Social purpose consulting born of real world experience.

About Us

Have you heard the one about a German CEO and a social entrepreneur from Idaho who walk into an Elmer’s Pancake House and leave hours later with a handshake agreement to start a consulting firm? That’s actually how Humanista started, with two experienced business people from different continents coming together to start a social purpose consulting firm based on real-world experience and a focus on people. Today, Humanista offers its services to an international client base from offices in Boise, Idaho, USA, and Müchen, Bavaria, Germany.

Russ Stoddard | Co-founder

Russ is the founder of Boise, Idaho-based Oliver Russell, a public benefit corporation that builds brands for purpose driven companies. He is a leader in the Certified B Corporation community and author of the Amazon business bestseller, Rise Up: How to Build a Socially Conscious Business. Russ is also a regular featured contributor to Sustainable Brands, Conscious Company Media, and the Forbes Agency Council.

Markus Kessler | Co-founder

Markus jumped overboard from the corporate world after a career highlighted by his leadership as CEO of one of Europe’s largest private-label manufacturers of cosmetics, home, and personal care products. He brings a keen understanding of the unique challenges facing enterprise-level CEOs as they implement sustainability initiatives. Markus is also an active impact investor in several social enterprise startups and a partner in GENIC GmbH.