Who we are
Generation Africa is a partnership initiative with a vision to strengthen the ecosystem for youth entrepreneurs in the agri-food sector across the continent.
Generation Africa Ambassadors
Generation Africa has convened an Ambassadors Group, composed of pre-eminent leaders and dynamic entrepreneurs, to give voice to agripreneurs’ needs and opportunities at the pan-African and national levels. Ambassadors are asked to undertake:
1Advocacy for catalytic changes, at the continental, national and sub-national levels, in support of agripreneurs’ needs.
2Messaging that inspires and guides young agripreneurs.
3Learning, via engagement with the Landscape Report.
Founder and CEO,
Ada Osakwe is a Nigerian economist, an entrepreneur and corporate executive, who is the founder and chief executive officer of Agrolay Ventures, an agribusiness investment company based in Nigeria, which invests in African agricultural food-related companies. From November 2012 until May 2015, Osakwe was the Senior Investment Adviser to Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwumi Adesina.
President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Chief Happiness Officer,
President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
CEO, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)
Head, Region Europe, Middle East, and Africa Crop Science Division, Bayer
Jens Hartmann is the Regional Head for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) for the Crop Science Division at Bayer. His focus at Bayer is driving business growth focused on commercial innovation and execution, such as in the fields of climate-smart innovations, and digital, allowing him to help Bayer unlock agriculture’s great transformation across the EMEA region. Jens has worked in the agriculture industry for his entire career spanning over 30 years with a passion for emerging markets, smallholder farmers and digital.
President, General Council of Agricultural Development, Government of Morocco
Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Group
Strive Masiyiwa is one of Africa’s most respected business leaders. He is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group which comprises Cassava Technologies and Econet Wireless. Strive Masiyiwa set out more than 20 years ago to bring connectivity to Africa. He went on to build Africa’s largest independent fiber network, totaling more than 100,000 kilometers. In May 2020, Masiyiwa was appointed to serve as an African Union Special Envoy to help coordinate Africa’s private sector efforts to procure medical supplies and fight the spread of COVID-19.
President & Chief Executive Officer of Heifer International
President and Chief Executive Officer of
Acting Managing Director, AGRF & Head of Partnerships at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Senior Vice President Heifer Africa, at Heifer International
Executive Director Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
Senior Youth Advisor at USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security
Stakeholder Affairs & Strategic Partnerships at Bayer Crop Science
Managing Director and Co-founder of
Bonolo is the MD and Co-founder of Maungo Craft. She has 9 nine years of experience in HR focusing on Personal Growth and Empowerment Training. She holds a B.A in Communication Science from the University of South Africa. She is currently studying for her Masters of Business Creation at the David Eccles School of Business, at the University of Utah. Bonolo is a UN Food Systems Champion and together with her business partner, their goal is to build a sustainable and impactful business that relooks food systems, creates jobs and encourages the growth of a sustainable industry that celebrates the use of indigenous foods.
Brand and Communications
Chief of Staff to the Group Chairman of Econet Global Limited