Our Sustainable Commodities team has a new recruit! When she’s not chasing her children around, she can be found improving the sustainability of supply chains. Welcome Anna…
Name Anna Kitulagoda
Job title Senior Consultant
Lives West Berkshire
Qualifications BA Physiological Sciences (University of Oxford); MSc Development and Security (University of Bristol); Masters in Business Administration (Open University)
Welcome to 3Keel! How has your day been so far?
Another busy day! Although I haven’t been at 3Keel long I am enjoying the variety of work we do. Today I have been mainly working on developing different tools that can help retailers to engage their suppliers on sustainable sourcing, and understand more about what is happening in the areas where commodities are being produced.
What have you started working on?
As I work in the Sustainable Commodities team, I am working on various projects to help improve sustainability of supply chains – particularly soy, timber/paper and palm oil so far. Some projects work with individual companies, others with roundtables, and it is a mix of setting policy and then following up with data to make sure it’s being implemented. It’s great to have a range of things that allow you to see the challenges from different angles and so find new ways to make progress.
What are you looking forward to most about working for 3Keel?
I love to keep learning about new topics and new approaches. There is a great range of work at 3Keel with some very smart and talented colleagues. I’m looking forward to learning from them, and the potential to develop new innovations.
Who or what inspired you to work in sustainability?
I have been really fortunate to work internationally and have the opportunity to work with people from lots of different countries. Sustainability means lots of different things in different places, but to me it’s really about trying to achieve a good quality of life for everyone, in perpetuity. I can’t think of anything more interesting or important (or challenging!) to work on.
When you’re not working, what do you like to do?
I have young children, so when I’m not working I am generally chasing after them, which is a lot of fun. I have always enjoyed learning about the world, whether that’s through travelling, or food, or learning languages.
For those wanting to learn more about sustainability, what key resource (tv, film, book, podcast, etc.) can you recommend?
I can’t think of just one thing to recommend… the challenges are complex and there is so much going on in the sustainability space that I think it’s good to read widely, to challenge my thinking and see where new ideas could come from.