It’s time to close this gap for good

Gates Ag One was created to connect the most promising discovery research with people it often fails to reach: smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. These are farmers whose lives and livelihoods depend on a productive, secure food supply, and who are disproportionately bearing the adverse impacts of climate change. 

Diagram of Gates Ag One's focus area: The gap between scientific discovery and market adoption, where the lack of time, money, and labor resources can stop innovations from reaching the market.

Our multidisciplinary team is the nucleus of an expanding network focused on closing the gap between cutting-edge science and those who stand to gain the most from its application. We bring diverse skills and experience to the practice of translation: applying scientific knowledge to the development of positive interventions. 

These may take the form of improved products, processes, combinations thereof, or other outputs. Whatever the specific application, our goal remains the same: to make an impact for smallholder farmers for generations to come.


Agriculture at the intersection 

Circles intersect, with emphasis on the common area, symbolizing agriculture at the intersection

Agriculture is at the intersection of so many factors — connecting people with each other, with ecosystems, with the planet we all share as home.

This interconnectedness inspires us. It keeps us open-minded about where we can make the biggest impact, and willing to change course when required. It motivates us to consider the wellbeing not only of an individual, but of their family, community, economy, and environment. 

As Gates Ag One, we strive to bring about a world where agriculture is a sustainable solution to systemic problems, and innovation is directed where it’s needed most.


The basis of a thriving culture

5 lines symbolizign 5 core values feed into a focal point, where a circle of impact appears

We believe that energized people fueled by a shared mission, in an environment designed to create a thriving culture, will do phenomenal things. Our values are aligned with those of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Our five core values are:

Optimism. We are impatient optimists by nature: we see the glass as half full and are motivated to confront problems that others consider impossible to solve.

Collaboration. We recognize that our resources and abilities are only a small part of what is needed to achieve our goals and that our impact is greater when we work with others.

Rigor. We pursue our mission with focus, discipline, and rigor to maximize our impact.

Innovation. We believe that many of the most intractable problems can be solved only through creative and innovative solutions.

Inclusion. We define inclusion as an environment that actively welcomes, connects, and values all, while harming none.


Our Team


  • Joe Cornelius

    Chief Executive Officer

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  • Al Gallegos

    Chief Operating Officer

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  • Brigitte Weston

    Director, Product Development

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  • Morven McLean

    Director, Global Strategy, Regulatory and Public Affairs

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  • Trey Key

    Director, Business Development

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  • Qing Wang

    Deputy Director, Intellectual Property

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  • Carine Doyle

    Associate General Counsel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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  • Rodger Voorhies

    Chairperson, Gates Ag One Board of Managers
    President, Global Growth & Opportunity, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Carolyn Ainslie

    Member, Gates Ag One Board of Managers
    Chief Financial Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Nick Austin

    Member, Gates Ag One Board of Managers
    Chief Executive Officer, Watertrust Australia Ltd

  • Keith Matthews

    Member, Gates Ag One Board of Managers
    General Counsel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Connie Collingsworth

    General Counsel,
    Gates Ag One

    Chief Operating Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


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