Annual Luncheon



Rosemary Muthomi



Meet Our Keynote Speaker


Rosemary Muthomi – Co-Founder, Meru Green Horticulture


Rosemary Muthomi grew up with poor farming families on the foothills of Mt. Kenya. Determined to improve farmers’ lives, she and her husband Gerald became government agricultural advisors. But they soon realized that it wasn't enough for smallholder farmers to grow more produce; they also needed opportunities to sell it to more lucrative markets. So the Muthomi’s founded Meru Greens Horticulture in 1996 with the sole objective of organizing farmers to produce and market fruits and vegetables, both in the domestic and export markets. More recently, they founded another company – Meru Greens EPZ – which sources, processes, and exports high quality product to European buyers with the goal of enhancing the income of smallholder farmers through higher-value vegetable products.


Based in the larger Meru and Embu Districts in the eastern foot hills of Mt. Kenya, the Meru Greens enterprises provide an integrated supply chain from the grower source to various market segments and customers both domestically and globally. Ms. Muthomi believes that empowering smallholder farmers to be able to produce fruits and vegetables responsibly would spur their own development and sustainable agriculture. They employ more than 800 staff and support over 10,000 farmers.


Ms. Muthomi holds a Bachelor of Horticulture Degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She was honored in 2008 with the Entrepreneur of the Year award by TechnoServe, at the Rockefeller Foundation Gala in New York.


Thank you for joining us on an inspiring journey exploring innovative solutions that help people lift their families out of poverty. View the keynote speeches and featured video from this year's luncheon program:


Rick Beckett | President & CEO of Global Partnerships



Rosemary Muthomi | Founder & CEO of Meru Greens



Agnes | Entrepreneur & Sanergy Client


Thanks to the Tech Awards for providing this video of GP partner Sanergy.



For questions about this event, please contact Kim Pitre at or call (206) 456-7865.


2016 Steering Committee


Stewart Parker, Co-Chair
Tom Waldron, Co-Chair
Mari Anderson
Doug Barrett
Laurie Barrett  
Erica Beyer
Anne Emanuels
Walter Euyang
Tessa Keating
Cristina Key
Ned Palmer
Erika Smith
Jane Stonecipher 


Luncheon Corporate Sponsors




       Matthew G Norton Co




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       McKinstry logo    















If you're interested in becoming a corporate partner to support our 14th Annual World of Opportunity Luncheon, please contact contact Alison Driver at or 206-456-7824.


Video featured at last year's luncheon: