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Dr. Agnes Kalibata

Dr. Kalibata joined AGRA as its President in September 2014. She leads the organization’s efforts with public and private partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, inclusive, sustainable agricultural growth, improving the productivity and livelihoods of Continue Reading

Vanessa Adams

Vanessa is a proven leader with strong private sector, investment facilitation and project management experience with 25 years of progressive experience in 42 countries integrating over twelve agricultural and consumer goods value chains into regional and global markets. Vanessa most Continue Reading

Folayinka Esan

Fola, a Nigerian national, joined us from The Red Iroko Group, an Africa focused Investment Advisory firm based in Mauritius, where he was the Founder and Managing Partner. An Engineer by training, he has an MBA from the London Business Continue Reading

Andrew Cox

Before joining AGRA, Andrew served as a Director responsible for Management, Operations and regional UN reform issues at UN Habitat, since 2015. He was the Chief of Staff at UN-Habitat from 2013. Prior to this, Andrew was appointed as UN Continue Reading

Dr. Apollos Nwafor

Dr. Apollos is a Nigerian citizen who holds a PHD in Public Policy and Administration (Law and Policy) from Walden University-USA, a Masters in Public Policy and Management from (SOAS) University of London-UK and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Ed) Continue Reading

Aggie Asiimwe Konde

Under her leadership, a multi-disciplinary team at Msingi East Africa scoped, designed and implemented multiple interventions across two growth industries (Aquaculture, Textiles & Apparel), creating over 800 jobs and crowding in others / convening further interventions from multiple private and Continue Reading

Fahreen Chudasama

Fahreen is a Canadian national who, prior to joining AGRA was working as an independent consultant. Before she went into consultancy in 2019, she worked for over a decade with international NGOs leading (Oxfam, VSO, CARE), diversifying and managing significant Continue Reading

Dr. George Bigirwa

Dr. Bigirwa, is a Ugandan national and plant pathology expert with a long career in creating and sustaining the links between public research institutions and private seed companies in the African region. Dr. Bigirwa champions AGRA’s partnerships with farmers, farmer Continue Reading

Hedwig Siewertsen

Hedwig Siewertsen, a national of the Netherlands, is Head of Inclusive Finance with AGRA, responsible for implementing and driving AGRA’s inclusive finance strategy. The Inclusive Finance team supports the Agricultural Transformation by making sure that appropriate and affordable financial services Continue Reading