Governance & Leadership

Sean de Cleene

Chief of Strategy and Partnerships

Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer at Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Responsible for overseeing business and market development strategies, innovative financing and strategic partnerships. Former positions include:

  • Senior Vice President, Global Initiatives, Strategy and Business Development, Yara International
  • Chair, World Economic Forum New Vision for Agriculture incorporating multi-stakeholder partnerships in 14 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America including partnering to form both Grow Africa and Grow Asia
  • Founding Co-Chair Grow Africa
  • Seconded as Special Adviser, UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition.

Previously Sean was a successful innovator having jointly initiated a number of respected cross sector partnership platforms and initiatives including inter alia Grow Africa, African Green Revolution Forum, Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor, Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania, Malawi Agriculture Partnership, Business Action Against Corruption, UNEP Finance Initiative Africa Taskforce, African Sustainable Investment Centre, African Institute of Corporate Citizenship, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Sustainability Index and several companies specialising in business sustainability and social entrepreneurship.

Blog Posts

Taking stock of our capacity building efforts in Africa

The Improved Masters in Cultivar Development for Africa (IMCDA) programme, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation(BMGF) through the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), is held its fourth Joint Partners Meeting in Durban from 11th-13th of July bringing together local and international universities, national research stations, CGIAR centers, and students involved in the programme to

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CCFC donates equipment to Ghana Health Service

The Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), a child centred Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has donated medicine and tricycles to the Northern Regional Health Directorate to help fight maternal and infant mortality. The donation was sponsored by the Global Affairs Canada and being implemented by a consortium of three organisations with the CCFC being the lead

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Kenya’s herders swap livestock for chillies as drought bites

At this time of year, Cherop Longiro and her husband are normally busy looking for grazing for their livestock. But their three cows died in the drought in March and they sold their 20 sheep, fearing they would meet the same fate. “We had two options: either take them to the market and sell them

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Josette Sheeran

Co-Chair, Finance & Human Resources Committee

Usha Barwale Zehr

Chair, Audit Committee

Judith Rodin

Chair, Nominations and Governance Committee

Joachim von Braun

Co-Chair, Programs Committee

Frank N. J. Braeken

Board Member

Rodger Voorhies

Co-Chair, Programs Committee

Adam Gerstenmier

Chief of Staff & Strategy

Dr Joe DeVries

Vice President, Program Development & Innovation

Sean de Cleene

Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Lindiwe Majele

Vice President Country Support,
Policy and Delivery

Paul Tikani

Chief Operating Officer

Victoria Sabula

General Counsel & Corporation Secretary

Lilian Nyang’aya

Chief Finance Officer

Boaz Keizire

Head of Policy and Advocacy

Elizabeth Chemengen Titoo

Director Human Resources

Fadel Ndiame

Regional Head, West Africa

Anne Mbaabu

Head of Markets and Harvest Management

Dr George Bigirwa

Regional Head, East and Southern Africa

Dr Richard Jones

Chief of Party, Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership (SSTP)

David Maingi

Head of Communications

Daudi Sumba

Head, Monitoring and Evaluation

Dr Paul Greener

CEO, Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF)

Hilary Tororey

Head of Internal Audit

Sylvester Kisonzo

Head of Information and
Communications Technology

Ignatius Mutula

Head of Grants

Caroline Njeru

Head of Procurement

John Wakiumu

Interim Head of Innovative Finance

Dr Rebbie Harawa

Head of Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Systems