Dr. Martin Fregene

Dr. Martin Fregene is Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry at the African Development Bank. He is a plant geneticist with 27 years of experience in crop improvement and agricultural policy. Dr. Fregene developed the first molecular genetic map of cassava and started the first molecular breeding program of cassava. He began his career at the International […]

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), an award-winning NGO that protects endangered gorillas and other wildlife through One Health approaches. After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in 1996, she established Uganda Wildlife Authority’s first veterinary department. In 2000, she did a Zoological Medicine Residency […]

Noëlla Coursaris Musunka

Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, a Congolese/Cypriot philanthropist and international model, is the Founder & CEO of Malaika, a grassroots nonprofit that educates and empowers girls and communities in her home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo through a school, a community center, and a comprehensive clean water program. A unique and fearless spokesperson, and […]

Alloysius Attah

Alloysius co-founded Farmerline to create lasting wealth for African farmers. This mission was forged by a decade of farming and scaling digital tools that increase farmer income via reliable market and service access. He believes farm services for African farmers should increase farm yield, reduce the cost of farming, should be able to reach millions […]

Mezuo Nwuneli

Mezuo Nwuneli is the Managing Partner, Sahel Capital Agribusiness Managers Ltd., a food and agriculture focused private equity firm which invests in mid-sized agribusinesses. Sahel Capital oversees $65.9 million in assets through its fund – Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (“FAFIN”). He is also the Co-Founder of AACE Foods, a food processing company which […]

Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa

Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa is a social entrepreneur and smartech executive. She is the executive director of Delta Philanthropies and the co-founder & CEO of Simba Education, an edtech startup whose mission is to increase access to quality early childhood education, leveraging the use of technology. More recently, she is the co-founder and director of the […]

Dr. ‘Debisi Araba

Dr. ‘Debisi Araba is a public policy and strategy specialist and is currently the Managing Director at the AGRF, the premier catalytic, multi-partner platform for food and agriculture transformation in Africa. He is also a member of the Malabo Montpellier Panel of international agriculture experts who guide policy choices that accelerate progress towards food and […]

Mosun Layode

Mosun Layode is a development professional with two decades of experience in international development and nonprofit leadership. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the African Philanthropy Forum (APF) where she works extensively across Africa with established and emerging philanthropists who are committed to the sustainable and inclusive development of Africa. She was instrumental […]

Tsitsi Masiyiwa

Tsitsi Masiyiwa is an African philanthropist and social entrepreneur.  She is Executive Chair and Co-Founder of Higherlife Foundation, whose primary goal is to invest in human capital development to build thriving individuals, communities and sustainable livelihoods. As a result of her work and experience establishing and growing Higherlife Foundation over the last twenty years, Tsitsi […]

Lillian Kidane

Lillian is an Associate Partner based in Paris, where she advises on sustainable and impact-based commercial strategies for emerging markets, and operational efficiency. She has experience in global health, trade and industrialization policy, job creation policy, inclusive business models, access to finance, and digital transformation across the Africa region. Lillian’s most recent work includes supporting […]