Our People

We cultivate broad professional networks and close business ties worldwide to enhance your reach. By leveraging our global network, we help you establish profitable and enduring business partnerships.

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Nina Gibbs

Managing Director

Nina had been searching for a way to apply her passion for international affairs and foreign languages to the world of business after moving back to northern California, so when a local company asked her to provide interpretation services for contract negotiations with a potential global distributor, she began formulating the idea for Savi Global. Combining her background in business development, a Master’s degree in International Affairs from UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy & Strategy, and a talent for attracting service-minded, results-oriented team members, Nina launched Savi Global in 2012.

 

Nina has accumulated over 10 years of experience in business development, marketing strategy, and supply chain planning while working for key clients in technology, food and agriculture, and defense, including Sony, Hewlett Packard, Boeing, Jack in the Box, and Driscolls. She has professional experience with Spanish and Italian and has studied Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese, German, and French. She has worked in Italy, Spain, and Mexico and has a worldwide network of international business resources.

 

Leveraging her leadership experience with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Center program, she applies her extensive knowledge of doing business in the U.S. to guide entrepreneurs and business owners from around the world through the process of planning, starting, and expanding their business visions.

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Anna Vetrova

Anna is our master researcher and business trends visionary. From her home in St. Petersburg, Russia, Anna conducts extensive market research and builds innovative global strategies for our company and our clients. Her areas of expertise include: marketing strategies and campaigns, international sales channels development, business and investment opportunities evaluation, partner and client matching, and B2B/B2C market research analysis. Anna graduated from St. Petersburg’s State Electrotechnical University and has worked with global teams spanning 40+ countries. Most recently, Anna was an Advisor at Finpro, consulting Finnish companies on best business strategies for entering the Russian market.

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Yoshiko Zimmerman

Yoshiko has a Masters of Applied Linguistics from the University of Essex in London and a B.A. in Psychology from Penn State University, and currently lives in a small town in northern California. With her extensive Japanese and English language experience and her expertise on Japanese-American relations, Yoshiko manages projects for clients doing business in Japan and related countries, and provides translation and interpretation services to Pacific Rim international organizations.

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Heather Haddleton

Heather is our go-to person for research, analytics, and operations on a global scale. With a family background deeply rooted in agribusiness and agronomy and an appetite for new experiences and cultures, Heather focuses on Savi Global’s support of California food exporters and has a particular interest in global initiatives for the development of sustainable agriculture worldwide. Heather is an advocate for social justice and has volunteered for organizations like Rancho De Sus Niños, Youth with a Mission, and International Justice Mission. Heather graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from CSU Chico and plans to begin her graduate education in International Relations next fall.

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Sarah Wood

Sarah is a senior at CSU Channel Islands where she is getting her B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Global Business. She has worked for the global sector of the State of California Community College Chancellor’s Office where she researched global business conducted in Northern California. She studied International Business in South Korea and worked with Chinese businesses through an internship provided by the Northern California CITD. At Savi Global she focuses on data collection, research, and monthly newsletter creation.