Eileen Nchanji is a gender specialist working with the Alliance of Bioversity International and International Center for Tropical Agriculture in the Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) program. Within PABRA, Nchanji leads gender research and development across 32 countries in Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Africa. Her work contributes to the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals. Nchanji works in multidisciplinary teams with governments, private sector partners, and research institutions to identify and strengthen linkages between women and young farmers entrepreneurs and financial providers and markets. Nchanji holds a PhD in Social Anthropology. Before joining the Alliance, she worked with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).