Joy O’Shaughnessy

Joy is an experienced COO with 10 years of P&L management of HighQuest Partners, an agricultural events and consulting firm. She believes in relationship building and creative problem solving to help her clients gain education and value through her programs, most recently the Women in Agribusiness Summit. She was a partner in the U.S. Economic Development Administrations’ POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) initiative and a member of the Private Sector Mechanism at the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome. Before entering the world of agriculture, Joy produced political and educational television programs for which she received national recognition, including two Emmy nominations. Joy lives in Bar Harbor, Maine with her two sons, where she enjoys cycling, hiking, and kayaking as often as possible.

Brittany Fowers

Brittany Fowers started with The Context Network working as an independent consultant on projects and is now working within the administration / operations support team.

Emily Pfaffenbach

Emily joins The Context Network with experience in the agriculture equipment sector, specialty crop implements, customer service, and various management practices bringing a unique perspective to the team. Growing up in Southern Indiana, she was immersed in agriculture-based development programs such as 4-H and FFA from a very young age. While attending Purdue University for her undergrad she majored in Agribusiness Marketing, Communications, and a secondary degree in Entrepreneurship. She was heavily involved with various College of Agriculture leadership committees, including serving on Purdue’s National Agri-Marketing Association team, and Purdue Ag Week. Emily will be residing in Raleigh, NC.

Kristen Ward, Ph.D.

Kristen joins The Context Network with more than 15 years of innovation, strategy, brand marketing and operations experience across multiple industries. Kristen is an experienced agricultural and resource economist adept at conducting complex research analyses, translating insights into tactical and strategic recommendations.

She spent 7+ years working with commercial farmers, irrigation districts and agencies in California to achieve water quality and environmental standards where her primary research focused on developing an integrated economic-engineering mathematical programming model of California’s water supply scenarios under various environmental and natural resource policies. Kristen brings an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for identifying impactful solutions within agriculture with a focus on increasing productivity and environmental sustainability.

Chad Robertson

Chad joins The Context Network with previous experience as a grain merchant for Columbia Grain International. During his time as a merchant, Chad gained experience managing and trading grain inventories, coordinating logistics, researching market opportunities, and creating global and local supply/demand reports. Prior to this, Chad attended the University of Idaho where he was exposed to corporate financial analysis, capital allocation, investment analysis, economic research, and commodity pricing and risk management. Chad was born and raised in Idaho, where agriculture is the backbone of many communities. Because of this, Chad is passionate about helping these communities and The Context Network’s clients advance agriculture efficiently and sustainably.

Lubos Grepl

Lubos is a senior executive leader with more than 35 years of experience in the Agricultural Ecosystem developing and operationalizing strategies on the board of sector-leading companies, innovators, and startups. In the last three years, Mr. Grepl was successfully operating his consultancy & advisory business, advising professionals, market leaders, and Startup’s with insights on business development and transformations with innovative market-based solutions. He is always passionate about identifying and embracing innovative technologies that bring improvements in the ecosystem, increase efficiency to allow agriculture to achieve significant sustainability gains in a response to climatic and regulatory requirements. From the early ’90s until 2018 held various leadership positions at Monsanto and Syngenta, in Central and Southeast Europe. Some of these experiences include:

  • General Management, Marketing, Sales experience, developing and implementing innovative Go-To-Market approaches
  • EU Regulatory system and new policies landscape ( e.g. European Green Deal, Farm to Fork Strategy ) shaping the EU Ecosystems
  • Carbon Framing Framework incl Carbon sequestration initiatives and implementation from the EU policy and business opportunity perspectives
  • Extensive Familiarity & Experience in Central and Eastern Europe markets incl Turkey, Israel with a focus on growers/customers universe
  • Strong Strategy & Management capabilities incl. strategy execution and the implementation drivers
  • Seed, CP, Biologicals, Seed Treatment Knowledge & Expertise
  • Focused on post-integration, merger organizational setups, and business models for simplicity, efficiency, and gains

Jared Spader

Jared grew up on a diversified livestock operation in Missouri, and as a 4th generation producer, is involved with his family’s farming and ranching operations in Illinois and Missouri where they raise corn, soybeans, Angus cattle, and Quarter horses.

He began his career at Osborn & Barr (now OsbornBarr Paramore), where he served in a wide variety of strategy, business development, research, operations, planning, and leadership roles.  He then joined FleishmanHillard, serving as Senior Vice President and a leader of Fleishman’s Food and Ag Practice Group.

More recently prior to joining Context, Jared served as Vice President – Strategy & Business Development / U.S. Operations Lead for AgCall, Inc., a consulting firm focused on the food and agriculture industry and led the establishment and operation of AgCall’s U.S. business from 2013-2020.

Education & Certification
  • University of Missouri – Columbia, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics
  • MBA from the Crosby MBA Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Education coursework focused on strategy at Washington University and the Harvard Business School.

Neil DeStefano

Neil brings over 40 years of experience across the  value chain of the crop protection industry for agrichemicals and application systems. He brings specific expertise in business strategy, portfolio expansion, business and product development, marketing communications, and project management. During his career he held numerous leadership positions with a proven track record of successfully developing and launching several new product innovations with commercial results.

Jim Borel

Jim has nearly four decades of leadership experience in the global agriculture and food sector. In 2016, Jim retired from DuPont as executive vice president and a member of the company’s Office of the Chief Executive. In his final role at DuPont, he had responsibility for DuPont Pioneer, Crop Protection and Nutrition & Health businesses as well as the corporate functions of: Sustainability; Safety, Health & Environment; Product Stewardship & Regulatory; and Government Affairs as well as the Latin America Region. Mr. Borel joined DuPont in 1978 as a sales representative in the agricultural products business. Over his career, he held a variety of progressively responsible roles in product, sales and business management, as well as human resources and manufacturing roles in Agricultural Products and corporately in the US, United Kingdom, Canada and Japan.

Marcio Farah

Marcio has more than 20 years of experience in Marketing and Business, in large global Agribusiness Companies: FMC Corporation, Syngenta, DuPont, Bunge, Monsanto and Cargill.

His experience also includes market research (Marcio was General Manager for Kleffmann in Latin America), business corporative strategies, sales planning, go to market strategy, and price management.

His areas of expertise include

  • Market research
  • Analysis and interpretation of market information
  • Performance indicators
  • Automation in the areas of product development and commercial.