Jessica Fanzo

Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Global Food & Agricultural Policy and Ethics

Jessica Fanzo, Ph.D. is the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Global Food and Agriculture Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University in the USA. She also serves as the Director of Hopkins’ Global Food Policy and Ethics Program. From 2017 to 2019, Jessica served as the Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report and the UN High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Systems and Nutrition. Before coming to Hopkins, she has also held positions at Columbia University, the Earth Institute, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Food Programme, Bioversity International, and the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. Jessica has a Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of Arizona.

Kimberly Flowers

Executive Director for a Public Policy Center at Colby College

Kimberly Flowers is a director of the Humanitarian Agenda and the Global Food Security Project at CSIS. In this role, she analyzes the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance programs and policies that impact global hunger, poverty, and malnutrition. She is a frequent speaker, moderator, and author on issues from the global food system to humanitarian aid. Ms. Flowers has published in Forbes; Georgetown University’s International Affairs Journal; and has been quoted in congressional testimonies, Foreign Policy, and the Washington Post. At CSIS, she has led a high-level task force on humanitarian access and done field research in more than 12 countries, including leading bipartisan, bicameral congressional staff delegations.

Prior to joining CSIS in 2015, Ms. Flowers was the communications director for Fintrac, an international development company focusing on hunger eradication and poverty alleviation through agricultural solutions. From 2005 to 2011, she worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, serving overseas as a development, outreach, and communications officer in Ethiopia and Jamaica; supporting public affairs in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake; and leading strategic communications for the U.S. government’s global hunger and nutrition initiative. Ms. Flowers began her international development career in 1999 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria, where she founded a young women’s leadership camp that continues today. She also served as a Peace Corps Response volunteer in Jamaica in 2004. She is a magna cum laude graduate of William Jewell College, studied at Oxford University, and is an alumna of the Pryor Center for Leadership Development.

Dr. Shachi Gurumayum

Director of AgriMayum GmbH

Shachi is an experienced manager and sustainability lead with strong roots in emerging markets, expertise in developing smallholder business strategy, hands-on implementation, and driving successful, inclusive, business models. A lifelong learner and intra/entrepreneur, he has multiple degrees in science and business, as well as a patent and extensive publications under his belt. Between Jan 2013 and Jan 2016, Shachi established and managed Syngenta Nigeria Limited making it an integral part of the country’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda and one of Syngenta’s fastest-growing subsidiaries at the time.

Shachi grew up in a community of smallholder farmers and has nearly two decades of R&D and General Management experience in four continents spanning the chemical industry, Oil & Gas, and agriculture. A scholarship student for most of his academic life, he has also received multiple recognition for his work over the years including a reception with HRH Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace in 2006, WEF Davos 2014, the G20 Africa Partnership Conference 2017 and the AU-EU Agriculture Ministerial Conference 2019, to list some.

He is the Director of AgriMayum GmbH which is currently supporting AgBiTech expand into Africa with its biological solution for Fall Armyworm, Crop Enhancement expand into the West African cocoa markets, and Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture carry out a seeds sector development program in Nigeria. Shachi is the founder of the MaolKeki Foundation which is building social enterprises based on soil testing, last-mile health and an improved veg value chain. Shachi also advises Cervest, Sustansiya and Lady Agri.

Carla Dominique

World Vision International Regional Leader for West Africa

Carla Denizard currently serves as the World Vision International Regional Leader for West Africa based in Dakar, Senegal. She is an international development economist who has 25 years of experience leading and managing large complex national and regional private and multi-donor programs in West and Central Africa. Her technical expertise includes food security, value chain, and agribusiness development, organizational change and capacity development. She has been responsible for designing and implementing programs to enhance individual leadership and management skills and to strengthen institutional performance.

In her current role as World Vision International’s Regional Leader for West Africa, she oversees a multi-million dollar portfolio of development, humanitarian and emergency response programs aimed at transforming the lives of the most vulnerable children and adults in the region. As the West Africa Regional Director for the Africa Lead, Feed the Future and USAID-funded Building Capacity for Agricultural Transformation Project, she led and managed capacity development programs in six Feed the Future focus countries (Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, DRC), targeted Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states, and had oversight over two sub-regional offices in Dakar, Senegal and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

She has been responsible for designing and implementing programs to enhance institutional effectiveness and strengthen policy processes for policy change and reforms to increase agricultural productivity and food security. She has led organizational capacity assessments and designed integrated capacity development programs implementing technical assistance packages and short-term customized courses for private companies, and government ministries of agriculture and trade and regional institutions like ECOWAS, West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development and the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel. In Senegal, she organized under the Trade Africa Initiative, a regional Mango week.

In Nigeria she supported the establishment and launch of the Nigeria Agribusiness Resource center in Abuja to promote agribusiness investment and trade. She integrated female and youth empowerment programs in the Africa Lead program portfolio that includes the Champions for Change leadership and Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship Boot camp courses for women and university students as well as a Young Professional internship program promoting workforce development in Nigeria.

Ms. Denizard also served as DAI’s Senior Development and Food Security Specialist, responsible for growing the firm’s agriculture and food security project portfolio in Africa and strengthening local staff and government human capacity to manage and implement agriculture and food security programs.

Previously, Ms. Denizard served as Country Representative and Regional Director for Opportunities Industrialization Centers International (OICI) in Ghana, Togo, and Côte d’Ivoire, where she managed a team of more than 300 local staff, a $7 million program budget, and a multi-sector portfolio of food security and humanitarian assistance programs funded by multiple clients, including USAID/Food for Peace, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the United Nations World Food Programme, and private firms like the Dangote Group, Newmont Gold, Goldfields and Asanti Gold.

Ms. Denizard holds a Master’s degree in International Agriculture and Development from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s degree in Development Economics and African studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is multilingual in English, French and Haitian Creole.

Olugbenga Ben Ogunmoyela (FNIFST, FIPAN, C. CHEMIST)

Professor of Food Science and Technology

Professor Olugbenga Ben Ogunmoyela acquired wide-ranging post-qualification career experiences of over forty-three years in research, academics, industry, and development.

He was Dean of College of Food Sciences (2006-2015) & Dean, Postgraduate School; Chairman. He was appointed to backstop GAIN activities in Food Fortification, Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition as well the GAIN Business Alliance in Nigeria between 2007 and 2011 and was a Consultant for the $3m GAIN-sponsored Project on the “Production, Quality Assurance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Capacity-Building and Awareness for Fortified Foods in Nigeria” which ended in 2011. Later appointed Senior Technical Consultant to GAIN for the National Project on Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network for Fortification, Food Safety, and Industry Engagement; Has also served as Consultant to the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, 2014 and Technoserve Inc. on the Bill and Melinda Gates Sponsored “Strengthening African Processors of Fortified Foods” (SAPFF) Program components in Training, Technical Assistance and Industry Engagement since 2016.

He was appointed to backstop GAIN activities in Food Fortification, Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition as well the GAIN Business Alliance in Nigeria between 2007 and 2011 and was Consultant for the $3m GAIN-sponsored Project on the “Production, Quality Assurance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Capacity-Building and Awareness for Fortified Foods in Nigeria” which ended in 2011.

Under his Leadership as The Editor-in-Chief, the flagship journal of the Institute was transformed into the ETF-Elsevier Award Winner in 2013; He has been Chairman, Body of Fellows of NIFST 2013-2019.

He is an accomplished mentor and Professor of Professors. He has been coach, mentor or supervisor to over 250 students in both industry and academics and had also established a track record of providing technical and management support to several local food industries and leading various policy initiatives in the Food and Beverage sector on different platforms. He was named FATE Foundation “Volunteer of the Year 2018” for Impactful Business Nutrition, Food Safety and Growth Advisory Training of award-winning Local MSMEs named Nutripreneurs in the 2018 Regional Competition in Nairobi, Kenya.