Executive Team

James JenkinCEO

James Jenkin is the CEO for the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP).

Prior to become chief executive officer of CGEP, James was chief operating officer. Before joining CGEP, James followed a somewhat unconventional path which led him to various roles across more than 30 countries. James commenced his career as an international corporate attorney practicing in Australia and Europe before deciding to apply his skills towards building businesses. For 15 years he played critical roles in building one the world’s leading Fortune 500 logistics companies, TNT Express. At the height his corporate career, he successfully managed a $2.5 billion global strategic investment pipeline and developed innovative growth strategies creating market leading positions for the company in several developing countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Passionate not only about building the company’s core business but also ensuring its sustainability, he additionally managed TNT’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) function across three continents for 5 years, helping cement TNT as a Dow Jones Sustainability Index Supersector Leader. This included James’ managing corporate giving of 30+ philanthropic programs.

A firm believer in using business for social change, James is motivated by applying his skills towards solving social problems. He co-founded the North Star Alliance, a social enterprise providing basic health care to long-distance truck drivers and other hard-to-reach communities in Africa. From 2010 to 2014, James was the Executive Director of the long-standing New York non-profit arts organization Printed Matter Inc.

James holds a combined Bachelor of Arts and Law (honors), majoring in political science, from the University of Tasmania.

Robert JohnsonDirector of Supply Chain

Rob Johnson is the Director of Supply Chain Enterprise Development for the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP). In this role, Rob overseas all aspects of supply chain enterprise development, piloting, transition to enterprise and enterprise operation for multiple enterprises in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Prior to his current role, Rob spent five years in Haiti working in several roles targeting supply chain and enterprise development. Rob’s first three years in Haiti were with TechnoServe, where he lead  assessments and strategy development in multiple value chains, raised $2M in programmatic funding and oversaw several value-chain targeted programs. Following his years at TechnoServe, Rob worked with CGEP to launch and manage Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation, a peanut trading company targeting thousands of famers throughout Haiti. As General Manager of Acceso, Rob also oversaw piloting of CGEP’s distribution enterprise prior and raised nearly $1M in additional funding from donors to maximize social impact in the communities Acceso operates. Prior to his work in Haiti, Rob worked in business development and project management for a leading steel fabrication company in the US. Rob holds MBA (honors) and Master of Science in Sustainable Development (Honors) from HEC Paris and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and speaks French and Haitian Creole.

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Robert MooneyDirector of Distribution Enterprise Development

Rob Mooney is the Director of Distribution Enterprise Development for the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP). Rob oversees the development and incorporation of CGEP’s distribution enterprises globally, including business case preparation, and oversees the management of the distribution enterprises in-country to optimize their financial and social performance.

Rob is originally from South Africa and has fifteen years of international strategy, operations and financial management experience at Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline and Norgine Pharmaceuticals. Rob was most recently the Finance Manager for P&G’s Global High Frequency Stores Channel and the Global Distributor Operations Center of Excellence, where he focused on developing effective go-to-market strategies and best in class distributor capabilities across P&G’s more than 1,000 distributors in 180 countries. Rob also led a multi-functional global team that designed and deployed an urban consumer, shopper and store insights-driven strategic framework across NA, LA, EMEA and Asia to capture the multi-billion dollar topline revenue growth opportunity in the world’s top 600 cities. Rob has a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Business Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Monica Varela
Mónica Varela Director of Social Impact

As Director of Impact, Metrics and Evaluation, Mónica Varela is in charge of supervising the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the overall social impact performance, ensuring that Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) efforts are in line with global standards such as IRIS (Impact Reporting and Investment Standards) and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). She is also responsible for identifying opportunities for funding partnerships with governments, private companies, bilateral and multilateral agencies to expand the reach of our social enterprises.

Mónica has extensive experience in economic and social development. For the past 15 years, she has been working in structuring and implementing development programs mainly related to capacity building for small producers, market linkages, and inclusive businesses. She has worked with USAID, the IDB and private companies in Colombia. Her academic background includes a Law Degree from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and a Masters Degree in Latin American Studies from the London School of Economics.

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