Governance & Leadership

Adam Gerstenmier

Chief of Staff & Strategy

Adam Gerstenmier serves as Chief of Staff & Strategy for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where he provides support and counsel to the President across all efforts to catalyze an agricultural transformation in Africa that will help millions of smallholder farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger.

Prior to joining AGRA, Gerstenmier served in various roles with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including as Chief of Staff to the Co-Chair, Bill Gates Sr., and as Chief of Staff to the President for Global Policy, Advocacy, & Country Programs, where he helped the foundation build strategic relationships with governments, NGOs, and other key partners to increase awareness, action, and resources devoted to global development and health priorities. Gerstenmier also served as an associate with Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors, helping advise major institutional partners like the Gates Foundation and the United Nations Foundation, as well as the legislative correspondent for U.S. Representative Sue Myrick. He began his career in international development volunteering as a program assistant for PRODAD, a grassroots agricultural NGO in Nicaragua.

Gerstenmier holds an MSc in development studies from the Development Studies Institute at the London School of Economics and is a graduate magna cum laude of Davidson College in North Carolina.

Blog Posts

Agribusinesses and African Smallholders Seize $1 Trillion Food Market as Meals Replace Minerals to Restart African Economic Growth, New Report

 Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The power of entrepreneurs and the free market is driving Africa’s economic growth from food production, as business wakes up to opportunities of a rapidly growing food market in Africa, that may be worth more than $1 trillion each year by 2030 to substitute imports with high value food

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Major Deals to Accelerate Africa’s Path to Prosperity through Agriculture Agreed at World’s Foremost Gathering of African Agriculture Leaders

Close to US$6.5 billion worth of investments in palm oil, pulses, potato and rice, mainly in West Africa, over the next eight years, were made and the new US$280 million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) launched Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Friday 8 September 2017 – Africa’s economic growth prospects received a major boost this

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New US $280 Million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa Launched

Four prominent organizations supporting African agriculture join forces in innovative strategic partnership to increase incomes and improve the food security of 30 million smallholder farm households in at least 11 African countries by 2021. Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The multi-million dollar Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) was launched today at the

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