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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.

THE

Steering Commitee

Acting Managing Director, AGRF & Head of Partnerships at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Jennifer
Baarn

Jennifer Baarn is the Acting Managing Director AGRF and Head of Partnerships at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Previously she serves as the Deputy CEO of the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor (SAGCOT) Centre Ltd in Dar es Salaam. She was also a Global Leadership Fellow and Associate Director at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva, Switzerland. Ms. Baarn holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management, The Netherlands.

Senior Vice President
Heifer Africa, at Heifer
International

Adesuwa
Ifedi

Adesuwa Ifedi serves as Africa's Senior Vice President for Heifer International. A development and fundraising expert, she has developed partnerships that pulled together millions of dollars to support transformational programs in underserved communities in Africa. She initiated and led the largest technology-enabled education transformation program in Nigeria which is currently serving over 800,000 at-risk children in public schools. She has an MBA from Lagos Business School and a Postgraduate in Entrepreneurship from Boston University.

Executive Director Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

Simon
Winter

Simon Winter is the Executive Director of the Syngenta Foundation. He previously he served as the Senior Vice President, Development, of TechnoServe in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he worked as an economic planner for the Botswana government, and a development consultant in Southern Africa. He currently chairs the Steering Committee of the Farm to Market Alliance and the board of ACRE Africa. Simon holds a Ph.D. in economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1998.

Senior Youth Advisor at USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security

Jane
Lowicki-Zucca

Jane Lowicki-Zucca serves as Senior Youth Advisor within USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security. She previously served as Program Director with GOAL Uganda, leading the Driving Youth-led New Agribusiness and Microenterprise in Northern Uganda (DYNAMIC) program. She earned her BA in Government, with concentrations in International Relations and Women’s Studies from Cornell University and holds an MPA in Public and Non-profit Management and Policy, with a specialization in International Public Policy from New York University.

Managing Director and Co-founder of Maungo Craft

Bonolo
Monthe

She is the MD and Co-founder of Maungo Craft. She has 9 nine years 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 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
Professional

Barbra
Muzata

Barbra Muzata is a well-seasoned storyteller and integrated communications and branding strategist with diverse industry experience in launching, building, and positioning brands across Africa Middle East. She uses evidence and insight to get results. This skill, accompanied by her passion for and understanding of Africa, positions her well to provide strategic counsel to leading global brands and executives across the continent. She has experience in different industries including agriculture, information technology, fast-moving consumer goods and telecommunications.

Chief of Staff to the Group Chairman of Econet Global Limited

Henry
Mphwanthe

Henry works as the Chief of Staff to the Group Chairman of Econet Global Limited. He has 12 years’ experience in managing and scaling up large scale health and technology projects and businesses. A keen entrepreneur and trained economist, henry has worked in 6 countries (Malawi, Zimbabwe, Chile, Nigeria, USA and UK)- in the public and private sector. He holds a post graduate degrees from Oxford and Sussex University.

OUR

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:

1

Advocacy for catalytic changes, at the continental, national and sub-national levels, in support of agripreneurs’ needs

2

Messaging that inspires and guides young agripreneurs

3

Learning, via engagement with the Landscape Report

Founder and CEO,
Agrolay Ventures

Ada
Osakwe

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)

Dr. Agnes
Kalibata

Agnes Kalibata is a Rwandan agricultural scientist and policymaker, and president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). She served as Rwanda's minister of agriculture and animal resources from 2008 to 2014 and began her tenure as president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in 2014.

Chief Happiness Officer,
blueMoon

Dr. Eleni
Gabre-Madhin

Our lead judge is founder and Chief Happiness Officer of BlueMoon, an innovation hub in Ethiopia. Eleni is a former CEO of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange and held positions in the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute and United Nations. In 2012, Eleni won the Africa Food Prize which was then called the Yara Prize.

CEO, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)

Dr Ishmael
Sunga

Ishmael Sunga has more than 30 years’ experience, mainly in the development sector. Prior to his current position as head of a regional farmers’ organization for southern Africa, he previously worked in various capacities for research and academic institutions, and for international development agencies.

President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Gilbert
Houngbo

Gilbert Houngbo served as Prime Minister of Togo from 2008 to 2012. Previously he worked at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). After leaving office as Prime Minister, He became Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnership at the International Labour Office in 2013. He has been President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development since 2017.

President, General Council of Agricultural Development, Government of Morocco

Prof. Mohamed
Ait Kadi

Mohamed Ait Kadi is President of Morocco's General Council of Agricultural Development, a policy Think-Tank of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. He is a key player in Morocco’s agricultural sector reforms and has served on several national and international boards and many high-level international assignments. He is a resident member of the King Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology.

Generation Africa Ambassadors Call to Action