Forest bean board of advisors


Pete is an Indian-born Canadian entrepreneur, an inventor, and a climate champion who founded Forest Bean Inc. in 2019. Currently, he is the program manager for the climate change and air quality group at the Fraser Basin Council, implementing zero-emission transportation initiatives in the province of British Columbia.
Dr. Poovanna is the inventor of the U.S. patented technology called nature-inspired capillary-assisted evaporator for sustainable air-conditioning. Pete’s parents are sixth-generation coffee farmers in India who produce the best quality of coffee with the utmost emphasis on sustainability. Pete is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, Policy Options, and has several scientific publications related to clean technology. Pete holds a PhD in Mechatronic Systems Engineering from Simon Fraser University, Canada. Before moving to Canada for his PhD, Pete worked with the multinational automotive company Robert Bosch, Germany as a senior mechanical engineer.



Cait has worked on environmental and social sustainability initiatives locally and abroad. With a great interest in climate change and methods to motivate sustainable action, she works with the Fraser Basin Council as a climate change adaptation Program Lead and facilitates the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative. Previously, she engaged local government employees in sustainable behaviour-change in the San Francisco area, analyzed seniors' wintertime health and social connectedness in London, and coordinated communications for a BC environmental charity. She has a MA in Disasters, Climate Change Adaptation and Development from King's College London.



Sara brings extensive experience from the renewable energy and zero-emissions vehicle sectors with a varied background in community engagement, research, and grant writing. Sara also serves as vice-chair of the Board of Directors at the Environmental Youth Alliance. She has organized multiple significant sustainability events, including Leading Change 2018 and Adaptation Canada 2020. Currently, Currently, she serves as Indigenous Energy Advisor at the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, where Sara Collaborates with First Nations and Indigenous housing providers to enhance energy sustainability. Sara Fralin holds a Master's degree in Sustainability Studies from Trent University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Environment Studies from the University of Victoria



Sandesh is a coffee agronomist with over a decade of experience in sustainable multi-crop farming, inclusive procurement & coffee supply chain management. He has worked in many coffee growing regions, including India, Laos PDR, Thailand, and Nepal. With a great interest in providing market access support to Small Holder Farmers in India, Sandesh has excellent skills in coffee roastery & blending. He has an educational background in Agriculture (University of Agriculture Science, India), Agribusiness & Plantation Management (Indian Institute of Plantation Management) and Precision Farming (Purdue University). Sandesh has worked with the multinational coffee giantTata Coffee Ltd., and with Olam International, a leading food and agri-business company in the world,


Naomi Buell Sales & Marketing Advisor

Naomi is a mindful marketer who believes that companies must make a positive impact on the world. She has over 13 years of global and local experience and has worked with brands like Starbucks CPG,, Loblaws, Adidas and Uber. She brings with her experience in marketing, sales, content, project management and strategy. She completed her bachelor of commerce in marketing and entrepreneurship at the University of Victoria where she started a successful venture in her final semester. In her spare time, she volunteers for meals on wheels, plays the ukulele (sort of), sings and acts. She enjoys making people laugh and aspires to leave the world a better place.


Mark West New Venture Connections Advisor

With many notable successes in Canada, China, Japan, the U.A.E., the Philippines and the U.S.A., Mark West has over 30 years of experience directing and expanding operations in the highly competitive franchising, manufacturing, retail and food and beverage industries. Mark was President of Blenz Coffee for fifteen years and was instrumental in its growth from ten stores in Canada to over 70 stores internationally. Mark has owned and operated many businesses and is currently Vice President of Business Development and Franchising for FSH Design and Business Advisor for The Tandem Team. Mark is the father of two amazing young men, an early jazz aficionado, a beginner Mandarin speaker, a two-time marathon runner and a very amateur astronomer.


Sandeep Alexander Business Development Advisor & Convener of the Board

Sandeep Alexander is a successful global entrepreneur and thriving management consultant who has owned and served as director in over 53 companies worldwide. Sandeep is currently a director and owner of 8 booming entities worldwide, including the FSH Design Group that has served clients such as Intel, Acer, Siemens, Indian Airforce, and Indian Railways. Sandeep holds a MBA in Marketing and an Advanced Diploma in Marketing & HR. His Alma mater includes Edinburgh Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, JSID and the National Australian Institute of Science and Technology. Having pioneered in turning startups to successful businesses, Sandeep will serve Forest Bean Inc. as a Business Development Advisor and the Convener for the Board of Advisors.