Amy Ward Whelan

Amy is a project specialist at Farrelly & Mitchell and works closely with the managing director in strategy development and implementation relating to new service areas and markets.

Her role involves developing deep insights and analysis on emerging and changing trends across the global food and agribusiness landscape, particularly in relation to evolving consumer tastes, sustainability, climate change and its impact on the global food system and the application of environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards to the production and investment in food and agriculture. 

Amy also works closely with the firm’s African office in the development and delivery of specialised programme management and evaluation services for multilateral, DFI and donor clients.

Previously, she worked in the global dairy and fresh produce sectors in hands-on roles such as sales, marketing, key account management and global sourcing. These roles involved interfacing with international industrial buyers and retail multiple buyers.

Amy is a highly motivated individual, a strategic thinker with experience in process improvement from inception to implementation and has strong project management and execution capabilities. She holds a Masters in Food Business Strategy, first-class honours from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and a BSc. Food Science (Hons) from UCD.

Prior to Farrelly & Mitchell, Amy was with global dairy co-operative, Ornua, working in a commercial capacity both in Ireland and the UK, serving industrial and consumer markets across Europe and Asia. She also worked in research in KPMG, dedicated to agri-food projects.

Sustainability & ESG

A dilemma for ESG investors: Balancing local food autonomy and global supply chain advantages

Food production has a wide range of impacts which are difficult to measure, making it unclear whether individual investment in food meet ESG criteria.

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Sustainability & ESG

2021 ESG trends: The cost of failing to integrate sustainability into agribusinesses

Trends show continued momentum behind ethically run food. Failing to integrate sustainability into an investment has consequences.

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Amy Ward Whelan

Amy is a project specialist at Farrelly & Mitchell and works closely with the managing director in strategy development and implementation relating to new service areas and markets.

Her role involves developing deep insights and analysis on emerging and changing trends across the global food and agribusiness landscape, particularly in relation to evolving consumer tastes, sustainability, climate change and its impact on the global food system and the application of environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards to the production and investment in food and agriculture. 

Amy also works closely with the firm’s African office in the development and delivery of specialised programme management and evaluation services for multilateral, DFI and donor clients.

Previously, she worked in the global dairy and fresh produce sectors in hands-on roles such as sales, marketing, key account management and global sourcing. These roles involved interfacing with international industrial buyers and retail multiple buyers.

Amy is a highly motivated individual, a strategic thinker with experience in process improvement from inception to implementation and has strong project management and execution capabilities. She holds a Masters in Food Business Strategy, first-class honours from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and a BSc. Food Science (Hons) from UCD.

Prior to Farrelly & Mitchell, Amy was with global dairy co-operative, Ornua, working in a commercial capacity both in Ireland and the UK, serving industrial and consumer markets across Europe and Asia. She also worked in research in KPMG, dedicated to agri-food projects.

Sustainability & ESG

A dilemma for ESG investors: Balancing local food autonomy and global supply chain advantages

Food production has a wide range of impacts which are difficult to measure, making it unclear whether individual investment in food meet ESG criteria.

Blog

Sustainability & ESG

2021 ESG trends: The cost of failing to integrate sustainability into agribusinesses

Trends show continued momentum behind ethically run food. Failing to integrate sustainability into an investment has consequences.

Blog

Agribusiness

Access to finance – transforming the story of African agribusiness

Agriculture finance is a contentious issue in Africa, as it continues to face challenges in unlocking the capital required to meet its potential. 

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