Governance & Leadership


Anne Maria Makhulo

Chief of International Cooperation

Anne Maria, a Kenyan national, is the Chief of International Cooperation. Prior to this role, Anne was the Head of Strategy & Analytics and served as a key advisor to the President and Chief of Staff to help advance AGRA’s mission and execute on several of AGRA’s most critical priorities through designing and implementing signature transformational efforts and leading cross-institutional efforts on new programs and initiatives. In particular, Anne worked with President and the Executive Team to secure the $200 million reinvestment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and $50 million from the Rockefeller Foundation. Anne also coordinated and run the secretariat within AGRA for the 2016 Campaign to Seize the Moment for Africa’s Agricultural Transformation alongside the AU, NEPAD, African Development Bank, and several African countries and global donors. Currently, Anne is coordinating the development of the Partnership for Inclusive Agriculture Transformation (PIATA), a strategic partnership worth up to $340 million that brings together the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and USAID to collaborate and jointly invest in agriculture transformation. In addition, Anne leads the Change Management Task Force, a cross-functional AGRA team coordinating the strategic, operational processes and people development in order to allow AGRA to effectively execute on the strategy. Anne joined AGRA from Dalberg Development Advisors where she served as a Senior Project Manager working across the African landscape and advising private corporations, government organizations and multilateral development partners on organizational strategy and design engagements in the areas of agriculture, financial inclusion, youth, renewable energy, and health sector. Before joining Dalberg, Anne worked as a Senior Actuarial Analyst with Pan Africa Life Assurance Ltd, where she was the lead actuarial analyst in design and pricing of products targeting the middle and lower income segment of the market.

Blog Posts

AfDB President Adesina calls for technology transfer to farmers

Washington, D.C., US, 6 August 2018 – The President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, has made an urgent call to give farmers across the continent new technologies with the potential to transform agricultural production. Adesina said the technology transfer was needed immediately and that evidence from countries like Nigeria demonstrated that technology

First Winner of the Africa Food Prize Using Award Money to Support Rural Youth

In his speech accepting the Africa Food Prize in 2016, Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze dedicated the Prize to Africa’s youth. “……with this prize, I pledge to continue to coach, mentor and inspire our younger generation in building a better and brighter future for this continent; our Africa,” said the then President of the International Fund

AGRA Board Member Mohohlo appointed Chancellor of the University of Botswana

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has, acting in accordance with Section 7 of the University of Botswana Act of 2008, appointed Linah Mohohlo as the Chancellor of the University of Botswana for a period of 5 years effective the 19th of July 2018 to 18 June 2023. Linah Mohohlo was the Governor of the Bank of Botswana


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


Anne Maria Makhulo

Head of Strategy & Analytics


Rubina Marivonne Haroon

Head of Resource Mobilization