Our Mission

Partner with visionary leaders and entrepreneurs driven to see communities in Ethiopia achieve their full potential through businesses that create jobs and economic empowerment.

Who We Are

Greg Vestri

Greg applies smart business ideas to solve global and social problems. He has served as CEO of numerous domestic + global organizations that range from start-up to large-scale. He served as a Partner of global consulting company Accenture, where he spent 19 years advising Fortune 500 Companies.

Sarah Jackson

Sarah is a Chartered Management Accountant who holds Master’s degrees in Development Management and International Studies. She has a strong understanding of the political and social context in Ethiopia and is experienced in foreign investment and start-up businesses.

Levi Benkert

Levi Benkert is passionate about building, funding, and advancing sustainable, efficient companies in the developing world. He has 6+ years of on-the-ground Ethiopia operations experience, 10+ years of real estate development and construction experience and is founder/CEO of three residential real estate development firms.

Scott Friesen

Scott is a serial entrepreneur who has started, grown & sold companies since 1998. He has helped to orchestrate the sale of four of these start-ups in technology and media. Having led operations, sales & technology teams, he has a track record of producing consistent growth and profitability.

Peter Mawditt

Peter is a leading innovator in bridging business and community development. His experience spans a number of industries, global geographies and cultures. He founded his career with 22 years of serving in executive roles with blue chip international banking companies across Asia.

What We Do

We leverage our knowledge, network, and capital to bring about deep, lasting change.

Integrating Purpose with Profit

Verdant Consulting specializes in solving business and social problems in tandem. We collaborate with leaders and entrepreneurs to start-up or scale purpose-driven businesses that accelerate Ethiopia's industrial, agricultural and technological transformation.

How We Do It

Foreign Investment and Startup

Partnering with foreign investors involves access to their knowledge, network and capital in order to benefit Ethiopia’s interest for economic growth. Successful business models are vital for the foreign investor and the leaders in Ethiopia. Verdant Consulting applies proven experiences from Verdant Frontiers’ endeavors and leverages methodology, tools and deep expertise to increase mutual success and impact.

Government and Community Engagement

Partnering with the Ethiopian government and communities to help actualise their vision and meet needs along the way is a vital component that can be missed or misunderstood. Verdant Consulting has trusted relationships built through Verdant Frontiers’ years of experience and understanding of how to practically bridge business and community development. This knowledge and capability can accelerate other foreign investor efforts thereby benefiting Ethiopia’s government and local communities.

Scaling Organizations

Starting a company is not easy, but scaling one in a local context carries with it a different set of challenges. Verdant Consulting has successfully partnered with CEO’s and their teams to rapidly develop platforms for scale and help manage successful implementations so they can focus more on business operations. Verdant Consulting has proven methodology, tools, and expertise that accelerate and smooth this key stage of a company’s growth.

Integrating Purpose with Profit

Successful business in Ethiopia starts with having a broader purpose than to just make profit. Companies with the greatest opportunity for success and impact know their social purpose and can integrate it with how they conduct business. Verdant Consulting has methodologies and expertise to help companies articulate and integrate purpose into the work they do everyday.

Verdant University

In order to achieve our mission, we are committed to building the skills of local Ethiopian talent. Verdant Consulting is partnering with each of the Verdant Frontier companies to scale Verdant University for the purpose of generating one million jobs as well as equipping leaders who will become job creators versus job takers.