Teresa Law co-founded Mountain Hazelnuts as Bhutan’s first 100% foreign direct investment. “We work with thousands of farmer partners to grow hazelnuts for export. The social venture creates income for subsistence farmers, profits to our shareholders, rehabilitates degraded land, and brings vital services to rural communities. Mountain Hazelnuts brings together my interests and professional experience of the past 40 years into one huge adventure – gender equality, education, and improving health outcomes,” says Law.
Mountain Hazelnuts is the largest private sector company in this Himalayan kingdom and utilizes international best practices and leading technology in its operations. The Company was the first in Bhutan to bring healthcare workers to its sites to provide free health screenings and training, places women in all departments and at all levels, provides nursery facilities to assist working families, and actively mentors women employees through its “Buddy Program” and the “Women’s Leadership Initiative.” Mountain Hazelnuts recently closed on a long-term loan from UN-affiliate Land Degradation Neutrality Fund after previous equity rounds with impact investors and institutions such as the IFC and Asian Development Bank. Previously, Law was Chair of an NGO working with HIV impacted communities. Earlier in her career, she was a senior international banker at J.P. Morgan and Citibank in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the United States. She received an MBA from Columbia University, and degrees in Economics & Business and Political Science from Westmont College.