Chuck founded TravelSmith, which grew to over 2 million customers and $100 million in sales. In affiliation with Golden Gate Capital, he participated in the acquisition and turnaround of several major apparel brands, including Spiegel, Newport News, Norm Thompson and Express. Chuck also turned around HealthStore/CFW Shops, a struggling system of franchised drug shops serving the poor in Kenya. He founded Living Goods in 2007. He lives in California with his wife Molly and his three sons. Read the Founders story here.
Alfred joined Living Goods in early 2014 to help scale up the proven Living Goods model. Previously he was Country Director – Tanzania for KickStart International, which sells small-scale irrigation equipment for rural farmers. Prior to that, he was President of Washington, DC-based Community Wealth Partners, a leading social enterprise consulting firm., where he had the opportunity to develop strategies and business plans with many entrepreneurial nonprofit leaders and donors across the U.S. Alfred also served as SVP/General Manager at NYSE-listed Snyder Communications, Alfred holds a B.A. from Columbia University.
Liz worked with Sainsbury’s, where she was responsible for the development and performance of over 6000 private label products and delivering a sourcing with integrity strategy that ensured Sainsbury’s was the largest retailer in the world for Fairtrade products. She served on the board of Fairtrade International as a trader representative and joined their team in Kenya. Liz was born in Zambia and grew up in Papua New Guinea and the UK. She has a BSC in Agriculture and Food Science from Nottingham University.
Brad worked at Acumen Fund, where he managed their metrics and impact work across a global portfolio of impact investments. Previously, he was with Google.org, where he led M&E efforts that built a culture of rigorous, thoughtful, analytical impact assessment. He joined Google.org from Google Inc., where he began, and later helped manage, the Business Analytics team in Google’s Online Sales and Operations department. Brad holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Joe worked at Deloitte & Touche East Africa, where he was involved in audit assignments cutting across various industries.He moved to Wananchi Group Kenya Limited as Head of Treasury and later served as a Senior Business Analyst. As Senior Business Analyst, Joe developed the budget model for Wananchi Group as well as reporting and business analysis dashboards. He brings with him a great deal of experience in auditing, business planning, budgeting, financial modeling and reporting, accounting and analysis. He is a graduate of The University of Nairobi’s School of Business.
Lisa worked at Chemonics International Inc., leading strategy and design for large-scale development projects in Africa. As director of business development in East Africa, she oversaw all business development for the region, managing relationships with donors, implementation partners, foreign governments, and the private sector. She secured USAID funding opportunities up to $50 million in value, and coordinated programs for PlayPumps International and Save the Children. Lisa holds a B.A. in international development studies from the UCLA.
Molly was part of the early team that designed and built Living Goods’ impactful model. Previously, Molly consulted to Vision Spring and Unilever’s Project Shakti in India, as well as worked with Acumen’s health and water portfolios. She directed community development programs for ProWorld in Peru and managed a rural sanitation program in Mexico. Molly earned an MBA/MPH from the University of Michigan and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University with a BA in Community Health.
Caroline has worked in the technology sector for over 15 years. Most recently she worked with one of the largest public health organisation in Africa, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the organisations eHealth programmes to include eLearning and mHealth across sub-Saharan Africa. She has extensive experience in driving large-scale mHealth deployments in multiple countries, initiating learning opportunities to better inform ICT4D programs and policies, testing technologies and integration, and developing new business opportunities through public-private partnerships in emerging markets.
Carey began her career with Deloitte Consulting, where she improved product visibility through the last mile at the United States Postal Service, supporting major corporate reform initiatives at World Bank Headquarters, and helping to design and implement an end-to-end supply chain transformation strategy for the Central Medical Stores in Mozambique. She has led research projects on social and economic issues in Brazil and interned for the United States Senate. Carey graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wake Forest University.
Jack has a experience working on issues related to finance, policy, advisory and public health. He worked with Citigroup, where he advised auto and student loan companies on their capital raising strategies, and Clinton Health Access Initiative in Zambia, where he provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health. Jack also worked with CHAI as a program manager on their Global Health Financing team across eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Jack has a BS in Applied Economics from Cornell University.
Abraham is a member of the Uganda Expansion team and was previously an Android Field Support Officer helping launch LG’s android work.. Before joining Living Goods, he worked with Nile Breweries Limited as their Procurement Administrator and spearheaded the zero harm environment strategy. He is a graduate of Makerere University Business School and hails from Mbarara, Uganda.
Angela joined the training team at Living Goods first as an Assistant Health Trainer before becoming a Health Trainer. Previously, she spent 5 years working with AHF Uganda Cares, a HIV clinic, where she focused on nutrition, EMTCT, and family planning. She has a diploma in comprehensive nursing, and is happy to train people who are role models in the community.
Anita is a health trainer building the capacity of community health workers to improve outcomes. She is a graduate in public health who has always enjoyed equipping people with knowledge and skills to change their lives. Prior to joining Living Goods, Anita worked with Pulse Uganda as a health educator. She joined Living Goods in 2010 as an Assistant Branch Manager and was promoted to Branch Manager of the Mpigi branch.
Betty is a midwife by profession and before Living Goods volunteered at Uganda’s government hospitals and owned a small drug shop of her own. She joined Living Goods as a Community Health Promoter in 2009. After excelling in sales and health, she was promoted to take charge of the Tula branch as its Branch Manager. She is a mother of three and had the privilege to represent the organization at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York in 2011.
Brenda has over 7 years experience in finance, administration and taxation across organizations ranging from private companies to internationally NGOs. She has worked with PANOS Eastern Africa, BBC World Service Trust (now BBC Media in Action), and Watoto Ministries. Brenda brings strong experience in managing audits, developing company finance policies and procedures, drawing and monitoring of budgets and data analysis.
Christa joined Living Goods as a Health Trainer after completing the Trainer Training program. Prior to joining Living Goods, Christa worked with Bugolobi Medical Center as a midwife. She holds a degree in nursing and a diploma in midwifery, and is passionate about equipping CHPs with the necessary skills to support maternal and child healthcare in the community.
Daniel supports the implementation of mobile apps, SMS analysis and field deployment. Before joining Living Goods, he spent three years as systems consultant at RBM Systems Ltd., a financial, management and software development company. He has experience in ERP solutions, especially POS, with a focus on the planning and deployment of optimum IT systems. Daniel holds a BS in Information Technology from Makerere University.
Dickson is a Health Trainer who joined Living Goods from Benedict Medical Center, a private, not-for-profit health center located in Kampala, where he worked as a clinical officer. Previously, he worked at Kyembogo Health Center in Kyenjojo district as the Health Center In Charge. He has a diploma in Clinical Medicine and Community Health and a Certificate in Health Services Management from Makerere University.
Prior to joining Living Goods, Eddie worked at Impact Carbon Uganda, where he was in charge of marketing and scaling up distribution. He has also worked with Uganda Telecom ltd, Movit Products ltd and Century Bottling company ltd (Coca-Cola). Eddie holds a Bachelors in Procurement and Logistics Management of Kyambogo University, and a Uganda Higher Diploma in Marketing from Makerere University Business School..
Emilie leads the field operations and marketing team in Uganda and brings more than 10 years’ experience in marketing, sales and management. She has worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative as Global Innovation Manager. Prior to that, Emilie worked in marketing for various FMCG companies, including Kraft Foods (Mondelez) and Danone. Emilie holds post graduate degree in management and business administration from Edhec business school, France.
Julius started his finance career at Pagerr Consulting, a management and finance consulting firm, where he did strategic planning, financial management and resource mobilization in various social enterprises and farmer groups under the NAADs programme in eastern Uganda. Julius also worked as an intern in the internal audit department of Kumi District local government and worked in the accounts back office at Finca Bank. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a CPA.
Megan began her career at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Uganda, where she spent over two years managing randomized controlled trials for development economists at Yale and the World Bank. After IPA, Megan spent at an early stage start-up in San Francisco, where she was an Operations Manager. Most recently, she worked with J-PAL in Nigeria on a large maternal and infant health project. Megan has a degree in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University.
Prior to Living Goods, Maria worked with Arcadia University at the Nyerere Centre for Peace Research in Tanzania as an Administrative and Finance Assistant,She is a graduate of Business Administration and Management with a specialization in accounting and finance. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration and Management from Eastern and Southern Management Institute (ESAMI).
Michael is Living Goods first health trainer in Uganda, and has been with the organization for more than 5 years. Previously, Michael worked with Mildmay International, an NGO that deals with the care, training and education of HIV infected and affected people, where he was a Health Training Officer focused on training staff and caregivers how to effectively communicate with HIV infected and affected people. Michael was also a Child Development Officer with Compassion International, an organization helping orphans and vulnerable children.
Mike has worked with DHL, Norbrook Pharmaceuticals Worldwide, and Joint Medical Store, the largest private medical store in Uganda. As Head of Dispatch and Distribution for Joint Medical Store, he managed logistics for procuring, storing and selling over 2000 products, including pharmaceuticals, medical and surgical sundries, equipment and instruments, and laboratory supplies. Mike holds a diploma in Stores Management from Makerere University Business School, a bachelor’s degree in Procurement and Logistics Management. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
Moses leads Living Goods’ Android Field Support Team, giving full time support to both CHPs and the Field Support Teams on Andro-Tech. He previously worked with BRAC Africa, jointly managing the Electronic Data Sections in Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan. He is a graduate of Makerere University.
Ronald joined Living Goods when the organization was starting in Uganda in 2008. Previously, Ronald worked with MTN Uganda where he was a field team leader for a Grameen Foundation-funded project of Community Knowledge Workers in eastern Uganda. He managed 65 CKWs who used mobile phones to empower communities to get health, business and agricultural information. Ronald also served as Project Officer for KOKA on a UNICEF/Belgium Survival Fund funded project. Ronald earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management, a Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Studies, and a Diploma in Education.
Before joining Living Goods, Victor worked at Swahitech, Codemart IT solutions and Interned with Transparency International Rwanda and the Henry Jackson Foundation Medical Research Unit. He has a Bachelors of Computer Science and a Masters in Software Engineering.
Moses has over 10 years of experience in procurement and logistics management drawn from not-for-profit and for profit organizations that include Plan Uganda, Management Sciences for Health and Expo Logistics (U) Ltd, among others. He was inspired to join Living Goods because of its visionary new approach to development work.
Sarah joined the Talent team at Living Goods after 2 years at Ashoka Ireland, where she focused on finding and electing Ashoka Fellows, while also growing the network of diaspora funders. She then helped Ashoka Fellow Neil McCabe to establish and scale his organization, The Green Plan. Sarah studied Sociology and French at Boston College, where she also dedicated time to promoting local and sustainable foods on campus.
Peter brings over 10 years of experience in public health, program management and health systems strengthening to his work at Living Goods. Peter has worked with Nyenga Hospital, Kisubi Hospital and Wakiso District Local Government. He provided technical direction to a multi-disciplinary team of 20 professionals at Protecting Families Against HIV/AIDS to implement EMTCT, Saving Lives at Birth (SLAB) and combination HIV prevention projects in 20 districts of Uganda. Peter is a visiting lecturer at the International Health Sciences University in Kampala and holds an MPH from the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in the Netherlands and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from Makerere University.
Gerald brings more than 6 years of experience in sales, distribution and marketing to the Field Operations team. Prior to joining Living Goods, he worked at Core Electronics as a Regional Sales Manager. Previously, he worked at Uganda Breweries and Warid Telecom (now part of Airtel). Gerald holds a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University.
Adson joined Living Goods as an Assistant Branch Manager, before becoming Branch Manager in Mukono. Prior to joining Living Goods, he was a Sales and Marketing Representative at both ABACUS Pharma Africa and Gittoes Pharmaceuticals. He received a certificate in environmental sciences from the Paramedical Schools at Mulago Hospital, before supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad with Siber International Security. He calls Kiruhura district in Western Uganda home and is the proud father of one.
Joyce is a Branch Manager at the Kiira branch. Previously she worked for 3 years as the team leader of the maternity ward at Nakasero Hospital Limited, a non-government hospital in Uganda. Additionaly, she worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres in Soroti Regional Referral Hospital in the pediatric ward as a midwife. She holds a diploma in midwifery and is a senior midwife. Joyce likes sharing challenges and interacting with friends but hates public embarrassment!
Annet is a Branch Manager in Bwaise. Before joining Living Goods, she was an independent distributor for Forever Living, a nutrition supplement company. She has a Bachelor’s in Education from Makerere University and hails from Sheema district in Western Uganda. Annet loves traveling and is passionate about community development, specifically focusing on eradicating needless illness.
Judith joined Living Goods as Assistant Branch Manager of Tula before becoming Branch Manager of Nsangi. Previously, she was a Research Assistant at Malaria Consortium and a drug dispenser in Roots Pharmacy and Plus Medic Pharmacy. She received a Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery, is passionate about serving children, and loves seeing results.
Rosemary joined Living Goods in 2010 as an Assistant Branch Manager. She was made Branch Manager in 2013 and oversees the Tula branch in Kawempe. Prior to Living Goods, Rosemary was a loan officer with the Uganda Microfinance Institution. She also worked in the loan department with Mission for All. Additionally, Rosemary was Programmes Manager for Action for Fundamental Change and Development (AFCAD). She graduated from Makerere University Business School and is excited about waking up every day and changing people’s lives.
Angela joins Living Goods as a Branch Manager at Masajja, after completing the Branch Management Training Program. Previously, she worked at ABC Capital Bank as an Operations Supervisor for one year. She also worked at Centenary Bank as a Branch Supervisor for eight years. She studied Development Studies at Uganda Martyrs University and is passionate about entrepreneurship.
After completing the Branch Management Training Program in 2014, Robinah joined Living Goods as an Assistant Branch Manager in Lira before becoming Branch Manager. Previously, she worked with AYINET Uganda as a Medical Clinical Officer rehabilitating physically tortured victims of the LRA war for three years. She has a Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Community Health from Gulu School of Clinical Officers. She is passionate about using her skills and knowledge to help the vulnerable community thrive.
Afisha joined Living Goods as a Branch Manager after completing the Branch Management Training Programme. Prior to joining Living Goods, she worked with The Fairmont Dubai initially as a royal service agent and later as a cluster reservations sales agent in charge of the UAE region. She also has experience as an administrative assistant in Holleycotec Pharmaceuticals and as a sales executive in Multi-Choice Uganda. Afisha has volunteered with AIDS Intergrated Model, Smile Train, and The National Organization for People Living with Hepatitis B. She graduated from Bangalore University in India and is passionate about caring for children, serving the community, and customer service.
Stellah is the Branch Manager in Mpigi. She joined Living Goods in 2010 as Assistant Branch Manager where she worked in Bwaise, and was promoted in 2014 to her current position. Prior to Living Goods, Stellah was a nursing officer at Mulago Hospital. She was also a nurse-in-charge at Ddembe Clinic in Kabalagala. Stellah has a diploma in nursing from Mulago Hospital of Nursing and Midwifery and is passionate about working with the community and helping improve the lives of mothers and children.
A graduate of the Branch Management Training Program, Stephen joins Living Goods as a Branch Manager. Previously, he worked with the Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC) where he was a part of the Malaria Research team for one and half years. Prior to that, he worked for the Centre for Integrated Research and Community Development Uganda as a Field Data Collector. He received a diploma in Computer Science from Kyambogo Univeristy and enjoys working in and supporting communities.
Simon joins Living Goods with 15 years’ experience using IT to achieve business goals. He brings a broad background in IT, including enterprise application implementation, IT project management, database design and IT training. Most recently, Simon was Head of Touchpoints and Cards at Interswitch East Africa. Prior to that, he was IT Manager at Interswitch, IT Manager at the School of St. Jude in Arusha, IS Manager for DFID’s Government Aid Delivery Programme, and Head of IT at Uganda Microfinance Union where he was responsible for implementing the transformation from manual to computerized information systems.
Kennedy is a graduate with a degree in mathematics and computer science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. A top-notch programmer, he specializes in backend web development (PHP, MySql) and mobile apps development (Android). As a technology enthusiast, Kennedy has extensive knowledge of latest technologies in mobile and web.
Before joining Living Goods, Anne Wangechi worked in finance with one of the top brands in the Kenyan printing industry, Ramco Printing Works. She has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Option) from Jomo Kenyatta University and is currently pursuing her final papers in CPA.
Eric as over 10 year experience in logistics and procurement including coordinating logisitics and procurement at Humanitarian Organizations. He was the Supply Manager for ADRA International in Somalia, Sudan and Kenya and Logistics Coordinator for Medecins sans Frontiere in West and East Africa and the Program Logistics Manager for East African Countries at Handicap International. He is a member in the chartered institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) and and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Supply Management.
Delphine holds a degree in Public Health from The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She also has a diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery from Kenya Medical Training College in Webuye. She has over three years working experience in this field having done attachment in various hospitals including Mbale Rural Hospital, Kisii Level 5 Hospital and Kenya Ports Authority. She has worked in Jamaa Mission Hospital.
Grace’s background is in the microfinance sector, having worked for Molyn Credit Ltd and Century Deposit Taking Microfinance, where she built a portfolio of more than 500 borrowers in one year. She was also involved in developing a loan product that assisted borrowers own household assets. She holds a diploma in banking and financial services from the Kenya Institute of Bankers.
Ken has worked in training and capacity building for eight years with several leading NGO’s. He has a keen interest in livlihoods and works with health trainers at Living Goods to ensure that health and sales do indeed go hand in han. He holds a B.ED Arts degree in Economics and Business studies from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Project Management from the Kenya Institute of Management.
Meagan manages the Living Goods product portfolio as well as Kenya’s procurement needs. Her passion for base-of-pyramid products was sparked in 2011 when she began working for a Ghana-based cookstove business supporting operations and developing business strategies. She has an MBA from Oxford University and an MA in International Studies, and has previously worked for and consulted to social enterprises, a humanitarian NGO, and the World Economic Forum. She was also a Kiva Fellow based in Polynesia.
Naomi has 10+ years of experience in operations and business development. She worked for Kenya Women Finance Trust, the largest microfinance institution in Kenya and as a branch manager at KWFT, where she ran a branch of 10 staff with over 5,000 borrowers, and managing a loan portfolio of KSH 70M with a recovery rate of 98%. Naomi also worked as manager at Namanga Forex Bureau. This mother of four holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance from Kenyatta University.
Sylvain heads Field Operations in Kenya and is responsible for overseeing existing branches and opening new branches. He previously developed Grameen Danone’ssales, marketing and distribution of nutritional products through retail and agent networks in Bangladesh, managed a public private partnership focused on nutritional prodct sales for Danone in Poland and has set up a start up focused on improving access to improved cookstoves in Uganda. Sylvain holds post-graduate degrees in international business from Universite Paris Est and in sustainable development management from HEC Paris Business School.
Benard’s background is in the health sector, having worked for both hospital and retail pharmacies in the Central Region of Kenya. His passion for impact in the communities has led him to join Living Goods.
Ruth is a skilled Public Health specialist with wide knowledge and skills with over 14 years experience in the fields of Health policy, Program management, Knowledge management, Community Health programing and Health Systems management. She has worked for both public and private sectors and over the years has provided overall management and leadership in the development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of integrated health programs. She is a doctoral candidate in health communications, has a Master of Science in Health Systems Management and is an M&E Fellow.
Faith has over 7 years experience in both profit and non-profit organizations in sales, agent development and management, having worked with M-Pesa and M-Kopa as a regional sales team leader. She holds a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship from Jomo Kenyatta University. She brings a wealth of experience in sales, marketing and entrepreneurship to Living Goods, and is credited with managing a team of twelve staff with an agent network of over 250 clients while at M-PESA.
Joyce joins Living Goods as a Branch Manager with extensive community and fieldwork experience having worked with Life Straw as a Field Officer and most recently at Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children’s Rights as a Program Officer covering Western Kenya. Joyce is very passionate about community development. She holds a Diploma in Community Development from JKUAT and is currently pursuing a Degree in Development at Mt. Kenya University.
Alice joins Living Goods as a Health Trainer, with over three years’ experience in humanitarian conflict, community health, and HIV/AIDS research. She also has vast experience in health education and promotion through her work experience with the Ministry of Health and AMPATH. Additionally, Alice brings experience in emergency operations from her work with Kenya Red Cross Society as a member of the disaster response team and a psychosocial support coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from Moi University School of Public Health. Alice is passionate about imparting knowledge that makes a difference in society!
Lesley is a Kenya Registered Community Health Nurse (KRCHN) having attained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Nairobi. She joins Living Goods as a Health Trainer, with a wealth of experience in health training and sales. Previously she was a Medical Representative for Gap Marketing Limited, working largely on the Bayer HealthCare Account and their products’ market penetration. Prior to that, Lesley worked as a Nurse Tutor for Acoma Onlus in charge of training courses focusing on Preventive Health and First Aid.
Patrick is a Diploma holder in Pharmaceutical Technology with over 10 years pharmacy experience in hospitals, universities and community pharmacies. Before joining Living Goods, Patrick worked at AAR Healthcare Services, Radiant Group of Hospitals and most recently at Africare Limited as the Pharmacy Manager. Patrick also currently serves as the Chairman of Kenya Pharmaceutical Association, Nairobi Chapter.