Our Company

Usman and Aukrit met at an MIT entrepreneurship class, where they both shared similar ideas for improving the livelihood of smallholder farmers.

Interestingly, both had worked closely with farming communities in their respective countries of Pakistan and Thailand, and had been moved by the appalling conditions and challenges faced by these communities. They kickstarted Ricult around late 2015 and were soon joined by Jonathan Stoller (CTO) and Gabriel Torres (CSO).

Over the past few years, Ricult has launched operations in two different countries, multiple pilots and varied services with different partners. We have offices in three different countries. Through the ever-evolving and growing team and new offerings, one thing has always remained: Our belief that technology is the greatest democratizing factor and the answer to many of the problems faced by smallholder farmers, especially in developing countries. Cracking the code of which technology has been a joyride for our entire team with many ups and downs. Along the way, we have found great advisors, investors, partners, and supporters. As happy and proud as we are of what we have been able to achieve, there's still a long way ahead but through it all our guiding principle remains “Those who feed us, need us”.

Our Mission


Ricult comes from the middle syllables of the word 'Agriculture'. In keeping with this phonetic tradition, we aim to become integral to the agriculture of tomorrow. The solution to global problems like food shortages, malnourishment, poverty and rural unemployment needs to start with smallholder farmers. We aim to revolutionize farming by making it more inclusive and empowering for the very people who form its backbone. This goal defines the very core of what we are all about. We are not a charity, we are an empowering community transformation... a basis for a brighter future, built on hand-ups, not handouts.

Our Team

Usman Javaid

CEO Ricult Inc./
CEO Ricult Pakistan

15+ years of experience in Engro (Exxon), Nestle and Telenor. Was part of the team that launched Easy Paisa (Digital Wallets). Extensive experience in management. MBA from MIT

Jonathan Stoller

Chief Technology Officer

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

Aukrit Unahalekhaka

CEO Ricult Thailand

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

Abbas Raza

Director of Business Development/Client Engagement

24+ years of telecom management and Business Development experience across multiple countries in Europe, Pakistan and East Africa, with Siemens and Oxfam

Noy Shargal

Director of Engineering

20+ years of experience in startups and large companies. Extensive experience with development. B.Sc in Computer Science from a leading University

Avril Kenney

Director of Data Science

Data scientist and agriculture enthusiast, 4 years of experience in software development, SB & M Engineering in Cognitive Science and Computer Science from MIT

Monica Chee

Global Product Director

14 years of experience. Ex-Allianz and e-wallet startup. Insurance, e-payment, digital lending and financial service experiences in Thailand and Asian markets

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