PemPem is transforming upstream commodity supply chains from an inefficient pen-and-paper model to a
data-driven, productive and traceable one.

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How PemPem begins

PemPem was born out of years of in-depth fieldwork in informal supply chains in multiple geographies. Over and over we witnessed technologies perform well in the lab, and then fail when put into practice in remote areas. With one foot firmly rooted in fieldwork and the other in our technical expertise, we knew we had the power to create a better solution, for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and the planet. The stories we hear in the field are what inspire our technology – and our technology is driving a digital supply-chain revolution on the ground.

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 I founded PemPem in response to the needs of smallholder palm fruit producers in Indonesia and the disconnect between their realities and what technology could do for them, as well as what the world demanded of them.

Joann De Zegher, CEO

Our Founder's Story

Founder and CEO Joann de Zegher started PemPem in response to the needs of smallholder palm fruit producers in Indonesia, having studied informal commodity markets across the world during over 10 years of fieldwork in Indonesia, Peru, Colombia, Cambodia, South Africa, and the Marshall Islands. At the time, Joann was a PhD student at Stanford University specializing in operations management and earth systems analysis. She would go on to be an Assistant Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management before devoting herself full-time to PemPem in 2022.

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Leadership Team

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Joann de Zegher

Founder & CEO

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Passionate about improving the operations and transparency of informal systems across the world, Joann combines her expertise in operations management and over 10 years of field work in informal systems to help build everything that PemPem is.

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Jean-Karim Metwalli

Co-founder &

Chief Technology Officer

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JK is a leader and focalizer of technical teams that build and scale cloud applications, mobile apps, and client software. He is deeply passionate about thinking through products from the user’s perspective. With over 20 years of experience  and a good sense for business, he bridges the gap between business and technology.

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Angela Sujadi

Chief Marketing Officer

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Angela leads PemPem’s field operations and partnerships in South East Asia by building on her unique combination of skills; in previous lives, she was an award-winning social entrepreneur leading community projects in Indonesia and has managed multi-million global brands in Unilever.

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Jennifer McDonald

Chief Operating Officer (fractional)

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Jennifer brings over 25 years of experience leading strategy, product, and operations for global organizations and startups. She has led development of mobile financial products reaching 2m people in markets from Colombia to Nigeria. She believes in technology for impact, and is passionate about building inclusive products and teams.

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Awards & Recognition

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