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A Peace Corps volunteer had a dream to use the nutritious leaves of the moringa tree to improve the lives of women in West Africa. Out of that dream, Kuli Kuli was born.


  
  Lisa Curtis, Kuli Kuli Founder, In a Moringa Field

OUR STORY

Kuli Kuli was founded to nourish and uplift the health and wellbeing of women and the planet using naturally energizing, nutrient-rich, sustainable plants.


Nourishing you, nourishing the world.

WHERE OUR MORINGA COMES FROM

Our moringa leaves are sourced from small family farms that meet our high standards for quality and impactful sourcing. As a Certified B Corp, Kuli Kuli meets high standards of environmental performance and public transparency.

  • Meet Teddy Ruge: Moringa Supplier and Leader in Regenerative Agriculture

  • Meet Pamela: Moringa Supplier and Champion of Women and Children’s Empowerment

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Lisa Curtis

    Lisa Curtis

    Founder, CEO

    Lisa began working on Kuli Kuli while in the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. As a volunteer in her village’s health center, she gained an understanding of nutritional challenges faced in West African villages and how moringa can help address those challenges. Prior to Kuli Kuli, Lisa served as the Communications Director at Mosaic, wrote political briefings for President Obama in the White House and worked at an impact investment firm in India. Lisa has been recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30 leader, a Udall Scholar and a “dedicated humanitarian” by the Muhammad Ali Center.

    Lisa’s favorite way to eat moringa is by mixing Kuli Kuli’s Pure Organic Moringa Powder in her morning oatmeal with almond butter, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and fruit.

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Jordan Moncharmont

    Jordan Moncharmont

    Founder & CTO

    Jordan keeps Kuli Kuli running smoothly, leading our tech, finance, and legal teams. A software engineer by training, Jordan founded Kuli Kuli with Lisa to foster the positive feedback loop offered by the moringa tree, one of the most nutritious plants on the planet. Jordan has always been interested in how communities and technology interact to solve the world's problems. Prior to joining Kuli Kuli, Jordan designed and implemented the online systems for Tesla’s cars, one of the largest internet-of-things deployments in the world with over 30 million connected sensors. He also served as a software engineer at Facebook from 2005 - 2010, where he learned how to scale a company quickly.

    Jordan loves Kuli Kuli’s Energizing Moringa Tea.

  • Ericka Karner

    Chief Growth Officer

    Ericka comes to Kuli Kuli with over 25 years of marketing, sales and general management experience in the consumer goods industry. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from UCLA. Ericka's career has included positions at large companies like Kraft and Nestle, but start-ups have been where she feels most at home for the last decade. At Kuli Kuli, Ericka's focus is to drive profitable growth through innovation and strategic sales expansion. She is passionate about the Kuli Kuli mission to improve the lives of women across the globe with both business opportunities as well as healthy food options. A moringa fan herself, Ericka's favorite products are the Raspberry Acai Focus Focus Focus Shot, as well as the Dark Chocolate Moringa Energy Bar .

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David Ray

    David Ray

    Director of Operations

    David comes to Kuli Kuli with several years of experience working for fast growth startups as well as legacy CPG companies. David’s main areas of focus are continuous production improvement, and developing a productive and efficient supply chain to support growth and innovation within Kuli Kuli.. Previous accomplishments include turning around the snack foods division at Zerocater and increasing customer retention 90% in 6 months, managing 300% production growth at Hellofresh and managing the SF Operation for all of SF region at Breather during a huge growth phase. David loves working for Kuli Kuli, because it encompasses all of the disciplines of supply chain and at the same time working for a company whose mission is to improve the lives of others through improved nutrition, providing livelihoods for farmers in different countries as well as making a difference here in our own community.

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Emma Giloth

    Emma Giloth

    Marketing Director

    Emma Giloth is a social entrepreneur and marketing professional dedicated to growing companies that support economic development, environmental sustainability and cross-cultural collaboration. She holds an MBA specialized in global social enterprise and entered the natural products industry when she launched a coconut oil cosmetic line in Senegal. Emma was one of Kuli Kuli’s first employees and joined because of her shared vision to harness agroforestry to build impactful supply chains and evolve the food industry. At Kuli Kuli, Emma leads the marketing team to develop and execute integrated marketing programs to educate consumers on the power of moringa. She focuses on building and implementing Kuli Kuli’s marketing strategy, leading consumer insights research and heading innovation and packaging. Emma is an active member of the impact team that works to achieve Kuli Kuli’s mission to support nutrition and livelihoods worldwide. Emma’s favorite products are the new Green Tea Energy Plus+ wellness shots - she drinks at least one every day!

  • Ndapa Mendy

    Logistics Manager

    Ndapa Mendy is the Logistics Manager at Kuli Kuli. In this role, Ndapa supports the development of the company's international and sustainability-focused supply chain by concentrating on logistics fulfillment, quality assurance, and supply chain analysis. He has over a decade of experience spanning industries in domestic and international logistics. Prior to joining Kuli Kuli, Ndapa managed the performance of third-party logistics partners at City Express, Inc. and oversaw logistics operations between the United States and West Africa at Baobab Logistics. Ndapa has enjoyed eating moringa since his childhood in The Gambia. As such, he is excited to see the interest in moringa expand globally. Ndapa's favorite Kuli Kuli product is the Organic Pure Moringa Powder.

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Matthew Collins

    Matthew Collins

    Planning and Operations Manager

    Matt joins the Kuli Kuli team as the Planning and Production Manager. Matt is currently managing the Bar, Shot, and Smoothie production. Matt has had several career opportunities with Pepsico Gatorade, Peet’s Coffee, HelloFresh, and BareSnacks. Matt is a LSS Kaizen Leader, with many lean projects under the belt. Matt’s excited to join a very energetic and inspiring team. Matt’s favorite Kuli Kuli products are the Kuli Kuli’s Moringa Green Energy shots.

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Jim Fitzpatrick

    Jim Fitzpatrick

    Eastern Regional Sales Manager

    Jim is an experienced brand builder in the fast-moving consumer goods industry with a track record of success for over thirty years. A true sales professional, Jim has pioneered startups, led transformational change and has had an impact on many brands, across multiple categories, in most channels of trade. He has built lasting relationships with the trade and broker partnerships. Jim has key expertise in building brand strategies, including developing pricing, gaining and expanding product distribution and developing sound trade marketing plans for large and small diverse brand portfolios, then, insuring the focused, flawless execution of the plans.
    After years of working with Top 500 companies, Jim turned his focus towards working with start-ups as well as companies that were relaunching product lines. He finds much satisfaction and reward in developing new businesses and closing sales on products that he truly believes in.
    He has a real passion for selling Kuli Kuli products and since becoming a huge fan of the Organic Pure Moringa Powder, he is committed to making it possible for more health-minded people to become consumers of all Kuli Kuli products by making it available wherever they buy food.

  • Saif Alnabi

    Digital Marketing Manager

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Mae Gleeson

    Mae Gleeson

    Marketing Coordinator

    Mae joined Kuli Kuli as a recent graduate from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Ecology and Human Security. Post-grad, Mae sought an opportunity to follow her passion for environmental and social good by joining Kuli Kuli’s Marketing Team as the Marketing Associate. At Kuli Kuli, she helps guide a variety of aspects in the marketing department such as communications strategies, PR outreach, community management, and retail campaigns. Mae is dedicated to providing the Kuli Kuli community with the latest moringa education from it’s nutritious benefits to environmental impact. Mae’s favorite product is the new Green Tea Energy Plus+ Daily Green Boost wellness shot - what’s better than one supergreen? FIVE supergreens!
    After years of working with Top 500 companies, Jim turned his focus towards working with start-ups as well as companies that were relaunching product lines. He finds much satisfaction and reward in developing new businesses and closing sales on products that he truly believes in.

    He has a real passion for selling Kuli Kuli products and since becoming a huge fan of the Organic Pure Moringa Powder, he is committed to making it possible for more health-minded people to become consumers of all Kuli Kuli products by making it available wherever they buy food.

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AHMED RAHIM

    AHMED RAHIM

    Chief Alchemist of Numi Organic Tea

    Ahmed Rahim is the Co-Founder, CEO, Chief Alchemist and Board chair behind Numi Organic Tea, one of the largest premium, organic, Fair Trade Certified tea companies in North America. Ahmed chairs the Numi Foundation board, working within their farming communities around the world on issues from education to health and nutrition. Ahmed co-founded OSC2, One Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community, a national community of sustainable natural products CEO’s and business leaders. Ahmed co-founded Impact HUB Oakland, a community workplace for businesses and non-profits, and community events. Ahmed’s core goal is to be of service to those focused on caring for their community and creating positive change for our environment.

    Ahmed’s favorite product is our Pure Organic Moringa Powder.

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SIMON BURTON

    SIMON BURTON

    Director, eighteen94 Capital

    As eighteen94's Fund Manager, Simon loves identifying exciting ideas that capitalize on emerging trends and investing in the growth of those ideas; he brings a wealth of experience in the food, beverage and household product industries. Simon has a Bachelor of Art degree from King College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. In his spare time, Simon is an avid, longtime supporter of Chelsea Football Club. He also now enjoys biking, as he has given up any hope of improving his golf game.

    Simon loves Kuli Kuli’s Dark Chocolate Moringa Energy Bar.

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KATIE MARSTON

    KATIE MARSTON

    Chief Marketing Officer at Once Upon a Farm

    Katie’s love of health-conscious brands began during her early years at adidas where she spent 12 years working both domestically and internationally. She has had the great fortune to develop brand strategies for both small- and large-scale fast-growth companies from Brew Dr to Kendra Scott, even rolling up her sleeves as an entrepreneur with her own consulting business. This background has laid the perfect foundation for her current role as Chief Marketing Officer for Once Upon a Farm. Katie is responsible for linking the creativity of the company’s product team to a customer-focused communication strategy while also driving their fast-growing DTC business.   


    Katie's favorite Kuli Kuli products are the Black Cherry Energy Bar and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

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CHUCK TEMPLETON

    CHUCK TEMPLETON

    Managing Director, S2G Ventures

    Chuck Templeton is a long-time entrepreneur who has a deep passion for helping early-stage and emerging entrepreneurs and companies across multiple verticals. He is the founder of OpenTable and is now a Managing Director at Seed to Growth (S2G) Ventures. Chuck joined S2G Ventures because of a deep-rooted belief that it holds a unique opportunity to help reimagine our food system to move from cheap calories to cheap nutrition, while also mitigating and adapting to climate change. As an ultra-runner and former Army Ranger, Chuck is well-versed about the importance of healthy, nutritious food for maximum mental and physical performance. And as a father, a citizen and a business person, he believes the only solution that makes sense, is one with nutrient dense, affordable, sustainable and climate stabilizing food.

    Chuck loves to take Kuli Kuli’s Black Cherry Bars along on his outdoor adventures.

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CHUCK HOLT

    CHUCK HOLT

    Vice President, InvestEco Capital Corp

    Chuck is Vice President at InvestEco Capital Corp, a Toronto-based venture capital investment manager that focuses on the sustainable food sector. He has worked in venture capital impact investing for over 10 years, and is qualified as a lawyer and a Chartered Business Valuator. In addition to Kuli Kuli, he has worked with various portfolio company boards, including Chef’s Plate, one of Canada’s leading meal kit companies that was sold to Germany’s Hello Fresh in 2018. Chuck has an LL.M. from the London School of Economics, and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa.

    Chuck loves making green smoothies with Kuli Kuli’s Pure Moringa Powder.

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SUMESH SACHAR

    SUMESH SACHAR

    Co-Founder, Managing Partner at Rocana Capital

    Sumesh spent 18+ years in operating & C-suite roles across industry agnostic businesses all over the world. Having spent time in hyper-growth markets, he is well positioned to understand the balancing act of investing for growth while managing a healthy P&L. He started investing in Better-for-You CPG brands with Gurdeep 7 years ago and is a deep networker. His passion for the space and supporting entrepreneurs through hyper-growth phases is what makes him really tick. He’s lived in 5 different countries and now calls sunny L.A home. Sumesh loves Kuli Kuli's new wellness shots.

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JIM THORNE

    JIM THORNE

    SVP Global Strategy & Marketing, Griffith Foods

    Jim is a dynamic leader and a decisive business executive with global experience in the exciting, dynamic fast-moving consumer goods industry. A Canadian native, Jim has spent 30 years in the food industry, working with well-known companies including Nabisco, Campbell Soup and Maple Leaf Foods. Jim has held leadership positions at Griffith Foods for the past five years where he is driven by Griffith's purpose to Blend Care and Creativity to Nourish the World. Jim is a fan of Kuli Kuli's Pure Organic Moringa Powder and is working hard with his team to get it onto menus worldwide.

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LINDSAY LEE

    LINDSAY LEE

    Founder, Managing Member at Authentic Ventures

    Lindsay is the founder and managing member of Authentic Ventures, an early stage venture fund based in Oakland, California. Lindsay has been an investor in technology for over 18 years. Lindsay started his career at Merrill Lynch. He then co-founded a financial services software company. He subsequently served as CIO for an investment management firm he helped to grow to almost $1B. Immediately prior to starting Authentic Ventures, he managed a family office where he built and managed a very successful seed and early stage venture portfolio. Lindsay received his BA in Economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Florida. He received his JD and MBA degrees from Stanford University.

    Lindsay’s favorite moringa product is Kuli Kuli’s Organic Moringa Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie.

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RICH GRANT

    RICH GRANT

    Founder, Managing Director at Touchdown Venture

    Rich is a founder and managing director at Touchdown Ventures, a firm that partners with leading corporations to help manage their corporate venture capital investment activities. In this role, Rich works closely with several corporate partners including Kellogg’s eighteen94 capital and is involved in all aspects of the investment process including identifying, evaluating, executing and managing venture investments. Rich co-founded Touchdown Ventures after seven years in venture capital and strategic development at Comcast. Prior to Comcast, Rich held corporate finance and development roles with Sony Pictures and Lehman Brothers. Rich graduated from UC Santa Barbara and received an MBA from The Wharton School.

    Rich enjoys Kuli Kuli’s Moringa Green Energy shots.

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JED FAHEY

    JED FAHEY

    Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University's Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Director of the Cullman Chemoprotection Center

    Jed spent the first 15 years of his career in the agricultural biotechnology industry and has spent the last 23 years at Johns Hopkins where he added a doctorate in nutritional biochemistry to his masters in botany. The Chemoprotection Center that he directs, in the Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology & Molecular Sciences, focuses on exploiting plants and their defensive strategies, for the protection of human beings against chronic diseases. In this capacity he has invested a great deal of time and effort on clinical trials examining the effects of broccoli sprouts (which contain phytochemicals extremely closely related to those found in moringa) in protecting against cancers, COPD, asthma, autism, schizophrenia, air pollution injury, and other diverse conditions. Dr. Fahey co-founded a company in the late 1990s whose mission was to develop chemoprotective food products. He currently teaches graduate courses in JHU's Bloomberg School of Public Health (Dept. of International Health, Center for Human Nutrition) on "Food, Technology, and Health", and in the School of Medicine, on "Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Disease". Dr. Fahey is widely regarded as an authority on moringa, with which he has been working scientifically for almost 20 years.

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BETH SIRULL

    BETH SIRULL

    President & CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego

    Beth Sirull is a mission-driven, pragmatic leader with the demonstrated ability to marshal both financial capital and human resources to deliver exceptional results on time and within budget. Beth is the President and CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego (JCFSD), which manages nearly $450 million in philanthropic assets for organizations and individuals. Prior to joining JCFSD, Beth served as President/CEO of Pacific Community Ventures (PCV), a combined for-profit/nonprofit community development organization that leverages human and financial capital investment to create jobs and economic opportunities in low income communities. Previously, Beth worked in several marketing and strategy positions in financial services. Beth received the 2015 James Irvine Foundation California Leadership Award and was named to Forbes' list of 30 Top Social Entrepreneurs and to the San Francisco Business Times' list of Most Influential Women in Business. She is the author of Creating Your Life Collage: Strategies for Solving the Work/Life Dilemma (©Random House, 2000). Beth holds an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University, an MBA from Boston University and an MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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WOOD TURNER

    WOOD TURNER

    Vice President at Agriculture Capital

    Wood brings over 20 years of experience in corporate sustainability, environmental management, and consumer engagement. Most recently, he was on the executive team at organic yogurt pioneer Stonyfield Farm as the company’s VP Sustainability Innovation. Prior to that, he was founding executive director of Climate Counts, an international NGO focused on measuring and scoring the world’s largest consumer companies on their concrete, enterprise-level responses to climate change. Wood has consulted to brands, elected officials, and public agencies on mobilizing the public around ideas that improve the environment and build community. Born and raised in North Carolina, Wood earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and a graduate degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Washington. He is an expert in residence at the Presidio Graduate School and sits on the advisory boards of Sustainable Brands and Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment.

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CHRIS MANN

    CHRIS MANN

    CEO / Chairman of the Gourd @ Guayaki

    Chris got his BA in Economics from Harvard University but quickly realized that economics conveniently forgot about sustaining the environment and protecting people. Through his experience with Guayaki and previously with Natural Flavors, a 100% organic, vegan restaurant that employed 25 people and 60 local farmers, Chris is finding that by recognizing common purpose, seemingly disparate groups can integrate social justice, environmental restoration and economic success.

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LARRY LITVAK

    LARRY LITVAK

    Lecturer at Stanford University

    For three decades Larry Litvak has been a leader in the management, financing and governing of organizations pursuing social change. He has been a senior manager in two highly successful, socially- oriented business ventures: Walden Asset Management, one of the pioneers of socially responsible investing, and Working Assets/Credo Mobile, a telecommunications firm that has generated nearly $70 million to support progressive non-profits. He has been a board member of eight different entities, including domestic and international loan funds, social service providers, a public oversight board, a fiscal sponsor and a drug development enterprise. Larry has been a decision maker in the granting of approximately $100 million to social sector organizations. Larry has a bachelor's degree from Stanford and a master's degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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SAM GOLDMAN

    SAM GOLDMAN

    Founder & Chief Consumer Officer of d.light

    Sam co-founded d.light in 2007 and served as the company’s founding CEO. d.light has impacted over 84 million lives, providing solar powered lights and home systems to families with limited or no electricity. d.light has offices across Africa and Asia serving 62 countries, and provides employment to thousands of solar entrepreneurs. Sam is an Ashoka Fellow and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; and recognized by Forbes as one of the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs, and by the African Leadership Network as a next generation leader for Africa. Prior to d.light, he founded and managed multiple ventures in Africa, including improved agriculture and construction businesses, a for-profit NGO cultivating Moringa, and the distribution of low-cost latrines. Sam joined the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa where he first worked with moringa. He has degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies and an MBA from Stanford.

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DEREK PROUDIAN

    DEREK PROUDIAN

    Venture Investor, Start-Up CEO, and Entrepreneur

    Derek Proudian is a Silicon Valley venture investor, start-up CEO, and entrepreneur. Derek has served as the CEO of six venture-capital backed companies, including Zip2 (Elon Musk's first company) which he sold to Compaq for over $300 million. Derek has worked as a general partner at the venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), a Venture Partner at Morgan Stanley Ventures, and an R&D manager at Hewlett-Packard Labs. As a general partner at MDV he was part of a team that turned $225 million of investment into $3.5 billion in returns for limited partners. He holds a BS in Cognitive Science, a BA in Creative Writing, a Masters in Computer Science and a Masters in Business, all from Stanford University. He also holds five issued US patents. As a founding board member Derek has helped shepherd a number of companies to successful exits, including mSpot sold to Samsung in 2012 for $50 million, Daintree Networks sold to General Electric in 2016 for $100 million, and SquareTrade sold to Allstate in 2017 for $1.4 billion.