Our Mission

Ricult comes from the middle syllables of the word 'Agriculture'. In keeping with this phonetic tradition, Ricult aims to become integral to the agriculture of tomorrow. The solution to global problems like food shortage, malnourishment, poverty, rural unemployment need to start with smallholder farmers. We feel the world is ready for farming to be revolutionized and become more inclusive and empowering for the very people who form the backbone of this industry. This goal defines the very core of what we are all about. We are not a charity; we are an empowering community transformation. This is the basis for a brighter future, built on hand-ups, not handouts.

Our Promise

To give smallholder farmers the tools they need to be better informed and empowered economic actors - to work their way out of poverty. We at Ricult built our entire business model around a simple insight: improving agricultural productivity and profitability is the only sustainable route to stronger rural communities. As a double-bottom line social enterprise, we promise to enable smallholder farmers to become economically independent and improve, not only their own but their families and entire communities standard of living.

Our Team: Passion, Perseverance & Relevance

Keeping pace with the rapidly evolving digital world, we bring unique insights, entrepreneurial passion and individual experiences together through the Ricult Team. Our team comprises of a dynamic mix of people who bring with them an abundance of skill, knowledge and determination to succeed. At Ricult, providing solutions to your needs is our core expertise.

Usman Javaid

Chief Executive Officer

15 years of experience in Telecom, Mobile Banking, Mobile Agriculture in Pakistan/Bangladesh, MBA MIT Sloan

Jonathan Stoller

Chief Technical Officer

4 years of experience in Google, Microsoft, Dow Jones, and the Public Sector. BS & MS in Computer Science from MIT

Aukrit Unahalekhaka

Chief Product Officer

4 years of experience in Accenture & Cisco in US. Belongs to a family of farmers in Thailand. Joint Master’s in Engineering and Management from MIT

Gabriel Torres

Chief Strategy Officer

Commodity Options Market Maker at SIG, Partner at Hard 8 Trading, Studied Physics & Economics at MIT

Christina S Kang

Director of Global Business Operations

Global BD, ops, intel, and information sciences across sectors. BS, Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Applied International Studies at MIT

Vince Agard

Director of Weather Analytics

Climate scientist and award-winning weather forecaster; expert in predictive analytics. SB and PhD in Atmospheric Science from MIT

Abbas Raza

Director of Ricult Pakistan

15 years of experience in Telecom, Mobile Banking, Mobile Agriculture in Pakistan/Bangladesh

Akiva Berger

Lead Developer

Software development and management for VCs, financial startups, and social enterprises. MA from Tel Aviv University and PhD candidate.

Our Partners

Our Supporters

Awards and Recognition

  • Top Social enterprise at Chivas Venture Social Enterprise competition
  • Winners of Karandaaz Fintech Disrupt Challenge 2016 by Gates Foundation
  • Gold Award winners at MIT China Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum
  • Winners at GSVC Asia & Oceania
  • Best innovative ideas and technologies in Agribusiness by UNIDO at Seeds & Chips Conference
  • Winner of MIT Ideas Global Challenge
  • Winner of Big Ideas Berkeley
  • Winner of DOW Sustainability Challenge
  • Winner of MIT Food and Agribusiness innovation prize
  • Best Performing Startup of dtac Accelerate batch #5
  • MIT Delta V Accelerator 2016 Cohort
  • Winner of Asia Social Innovation Award
  • Semi-Finalist of MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Competition