Our Team

DR. PETE POOVANNA FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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.

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ANGELA NOGUER Business Development & Operations Lead

Angela is the business development and operations lead at Forest Bean Inc. Angela is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in Business. Driven by sustainability, Angela takes pride in learning new sustainable and eco-friendly practices to implement into her career in the future.
Angela’s passion for greener products and long-time love for coffee has directed her to Forest Bean Inc., where she hopes to advance her knowledge in sustainable operations management. Angela also aspires to grow her entrepreneurial ideas through Forest Bean Inc. and develop her own sustainable business while setting a positive example for entrepreneurs like her.

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CAIT MURPHY PUBLIC RELATIONS ADVISOR

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.

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Sandesh Deranna Ramaiah Lead, Procurement

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 giant Tata Coffee Ltd., and with Olam International, a leading food and agri-business company in the world,

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