Founder & CEO, Hello Tractor
Jehiel is responsible for the overall management of the Hello Tractor team, strategy, and partnerships. Prior to Hello Tractor, Jehiel worked as a financial sector consultant, providing advisory services for transactions totaling over a half billion dollars, in over ten countries, including conflict zones. Jehiel began his career in the US investment banking and private equity industries.
Outside of work, Jehiel remains active serving on the boards of Shared Interest and H4H, both impact investment funds focused in sub-Saharan Africa. Jehiel is also a Presidential appointee, under the Obama Administration, serving on the President’s Advisory Council for Doing Business in Africa. Jehiel studied economics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Florida A&M University and Cornell University, respectively.
Wed, 08 May | 9:10 AM - 9:30 AM
A Mobile App Having an Impact on Food Security in Africa
In sub-Saharan Africa, the average farmer plants their crops 30 days late, dramatically affecting yield in a region where food insecurity is widespread. Having access to tractors, a scarce and out-of-reach resource for many farmers is vital. Hello Tractor, an agricultural technology social enterprise set out to change that through a digital tractor sharing application, connecting tractor owners with farmers. In this compelling presentation, you’ll hear all about the transformative impact this “NetJet like app for tractor sharing” has had on food production and food security, enabling farmers that use the app to plant 40 times faster; the beneficial generation of a revenue stream for tractor owners; the unique relationship and partnership with tractor manufacturer John Deere; and how Progress Kinvey allowed Hello Tractor to focus on delivering unique value. As Mr. Oliver says, “If we can get our technology onto as many tractors in sub-Saharan Africa as possible, we can confront food insecurity in that region and improve the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people.”