Ben is the founding Managing Director of Wide Open Agriculture. WOA is Australia’s leading, ASX-listed regenerative food and agriculture company. WOA’s purpose is to reinvent the way we grow, think about, and buy food to create a better future for people and the planet. WOA is the world’s first publicly listed company with a 4 Returns mandate to deliver financial, natural, social and inspirational returns. WOA’s food brand, Dirty Clean Food connects regenerative farmers with conscious food eaters.
With a PhD in environmental engineering, Ben has a passion for start-up and growth companies. He believes that for profit, for purpose enterprises play a vital role in building equitable and healthy planet. Between 2008 and 2013 he founded, managed and sold a profitable, social enterprise – Karibon – in Vietnam. A genuine start-up from invention through to sales, Ben gained valuable experience in business development and management. Ben has been a leader in the design and implementation of market-based, water supply and sanitation projects in countries with developing economies, totalling up to A$45 million.