Dr. Agnes Kalibata, from Rwanda, is AGRA's President. Most recently, she was Rwanda's Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). In this role, she was widely considered to be one of the most successful agriculture ministers in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to that Agnes has held several leadership positions in the MINAGRI, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, and various other agricultural development organizations. She sits on various boards including the International Fertilizer Development Corporation (IFDC), Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and the Strategic Advisory Council of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Agnes is an accomplished agricultural scientist and holds a doctorate in entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dr. Paul Greener joined AGRA on August 3rd 2015 to fill the role of Executive Manager of the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) until AECF transitions to a new independent not-for-profit company in the first half of 2016.
Prior to joining AGRA, Paul was the Senior Specialist, Agricultural Productivity and Markets for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, based at the Australian High Commission in Nairobi. In this capacity, he managed Australia’s contribution to the AECF and was a donor representative on the AECF Committee – the Fund’s governing body. He also acted on the Evaluation Steering Group of the AECF.
Paul was born and grew up in Zimbabwe before pursuing his studies in the UK, USA and Australia. He holds a PhD from the University of Queensland, with a thesis that explored decision making and innovation adoption by smallholder farmers in Sri Lanka, and an MS in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis. He has more than 30 years of work experience in some 30 developing countries of Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Most of this has been in specialist roles related to agricultural productivity, rural livelihoods and access to financial services – with a particular interest in public-private-civil society partnerships and market-led approaches. He has held positions with the Australian aid program (AusAID) in Australia, Zimbabwe, Solomon Islands, South Africa and Kenya, with the Aga Khan Foundation in Geneva, with the Foundation for Development Cooperation in Australia, and as an independent consultant.
Paul will lead the operational management and donor relationships of the AECF, while also managing the transition of the Fund to an independent entity. He will be based in Nairobi and report to the President.
Boleslaw Stawicki who serves as AECF’s Programme Manager brings more than 8 years of experience in international business development advisory, management of rural development programmes in Africa as well as developing multi-stakeholder partnerships. Boleslaw’s main areas of responsibility include management of donor relations, development and maintenance of partnerships as well as overseeing and quality-assuring the activities performed by AECF’s Fund Manager.
Prior to joining the AECF Boleslaw served at Business Sweden, the commercial section of Swedish embassies, managing development projects and corporate assignments. Boleslaw holds degrees from Warwick University and Manchester Business School and is currently an Executive MBA candidate at INSEAD.