Alex RwegoCEO Uganda Commodity Exchange
Alex Rwego is currently the CEO of the Uganda Commodity Exchange and has had the same job since 2003. The Uganda Commodity Exchange is a company limited by guarantee that facilitates trade of standardized agricultural commodities and is the organization mandated by the Government of Uganda to oversee the ware house receipts systems act as well as promote the ware house receipts system in Uganda by licensing and regulating ware houses that issue electronic ware house receipts.
Over the last few years he has been responsible for setting up the ware house receipts system in Uganda, train and sensitize various stakeholders on the benefit of using the system, bring on board the financial sector to start financing ware house receipts, bring on board larger stakeholders like the UN World food programme to start procuring food through the ware house receipts system and encourage and solicit the public and private sector to invest in additional warehousing space.
He has also held various senior positions in steering committees within Uganda and the East African region that have been charged to look into food security matters in the region. In regards to Education, Alex holds an MBA in General strategic management from Midrand University South Africa and a Bachelors of Commence degree from Makerere University Uganda.
Amon AndersonSenior Associate Acumen Fund, Inc, Kenya
As Senior Associate in Acumen’s Nairobi office, Amon Anderson works to identify potential investment opportunities, conduct due diligence, present analysis, structure terms of investment, as well as provide on-going management support to active portfolio companies. Amon joined the Acumen Fund in October of 2008 and focuses on the water and agriculture sectors.
Since joining Acumen Fund, Amon has evaluated over 200 investment opportunities and now manages $7 million in investments across four portfolio companies. Prior to Acumen Fund, Amon was Program Manager for the Addis Ababa-based Cherokee Gives Back Foundation, and with the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Amos TumwesigyeCountry Manager, Audit Control & Expertise (ACE), Uganda
Amos Tumwesigye – Country Manager – ACE Uganda. Mr. Amos has been directly involved in grain Trade development, policy support and with an advisory role to Agricultural Commodity Trade Finance and Warehouse Receipt Financing for the Banking Sector and other stakeholders in Grain production and Trade East Africa.
Andrew Muganga Kizito Lecturer, Department of Statistical Methods and Actuarial Science Makerere University, Uganda
Dr. Muganga Kizito is a Lecturer in the Department of Statistical Methods and Actuarial Science at Makerere University. Dr. Kizito worked as the Project Coordinator of the FOODNET Market Information Service (1999-2003) and as a Social Economist-Marketing (1997-1999) under the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. Prior to that, he worked as a Research Assistant on Drawers of Water II (Domestic Water Use and Environmental Health in East Africa)—a research initiative through the Uganda Community Based Health Care Association in 1997. He also worked as a Statistician/Data Supervisor with the Rakai Project in the Ministry of Health through Uganda Virus Research Institute in 1996. He also worked as a Statistician in the Statistics Department in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of the Government of Uganda from 1995 to May 1996.
Dr. Kizito has a Bachelor-, a Post-Graduate Diploma-, and a Master of Statistics from Makerere University. He also has a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. Andrew’s current research areas are in design of alternative agricultural market information systems and analysis of the impact of improved agricultural market information in sub-Saharan Africa. Andrew is also interested in monitoring and evaluation and in value chain and subsector analysis in the agricultural sector. Andrew has worked in USA, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Zambia, and DR Congo.
Annastacia KivuvaAgribusiness, Market Development and Trade Promotion Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya
With hands on experience in the agriculture field for 14 years
The last 5 years in Agribusiness, Market Development and Trade Promotion
Academic qualification: MBA Marketing
Msc. Trade Policy Analysis and Trade Law
Post Graduate Diploma Trade Policy Analysis and Law
Areas of expertise:
Ø Agricultural Trade and trade policy analysis
Ø Trade and Regional Integration
Ø Good working knowledge on food security including regional food security initiative -CAADP
Anne MbaabuDirector, Market Access Program ALLIANCE FOR A GREEN REVOLUTION IN AFRICA (AGRA)
Kenyan national, holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Food Science & Technology (Processing and Control); and a Bachelors degree in Food Science and Technology, both from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is currently finalizing her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Strategic Management and Production & Operations Management at the same university.
Anne is Currently the Director for Market Access Program at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), charged with market transformations to link smallholder African farmers of food staples to markets ( maize, cassava, sorghum, millet, grain legumes, bananas), promoting structured trading systems, value addition of food staples and directing investments into alternative uses of staples (feed industry etc), and addressing issues to create an enabling environment for markets to perform efficiently.
Prior to joining AGRA, she was the Executive Director of the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) in Nairobi, Kenya.
Chris DonohueCompetitiveness and Strategy Specialist USAID/COMPETE Program, Kenya
Chris Donohue is a competitiveness and strategy specialist working with the USAID/East Africa Competitiveness and Trade Expansion (COMPETE) Program designing and implementing regional value chain strategies. He has spent his career working with companies, governments and other organizations (NGOs, industry associations, farmer groups, etc.) to develop strategies and other programs to improve performance, drive growth and increase competitiveness.
For much of the past 11 years, Mr. Donohue has been implementing agriculture and competitiveness programs in Uganda, Rwanda, Southern Sudan and across COMESA. Prior to returning to Africa in 2009, Mr. Donohue worked for Textron Inc., a US-based multi-industry company that owns businesses in aviation, automotive supply, turf care, commercial finance and electrical tools where he focused on high-level corporate strategy, business-unit level business development and early-stage mergers and acquisition analysis.
Mr. Donohue holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Christian BaineCommodity Trade and Structured Finance Specialist Coronet Group, Uganda
Christian Baine is a qualified Lawyer, Marketer, Banker and Business Consultant with over 19 years experience in commodity risk profiling, Advanced Financial Credit Analysis, agricultural value chains, trade regulation, collateral management, agricultural risk management, structured trade and warehouse receipt finance.
Christian has worked with the Standard Bank Group of South Africa, where as Regional Head Structured Trade Finance, he had responsibility for the country units in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. During his six year sojourn at the bank he was instrumental in structuring complex trade deals, designing warehouse receipt finance and risk profiles covering a wide range of agricultural and trade commodities.
Christian has also worked with the DCDM Group a Mauritius based Consultancy Company as a full time consultant, in collaboration with the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) where he provided technical support to the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) funded warehouse receipt system project management units in Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
Christian holds an MBA from the International Management Institute (Antwerp); a Bachelors degree in Law (Makerere), along with a Chartered qualification in Marketing (UK). He is a CBI (Netherlands) certified Trainer of Trainers in Export and Trade Development Strategy. He is also a licensed Commodity Broker, Collateral Manager and Warehouse Operator by the Uganda Commodity Exchange, the agency mandated under Uganda law to regulate the warehouse receipt system.
Eleni Z. Gabre-Madhin Chief Executive Officer Ethiopia Commodity Exchange
Dr. Eleni Z. Gabre-Madhin,, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange since 2008, is an internationally recognized thought leader on agricultural marketing in Africa and global development, with a career spanning both research and development practice and now business.
Prior to returning to her native Ethiopia, she served as Senior Economist at the World Bank and Senior Research Fellow with the Washington-based think tank, the International Food Policy Research Institute. She has also worked in the United Nations as Commodity Trading Expert based in Geneva. Her career over the past 18 years has focused on traders and markets in over 9 African countries and authored numerous publications and articles on this subject, including Reforming Agricultural Markets in Africa (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002).
Dr. Eleni holds a PhD in applied economics from Stanford University, an MSc in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University, and BA in economics from Cornell University, and was awarded Outstanding Dissertation by the American Agricultural Economics Association in 1999 for her thesis titled “Social Capital, Transaction Costs, and Market Institutions in the Ethiopian Grain Market.” As a voice for African markets, she represented the African business community at the G20 Business Summit in London in 2009, and is presently on the Nike Foundation sponsored Advisory Panel on Girls in Rural Economies, as well as the Expert Group on Development Issues (EGDI) for the Government of Sweden, the African Union Task Force on Commodities, and the Stiglitz Task Force on Africa. She is a Founding Fellow and Board Member of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences and was nominated in 2010 for Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year by African Business Awards.
Federica AngelucciEconomist Trade and Markets Division (EST) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy
Federica Angelucci is an Economist in the Trade and Markets Division (EST), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, headquarters in Rome, Italy. She holds a PhD in Finance and a University Degree in Political Sciences, University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
Under the EU funded All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme she is coordinating and implementing FAO activities in the area of value chain analysis, access to finance and risk management. These activities include: commodity chain strategy formulation and implementation; supply chain finance and risk management, including needs assessments and design of customized financial and risk management schemes.
Her work has focussed on different sub-sectors and country combinations: spices in the Caribbean region, maize and cassava in the Eastern and Southern Africa region, fruit and vegetable in the Pacific region.
Gerald Makau Masila Executive Director, Eastern Africa Grain Council, Kenya
Gerald Makau Masila is the Executive Director/Chief Executive of the Eastern Africa Grain Council since March 2011. Before joining EAGC, Gerald was the Chief Executive of Acumen Business Consultants since January 2010. He previously served as; Managing Director of the Kenya Planters Cooperative Union (KPCU) July to December 2009, Managing Director, Kenya Wines Agencies limited (KWAL), between 2006 – 2009, Head of Sales & Marketing, New Kenya Cooperative Creameries (NKCC) Limited 2004 – 2006 and also worked for the British American Tobacco (BAT) in various capacities in the marketing and corporate and regulatory affairs departments between 1996-2004.
An experienced marketing, management and communications professional, Gerald holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and a BA degree in Economics & Geography both from Egerton University, Kenya. He is a member of the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) and the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK) and is married with two children.
Hellen Ommeh-Natu Regional Trade & Policy Officer Nile Basin, Burundi
Hellen Ommeh-Natu is currently the Regional Trade & Policy Officer for Nile Basin 9Riparians responsible for incorporating trade into water resource planning & mgt. Previously, a UNOPS Project Coordinator/Specialist of Nile Basin’s Socio-Economic Development and Benefit sharing Project.
In addition, she has a wealth of experience having served as Planning Officer-Ministry of Agriculture/Livestock-Kenya; Senior Lecturer Development Economics & International Trade-University of Nairobi; African Lecturer on Regional Trade Agreements for English speaking Africa-WTO. She received her MSc. Agricultural Economics-University of Nairobi-Kenya; a PhD in Agricultural Economics focusing on International Trade & Development Economics-Justus Liebig-University-Germany, and a Post-Doctoral in Marketing and International Trade-Humboldt University-Germany.
She has a wealth of knowledge in fields such as Marketing in Developing Countries-Leeds University-UK; Agriculture & Food Policy Analysis-Harvard-USA; Agribusiness Management-Kibbutz Shefayim-Israel; Result Based System of M&E-IPDET/World Bank and Universalia-Canada; Gender Mainstreaming-CIDA; and Water Footprint Analysis & Documentation-World Bank Institute.
Ian GogginStructured Trade Specialist USAID/COMPETE Program, Kenya
Ian is the Structured Trade Specialist on the USAID/East Africa Competitiveness and Trade Expansion (COMPETE) Program where he is focused on strengthening warehouse receipts systems and commodities exchanges and integrating smallholder farmers into the regional value chain. Mr. Goggin has established agricultural commodity exchanges in both Zimbabwe (ZIMACE) and Malawi where he spent six years building the Agricultural Commodity Exchange for Africa (ACE) into a regional exchange with membership in seven countries. He has also provided technical assistance which helped to establish two other exchanges in Africa. Ian is recognized as a lateral thinker or someone who thinks “outside the box” who works closely with key regional organizations such as the EAGC, EAC and ACTESA to establish the foundation for structured trade.
He is a member in good standing of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Jamal MsamiSocial Science Researcher, Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) Tanzania
Jamal Msami is a social science researcher specialised on governance and microeconomics with methodological experience cutting across both participatory and more mainstream approaches. He joined REPOA in 2007 as an assistant researcher and was rewarded with a portfolio that included management of an interactive database on governance, the Tanzania Governance Noticeboard as formative research programme on local government reforms in Tanzania. He has worked extensively with both national and international development partners including the World Bank, FAO and WFP at various capacities on issues related to governance and the micro economy.
JAMES WILDChief Executive Officer, Louis Dreyfus Commodities Kenya Limited
March 2008 to date Louis Dreyfus Commodities Kenya Limited
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Oct 1999 to March 2008 Louis Dreyfus Commodities Kenya Limited
Position: Commercial Manager
April 1996 – Sept 1999 G Premjee (UK) Ltd
July 1995 –March 1996 My Trade Limited, Kampala
Position: General Manager
Oct 1994 – July 1995 Sabbatical - Traveling.
Mar 1987 – May 1993 IB Finance (UK) PLC London(a subsidiary of Credit Lyonnais)
Position: Assistant Manager
May 1986 – Mar 1987 Bank of Nova Scotia, London
Aug 1983 – May1986 Lloyds Bank PLC, Aylesbury
In the years 2009/10, Louis Dreyfus Commodities Kenya Limited was declared as a distinguished tax payer by Kenya Revenue Authority.
In the year 2009 Louis Dreyfus Commodities Kenya Limited was also declared as top importer of maize by Kenya Ports Authority.
John JagweConsultant, Regional Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Unit, United Nations World Food Programme, Uganda
John Jagwe is a native of Uganda and an Agricultural Economist with over 10 years' experience in market analysis, agro-enterprise development and market information services (FOODNET). John has worked on inter and intra regional trade analysis for commodities such as banana, cassava, maize, beans, soyabean and horticultural products. John has also been part of several inter-agency food security assessments studies done with UNHCR, WFP and FAO.
Currently with WFP, John works with the Regional bureau and Country offices in East and Central Africa to strengthen the provision of analytical support to the ongoing regional cross border trade and market price monitoring initiatives to inform WFP, partners and national government with early warning signals of market/price led food security shocks. John also supports market and feasibility studies which will contribute to the identification of the most appropriate and feasible responses through deeper market analysis.
John holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from University of Pretoria and his research focused on" The effects of transaction costs on the marketing of staples in the Great Lakes region". He also holds an MSc Agricultural Economics and BSc Agriculture from Makerere University, Kampala.
Kefer Kuchana KateuFood Safety Specialist, Chemiphar, Uganda
Kepher Kuchana Kateu is Food Safety Specialist working with Chemiphar (U) Ltd. He holds BSc. Food Science and Technology from Makerere University, Kampala, Cert. Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management Institute, Kampala, MSc. Food Science from University of Western Sydney-Hawkesbury, (Australia), currently pursuing a PhD in Food Science, Makerere University, Kampala. He is an Export Coach and Trainer- Cum- Counselor on Food Safety.
Kepher Kuchana Kateu has a rare mixture of scientific food processing background and academic work, combined with long private sector experience. He is a research scientist, food microbiologist, Quality Assurance and Quality Control specialist, HACCP, food hygiene and GMP trainer and implementer. In his years working for Chemiphar he assisted the companies increasing its competiveness of the export. Kepher is a communicator and team player. He has been a trainer and consultant for promotion of Exports to International Markets.
Over the last ten years Kepher Kateu has been instrumental in the establishment and steady growth of Uganda’s only private sector and internationally recognised food quality control lab in Uganda. He maintains the contacts with the customers and is responsible for the delivery of quality services. UN-World Food Program (WFP) is one of the well recognised organisations that has a long term relationship with Chemiphar for testing food grain and other food items. With support from ASPS Danida a seed testing laboratory was established in 2007and archived international accreditation under the international seed trade association (ISTA), based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Member of a local certification body to carry out preliminary verification of farmer’s compliance to the GLOBAL GAP; In charge of the quality control of the analysis of fruits and vegetables a program supports by Pesticide Initiative Project under COLEACP;
A member of the Uganda Grain Association steering Committee, involved in streamlining and strengthening the Grain sector to increase quality of the produce.
LEONELA SANTANA - BOADOCo-ordinator, Commodity Exchanges - Special Unit on Commodities, United Nations Conference on Trade and Agricultural Development (UNCTAD), Switzerland
Leonela Santana-BoadoEconomist, Responsible for the work on Commodity Exchanges United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, (UNCTAD), Special Unit on Commodities, Switzerland
Leonela Santana-Boado joined the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 1990. Since January 1995, worked in the Risk Management and Finance Unit, Commodities Branch, now Special Unit on Commodities. She is the author of various documents and has been a speaker at a number of international conferences in the area of risk management and finance. Some of her most recent publications are: "Impact Assessment study of commodity futures exchanges in developing countries-Study cases in Brazil, China, Malaysia, India and South Africa, 2009", "Implementation strategy on commodity exchanges for the ACP countries in the framework of All Agricultural project, July 2008, Geneva, "Emerging commodity exchanges: Opportunities and challenges", Swiss Derivatives Review, Issue 33, spring 2007," Commodity Exchanges around the world", UNCTAD/COM 5/2005, "Annual Overview of the World Commodity Exchanges", from 2002 to 2011; Emerging Commodity Exchanges in a Globalized Economy”, 2001; New Strategies for a Changing Commodity Economy”: The changing colours of commodity exchanges”, 1998; “Emerging Commodity Exchanges: from potential to success”, 1997; “Strategy for the Development of a Commodity Exchange in Dominican Republic”, JAD, Dominican Republic, 1996; “Collateralized commodity financing with special reference to the use of warehouse receipts", UNCTAD/COM/84, 1996.
She has organized important events such as the expert meeting on Implications of Financial Services and Commodity Exchanges, September 2007, Geneva, Seminar on Funding Sources for Emerging Exchange and Capital Market Development, Brainstorming on the implementation strategy on commodity exchanges for the ACP All Agricultural project, July 2008, Geneva, and one of the segments on commodity exchanges of the “Partners for Development Summit”, Lyon, November 1998, as well as first UNCTAD’s Ad hoc expert meeting on applications of structured commodity finance techniques, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 1999 and the expert meeting on the impact of changing supply-demand market structures on commodity prices and exports of major interest to developing countries, Geneva, July 1999, and co-organized major events such as the emerging markets session of the Burgenstock Conference for 12 consecutive years since 1999.
Mrs. Santana Boado was part of a FAO / World Bank team to evaluate possibilities for development of Commodity Markets Turkey, 1997, and did similar work for UNDP in the Dominican Republic. She is currently officer in charge responsible for commodity exchanges development under the EU/ACP project on agriculture development and the coordinator of commodity exchanges in UNCTAD.
Nega Wubeneh Market and Trade Policy Officer Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Kenya
Nega Wubeneh is a Market and Trade Policy Officer at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is currently working on market and trade policy projects in Ghana, Mali, Mozambique and Tanzania. Nega has MSC and is a PhD candidate in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University (USA), specializing in International Development and Policy.
He has 20 years of experience in quantitative policy analysis, project management and monitoring and evaluation. Prior to joining AGRA, he was an Agricultural Research Officer at the CGIAR Science Council Secretariat office (FAO) working on impact assessment and performance monitoring of the CGIAR centers. He also worked as a senior Research Assistant for the Livestock Policy Analysis Program of International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).
Nuhu Hatibu CEO Kilimo Trust of East Africa
Kilimo Trust is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to catalyze the growth and competitiveness of strategic agricultural sectors for the benefit of a large number of people in East Africa Community (EAC) Region. The Trust does this by focusing at marking markets work to reduce poverty – through the development of agricultural value chains to effectively link smallholders to markets.
Before joining Kilimo Trust in October 2007, Nuhu was the founding regional coordinator of the Soil and Water Management Network for East, Central, and Southern Africa. With the support of IFAD the network accelerated the development and adoption of policy, institutional and technological innovations for holistic management of water for agriculture in the region. Nuhu is experienced in project development and management, knowledge management, strategy formulation, and in capacity building. He is also a recognized leader in the development of agricultural value chains in the East Africa Region. He is widely published with one book, 12 book chapters, and more than 20 international refereed papers.
Paswel MarenyaPostdoctoral Fellow International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
Paswel Marenya is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC. At IFPRI, he currently leads a project analyzing the integration of fertilizer subsidies with other risk mitigation instruments as a package of conditional input support systems. The other main focus of his research also dwells on how market and price risks in Kenya’s maize sector affect input choices among farmers and implications for input and output market development policies. His prior research has dwelt largely on natural-resource-mediated input use patterns and how this can lead to poverty traps and how to resolve these traps.
Paul NuwagabaHead of Business Banking, Housing Finance Bank, Uganda
Paul Nuwagaba is Head of Business Banking at Housing Finance Bank where he is responsible for guiding the development and delivery of the bank’s business product offering to the corporate, institutional and small-medium enterprises segments of the market.
He has gained considerable experience over a 13-year period of service in the financial services industry in Uganda working in various roles involving business relationship management, product development and sales with selected financial institutions.
Richard WangweAgriculture Development and Structured Finance Specialist Stanbic Bank, Uganda
Richard Wangwe is a qualified Agribusiness Practitioner, Banker and Business Consultant with over 20 years experience in Agricultural development and Finance, Advanced Financial Credit Analysis, agricultural value chains, agricultural risk management, structured trade and warehouse receipt finance.
Richard has worked previously with Uganda Commercial Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Agribusiness development component of ASAPSII Danida and now with the Standard Bank Group of South Africa, where as Head Agriculture I’m responsible for the Agribusiness business in Uganda. In addition to offering Agribusiness advisory services and Financing Agriculture related projects, we structure complex trade deals, designing warehouse receipt finance and risk profiles covering a wide range of agricultural and trade commodities.
Richard has also worked with Agribusiness development component of ASPSII as a full time consultant, where he provided technical support and worked closely with partnering banks to enhance their lending to Agriculture through capacity building and risk sharing arrangements in Uganda.
Richard holds an MBA from the Salford University Business Management Institute (Manchester UK); Certificate in Agriculture Development and Rural Finance (Bradford University UK), along with Credit Skills assessment by Omega performance (UK).
Shemmy SimuyembaTeam Leader – Reducing Barriers to Trade and Investment USAID/COMPETE Program, Kenya
Shem Simuyemba has a Masters Degree in Transport Economics from the University of Leeds, U.K. and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Zambia. An accomplished Economist with over 25 years professional experience in international/regional trade; regional integration arrangements; infrastructure finance and development; transport and trade facilitation; agricultural trade policy; institutional capacity building among others.
Over the years, held senior leadership positions in the field of economic development in government, international organizations, regional inter-governmental organizations, and international consulting firms including the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Infra-Africa (Pty) Ltd, Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) among others. He has also undertaken a number of consulting assignments for the United Nations System (UN), World Bank, African Development Bank and regional and international business Associations.
Currently employed as Team Leader – Reducing Barriers to Trade and Investment under USAID’s new regional Program, the Competitiveness and Trade Expansion Program (COMPETE) based in Nairobi, Kenya. COMPETE covers sixteen countries in East, Central and Southern Africa and adopts an integrated value chain approach to its work focusing on, Reducing Barriers to Trade; Promoting Competitiveness of Select Regional Value Chains; and Promoting Trade and Investment between the U.S. and Africa. COMPETE is one of three U.S. Government supported Trade Competitiveness Hubs, the others being in West Africa and Southern Africa.
SOPHIE WALKER Regional Africa Advisor ACDI/VOCA, Kenya
Sophie Walker has more than 18 years of experience in trade in staple food commodity markets, private sector agricultural investment, and logistics, particularly in East and Southern Africa. She is a regional advisor for ACDI/VOCA, where she advises on Eastern and Southern Africa commodities and trade issues, agriculture, private sector development and market information. In particular she works to develop inventory credit and warehouse receipt systems.
Tom De BruinCEO/President Grain Pro Inc, Philippines
Tom De Bruin is the CEO/President of Grain Pro Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of Grain Pro Inc. (Concord, US). Grain Pro is involved with development of export markets for technologies related to drying, storage and preservation of dry agricultural commodities.