Africa Harvest Board of Directors

Africa Harvest is a non-profit organization with a global vision and an African focus. It is governed by a Board of Directors comprising of a rich mix of expertise in the various facets of organizational governance and management, with balanced gender and geographical representation. All Board members, except the Chief Executive Officer, serve for no more than two consecutive three-year terms. The Board meets four times a year to set and review the corporate governance guidelines, provide oversight for the management of the organization and ensure that the organization is on track with its mission of fighting hunger, poverty and malnutrition.

The current Board members include:

Dr. Moctar Toure is the Africa Harvest Board Chairperson. He provides oversight and strategic direction to the organization as well as leadership within the Board. Dr Toure, a Senegalese citizen, has both a Masters and Doctorate degree in agronomy and soil science from the University of Rennes, France and a Bachelors Degree in Biology and Natural Science from the University of Orleans, France.

Dr. Toure has extensive experience in agricultural research and policy. In 2006, he retired as the Team Leader the Land and Water Resources unit of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) while from 2001 to 2004, he was the Agricultural Services Specialist, Africa region, for the World Bank. He has previously worked in various other capacities at the World Bank, Senegalese Institute for Agricultural Research (ISRA), Ministry of Science and Technology, Senegal and Ministry of Agriculture, Morocco.

He has served on the boards and committees of institutions such as the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the European Economic Commission, the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Africa Rice Center, the International Center for Research on Agro-forestry (ICRAF), the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and the International Board for Soil Research and Management (IBSRAM). He currently consults for institutions like the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Burkina Faso.

Mr. Joseph Kibe is the Africa Harvest Board Vice Chairperson. He provides Africa Harvest with strategic financial and governance oversight. Mr. Kibe holds a BA from Makerere College (now Makerere University), Uganda. Mr. Kibe has held different positions both in the Government of Kenya and in private sectors.

He pursued a career with the Kenyan Civil Service for 17 years after independence, during which time he rose rapidly to the rank of Permanent Secretary for the Ministries of Commerce & Industry, Economic Planning, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Water Development, Lands and Settlement and Tourism and Wildlife.

Since his retirement from the Civil Service in 1979, Mr. Kibe has pursued an independent career in private business, principally in agriculture, aviation and property. Currently, he participates in the boards of various organizations; he is a Director of the Kenya Gatsby Charitable Foundation; Trustee of Gatanga Community Water Trust; Chairman of Nairobi Stock Exchange-listed British Overseas Company (BOC) Kenya Limited; Director of African Agricultural Capital (a bank based in Kampala); Director of the Tree Biotechnology Program Trust and Director of the Horticultural Crops Development Authority (HVDA).

He is also the Chairman of a Task Force on Markets and Chairman of Steering Committee for the Upgrading of the Nairobi Wholesale Market. He was the former Chairman of the Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC) and the Egerton University.

Mrs. Prudence Ndlovu, and Africa Harvest Board Member, is the Managing Director of EPOD Global (Pty) Ltd, an organization that offers solutions in Human Resource and Organization Design & Development, Training and Recruitment.

She has over 15 years experience in talent management and has facilitated training for over 10 years in different institutions and organizations including PriceWaterHouse Coopers (Senior Manager-Human Resources), the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), Standard Bank, IBM, Investec, University of Limpopo, Health Professionals Council of South Africa and others.

She has over four years experience in food retail human resource management: three years in United Kingdom and eight months at Pick ‘n Pay (South Africa). Her qualifications include an Honours degree in Business Administration (UK) specialising in Human Resources as well as a 2-year training management diploma in Leadership Development from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). She also possesses a Counseling certificate.

She is an active member of the Business Woman’s Association (BWA), the Institute of Directors (IoD) and Business Unity South Africa (BUSA). Her passion is developing the hope and passion of young people, career management skills for students and professionals to make better career decisions and enable all groups to live empowered lives.

Professor Matin Qaim is a member of the Program and Nominations committee. He is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Development Research in Bonn, Germany. Since 2007, Matin Qaim has been professor and chair of International Food Economics and Rural Development at Georg-August-University of Goettingen in Goettingen, Germany and has extensive research experience related to the economics of agricultural technologies in developing countries.

Before that, he taught International Agricultural Trade and Food Security at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany from 2004-2007. Prof. Qaim also worked as senior researcher and team leader at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany. From 2001 to 2003, he was a post-doctoral visiting fellow at the department of agricultural and development economics at the University of California Berkeley.

He has had numerous research projects in developing countries including Argentina, Egypt, India, Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Qaim has a B.Sc. in agricultural sciences from the University of Bonn, an M.Sc. in agricultural economics from the University of Keil. He studied for his Ph.D. in agricultural and development economics at the University of Bonn. Prof. Qaim received the outstanding “Review of Agricultural Economics” article award in 2007 from the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA).

He has extensive research experience related to the economics of agricultural technologies in developing countries. Prof. Qaim has published widely in international scientific journals and books. His research has also been awarded with several academic prizes. He is an advisor to several national and international organizations, including as member of the German Agricultural Ministry’s scientific advisory board and the board of trustees of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).

Professor Shabd S. Acharya, Africa Harvest Board Member & Chair of Programs Committee, is an Honorary Professor at Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur (India) having worked with different institutions and organizations as a Professor and Director. He heads different committees including being the Vice President of Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS).

Prof. Acharya has written extensively in the areas of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Marketing and Prices, Agricultural Development and Policy Analysis. He is currently Vice President of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (India). His field of research has been agricultural marketing, development and policy analysis. He is published extensively in agricultural economics, agricultural marketing, and agricultural development and policy.


Dr. Mary G. Alton Mackey is the Chair of the Audit Committee. She provides strategic advice on audit matters and on program formulation, design and implementation. She has special expertise in community development using health, nutrition and food security and income generation as components of the development process.

She has been a technical expert to the Federal Environmental Assessment Review Organization of the Government of Canada, for the communities adjacent to major project developments and for the proponent related to a number of environmental assessment reviews.

She worked in public health in Ontario, with the Faculty of Medicine at Makerere University in Kampala, Memorial University of Newfoundland's Extension Service and at McGill University in her capacity as a Nutritionist.

Mrs. Gisele d’Almeida is the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees within the Africa Harvest Board. She is the founder and CEO of INTERFACE, a network of CEOs and investors from small and medium agribusiness companies in Africa, headquartered in Senegal.

She has over 25 years experience in entrepreneurship and import management. As an entrepreneur, she has created several small and medium enterprises in various areas and now she is promoting technologies transfer from Asia to Africa as profitable business in agriculture.

Mrs. d’Almeida is an active member of various agricultural Research and Development Committees and decision making bodies, including SPAAR, FARA, CORAF, and CGIAR Private Sector Committee (PSC), the IAASTD, Africa Harvest, AATF and Research Into Use (new DFID supported program for Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia).

She has a degree in marketing, entrepreneurship and imports management, with more than 25 years of experience in this field. Through the INTERFACE network, African entrepreneurs are investing in agricultural research, collaborating with farmers’ organizations (especially women groups involved in commercialization) and utilizing research results as business opportunities. Mrs. d’Almeida has also been an active member in various Agricultural Research and Development Committees and decision making bodies.

Andrew Fish retired from the Africa Harvest Board in May 2010 upon the end of his two term tenure. He was the former Board Secretary and provides strategic advice on governance issues.

He is the Senior Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association in Washington, DC. A former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Clinton Administration, Mr. Fish has extensive expertise in biotechnology regulation, conservation practices, and policy and government affairs.

He also served two stints of duty—the latter as deputy chief counsel—with the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture and was a legal extern at the White House under President William Clinton. He has also been a Senior Director of Federal Government Relations at the American Cancer Society Mr. Fish has worked on a wide range of food, drug, agriculture, and human health issues in both government service and law practice. He is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School.

Fish is a member of the bar in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He is a senior government relations and public affairs executive with expertise in government relations, regulatory affairs, strategic communications, and policy development; who thrives on decision making and strategic management in fast-paced, complex environments. He is also a regulatory attorney with government and private practice experience in health care, biotechnology, food, drugs, agriculture, and the environment; with a keen understanding of the intersections of federal legislative and regulatory process law, science, media, association leadership and politics.


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