Catherine de Medici Jaffee (Cat!) is a Colorado native, a Turkish Fulbright Scholar, an under-25 US delegate to the UN, and a trottinglobe. She has collaborated with agro-leaders and innovators as an intrapreneur at Ashoka, the Asian Rural Institute, and the Aspen Institute in Colorado, Washington D.C, Turkey, Japan and Egypt. Since she was 20, she has worked on Silk road routes from India to Turkey studying how to foster peaceful trade, travel, and innovation through historical walking routes.
In May 2011, Cat moved back to Northeastern Turkey to launch Balyolu: The Honey Road and learn her first words in Georgian – გამარჯობა – gamarjoba! In 2012, she was named a National Geographic Young Explorer for her research studying the Caucasus through the lens of Silk Road foods, beekeeping, and honey. To learn more about Cat’s business and about beekeeping in Turkey you can visit her business webpage, follow her blog, watch her NGS tumblr, or join the movement on Facebook.