ACAT 2023 Speakers

H.E. Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan

Former President Federal Republic of Nigeria

Hon. Franklin Mithika Linturi

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Co-operatives, Kenya

Eric Rwigamba

Minister of State for Agriculture and Animal Resources, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Rwanda

Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze

Minister, Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, Uganda

Hon. Prof. Adjima Thiombiano

Minister, Ministry of Education, Burkina Faso

Hon. Prof. Adolf Faustine Mkenda

Minister, Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, Tanzania

Hon. Josephine Lagu

Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, South Sudan

Dr. Aggrey Ambali

Board Chair, African Agricultural Technology Foundation and Head of Science, Technology and Innovation Hub (NSTIH), NEPAD

Dr. Canisius Kanangire

Executive Director African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Kenya

Prof. Appolinaire Djikeng

Director General International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya

Sheila Roquitte

Deputy Mission Director, USAID Kenya and East Africa

Hon. John Mutunga

Chair, Agriculture and Livestock Committee of the National Assembly in Kenya

Ms. Emily Rees

President and Chief Executive Officer CropLife International, Belgium

Hon. Dr. Peter Mathuki

Secretary General East African Community (EAC), Tanzania

Dr. Sheila Ochugboju

Executive Director, Alliance for Science

H.E. Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Gambia to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

Dr. Leena Tripathi

Director of Eastern Africa Hub and Leader of the Biotechnology Program at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Dr. Ousmane Badiane

Founder & Executive Chairperson, AKADEMIYA2063, Rwanda

Ms. Sylvia Horemans

Member, Board of Trustees, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) & CEO, Kamano Seed, Zambia

Prof. Idah Sithole-Niang

Professor at the University of Zimbabwe's Department of Biochemistry

Prof. Lateef Oladimeji Sanni

President, International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC)

Dr. Grace Kaudzu

Director of Research and Deputy Director of Agricultural Planning, Ministry of Agriculture, Malawi

Dr. Ashish Saxena

Division Chief, Input Systems, USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security

Prof. Ruth Oniang’o

Founder and Director, Rural Outreach Africa (ROA), Kenya

Feto Esimo

Director General, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research

Dr. Jane Ininda

Head for Seed Research and Systems Development, AGRA

Anthony Muriithi

Agriculture Attache, Mission of Kenya to FAO

Dr Agnes Yemisi Asagbra

Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA)

Denis Tumwesigye Kyetere

Former Executive Director, AATF

George Sarpong

Member, Board of Trustees AATF – on IP and legal frameworks in support of biotechnology in African Agriculture

Dr. Eliud K. Kireger, OGW

Director General, KALRO

Kenton Dashiell

Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery

Dr. Mandefro Nigussie

Chief Executive Officer Agricultural Transformation Agency of Ethiopia

Nompumelelo Obokoh

Chief Executive Officer, South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions

Dr. Celso Luiz Moretti

President, Embrapa, Brazil

Susan Kahumbu

Founder, iCow

Dr. Walter Alhassan

Director at Biotechnology and Stewardship for Sustainable Agriculture in West Africa

Shey R. Tata

Member, Board of Trustees

Carolin Schumacher

Chief Executive Officer, GALVmed

Dr. Martin Fregene

Director, Agriculture and Agro-Industry African Development Bank (AfDB), Côte d'Ivoire

Prof. Bernard Slippers

Director, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), South Africa

Jehiel Oliver

Founder & CEO, Hello Tractor

Mr. Lawrence Kent

Senior Program Officer, Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ms. Carole Kariuki

Chief Executive Officer, The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)

Dr. Stephen Njoka

Director - Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa (DLCO-EA)

Ms. Lindsey Moore

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, DevelopMetrics, USA

Mr. Joe Cornelius

Chief Executive Officer, Gates Ag One

Ms. Oluyemisi Iranloye

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Psaltry International Company Ltd, Nigeria

Dr. Roy Mugiira

Chief Executive Officer, National Biosafety Authority, Kenya

Prof. Margaret Gill

Member, Board of Trustees, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen, UK

Dr. Solomon Gizaw

Head of the TAAT Clearinghouse

Seema Gohil

Director, Digifarm

Prof. Garba Hamidu Sharubutu

Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Nigeria

Prof. Muhammed Ishiyaku

Executive Director, Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea Project, Nigeria

Dr. Abas Adebayo

Coordinator of the TAAT Cassava Compact

Mr. A.G Kawamura

Founding Member, Orange County Produce, LLC, USA

Dr. Rufus Ebegba

Chief Executive Officer, National Biosafety Management Agency, Nigeria

Michelle Kagari

Senior Director Government Relations and Policy, One Acre Fund

Dr. Tshilidzi Madzivhandila

Head of Missions & Chief Executive Officer, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

Ms. Karimi Thuranira

Country Manager - Kenya, OCP Africa

Dr. George Wamukoya

Team Leader, African Group of Negotiators Experts Support (AGNES), Kenya

Ms. Mary Njue

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Epicenter Africa, Kenya

Mr. Henry Gordon-Smith

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Agritecture, USA

Ms. Hazel Awino

Chief Executive Officer, Agri Innovation Hub, Kenya

Ms. Patience Koku

Chief Executive Officer, Replenish Farms, Kenya

Joseph Mwangangi

Deputy CEO and Director, Agribusiness Services

Ms. Yewande “Wandie” Kazeem

Founder, Nutrition Conversations Africa, Nigeria

Dr. Manyewu Mutamba

Head (Ag) of Agriculture, African Union Development Agency-NEPAD, Zimbabwe

Mr. George Marechera

Managing Director, Agridrive Limited and Agribusiness Development Manager, Cassava Mechanisation & Agro-processing Project, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Kenya

Dr. Winnie Jelagat Kimutai

Lead Scientist and Agronomist of Bharat Bio East Africa

Dr. Joseph Macharia

Founder, Mkulima Young

Ms. Boitshepo (Bibi) Giyose

Senior Advisor, Food and Nutrition Security, AUDA-NEPAD, South Africa

Joseph Choge

Chairman of the Board in the Food & Beverages Sector at the Kenya Association of Manufacturers

Ms. Molly Abende

Founder, Sweetunda

Mr. Anthony Kioko

Chief Executive Officer, Cereal Growers Association, Kenya

Ms. Loureen Awuor

Chief of Staff & Head of Partnerships at Kenya National Farmers' Federation (KENAFF)

Dr. Emmanuel Okogbenin

Director of Programmes and Commercialisation African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Kenya

Dr. Edidah Ampaire

Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Dr. Francis Nang’ayo

Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Kenya

Dr. Hung Nguyen-Viet

Co-Leader, Animal and Human Health Program

Dr. Daniel Karanja

Deputy Director, Research and Innovation CABI.

Dr. Sylvester Oikeh

Project Manager, TELA Maize Project, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Kenya

Tendai Gunda

Regional Representative, Anglophone Africa, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement

Dr. Vitumbiko Chinoko

Project Manager, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Kenya

Dr. Cliff Sibusiso Dlamini

Executive Director, CCARDESA

Sithembile Mwamakamba

Director, Policy Research and Analysis, FANRPAN Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Dr. Munyaradzi Jonga

Seeds Production Manager, African Agricultural Technology Foundation

Margaret Munene

Co-Founder, Palmhouse Dairies Limited

Kamwesige Mtembei

Senior Agriculture Officer, Ministry of Agriculture in the Environment Management Unit

Ms. Elizabeth Gulugulu

Program Project Manager, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change, Zimbabwe

Dr. Racine Ly

Director of Data Management, Digital Products and Technology at AKADEMIYA2063

Prof. Jane Ambuko-Lukachi

Associate Professor of Horticulture at the University of Nairobi

Dr. Kenneth Mubea

Capacity Development Lead, Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa)

Dr. Catherine Macharia-Mutie

IGNITE Deputy Team Leader

Dr Silas Obukosia

Principal Programme Officer, African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD)

Ms. Maureen Munjua

Country Representative, Kenya Tanager

Mark Edge

Director, Seeds & Traits Business Development for LMICs, Bayer Crop Science

Allegra Piazza

Director of Data and Insights, DevelopMetrics

Dr. Martin Ongol

Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies, University of Rwanda, College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine

Amanda Namayi

GoGettaz Africa Lead at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Prof. Richard O. Oduor, Ph.D

Registrar Research Innovation and Product Development –Kenyatta University, Chairman – Kenya University Biotechnology Consortium

David J. Spielman

Director, Innovation Policy & Scaling Unit, International Food Policy Research Institute

Ngabaghila Chatata

Managing Director and Founder at Thanthwe Farms

Jean Claude Rubyogo

Global Bean Programme Leader and Director, Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA)

Douglas Buhler

Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation

Abdelbagi Ismail

Regional Director, Africa International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Dr. Margaret Opondo

Senior Lecturer, University of Nairobi

Prof. Theophilus Mwendwa, Mutui

Managing Director, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), Kenya

Kunal Prasad

Co-Founder & COO, Cropin

Hamidou Traore

Executive Director of the Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA)

Andy Watt

Managing Director, QBS

Amos Nungu

Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)

Ruth Okowa

Country Director, GAIN Kenya

Dr. Russell Reinke

Program Lead, Healthier Rice International Rice Research Institute

Duncan Ochieng’ Onduu

Executive Director, Seed Trade Association Of Kenya (Stak)

Mathias Yabe

Co-founder and CEO of AkoFresh

Kamil Witek

Group Leader at 2Blades

Lucy Komen

Ag. CEO/Registrar of the Warehouse Receipt System Council (WRSC)

Dr. Titus Alicai

Director of Research, Rwebitaba ZARDI

Olarewaju Babatunde

Lead Strategist of FutuX Agri-consult Ltd

Tony Gathungu

Global Head of Seeds2B, Syngenta Foundation for Sustain able Agriculture

Zola Madaga

Global Fellows Coordinator, Alliance for Science

Victor Mbao

Senior Program Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Prof. (Eng) Duncan Onyango Mbuge

Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering, University of Nairobi

Prof. Kevin McDonnell

Professor Crop Science & Biosystems Engineering, University College, Dublin

Renalda Mlay

Founder and CEO, Renie Fresh

Moses Mwesigwa

Director, Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa (DLCO-EA)

Eunice Mwongera

CEO and Co-Founder of Hillside Green Growers

Prof. Hamadi Iddi Boga

Former Principal Secretary of the State Department for Agricultural Research in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya

Peris Muchiri

Early Warning System Specialist at FAO

Jonathan Bamber

Director, SweetTunda, Co-Founder of Burton & Bamber Co Ltd

Nkiru Okpareke

Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Enviro Gro Farms

Benson Kamau

Chief Executive Officer, Climate Smart Agriculture Excellence Centres

Vivianne Meta

Director of Business and Technical Services, LocateIT Limited

Charles Gitau

Country Director, Africa Agribusiness Academy

Brenda Lazarus

Economist, Food Securitv and Early Warning, FAO

Geoffrey Otieno

Board Director, Agridrive Ltd

Oluwaseun Sangoleye

CEO, Baby Grubz

Nega Wubeneh

Head of Market and Trade, AGRA

Justin Hess

Founder, Aquaponics

Dr. James Micah Onsando

Consultant International Seed and Seed Systems

Pauline Otila

Managing Director, Apiculture Venture Limited, Kenya

Damilola Olapade

Head of Extension and Outgrower Psaltry International Company Limited

Paul Falakeza Fatch

Chairperson of African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS)

Dr. Mel Oluoch, PhD

Strategic Partnership Director of the SAA

Feddy Tesha

Founder, Profate Investment Ltd

John Agboola

Ambassador, AGCO Agriculture Foundation

Dr. Emma Naluyima, PhD

Smallholder Farmer

Robert Mwadime

Chief of Party, RTI

Eileen Nchanji

Gender Specialist, Alliance of Bioversity International and International Center for Tropical Agriculture in the Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA)

Kenneth Obayuwana

National Director of International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS)

Ms. Dorah Kwamboka Momanyi

Founder, Nutritious Agriculture Network

Dr. Mary Thamari

IGNITE Gender Expert

Dr. George Vakusi

Director, Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Malawi

Ms. Yvonne Okwara

Senior News Anchor, Citizen TV

Emmanuel Minari

Policy and Programme Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security

Mr. Daniel Magondu

Farmer, Society for Biotech Farmers of Kenya

Juneweenex Mbuthia

Research Officer, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)