Founder and Managing Director
As the Founder and Managing Director of Rogers MacJohn, Richard helps companies move beyond traditional CSR to become primary agents for delivering societal and shareholder value. He leverages insight and experience from over 20 years in the industry, management consulting, and philanthropy at industry-leading organizations.
While at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Richard developed and managed a $400m portfolio of grants and corporate co-investments to catalyze greater productivity, market access, and incomes for 2 million small African farms. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, her served as a consultant with McKinsey & Co, where he advised global clients in the food, agribusiness, and consumer goods industries on supply chain efficiency and risk, corporate strategy, and organizational effectiveness. During his earlier career at Kraft Foods, he managed cross-functional, global teams to drive product innovation and efficiency improvements in manufacturing and commodity procurement.
Richard has been recognized for brokering high-value, effective partnerships across public and private organizations that merge social impact into business strategy. Through identifying opportunities for social impact along supply chains, he helps corporations, governments, donors, and NGO’s leverage core competencies, build partnerships, and develop business models that secure lasting impact around shared interests. He has advised multinational corporations such as Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart, Mars, and Kraft in addition to government agencies such as USAID, BMZ, World Bank, DFID, and the Nigerian, Ethiopian, and Tanzanian Ministries of Agriculture. He has also advised social-sector organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Omidyar Network, United Nations, GIZ, US African Development Foundation, and Winrock. Richard also serves as a director on the Boards of the US-based Committee for Sustainability Assessment (COSA) and for the Australia-based organization, Business for Development, a consultancy and implementer of programs for business-driven social impact-focused on the extractives industry in Asia-Pacific and Africa.
Richard holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida.