Nigeria Country Director
Sunny is the Director, Sub Saharan Africa, for Monty’s Plant Food Company, USA, and President/Director of innovation and growth of Charis Lifescience Ltd in Nigeria. He is a trained Pharmacist, Biotech, and International Crop Nutrition and protection expert who holds an Advanced Management certificate with a specialization in Agribusiness Management from the prestigious Lagos Business School, Lagos. Sunny has attended several world-class senior-level training and development programs at the MaSE Academy of Syngenta Agro AG in Basel in Switzerland, along with other training including Kenya, Zambia, Ghana, South Africa, and Europe.
Sunny is a member of CropLife Nigeria, Nigerian Agribusiness Group (NABG), Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Agribusiness (Input and Distribution) thematic Lead (NESG), Industry expert, and visiting facilitator to the Lagos Business School (LBS) Nigeria.
Kevin P. Voss
President – International / Global Expansion
Kevin Voss is a Board member and co-founder of Monty’s. He is leading the global expansion team to expand Monty’s products and technologies.
Kevin’s experiences include executive management with Fortune 500 companies and being an entrepreneur. He is a seasoned professional growing business relationships and networks. He has a depth of global reach working with both private and public sectors, including the United Nations, various Governmental Agencies, and Non-Government Organizations.
Kevin has a worldwide passion for food security by improving soil health and increasing crop yields. He is an accomplished and savvy leader with a positive impact.
Outside of work, Kevin enjoys outdoor sports and spending time with his family, five children, and five grandkids.
International Chief Technical Lead
Dr. Barbier is a soil-plant scientist with 20+ years of experience in the development, enhancement, and marketing of products for conventional and organic markets. He has a Bachelor's degree in Agronomy, a Master's Degree in Crop Protection in International Commerce, and a Doctorate in Soil and Plant Science, with a minor in Plant Health Management. Dr. Barbier has experience working with vegetables, row crops, orchards, and tropical crops. He has worked for multinational companies such as Chiquita, Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Stockton, and Rio Tinto (US Borax). In 2010 Dr. Barbier founded a consultancy company that is focused on helping companies develop and launch products.
Since early 2020, Dr. Barbier has been serving Monty’s Plant Food as International Chief Technical Lead, focusing on assessing products and teaching farmers about the benefits of Monty’s Activated Humic substances and how these products improve soil health and nutrient stabilization... therefore increasing crop yield and quality.
U.S. Amb. Gregory Newell
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State (Vice Minister) & Former U.S. Ambassador
Ambassador Newell is an International Business Development Strategist with access to extensive domestic and international networking of senior governmental officials, and business professionals across industries and sectors. Greg has first-hand, on-the-ground experience, and knowledge of governmental, political, commercial, and humanitarian issues in 110+ countries.
Greg served as the United States Ambassador to Sweden from 1985-1989 and accomplished the first White House State visit between the U.S. and Sweden in 36 years. He restored balance to U.S./Swedish commercial accounts, working directly with leaders across diverse industries, and was the youngest U.S. Ambassador to have served since 1779.
Greg served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State (Vice Minister) with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. from 1982-1985. As Senior Governmental Official, he was responsible for the formulation and execution of U.S. Multilateral Foreign Policy in 96 International Organizations, i.e., United Nations; World Bank, Global Regional Development Banks, IMF, International Energy Agency (IEA), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), WHO, ICRC, ITU, UNHRC, UNICEF, etc. He managed a $2B+ budget, and a staff of 524, including 11 accredited Ambassadors. Greg headed U.S.official delegations to 60+ countries to advance strategic, political, economic, and humanitarian interests and served as Senior U.S. Advisor to 37th, 38th, 39th, and 40th United Nations General Assemblies.
Between 1972 and 1981, Greg served the White House in many roles for Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.
Greg is an integral part of Monty’s International team and is instrumental to Monty’s in making introductions to embassy officials in other countries, assisting Monty’s in working with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce.
Greg’s faith and family are most important to him. He’s married and has 6 married children and 17 grandchildren.