Aggie Global was founded by Lisa and Zoe Paisley, jointly known as ‘The (Paisley) Twins’.
Growing up in the outskirts of Sydney, Lisa and Zoe were exposed to ‘country’ and urban living, which sparked their passion for the outdoors and food. Both Lisa and Zoe studied Agriculture at university to cultivate their passion in agriculture because “everyone needs to eat”. By learning the ins and outs of food production it was one way Lisa and Zoe could make sure everyone could eat.
The twins are from a travelling family, so choosing an industry that has ‘no roots’ was preferred. During their degree they gained experience in Australia, Laos and Fiji understand agricultural systems in developed and developing countries. This exposure gave them the incentive to make a difference and bring their expertise to farmers in rural areas and developing countries.
Now they live in Fiji to bring their knowledge to those who need it through Aggie Global (registered as Agriculture Connect Pte Ltd in Fiji).
When starting her career in agriculture, Lisa wanted to focus on one thing. Addressing food security. Her university studies focused on sustainable food production and the use of technology to reduce negative environmental, social and economic impacts associated with agriculture. Lisa’s understanding in horticulture, integrated pest management, post harvest management and soil science, will enable Aggie Global to facilitate the development of efficient and profitable food supply chains. She graduated from Sydney University in 2018, receiving first class honors in her Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree.
Since July 2016, Lisa has worked with farmers in Fiji at various capacities. This ranged from conducting consultancies and workshops with farmers to leading teams of 30+ students working on agricultural projects in multiple developing countries. Lisa has undertaken training that is the equivalent of a Certificate IV in Leadership in Team Management.
Lisa is passionate about bridging the gap between farmers, markets and researchers to ensure the agricultural sphere thrives. She endeavours to ensure the business benefits all customers and community members to ensure food security is overcome in a sustainable manner. To ensure Aggie Global obtains its goals, Lisa is constantly seeking to grow Aggie Global’s community by seeking out new Aggies.
Zoe is a fellow co-founder of Aggie Global. She graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honors in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
Over the course of the degree, Zoe studied a range of topics in agriculture, from horticulture and agronomy to new and emerging technology in animal production. Through placements, Zoe gained first hand experience in a range of sectors within the agricultural industry both nationally and internationally, which further enhanced her passion for development agriculture.
Zoe obtained the equivalent of a Certificate IV in Leadership in Management, giving her experience of managing teams to achieve a goal. She has managed 7 teams across 4 developing countries at a single point in time, over a four month time period. From this, she knows how to manage people effective to reach goals, hence her ability to run Aggie Global across 4 countries since the founding of Aggie Global.
Within Aggie Global, Zoe Paisley focuses on the products and services delivered to the Aggies, by improving upon the existing products and services and guiding the development of future products.
The Fiji Team
Elizabeth Grace, Head of Agriculture and Community
Elizabeth is one of those powerful, independent women absolutely slaying it. She is a single mother of two and loves getting creative with them on DIY recycle projects or any art project. She is extremely passionate about the environment and you’ll see her helping out at beach cleanups or with her community group of fellow single parents.
She is a social entrepreneur at heart but keeps finding her way back to any sustainable or green living project. Whilst working at Pacific Grow she got more and more interested in Biogas systems and can’t wait to see Fiji’s first Eco Smart Village one day.
At Aggie Global, Elizabeth is our go-to girl when it comes to finding new farmers or sorting out supply for our customers.
Matilda Petueli, Head of Partnerships and Marketing
Matilda loves working for the Fijian people by helping and guiding them in their own endeavours. She has been volunteering for various organisations for over the last 15 years. She has worked with a business networking group, to assist entrepreneurs as they gain the skills they need to commercialise their ideas.
Matilda is a strong advocate for healthy living. After years of experimenting with different foods, Matilda is passionate about organic and healthy lifestyles in Fiji to address the communities key health issues. She truly believes that healthier living is the way to a longer, better life.
As the head of Partnerships and Marketing, her experience and network in Fiji is helping Aggie Global expand our impact to a whole new range of businesses and farmers. Her favourite part about working with Aggie Global is the ability to help and support the Fijian community through her work. A big part of her work ethic is about being honest and friendly to ensure there is trust and transparency between the community and Aggie Global.