Where are you from, and what brought you to Rome?
That’s a good question. I think, like with many SSS students; it’s complicated. I was born in Brazil to a multicultural family. My mother is from India, and my father is from Jamaica. I got the opportunity to be in Rome because my father was doing some research in mathematics at La Sapienza.
Can you describe your experience at St. Stephen’s? What are some of your fondest memories of that time?
At St. Stephen’s, there was an intensely unique merging of cultures that I’m very grateful for experiencing. I have such fond memories of high school that to describe it in a few sentences is a challenge. I’d say I had many life-changing experiences. My fondest memories are best shared in conversation over a beer. There were endless opportunities to just enjoy life in a style only Rome can provide. I remember one day it started snowing–that was pretty magical. The top moment though, was when Roma won the Scudetto.
Before founding your current company, Farm Credibly, you were applying technology to solve agricultural issues as co-founder of the Slashroots Foundation, where you tackled issues such as the theft of crops and livestock from farms in Jamaica. To where do you trace the roots of your passion for agriculture?
I grew a deep appreciation of fresh food and ingredients thanks to my time in Italy, but my interest in agriculture is probably due to my upbringing in Jamaica, where there is a rich history of farming. Honestly, if you eat three times a day, thank a farmer. My passion really comes from a desire to solve interesting puzzles. Agriculture just happened to be the right rabbit hole for me to venture down.