Governance & Leadership


Anne Maria Makhulo

Head of Strategy & Analytics

Anne Maria, a Kenyan national, is the Head of Strategy and Analytics. In her role, Anne serves 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

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

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

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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Anne Maria Makhulo

Head of Strategy & Analytics


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