Anna Swaithes

Anna combines a decade of experience leading corporate sustainability strategy within major FMCG companies with eight years of strategy consulting experience. She now advises corporate and not-for-profit clients on models for delivering business and societal value, with a particular focus on the consumer goods sector and on complex agricultural supply chains.

Anna has a proven track record of developing new business models that deliver commercial and societal value, of building effective multi-stakeholder partnerships, and of creating and empowering teams and networks within and across organizations. She brings a blend of creative vision, analytical rigour and behavioural insight to elevate sustainability within corporate strategy and to influence senior leaders to act. She has particular experience on issues that relate to agricultural supply chains, including livelihoods, women’s empowerment, human rights and water. 

Until November 2016, Anna was Sustainable Development Director for SABMiller plc, leading its Prosper strategy globally – to enable category and brand innovation and growth, drive operational efficiency and license to operate, engage employees, and deliver a positive impact for society. She had joined SABMiller in 2012 as Head of Water and Food Security Policy and led global sustainable agriculture strategy for two years prior to taking on the broader sustainable development portfolio. She was a non-executive Director of SABMiller India and a Board member of the WEF New Vision for Agriculture. Prior to joining SABMiller, Anna was Head of Development, Cocoa Partnership at Cadbury and then Kraft Foods. She led the multi-stakeholder Cadbury Cocoa Partnership from its establishment in 2008 until 2012, including developing a groundbreaking community-centred partnership in Ghana with the Ghanaian government, UNDP, NGOs and commercial partners, and designing Kraft Foods’ sustainable cocoa strategy. From 2001 to 2007, Anna was a strategy consultant, leading projects in the food and drink, automotive and logistics sectors. She has also worked as a pro bono small business advisor in West Africa, lived and worked in Ecuador, in Germany and in South Africa. 

Anna has a Master of Law degree from the University of Nottingham and a degree in German from the University of Hannover.