Marisa Soares Rebelo has more than 20 years of senior management, organisational development, strategy, digital innovation, and marketing experience in the food and agriculture and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industries across the Africa and Asia Pacific regions.
As Yara’s senior vice president for Innovation and Impact, Marisa oversees a team spanning 21 market economies across Africa, Asia, and Oceania. She is accountable for driving innovation and business transformation in the region, in order to enable Yara’s ambition of a nature-positive food future. Her responsibilities cover a diverse spectrum of activities that focus on sustainability and new business models, regenerative agriculture, public affairs, social impact, and strategic marketing.
Marisa joined Yara in November 2017 as marketing director for the company’s Africa business unit. Since 2020 she has been promoted into several more senior roles focused on digital new business develop-ment, including most recently as vice president for Farming Solutions, Africa & Asia.
Originally from South Africa, Marisa is based in Singapore. She graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Arts in Design and Visual Communications. She is fluent in English, Afrikaans, and Portuguese.