Andy Watt is an agriculturalist with over 38 years of commercial experience in sales, marketing, business management, strategy development and implementation, corporate governance, driving change, and business restructuring and development. He has deep knowledge of both large-scale commercial and small-scale farming across Africa, with specialist knowledge of both crop protection and seeds. He was the Manage Diretor of Syngenta East and Southern Africa and Head of Large Scale Farming for Syngenta in Africa. Andy sits on the board of Karen Country Club as Director of Golf and has recently been appointed to the board of Coopers Kenya to help them further develop their crop inputs portfolio. He sits on the Advisory Panel of the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) – ILRI Hub. Andy is married to a Kenyan and has three children.
Elizabeth Wambugu holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the University Of Nairobi, Bachelor of Science (Maths & Physics) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She is a Certified public Accountant (CPA-K) and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). Elizabeth has over 13 years of experience in accounting and financial management, 8 of which she gained working at Monsanto Kenya Company. As the Financial Controller, she has the responsibility of strategically managing the financial resources of the company and ensuring that financial information is recorded accurately and timely, and ledger integrity is maintained resulting to quality financial reports which are useful in decision making.
Sandra Alai – DipM MCIM
Sandra is a marketing professional with many years of experience in SME funding & development. Commercial sales and marketing & strategy development in crop protection business in the Central, East and Southern countries of Africa. In her previous role, she was involved in opening new markets and growing markets for the business that she was overseeing; so she comes on board with a wealth of experience having worked at Monsanto Kenya limited.
She has also been involved in with CropLife Kenya in strategy development, training and implementation of Product Stewardship programs in the country. As a trainer, Sandra facilitated many training sessions with a bias on Product Stewardship, Counterfeiting of Agro Inputs, targeting farmers, agro dealers, extension services and distribution chain.
Outside the office, Sandra is a marketing tutor of CIM courses working with one of the accredited CIM institutions as adjunct faculty in Kenya.
Sandra’s academic background includes a B. Ed , Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered institute of Marketing UK.
Supply Chain & Operations Manager
Joyce Gikera holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance, Supply Chain and Operation Management), a Certified Public Accountant, and a diploma in Customer Service. She is looking forward to completing a post-graduate degree in Strategic Management at the Kenyatta University.
Joyce has over 10 years of experience in seed and agrochemicals supply chain and operations management, with a vast knowledge of business trade across East and South Africa. She has wealth of experience from both local and multinational companies. Joyce ensures the timely availability of quality and affordable Foundation seed across East and Southern Africa.
Mercy’s responsibilities include preparing and ensuring the accounts are accurate and in line with GAAP & IFRS regulations, highlighting performance against the budget. She has vast experience in finance and accounting.
Mercy holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics from Egerton University .She is also a Certified public Accountant (CPA (K).She is currently pursuing a professional course in Certified Investment & Financial Analyst(CIFA).
Mercy is passionate about hiking and cooking.
Wanjiru Njoroge holds a B.A in Sociology and Kiswahili from Egerton University, Njoro and an MBA in Marketing Management from Kabarak University, Nakuru. She has several years of experience as a personal assistant and a seeds procurement coordinator in a busy agricultural company in Nairobi, Kenya. As Administrative Assistant Wanjiru oversees and manages the QBS office and doubles up as the personal assistant to the Managing Director and supports him carry out his functions in an efficient manner. Wanjiru is passionate about mental health and SHE adores dogs.
Francis Ochango Alutseshe
Field Production Assistant
Francis Ochango holds a professional qualification in plant and animal production practices, which involves breeding/hybridization processes. Has a diploma in Agriculture and Biotechnology from Bukura Agricultural College (Kenya). Has also been trained in seed production and management by Kenya Plant and Health Services (KEPHIS), Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organization (KALRO) and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) Kenya. Has six years working experience in crop management especially maize as in Controlled Field Trials (CFTs), maize nurseries and trials establishment and management.
Francis is responsible for the management of all crops in the field as from establishment to production, that ensures crops are produced in required standards (of D.U.S) and have met the regulatory requirements.
Warehouse and Plant Supervisor
Rita Mueni is fresh graduate of Business Management from Moi University, Kenya. She is focused, results oriented and passionate individual with keen interest in Supply Chain Management. Rita is excited to apply her skills and training in the role of Stores supervisor at QBS. Ever since she joined QBS in 2019 as a Warehouse Assistant she has proved to be a fast learner, well organized team player with keen interest in expanding her knowledge and experience in QBS Company.