Michelle Adelman is a seasoned strategist, recognized business leader and fierce social advocate. She is the founder of Accite, a boutique project development and impact investment firm focused on technology-led agriculture and food security projects in growth markets, particularly Southern Africa. Accite’s investment philosophy brings together proven technologies with world-class partners and localized business models to create pioneering businesses. Accite’s flagship investment, Go Fresh!, is a controlled environment, hydroponic horticulture operator that is the premier organic and sustainable vegetable brand in Botswana. Go Fresh! has received numerous awards and was named Botswana’s National Horticulture Grand Champions in 2017. Accite’s latest ventures into sustainable protein include Infinite Foods, aims to be leading strategic distributor of premier US plant-based food brands into Africa and emerging markets and Crossover Quality Meats, delivering environmentally sustainable and affordable all-natural meat solutions to global markets.
Ms. Adelman has 30 years of business experience as a former Global Managing Director for Accenture, CEO of a US-based home health services company, and Group Strategy Executive for the pan-African Econet Group. In 2017, Ms. Adelman was named by CEO Global as Africa’s Most Influential Woman – Business & Professional Services.
Ms. Adelman is a speaker and consultant on agricultural transformation in emerging markets and serves on the advisory board to Cornell University’s Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Ms. Adelman serves on the Boards of Directors Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation, and the Impact Fund. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Agricultural & Environmental Engineering.