Our Team

Leviticus Bentley – Chief Executive Officer

Leviticus encapsulates the core values of honesty, respect and integrity, and possesses a pure humanitarian flare with a drive to make the world a better place. This is what led him to take ownership of Natures Way Supplements in 2015. During his years as Managing Director at Natures Way Supplements, Leviticus’ operational and innovative mindset gave rise to Vita Go Beverages in 2017, which harnessed an ingenious cap technology to provide the two most vital elements (hydration and nutrition) to any living being. The creation of Vita Go Beverages drove him to expand his expertise even further into the injection moulding and packing industry, earning him extensive and valuable knowledge in thermoplastics and thermosetting polymers. His goals and values have contributed to the formation of an incomparable, unsurpassable product incorporating eco-friendly packaging with innovation and health: Biodegradable Future!

Dean Lynch – President

Dean is President of Biodegradable Future, and the CEO and Chairman of Equity Alliance International. Through his extensive experience in venture capital, investor relations, business development and marketing, Dean has developed a particular passion for emerging growth companies and the creation of investor awareness. In 2012, he began offering strategic advice and investment to exciting companies. Biodegradable Future is a prime example. With a focus on connecting sustainable and healthy products to the markets that demand them, Dean leverages his impressive expertise and experience to plan and execute business growth strategies, market and structure companies, develop streamlined and efficient business processes, and establish legal frameworks.

Barry Cocks – Director

Barry Cocks is a Senior Director at Biodegradable Future and heads up the Dubai office. He has extensive business experience in the GCC and has taken the company to being the market leader when it comes to Biodegradation and Sustainability within the MENA Region. While he sits on the board of various companies, Barry has been instrumental in the implementation and execution of growth strategies across a number of sectors within Retail Marketing, FMCG and GTR Categories. He has worked successfully with the likes of British American Tobacco, Diageo, ABinBev, Brandhouse and Carrefour to name just a few. Barry is results orientated with a passion for development in the sustainability Industry and is an advocate of the importance for behavioral change.

Simon Kemp – Director

Simon Kemp has a consistent track record of delivering growth across highly competitive FMCG categories at Unilever and GlaxoSmithKline. He has diverse experience gained working with consumer technology start-ups and in the fast-paced Video Games market at Nintendo as well as a broad background in marketing, sales, operations, innovation and business development. Previous responsibilities include iconic brands such as Lucozade, Horlicks, Walls, Dove and Cornetto. Simon is a proven leader and developer of teams with additional experience of designing and implementing significant change programs.

Robin Cloete – Director

Robin is an inspiring and innovative sales, commercial and marketing executive, offering over two decades of multinational expertise in directing projects, providing methodology, leadership, coaching and self-sustainable strategies. Robin’s success lies in his perceptive decision-making intelligence, leading organisation through the commercial landscape, strong ethics, robust relationship building talent and strategic business acumen, combined with his natural aptitude to lead multi-cultural teams. Robin has worked for Johnson & Johnson and Ansell within the healthcare (life science), FMCG (retail) and industrial sectors. More recently (2018) focusing on business consulting to local and international clients.

Leslie Briggs – Director

Leslie is a highly regarded Commercial, Sales and Marketing Director with a portfolio of entrepreneurial, sales and marketing skills gained through an exemplary commercial career within the healthcare and life sciences sector. Les moved into the life science sector after years of research, ending up as an assistant Professor in the universities of Crete and Harvard. Since then Les has worked with all the major top 10 pharmaceutical, and Medical Device companies, in Sales and Marketing, Brand and Product development becoming the CEO/ MD in a startup UK affiliate making £30 million in 3 years.

Beverly Dunlap – Director

Committed to making a positive impact in the world and the environment, Beverly brings to Biodegradable Future well-rounded experience in the private, non-profit, academic, and government sectors. Experience leading and developing programs and businesses, she has held senior level positions in business development, business administration and business management focused on startup programs and early stage businesses. Her education includes an MSBA from San Diego State University, an MS from The American University in Washington DC, and a BS from Northern Illinois University.

Jordan Byrne – Operations Manager

Jordan is an ambitious young lady with a penchant for operations and corporate communication. Combining her leadership skills, along with her natural talents to help seek out the best in people, Jordan demonstrates the strength of her organizational and communication skills, as well as her people-centric approach to work. Today, she is a coordinating force, ensuring that the rest of the team is not only doing the right thing, but doing things right.


Sales Directors

United Kingdom & Ireland

Jonathan Barrington-Boyce

Jonathan’s sales philosophy is leading from the front alongside empowerment and ownership of ideas gained from “carrying the bag” in pharmaceutical, medical device and natural healthcare sales and then working through the varying stages of the sales departments of Business Development, Regional, National Sales Management to Sales Director. He has always been at his best in challenging and demanding sales experiences which have included training NHS Orthopaedic, Transplant, Cardio-Thoracic, Urology, Gynaecology and General Surgeons and their teams in state-of-the-art surgical methods. For Jonathan working with Biodegradable Future represents the ultimate opportunity to turn around the escalation of unsustainable, harmful plastic materials on the planet to a more acceptable biodegradable, compostable format, healthier for all.

Paul O’Dowd

Paul is responsible for the strategic growth, development and performance of defined global regions in the supply of a flagship proposition. Paul is known for successfully driving strategic brand growth, maximising operational excellence and delivering on financial performance. His success comes from developing tactical business solutions into multimillion-pound propositions with a focus and knowledge of his leadership and management abilities in utilising contacts within several sectors and industries and having already set up and led multi-site operations in the UK, Europe, APAC, and EMEA. Serving as a Board Director for numerous organisations and most recently the Founder and Managing Director of Global iSupport a sales and business development consultancy with an international reach.

Thomas Rainsford

Thomas Rainsford is a senior Director of Sales with 20 years of consultative sales experience. Tom’s strengths are team building, coaching, mentoring and training. And his goals include growth, expansion and strengths development.

Jacob Van Wyk

Jacob comes from diverse Sales and Business development background. With 8 years experience within the Dental CadCam Solutions and the Medical Device industry, he always excelled at striving for the best in service and customer relations. Jacob spent 10 years prior in the British Army and it has shaped him into being an extremely competitive and driven individual with strong core values, team work and integrity.

USA & Canada

Mark Crawford

Mark is a highly accomplished Senior Director of Sales with an extensive background in manufacturing along with the oil and gas space. He has spent the majority of his career as a strong leader coaching and directing exceptional teams that have been at the forefront of his success. In 2015, he successfully completed his Masters of Engineering – Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University. Mark’s deep commitment to providing value to his clients and his commitment to building relationships, has shown to be an invaluable tool in the success of making the world better.

Barney Stacher

Barney brings 25+ years of strategic brand and business development of innovative consumer products to this role. He has helped companies from start-ups to Fortune 500’s develop and integrate new product and channel initiatives in consumer packaged goods, foods and beverages. He is currently strategic advisor to High Falls Hemp NY and previously led business initiatives for Azuca’s CBD Ingredient Technology Division. In addition to consulting for top brands, Barney was a chair with Vistage International, the world’s largest CEO coaching and peer advisory organization for small and midsize business leaders He also co-founded teany Beverages, a ready-to-drink iced tea company, alongside NYC-based musician Moby. Barney is excited to combine his skills and experience to have an impact in making a better world.

Rod Marshall

Rod is a forward thinking and highly accomplished Sales and Marketing leader known for developing top tier collaborative client interactions and trusted advisor relationships. His sophisticated ability to navigate and problem solve within complex and multi-faceted agreements has led to his success in the Fin-tech, Banking and Financial Services sectors. Through his strong influence and powerful networking with client partners, employees and stakeholders, his ability to creatively problem solve has led to countless successful outcomes in multinational businesses while at American Express, Western Union and MasterCard. Rod holds his Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto at St. Michael’s College, and he is committed to making a significant positive change for the earth through sustainable practices, education and awareness.

Tony Bonavia

Tony is a diversified, strategic, sales and marketing executive with 20-+ years of award-winning sales, and sales management success of in the CPG, Health & Wellness, and Medical Device industries. He has had the opportunity to work within large multi-national organizations as well as growing start-ups. While he very much enjoys an active role in sales, as a Regional Sales Manager, and V.P. of Sales, what he has enjoyed the most of his career is mentoring, coaching, and directing exceptional teams that have contributed to his success.

Jerry Powers

An MBA educated Senior IT/Insurance Professional with over 30 years of combined business development, leadership, insurance, and technology experience in several diverse market segments who is now firmly committed to representing environmental friendly industries.

Peter Nicov

Peter started his career in market research, working as an analyst at AC Nielsen on such clients as Coke, Unilever, Heinz and others before making the jump to a marketing role with Cadbury Schweppes/Dr Pepper Snapple. With increasing responsibility in marketing and then in sales, Peter spent over 20 years with that organization, through various corporate structure and ownership changes and spending time in a variety of sales and marketing roles, primarily dealing with partners in the Pepsi system as well as direct distribution. Additionally, he honed his operational experience while becoming a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, leading projects that identified millions in savings over 2 years, working on supply chain projects, sales process and marketing process. Most recently Peter has spent some time working with two different startups, getting them from the pre-revenue stage to first revenue. Peter continues to seek new challenges that can provide positive change in this world.

Frank Clarke

Frank is a well-respected, senior sales and management professional in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, with a focus on healthy and sustainable business development in Canada and the US. He has 20+ years of experience within CPG, across multiple disciplines, such as food and beverage, dairy, alcohol, household, personal care and hardlines products. He has expertise in forecasting, P&L management, sales/marketing, product innovation and development, AC Nielsen research and analysis, etc. Frank also has enjoyed many successful years as a residential real estate investor. Most recently, he has launched and built a sales agency, representing several emerging health food brands.

Jeremy Chafe

Jeremy is a creative, growth-minded professional committed to excellence and is considered a trusted partner by his team, executive leadership and partners. He is an accomplished sales leader with 20+ years of achievement in the footwear and fashion industry delivering, 10X growth with Clarks and Wolverine World Wide. He is excited about this next adventure with Biodegradable Future. When asked why Biodegradable Future?, he answered ” they have a great new product that I am excited to bring to market and it will feel great to be doing something special that will help companies reduce the impact their products have on the environment and to leave the world a better place..

India

Shubham Kumar

Shubham Kumar is an enthusiastic, focused, and exceptional business development manager with 10 years’ experience in sales and marketing, Experienced and well-rounded marketing leader with a proven background in branding, customer acquisition and relationship management for global leading technology companies. Shubham’s core competencies in business development include Sales/Marketing, SEO, Google Ads, Social Media Marketing, Network Security, Budget Planning, Strategy Design/Implementation, and Relationship Management. Shubham always provides a lot of value to the company with his 10 years of experience as a Business Development Manager by using my Creative, Motivational, Digital, Negotiation and Strategic marketing skills.

Jyoti Prakash Sahu

Jyoti is a senior executive, leader, pioneer & strategist with 25 years of experience across diverse industries including Food & Beverages, Alcohol, FMCG and Technology. He has worked in HUL, Gillette India, PepsiCo India, Britannia India, Pernod Ricard India etc, and has 10K+ hours of Functional training & content creation. Jyoti has experience in GTM, Sales and Performance Coach, Music aficionado, Curator of successful sales teams, Sales Promotions & Brand Activations whiz, Sales Force Automation buff, Key Account & Channel Management pro, Spirituality maverick, PhD Scholar & lifelong learner.

Ratnadeep Gadhe

Ratnadeep is an innovator, idea & product refiner, entrepreneur, technology implementer, life-long student, and business & revenue developer. Professionally, He is devoted to helping SMEs and startup founders to achieve growth through execution of unconventional business ideas and revenue generation programs. As his continuous contribution in startup era, he has selected an Innovation Manager Post in Premium Central government institute in 2019-20, India. Before that he worked in Prevor (French MNC) as Business Manager, International startups from Singapore, Hong Kong, and Europe as Regional Manager Etc, Lotus consultancy (Management consultant) as AVP etc. He holds a Masters in International Business (Birmingham City University, UK) and Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from India.

N N Dutta

A Corporate Veteran & Enterprising Coach with a career spread over three decades NN leveraged his entrepreneurial ability and skills in translating corporate vision, to overcome complex business challenges and deliver on high-impact decisions. As an industry expert in new business development, sales/marketing, customer service, people management, strategic planning, product evaluation, SCM & distribution, NN played a significant role in start-up operations across many business verticals & industries, launching a host of innovative products & services managing multi-million-dollar P&L portfolios.

Anand Dhuri

Anand has 27 years background in Sales and Business Development offering innovative technology solutions throughout India & South Asia. He has extensive experience working with enterprising companies in Industrial, Government, IT & ITES, and Media & Entertainment markets. Anand’s background includes work with global corporations such as Spinnaker International (Banking Solutions), Biocryptology (Cybersecurity), Scytl (election modernization solutions), Gemalto (Global Leader in Smart Card), Belden (specialty cable products), Schneider Electric (networking solutions), Solectron (Global EMS Provider), and 3M. Anand has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune in India.

Sekhar Murthy

Sekhar Murthy is an international marketing, business development and administration professional with over 4 decades of global experience. His specialisation is in the FMCG/F&B, fashion and light engineering fields. He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and MBA in Marketing. Working as an independent marketing consultant from a base in Bangalore, India, he has had previous stints as CEO with an American multinational, COO with one of the top ten business groups in Oman, SVP with an Chennai based food group and has also held other senior management positions based in the USA, UK, UAE and Singapore.

Anoop Vijayan

Anoop Vijayan is serving as Head of Sustainability (Third Party Supervision Consultant) for Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (Govt. of Dubai) Planning and Design Department. Committed to making a positive impact in the world and the environment & climate change, Anoop brings to Biodegradable Future well-rounded experience in the private, non-profit, and government sectors. He is responsible for sustainability certifications, Environmental Health and Safety and construction management for the government sector and multiple developers based in the Middle East. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Indian & UAE, certified sustainability consultant with master’s in environmental science and Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from India. He is known for his clear communication, passion, and his strong relationship with customers.

Viveck Krishnnaswami

Viveck is a Chemical Technologist and Marketing Management leader with 25 years’ leadership experience in the Industrial consumable space – Lubricants, Coatings and Specialty Chemicals. He cut his teeth with global organizations like Asian Paints, TOTAL SA, Royal Dutch SHELL and Hempel A/S from multi-functional disciplines like Research and Development, Sales and Marketing, Strategy and Product Management. Commercially-Savy, Out-of-the-box thinking, High Impact professional with expertise in managing P&L, Strategy, Marketing, Commercial and Operational Excellence, Go-To-Market and Distributor Management. He is a Trustworthy and respected people leader with a passion for Customer Relationships, Coach, guide, motivate and hire high-performing sales organization. An Authentic People Leader with a proven track record of delivering consistent business growth and profitability by focusing on Value Selling, market intelligence and complex problem-solving.

Chaitanya Bulusu

Chaitanya Bulusu has years of experience working with Omron Automation, Schneider Electric, and Rockwell Automation in a variety of tactical and strategic positions, advancing robotics, Industrial automation, and IIoT engineering, and has proven success with increasing sales and expanding market share.

As leader in the Tech-business community, he is also involved in several professional and community-related an organization such as Rotary, and International Society of Automation, and holds a proven track record in achieving positive business results by developing strategic business alliances, identifying new markets, and developing business processes. While being a Keynote Speaker in various conferences and universities on Industry 4.0 / IIoT Applications, he has the understanding across B2B and B2B2C Industries such as Industry 4.0 (Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Pharma, Retail), Textile, Automobile Industry, Smart Cities, Supply Chain, Smart Home, FMCG, and Energy sector. Chaitanya Holds an MBA from prestigious XLRI, Jamshedpur and B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Kurukshetra University. With a unique mix of corporate and entrepreneur experience, Chaitanya is helping customers solve complex business and technological problems and lead them to enhanced business agility, innovation and revenue growth. He can be contacted to address mission-critical priorities to achieve stronger business outcomes in a digital world aligning with circular economy strategies.

South Africa

Simphiwe Mdanyana

A Chartered Marketer CM(SA) by profession, Simphiwe began his career in 2001 as a Marketing Management Trainee at Illovo Sugar PTY LTD. From here he moved to ABI (Coca Cola) where his success in emerging market /mainstream market here got him noticed by Distell 2 years later where he was the Sales and Promotions Manager. Between 2005 and 2014 Simphiwe worked at various companies, such as Brandhouse Beverages, Saralee Household & Body Care, Shell SA and Air BP Africa, as a Brand Manager or a Marketing Manager. Since 2015, Simphiwe has been working for Castrol Lubricants Europe and Africa as a National Sales Manager for Retail and SAPD Division. Simphiwe’s strengths make him a rigorous, business focused, value driven and determined individual.

Delron Sebastian

Delron’s career spans over 24 years with the predominant focus being business development in the ICT sector. During this time, he has contributed to the growth and success of several different organizations, including his own. He has been employed by some of the largest vendors in this sector including Digital/Compaq, IBM and HP; and has been awarded numerous accolades for sales excellence in most roles. Delron’s strong commitment to high ethical and professional standards, and strong business acumen has allowed him to significantly impact profitability at the organisations he has worked at.

Ruari Euan Rosef-Ingram

Ruari Euan Rosef-Ingram was born, studied and lives in Cape Town and is married with 5 children, he teaches kitesurf when not kiting himself and travels abroad every year. Ruari spends as much time in the mountains with his family when he is not travelling abroad. Ruari is the Managing Director of Blue Mountain Logistics (Pty) Ltd formed in 2010 and the business is primarily involved in domestic and international logistics export and imports. In addition to above, Ruari is also the Managing Director of Bedrifts Investments (Pty) Ltd , which is Property Investment business and a subsidiary of Bedrifts in Olso , Norway.


Business development executives

Ireland

Mihir Sanghavi

Mihir Sanghavi has an experience of more than 5 years in Procurement and business development. Having worked in the renewable and chemical sector Mihir specializes in strategic sourcing of materials, supply chain, new product introduction, forming strategic partnerships, risk analysis, business negotiations and Market research. He has completed Masters in Information Systems with Computing from Dublin Business School. He is a meticulously organized individual who believes in achieving targets through hard work and planned approach. He is driven by the passion of making earth a clean and sustainable planet and would like to make a valuable contribution for the same.

Ankit Grewal

Ankit is a sales and marketing professional driven by the passion for sustainability. Ambitious in conquering the futuristic goals of flourishing the sustainable environment globally. Having more than 3 years of experience in corporate communications, customer service, internal and external communications, sustainability, project management, product purchasing and key account management with a track record of driving increased sales, international marketing, improving the client’s experience and elevating the company’s profile within the targeted market. He takes initiatives and puts his best effort to deliver the output efficiently making it a win-win situation for the organization as well as the client. His education includes Masters in Sustainability from University College Dublin, Ireland.

South Africa

Caritus Maselesele

Caritus Maselesele is a Business Development practitioner with a Bachelor of Administration Degree, a Diploma in Project Management, and currently busy with his MBA. His experience is multi-sectoral in responding to Youth Enterprise and Business Development. He has worked in both the public and private sector as well as for a multinational institution in South Africa. To this end he has established a consultation footprint in Mozambique and Kingdom of eSwatini. Recognized for drawing up strategic innovations for inclusive growth through Research and Development, Project Management, Stakeholder Engagement and streamlining youth development programs with corporate interests. He is skilled in integrating corporate growth plans with the Sustainable Development Goals to bring comparable value for both business and society.

Lohini Pillay

Lohini is a business strategist with a strong legal/business background and a passion for entrepreneurship. With a wealth of experience across various industries, Lohini is fast establishing herself amongst a global network of inspiring business leaders. As an ambassador for several brands, Lohini strives to empower and uplift others and is an active member of organizations such as the Business Women’s Association of SA, Lionesses of Africa, Women of Integral Impact Network (Wiin), and Turning Point Global, amongst many others. She served as Treasurer at Eastern Cape regional level for both the ANC and the SATF’s Economic Forum, and National Treasurer for The Future Is Bright NPO, We Are One NPO and Tamil Business Warriors NPC and is an executive of Wiin. Empowerment has always been very important to Lohini; she has mentored and uplifted many entrepreneurs and students as a mentor of various empowerment organisations.

Desigan Pillay

Desigan Pillay is an Innovation Specialist and Serial Social Entrepreneur with 15 years’ experience in Tech Startup, Social Innovation and Community Development. He currently coaches large teams across the globe from the United Nations FAO, Future Food Institute and Complexity University’s Gigatonne Challenge on Climate Action. As CEO of Appdeate.com he offer’s consulting and training to large corporates on how to build the foundation for innovation and creativity to take root whilst introducing technology for digital transformation. As MD of the non-profit Fund Social Good NPC (www.fundsocialgood.org) he offers consulting to organizations and philanthropists who are passionate about making a positive social impact, bringing his experience in the corporate world of innovation and ecosystem-centric thinking into the CSI space. Over the last 10 years, on a volunteer basis, Desigan has helped to transform the personal and professional lives of thousands of individuals ranging from the homeless, ex-offenders and gang members in the heart of the Cape Flats to the general public and CEO’s of large corporations.

Daniel Lynch

Daniel’s professional experience lies in sales, marketing and customer service. He first developed these skills at Equity Alliance, when he joined the team as a Marketing Assistant in 2011. Shortly after, Daniel joined Stream Drinks to strengthen his digital marketing expertise, and was promoted two years later. As Account Manager, he gained years of valuable experience in sales, marketing and customer service within a high growth startup environment.

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* Biodegradation rates of Bio Future's additives -treated plastic materials measured according to the ASTM D5511 test method. Tests are generally conducted using 20% to 30% solids content; solids content in naturally wetter landfills range from 55% to 65%, while the driest landfills may reach 93%. Actual biodegradation rates will vary in biologically-active landfills according to the type of plastic used, the product configuration, and the solid content, temperature and moisture levels of the landfill.