Governance & Leadership

Dr. Sylvester Kisonzo

Head of ICT

Sylvester Kisonzo, a Kenyan national, leads the ICT in AGRA. An expert with solid years of complex and challenging ICT experience, he is responsible for the design, development, and management of organization-wide ICT systems & infrastructure in alignment with organizational strategy. He previously led the IT function at ILRI (Kenya), an International Agricultural Research Institute that is a member of the CGIAR with offices in all major continents of the world, where he worked for 13 years. Prior to joining ILRI, he spent his first four post-university years working as a Systems Analyst in an IT consulting company (Business Computer Systems Ltd) in Kenya.

Sylvester holds a PhD in Public Policy & Administration: course-work major in Non-profit management and leadership; in his research dissertation, he explored the impact investments in ICT have on organizational performance. He is Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and has training in certifications in Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), HP Tipping Point security and ethical hacking. In addition, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics & Economics (First Class Honors) from the University of Nairobi, a graduate diploma in Information Systems Management from Greenwich University (UK), and a MSc. in Information Systems from the University of Nairobi.

Blog Posts

Opinion: Agricultural extension as a crucial support to development

The Sustainable Development Goals position agriculture at the forefront of addressing rural poverty, hunger and livelihoods. Evidence suggests that gains in agriculture have a significantly greater return on investment when targeting poverty and hunger, often up to five times more than investment in other sectors. As a result, donors, such as the World Bank, the European Commission, the United States

Agri-scientist Maria Andrade receives M S Swaminathan Award

CHENNAI: Renowned agricultural scientist from Mozambique and World Food Prize 2016 laureate Dr Maria Isabel Andrade was honoured with the ‘Dr M.S. Swaminathan Award for Environment Protection 2017’ by the RotaryClub of Madras East (RCME), at an event in Chennai, on Tuesday. The award, according to a statement, is presented to an individual, company or NGO

University of Ghana releases three new WACCI hybrid maize varieties

Accra, July 3, GNA – The National Variety Release and Registration Committee (NVRRC) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has approved and recommended three new WACCI hybrid maize varieties to be released onto the market for cultivation and consumption. The varieties, which are now waiting to be gazetted by the National Seed Council, were


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