming, agribusiness, high value horticulture and rural development in Africa, Asia and the US.  He is the Founder and President of Heartland Global and has consulted for the World Bank, agri-business, trade associations and non-profits.

Prior to starting the consulting practice Mr. Le Page was CEO of the CGIAR Consortium, the world’s largest public agriculture and natural resources research institution, spanning 15 research centers globally, operating in over 200 locations and supported by 64 national government and private foundation donors such as the World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, US-AID and DFID.

Mr. Le Page led DuPont-Pioneer’s Global Sustainable Agriculture and Development program. Lloyd  focused on creating innovative sustainable development partnerships which increase farmer productivity, and enhance agricultural value chains while improving the business and technology acceptance environment. The role supported Pioneer’s citizenship and CSR initiatives, including education and capacity building and interacted at all levels with private, public, non-profit and academic sectors both in the US and in developing countries, especially Africa.

Prior to his move to the US, Lloyd worked for Pioneer as regional supply chain manager for Africa and previously as production manager in South Africa and Zimbabwe.  He also participated in various committees of Africa-Bio, SANSOR and the Seed Trade. Prior to Pioneer, Lloyd’s career involved farm and livestock management, agro-processing, general management and finally sales agronomy in Zimbabwe.

Lloyd has served on many non-profit and advisory boards including the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA), Empower Tanzania Inc, the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF), Iowa Council for International Understanding (ICIU), Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD), Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), CropLife Africa, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa (PCHPA), African Bio-fortified Sorghum (ABS) consortium, the West Africa Seed Alliance (WASA), the Alliance for Seed in East and Southern Africa (ASIESA) and the Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Lloyd was among the founding participants of the Base of the Pyramid Protocol™ and has spoken at many global corporate citizenship events including at Wharton School of Business, Cornell, UNC, ISU and Drake. In 2006 Lloyd was awarded the AIARD Young Professional of the Year and was selected for Leadership Iowa 2009-2010

Although Lloyd is British, he spent his childhood in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Kenya. Lloyd moved to Iowa with his family in 2004 and lives in Des Moines.

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Andrew Ward, Partner

Andrew Ward

Andrew Ward, PhD
Email: andrew.ward@heartland-global.com

Andrew Ward has been managing agricultural research programs since 1999, initially with a focus on crop protection but recently with a focus on the whole innovation system required for research best practice focusing on bringing benefits to both farmers and the environment. A British citizen, he earned a PhD in Insect Pest Management/Insect Ecology on Cowpea (on farm research) in Nigeria from the University of East Anglia in collaboration with Rothamstead Research. In addition to the research he worked for an NGO which was an important outreach partner for the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) based in Ibadan, Nigeria. Dr. Ward had previously gained a Bachelor of Science in International Development from the University of East Anglia, a degree comprising biological and social science elements (plant biology, natural resource management, agricultural development, agricultural economics and sociology).

Dr. Ward started his career working for Natural Resources International, becoming deputy manager of the largest of DFID’s natural resources research programs, the Crop Protection Program. Acting as an interface between donors and researchers he managed projects addressing entomology, plant pathology, virology, nematology, weed science and migrant pests. These projects were mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa but also in South Asia and South America. In Africa Dr. Ward was a donor representative on the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance. He organized ongoing discussions with sister programs on livestock, forestry, plant science and post-harvest issues to address concerns together and identify opportunities for joint working. In addition he took additional studies on Gender and Agrarian Change, Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation.

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Ajay Sud, Partner

Ajay Sud

Ajay Sud
Email: ajay.sud@heartland-global.com

Mr. Sud has over 30 years of professional experience in providing client focused holistic solutions encompassing tax, legal and advisory services primarily focused on the social sector. He is qualified as both senior legal counsel, as well as a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Sud is founder and member of Governing Boards of International Development Enterprises India engaged in key interventions in promotion of livelihoods and income enhancements for small and marginal rural households; Access Development Services – a niche Technical Services Provider in the Microfinance and Livelihoods space; Center for International Development Services where he developed print and audio visual training tools for interventions in HIV/AIDS in relation to Industrial Labour. At Pioneer Seeds (DuPont) he was the Founding Director for India and until 2008 was a member of the India Board. Managing tax and legal counsel for India; Foundation of MSME Clusters-Promoted by UNIDO and Government of India – member of the Governing Board; Sesame Street Workshop India Trust –member of the Governing Board, The Prince of Wales Bhoomi Vardaan Foundation – member of the Governing Board

Mr. Sud was also a member of the United Nations Resource Network for implementing Global Fund Grants for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

His legal experience has include global clients in both the following public and private sectors

  • CARE
  • GIZ
  • FES
  • Save the Children
  • CBM
  • American Cancer Society
  • Prince of Wales BVF
  • BMGF
  • MSDF
  • Red Cross
  • GAIN
  • KfW
  • HBF
  • Welthungerhilfe; Pioneer/DuPont; RLF
  • Mercy Corps; GRI, DAAD, DFG, UoC
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