Dr Greenwell Matchaya is currently a Senior International Researcher in Economics at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a constituent member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  He is a Coordinator of the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support systems program for the Southern Africa region (ReSAKSS-SA)- www.resakss.org (which is led by the AKADEMIYA2063). Prior to joining the CGIAR group, Greenwell worked at the University of Reading, and at the University of Leeds, both in the United Kingdom on various aspects of development policy. His research focuses on micro and macro-economics of development, including, but not limited to; international agricultural trade, population and savings, public expenditure, technology/policy adoption and impact, water/agriculture markets, and mutual accountability in development....

Ms. Colleen Zamba is currently the Head of Presidential Delivery Unit and Chief Advisor to the President on SDGs & Int. Affairs in State House in Malawi since April this year. For the past twelve years she has been Economic Advisor in UNDP with six years in Nigeria Country Office, four years Zambia Country Office and past one year covering Swaziland and Lesotho Country offices. Prior to UNDP, Colleen  a macro Economist, career technocrat   has nineteen years managerial and professional experience in development policy rising to Permanent Secretary Cadre in Malawi Government where she served   as Principal Secretary  in Ministries of Finance responsible for Economic affairs, Debt and Aid where she led the exceptional negotiation of HIPIC decision Point for...

Dr. Ismael Fofana is the Director of the Department of Capacity and Deployment at AKADEMIYA2063. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Paris 1 - Sorbonne. He conducts research and provides technical supports and contributes to strengthen capacities to improve economic development policies in Africa. His work focuses on issues related to agricultural and food macro policies, and gender economic inequality and poverty reduction. Ismael worked for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington D.C. (2010-2020) and the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) at Laval University in Canada (2003-2010). He established and expanded the activities of the African Office of PEP in Dakar, Senegal and assisted in the overall management of the network as director for Africa (2005-2007)....

Dr. John Ulimwengu is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he joined IFPRI in March 2007 as a post-doctoral fellow. Prior joining IFPRI, John worked as a consultant with the University of Missouri on a Workforce Innovations Regional Development (WIRED) project for the Alabama-Mississippi region. He also worked as a lecturer at the University of Kinshasa (Congo, DRC) and as a national expert with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). He earns master degrees in development economics from Williams College and in economics from Ohio State University. He received his PhD in agricultural economics from Ohio State University. His research foci include poverty dynamics, economic growth, and rural development. He is...

Dr Nalishebo Meebelo is the Executive Director at the Secretariat of the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) – a group of research centers located in Central, East, Southern and West Africa.  Over the last two decades, She has coordinated the implementation of several initiatives focused on agricultural development, food and nutrition security in the African continent, working at national, regional, and continental levels. Dr. Meebelo co-Chairs the Task Force on Food and Nutrition Security Data and Hunger Hotspots in Africa during the COVID – 19 pandemic.  She is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for AFRICAP, an initiative of the Global Challenges Research Fund, led by Leeds University in the United Kingdom and, is the Africa-wide Regional Champion for their...

Ms. Lynnette M. Neufeld is currently Director, Knowledge Leadership (KL) at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). As part of GAIN Senior Management, she heads a team of 35 nutrition and food safety experts. The KL team consolidates, generates, and facilitates the use of evidence to strengthen the quality of design and implementation of GAINs programs in low and middle-income countries.  Lynnette has thirty years of experience in the field of nutrition, where she has worked in several technical advisory and academic positions and published over 150 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters....