Our Team

Our Founders

Prince Boateng
CEO & Co-Founder

Prince Boateng is an international development professional and a Naval Reserve Officer who serves as CEO and Co-Founder of AgroFides. Prince has a decade and a half of leadership experience in the U.S. Navy and U.S.Agency for International Development (USAID), leading large teams and managing complex, multi-million-dollar programs. At USAID, Prince serves as a Contracting/Agreement Officer in the area of food security and agricultural development. In the U.S. Navy Reserves, Prince serves as a Commander(s) attached to U.S. African Command. He engages with U.S. Government and African navies colleagues, who work on fishery management and enforcement, to improve coordination, collaboration, and capacity building. Prince is also a Ph.D. candidate at UMASS Boston, where he is researching smallholder farmer marginalization and the promise of information and communication technology (ICT) in agriculture. He is an affiliated expert on food and national security at the U.S. Naval War College's Civil-Military Humanitarian Response program. Prince's experience also includes work as a financial planner at Ameriprise Financial.

Prince was born in Ghana and grew up in both Ghana and Brooklyn. Prince is married, has two little girls, and is an avid runner.

Mike Hickey
CTO & Co-Founder

Mike Hickey is a software developer with a passion for open source software. After attending the New Jersey Institute of Technology, he helped found radiotakeover, an early streaming music service for independent artists and labels. He went on to work as a Software Developer at Nontoxic Group, Indie Merchandising, Jakprints, 27 Cubes, Sprokets and Compose[d]. Mike enjoys focusing on the process of increasing software quality though the adoption of community supported standards, best practices, and other workflow improvements.

Mike grew up in New Jersey and migrated up the east coast to the Boston area with his wife. He is also a father, runner, crossfitter, homebrew enthusiast and dog lover.

Acheampong Atta-Boateng
CSO & Co-Founder

Ache is a complex biosystem’s scientist and entrepreneur with leadership experience in startup founding and advisory roles on non-profit boards. As Research Director, he led a joint research team at Yale University's School of Architecture, Environment, and Engineering & Applied Sciences to build the world’s first patented Green Cooling Tower (thermoGreenWall™). Ache’s graduate research at Yale School of the Environment focused on Legume Stress Physiology and Biostimulants. He received advanced postgraduate training at the Yale SEAS in Mechanical Engineering & Material Science, investigating Heat and Mass Transfer in Porous Materials. At Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, Ache uses empirical modeling approaches to understand pollination and physiological limits of cacao productivity in Western Ghana. Ache is one of the leading investigators of the n-hBiostimulant novel growth promoter. His research interests span plant physiology, agroecology, biophysics, and ecological engineering. He has over a decade of experience in hands-on rural agricultural extension projects for poverty reduction across seven regions in Ghana.

Our Board and Advisors

Ramon Matas
Advisory Board

Ramon Matas is a Principal Machine Learning Research Engineer at Arm, the semiconductor and software design company that makes the world's most used microprocessor family. Before Arm, Ramon was a CPU/GPU architect at Nvidia and Intel.

Ramon has 15 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and a track record of very successful products, including the most advanced microchips at the time of release. He holds several patents and a key contributor to the product definition and development of all the processors currently used in the top 10 most powerful supercomputers in the world.

For the last few years, Ramon has been focusing on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, applying his knowledge in High-Performance Computing and computational linear algebra to advance this fascinating field. As a member of Arm's MLRSH, Ramon works on neural network optimization techniques for ARM devices. His interests and expertise range from distributed and federated training with privacy guarantees, neural architecture search, and model deployment to hardware accelerators, AI systems, and algorithms for real-world applications. Ramon brings a wealth of technical support for the suite of innovations that enable AgroFides to conduct its mission.

Chris Rawley
Advisory Board

Chris Rawley is the CEO and Founder of Harvest Returns, an online marketplace for investing in agriculture. Chris has held corporate management roles in Jones Lang LaSalle, Electronic Data Systems, L-3 Communications, and served as a defense consultant at Special Operations Command headquarters. He has invested in real estate and income-producing agriculture for nearly two decades. Rawley is an angel investor in early stage agriculture and food companies, including the Indian FinTech start-up Jai Kisan. As a Captain in the United States Navy Reserve, Rawley is Chief of Staff for the Naval Reserve Surface Forces, helping to oversee 3,800 sailors supporting fleet units around the world. During his 28 year military career, Rawley has filled a variety of leadership positions in naval, expeditionary, and joint special operations units afloat and ashore. He has deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Western Pacific. Rawley has a degree from Texas A&M University, earned an MBA at George Washington University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College.