Claudia Castellanos Roques
Founder and Managing Director of Black Mamba Foods
Claudia Castellanos Rogues is the Founder and Managing Director of Black Mamba Foods, a growing brand based in Swaziland that manufactures and distributes gourmet chilli products in Southern Africa and overseas. Claudia has also over 12 years of experience, working as a marketing consultant for several businesses and NGOs in Swaziland and overseas, and as a lecturer for international Universities such as the European School of Economics (www.eselondon.ac.uk) in Italy, and Mananga Business College in Swaziland.
Previously Claudia worked an Regional Manager for SAIWA SpA (www.saiwa.it) a former company of the Danone Group, in charge of trade marketing and sales activities with the main retailers of Central Italy.
Claudia holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with specialisation in Marketing from ESADE Business School (Barcelona, Spain, ranked as the 3rd best European Business School by Financial Times in 2013) and a major in Finance and International Relations from Universidad Externado de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia).
Besides running Black Mamba, since 2016 Claudia is a fellow of Vital Voices, an American NGO that works with women entrepreneurs from around the world supporting their growth. Claudia acted also as chairperson of the board for SWIFT, the Swaziland Fair Trade Network, for the past 4 years. She is passionate about training, mentoring and helping young entrepreneurs achieve their goals, as well as the environment, and has been involved as a trainer and mentor for Technoserve’s business plan competition Believe Begin Become, as a judge for Enactus National Competition and Kickstart Business Plan competition in Swaziland, and as a trainer for the business accelerator program VVGrow from Vital Voices.