Our Team

Andrea Schiavi - Founder CEO is the owner of Schiavi Seeds LLC. Schiavi moved from northern Italy to the United States in 2004, and maintains family interests in thoroughbred breeding and racing in Italy, Ireland and the US.  Schiavi Seeds LLC was founded in 2015 when Schiavi secured exclusive rights to import various important certified European strains of hemp seeds for North America. Since 2015, Schiavi has assisted various state Departments of Agriculture and universities to secure certified hemp seeds for their hemp research programs. 






Karen K. Dixon - Founder & COO is a co-owner of Schiavi Seeds LLC. Although currently residing in Washington, D.C., this native Kansan is firmly grounded by her Mid-Western roots and values. Prior to moving to D.C., Karen practiced complex commercial litigation in Chicago.  In addition to her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School, Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree and M.B.A. from the University of Missouri and a LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.


J.T. Workman I.V. is a certified crop advisor, technical service provider for the NRCS, and farmer from Western Kentucky who has based his life in local agriculture. Raised on a family farm, J.T. has spent his adult life building his business on high standards of honesty and integrity. His commitment to staying on the cutting edge of agriculture paired with his approach to keeping farmers profitable has gained him a 160,000 acre customer base in Western Kentucky and Northwest Tennessee for whom he renders a number of agronomic and precision agriculture related services.


Dr. David Williams, University of Kentucky PHD,  Hemp Program, Research Cooperation.


Grassi Gianpaolo PHD, research cooperation to Schiavi Seeds, is the head hemp researcher at CREA, the Italian Ministry of Agriculture.


Olivier Beherec PHD, research cooperation to Schiavi Seeds, is a hemp breeder and ex deputy director of the National Federation of Hemp Producers in Les Mans France. 


Przemyslaw Baraniecki PHD, research cooperation to Schiavi Seeds, specialist in hemp breeding and cultivation, directs the Group Institute of Fiber and Medical Plants in Poland.


Vladimir Sikora PHD, research cooperation to Schiavi Seeds, directs the hemp program at the Institute of Fields and Vegetable Crops in Novi Sad Serbia.