Steve Grudda (Casablanca, Morocco)

The Resume

Steve is our lead consultant on agribusiness and brings 14 years of on-the-ground experience in Africa.  He lived most of his life in French-speaking West Africa and is fluent in French and Krio as well as conversational in Temne, Dioula, and Arabic.

Prior to Endsight, Steve specialized in corporate smallholder engagement in Sierra Leone.  Most recently, he served as COO of the country’s first fruit juice manufacturing company.  He managed the production and export of juice concentrate products to Europe, the import of pineapple planting material, and the closure of a PPP with a German aid agency to integrate smallholder farmers into the company’s supply chain. 

Prior to management, Steve researched, designed, and executed a project that integrated 3,000 smallholder mango farmers into the company’s supply chain to meet PPP agreement terms with the Government of Netherlands.  He started his career with the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC after completing a degree in International Relations and French from Houghton College.

The Person

Steve loves sports and feels like he is West African.  He played professional soccer in Sierra Leone, ran from hippos in Cote d’Ivoire, spear fished in Senegal, and surfed in Morocco.  Passport stamps aside, his family roots are in Maine.  When he can get home, Steve splits firewood with dad, helps mom in the garden, and makes his dog fetch golf balls.