Inquiry: Decolonizing the supply chain

This session will explore the concept of decolonization, a term increasingly being used to look at the harmful practices and power dynamics in the humanitarian and aid sectors. What if we apply this same lens to our global supply chains? What are the colonialist systems, structures and mindsets that persist today? What does this look like in practical terms, such as pricing, information, ownership and agency? What does it mean to decolonize a supply chain, through meaningful changes in how products are sourced? And what can we as intrapreneurs and changemakers do to further shift power in the system?  We’ll hear from supply chain practitioners, Carlos Velasco, Cacao de Colombia, and Shauna Alexander, Stumptown Coffee; our conversation will be grounded in a framework brought by Lina Srivastava, Center for Transformational Leadership, and facilitated by Yasmina Zaidman at Acumen.

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Jun 07 2021


New York time
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jun 07 2021
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


  • Carlos Valesco
    Carlos Valesco

    Cacao Hunters Co-founder / CEO

  • Lina Srivastava
    Lina Srivastava

    Lina Srivastava is a strategist who catalyzes and amplifies social impact, social movements, and systems change by combining advocacy, technology, culture, art, and storytelling. She is the founder of the Center for Transformational Change, a new social enterprise to cultivate community-led power shift for just futures. A former attorney and former non-profit executive director, she previously founded CIEL | Creative Impact and Experience Lab, an innovation studio working at the intersection of human rights, international development, and narrative strategies.

  • Shauna Alexander
    Shauna Alexander

    Shauna Alexander is Vice President of Coffee and Sustainability at Stumptown Coffee Roasters, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. She leads the coffee sourcing, roasting, quality assurance and education teams, as well as directing the company sustainability strategy. For more than two decades, Shauna has worked the research, development and implementation of sustainability strategy across global agricultural and natural resource supply chains, particularly within specialty coffee. Her experience spans competitive strategy, stakeholder engagement, precompetitive and cross-sector collaborations and organizational development. Her passion for coffee began while researching her master’s thesis on the economics of shade-grown coffee in Costa Rica. She holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Yale University.

  • Yasmina Zaidman
    Yasmina Zaidman

    Chief Partnerships Officer at Acumen Acumen



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