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Dr. Cosmas Ochieng is the Executive Director of ACTS.  Dr. Ochieng has held various positions in a number of university,  research, development and conservation organizations around the world. These include IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature); Technical University of Denmark (DTU - UNEP Risoe Centre); Lancaster University (Lancaster Environment Centre); Ecoagriculture Partners, IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute); ActionAid International (UK); IDRC (International Development Research Centre); Kenyatta University and IIRR ( International Institute of Rural Reconstruction).

Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo is the Executive Director of the Accra-based Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) with almost 30 years of experience in food security and rural development domain. Prior to his assumption of his current post in July 2013, he headed the Agriculture and Food Security Division at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where his core responsibility was the development of continent-wide initiatives of the Commission on Food security and Agriculture.

Dr. Anthony Nyong is the Division Manager, Environment and Social Protection at the African Development Bank. He was previously head, Gender, Climate  Change and Sustainable Development Unit at AfDB. He has been a senior program specialist in climate change with International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya. Before joining  IDRC, he was a professor of global environmental change and the director of the Centre for Environmental Resources and Hazards Research at the University of Jos, Nigeria. He is a coordinating lead author of the Africa chapter for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report and serves on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility.

Dr. Agnes Kalibata, from Rwanda, is AGRA’s President.  Most recently, she was Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). In this role, she was widely considered to be one of the most successful agriculture ministers in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to that Agnes has held several leadership positions in the MINAGRI, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, and various other agricultural development organizations.  She sits on various boards including the International Fertilizer Development Corporation (IFDC), Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and the Strategic Advisory Council of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Agnes is an accomplished agricultural scientist and holds a doctorate in entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Patrick Momoh-Nuwah Kormawa is the  Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa (SFE) for the UN`s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He also represents the Organization at the African Union (AU) and to the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

Mounkaila Goumandakoye is the Regional Director for UNEP in Africa.

Mounkaila joined UNEP from UNDP Drylands Development Centre where he started first as Policy Advisor and since 2007as Acting Director. Previously, he was Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa of the United Nations Soudano Sahelian Office (UNSO).

Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace is the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union. Prior to assuming this portfolio, H.E Tumusiime held various senior positions in the Government of the Republic of Uganda, including Commissioner for Agriculture Planning and Commissioner for Women and Development. She is a holder a Bachelors’ Degree in Agricultural Economics,  a Masters Degree in Economics, Planning and Managing Rural Development, and a Diploma in Women and Development.

Dr Elias Takor Ayuk is the Director of the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA). He has over 20 years experience in Sub-Saharan Africa on development issues including institutional capacity building, poverty reduction, food security, natural resources management, strategic planning and development funding.

Dr. Richard Munang is currently the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator. He is also the UNEP Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EbA) for Food Security Focal Person. Previously he was the Policy & Programme Coordinator for the UNEP/UNDP Africa Climate Change Adaptation & Development (CC DARE) programme.

Tim Mugerwa is a Pan-African activist, researcher, writer, public speaker and a climate reality leader. He has over 8 years of professional experience in social policy based research and 15 years of Pan-Africanism activism. He is the first president of the African Youth Union, a Pan-African youth organisation that has reignited the spirit of Pan-Africanism and gave it a new meaning.

Dr. Alice Kaudia is the current Environment Secretary in the Republic of Kenya and works for the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources. She has extensive experience in the field of community-driven natural resources management and conservation spanning close to three decades. At policy and strategic leadership level, she has coordinated the production and application of Kenya’s National Climate Change Response Strategy, the Master Plan for Conservation and Sustainable Management of Water Catchment Areas, the National Environment policy among others

Christina is Action Aid International Project Manager working on international project issues of women's rights to sustainable livelihoods project in Ghana and Rwanda. The project is piloting low cost interventions to reduce unpaid care work among 5 400 women smallholder farmers. These include water harvesting, child care centers, advocacy for fuel saving technologies. The work involves advocacy for inclusion of these issues in the national plans and Comprehensive Africa Agriculture development programme (CAADP) frameworks, donors and UN agencies

Mr Wakiumu, a Kenyan citizen, has over 15 years of financial sector experience, most of it at senior management level. Prior to joining AGRA, he worked at Amana Advisory Limited, first as manager and later as an associate director for corporate finance. Previously, he was a manager for capital markets at First Africa Capital, where he headed research on blue chip companies in banking, insurance and retirement benefits, and agriculture and agro-processing on 14 sub-Saharan Africa stock exchanges.

Dr Mohamed Bakarr is Senior Environmental Scientist in the Natural Resources Team of the Global Environment Facility Secretariat located at the World Bank in Washington DC. His professional expertise includes biodiversity conservation, integrated natural resource management, agroforestry land use, and ecosystem restoration. Although focused mainly on sub-Sahara Africa, he has experience from several countries in Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Ken Kinney is the Executive Director of the Development Institute. He has specialization in Agroforestry/Agronomy, climate change and water, sustainable development, organizational development, process facilitation and training, policy advocacy and conflict transformation.

Hon. Professor Ruth Oniang’o, a Kenyan with a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition. She has taught at the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She is also Adjunct Professor at Tufts University in the USA. Founder and leader of the Rural Outreach Programme, a Kenya-based non-governmental organization that supports resource-poor farmer groups.

Daniel Gad is the owner and Managing Director of Omega Farms Plc. a leading vegetable production farm in Ethiopia. Omega Farms is engaged in the production and export sales of pre-packed exotic high value vegetables to the EU & UK markets.

Lucy Muchoki is a Kenyan and current C.E.O of Pan African Agribusiness & Agro-Industry Consortium, a Pan African platform that mobilizes and supports the African Agribusiness and Agro industry. 

Dr Pak Sum LOW, a Malaysian, is Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Energy Resource Section, Environment and Sustainable Development Division, at the United Nations
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). He was a Regional Adviser on Environment and Sustainable Development at UNESCAP from 31 May 2001 to 31 December 2007. During this period, he provided free technical and policy advisory services to 34 developing and least-developed member states of UNESCAP in 92 missions on issues relating to environment and sustainable development, including environmental management, climate change, land degradation and desertification, and disaster risk reduction.

Odunayo Clement Adebooye is the Director of Research and Linkages at the Osun State University, Osogbo-Nigeria and also the Ambassador Scientist of the Germany Humboldt Foundation in Nigeria. Adebooye is a Professor of Agronomy/Plant Physiology and a holder of PhD from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He also holds Certificate in Tissue Culture techniques (United Nations University, Tokyo), Certificate in Cytogenetics (IITA, Ibadan) and Certificate in Food and Plant Analysis (United Nations/CSIR, India). He is a Fellow of the College of Research Associates (CRA), United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan.

Dr Amis is the co-founder and Executive Director of the African Centre for a Green Economy (Africege), a non-profit think thank and capacity building organisation based in South Africa. Prior to founding Africege, Dr. Amis worked as programme Manager for WWF South Africa, and as strategy consultant on water and climate change.


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About the Conference

The 2014 Africa Progress Panel report presents the two faces of Africa: robust economic growth and continuing poverty. But the report suggests Africa could change this duality by asking: how can resources make a positive impact on development?