Jeff dykstra

Co-Founder & CEO

Partners in Food Solutions

Jeff is passionate about bringing together unusual partners. In his role as co-founder and CEO of Partners in Food Solutions that means leading international food companies (General Mills, Cargill, DSM, The Hershey Company, Buhler and Ardent Mills) and more than 1,300  promising food companies in 10 African countries, as well as the US Government, private donors, NGOs, and impact investors - all coming together to improve food security, nutrition and economic development across Africa.

Jeff has spent half his career in business and the other half in international development - including two and half years living and working in Zambia and Kenya - and he has worked for both global organizations like Cargill and World Vision, as well as several start-up ventures.  In acknowledgement of his leadership and impact, Jeff has been named both and Ashoka Fellow and a Bush Fellow, honors reserved for leading social innovators.  

A Colorado native, Jeff is a graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and is currently enrolled at Oxford University where he is pursuing a Masters level Diploma in Organizational Leadership. He resides in Edina, Minnesota with his family where he is active in his community serving on several different non-profit boards. Jeff loves time with family and friends, biking/running/skiing in wild, beautiful places, and good conversations that get to the heart of the matter.