FARA SECRETARIAT STAFF

Executive Director

Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo is the Executive Director of FARA and Dr. Akinbamijo, a Nigerian national, has spent the past 28 years of his career in Africa and Europe working in the International Agriculture, food security and Rural Development domain. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director of FARA, he was the Head of Division of the Agriculture and Food Security Division at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Before then, he served as the Director of the AU Inter-African Phytosanitary Council based in Yaoundé Cameroon. Dr. Akinbamijo has published several scientific papers and articles and had served in several international panels including Chair of the West African Livestock Innovation Centre (WALIC –former International Trypanotolerance Center; Continental Working Group on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues; Africa-EU Joint Expert Group; Africa-Brazil on Agriculture and Food Security; Africa-Arab Joint Action on Food Security and Agriculture; Steering Committee on African Growth and Development and a host of others. He holds a PhD in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences with specialization on Tropical Animal production from Wageningen University Research Centre, The Netherlands. 

Email: yakinbamijo at fara-africa.org

Senior Technical Advisor to the ED

Dr Aggrey Agumya is Technical Advisor to the Executive Director. Dr Agumya earned a PhD in Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1999, and an MSc in GIS for Cadastral Applications from the International Center for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences, Enschede, the Netherlands, in 1993. Dr Agumya’s core competencies include management of agricultural/natural resource management research and the use of GIS resources to diagnose the extent and severity of livelihood problems. He joined FARA as Programme Officer for the Sub-Saharan Challenge Programme (SSA CP) in 2006. His responsibilities included facilitating all programme management processes and serving as the link between the Coordination Unit and lead institution coordinators. In 2008, he transferred to his present position. Before his recruitment by FARA, Dr Agumya, who hails from Uganda, worked as GIS Analyst for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Harare, Zimbabwe. Earlier posts in Uganda included a teaching position in the Department of Surveying at Makerere University and digital mapping and computer-aided design with Syscorp International Limited. Dr Agumya’s stellar academic performance led to scholarships in the Netherlands, Australia and the US. In 1989, he won the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) Award for Best Final Year Student in the Department of Surveying and Photogrammetry at the University of Nairobi.

Email: aagumya at fara-africa.org

Chief Legal Affairs & Corporate Governance Officer

Ms Brenda Semevo obtained her Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons) in 1998 from the University of Ghana and was called to the Ghana Bar in 2000 as a barrister and solicitor. In 2003 she obtained her Master of Laws (LLM merit) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is currently at the final level (Professional Part II) of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA-UK) qualifying certificate course. She has 10 years experience as a lawyer. This experience ranges from court room practice and solicitor’s work, teaching at the university level and working as in-house solicitor for corporate institutions such as Standard Chartered Bank. Ms Semevo joined FARA in January 2008 as the Legal Affairs Officer. She works closely with the Executive Director on corporate governance and compliance with company regulations in various jurisdictions, internal policy and procedural issues. She liaises with all other FARA units as well as external partners on contractual, legal advisory and other matters. Her role cuts across the spectrum of the institution by providing support for the effective and efficient implementation of activities within the scope of the mandate approved by its constituents and permitted by law.

Email: bsemevo at fara-africa.org

Procurement Manager

Mr. John Bellah Benson, a Ghanaian, is FARA’s Procurement Manager. Mr. Benson’s responsibilities include the planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring of all procurement activities. Prior to joining FARA, he was the Procurement Specialist with the World Bank funded Ghana Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Project. Before that, he worked for five years with the Millennium Development Authority as the Procurement Manager (Works) for the implementation of the United States funded Millennium Challenge Account Ghana Program.  From 1998 to 2007 he served as an Engineer / Procurement Specialist for the implementation of three (3) World Bank funded projects in Ghana namely; Local Government Development Project, Village Infrastructure Project, and Community-Based Rural Development Project. He holds an IEMBA degree in Strategic and Project Management from the Paris Graduate School of Management, France and a BSc (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Email: jbenson at fara-africa.org

Communications and Public Awareness Officer

Ms. Idowu Ejere is the Communication and Public Awareness. Her tasks include  updating FARA’s Communication, Public Awareness and Media Strategy;  developing and reviewing contents for FARA’s website; developing and reviewing public awareness materials for FARA;  coordinating external communications; liaising with the media and promoting media relations; liaising with partners and stakeholders on behalf of the Secretariat; coordinating FARA Information Centre; coordinating and liaising with publishers and editors amongst other tasks. Prior to this Ms. Ejere was CAADP Technical Assistant from 2010 – 2012 where her major tasks included tracking the progress of CAADP Pillar IV implementation at the sub-regional and national levels, facilitating the CAADP country process including participating in technical reviews of National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs) and maintaining contact with key FARA and CAADP Pillar IV stakeholders at the regional, sub-regional and national levels. Ms. Ejere previously worked as Investor Relations Assistant with the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) and as Welfare Assistant (HRA), with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Gombe regional Office. Ms Ejere holds an M.A in Globalization and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, United Kingdom and a B.Sc (Hons) in International Relations from Igbinedion University, Nigeria. She is a third year PhD student at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich. She is also currently engaged in an MSc in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Ms. Ejere also holds several certificates from Harvard University Kennedy Scool of Government and China Agricultural University. Ms Ejere served as Country Youth Representative for Nigeria to the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2005 and is a member of the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF), Association of Third World Scholars(ATWS), Development Studies Association (DSA) and Chatham House. 

Email: eidowu at fara-africa.org

Technical Assistant to DED

Mr Solomon Bangali is the Technical Adviser to the Deputy Executive Director. He has 14 years of experience as a development policy planner in building capacities of government institutions and local communities. Mr Solomon holds am MSc in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. Prior to his relocation to the Office of the Deputy Executive Director, he worked as a Resource Officer for the Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Programme(SSA-CP). NSF5, he was FARA’s Advocacy and Resource Mobilisation Programme Officer, advocating to governments to perceive agriculture as an engine for growth and development and to increase investments in the sector to achieve Millennium Development Goals 1 and 7. Mr Solomon gained hands-on experience in development, policy making, government budget management and supervision while serving as a Member of Parliament in Sierra Leone. He has served as a Regional Coordinator and Program Officer at the National Commission for Social Action of Sierra Leone, providing technical support in programming and coordination in conflict and post-conflict settings, re-integrating and giving livelihood support to refugees and ex-combatants during the 10-year civil conflicts in Sierra Leone and Liberia. He has a wealth of experience as a technical resource for skill development for employment schemes, programming and coordination, monitoring and evaluation and project management. He is an expert on advocacy,  partnerships and strategic alliances.

Email: sbangali at fara-africa.org

Gender Equality Specialist

Ann Dela Apekey is FARA’s Gender Equality Specialist. Over the past 18 years, she has served as a gender equality advisor with various international organisations, most recently as Programme Manager with the International Labour Organisation’s Gender Mainstreaming Programme for African trade unions. From between 1994 to 2004, she worked with the Organisation of African Trade Union Unity as Coordinator, Women Workers Questions, where she convened the annual Pan African Conference on Gender Issues around different thematic areas, especially those relating to labour rights and employment and livelihood. She also served as advisor to her organization’s delegation and constituents during the annual International Labour Conference. Ms Apekey has also worked as the African Regional Facilitator for Rights and Resources Initiatives; an organisation that promotes indigenous peoples’ rights on land tenure issues. She also served as the West Africa Regional Programme Coordinator for the Danish Trade Union Council for International Development Cooperation. Previously, Ms Apekey was a part-time lecturer in Gender and Industrial Relations at the Centre for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. She holds a BA (Hons) degree in Modern Languages and an EMBA in Business Administration from the University of Ghana, Legon. She also obtained a Diploma in gender mainstreaming from the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin, Italy.

Email: aapekey at fara-africa.org

Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Dr Clesensio Tizikara, a Ugandan national, was educated at the prestigious Ntare School (1972 – 1977), Makerere University (1978 – 1981) and University of Ife/Obafemi Awolowo (1983 – 1990). He holds a PhD in Animal Science and has trained in areas of policy analysis, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, public speaking and agricultural research management. Dr Tizikara had a short stint teaching at Makerere University (1981-83/85) before joining the Agricultural Secretariat of the Bank of Uganda as Livestock Policy Analyst (1989 – 1994), the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) in Uganda (1995 – 2004) where he served in various capacities but most importantly as Director for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. He was part of the 9-member Government Task Force of eminent Ugandans that drew up the reform program that led to the establishment of NARO in 1992, and later (2002-04) led the review and reform process that resulted into the 2005 Agricultural research Policy and Act that restructured  the management of the entire Uganda national agricultural research system (NARS); a member of the consultant team that drew up the proposal for the set-up of the current Mozambique agricultural research system (2000), review of the Rwanda NARS (2007), proposals for restructuring various agriculture related departments at Makerere University into a semi-autonomous College (2003-04) and several other panels and task forces. He has previously been associated with FARA through the SSA-CP, his work with the SROs, AFAAS and RUFORUM. Dr Tizikara is a founder member of the Association of Uganda Professional Agriculturalists (ASUPA), the International Development Evaluators Association (IDEAS) and has served on various consultancy teams and supervisory and monitoring missions for various donors. Dr Tizikara has several publications to his credit and is married with children.

Email: ctizikara at fara-africa.org

Director, Advocacy and Policy (NSF 1/3)

Dr Emmanuel Tambi, a Cameroonian national, is Director of NSF 1/3. Prior to joining FARA, he was the Acting Head of Rural Economy Division at the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, from 2006 to 2008. Before that, he worked for the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR) in Nairobi as a Senior Economist and Head of the Economics Unit. He also worked for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, as an Economist from 1996 to 2000. Dr Tambi has also worked at the national level with the Cameroon Ministry of Scientific and Technical Research as a Senior Research Officer and the Deputy Chief of Centre, Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD). Dr Tambi coordinates activities that promote and facilitate policy and market analyses for evidence-based policy formulation and decision making to enhance agricultural production and trade in Africa. He coordinates the African Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy Platform (ABBPP) as well as a project on capacity strengthening called Safe Management of Biotechnology in sub-Saharan Africa (SABIMA). Dr Tambi obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1984, an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, in 1982, and a BA in Economics from Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, in 1979. He has written extensively on agricultural development and trade issues, including policy and institutional analyses.

Email: etambi at fara-africa.org

Policy and Markets Analyst, NSF 1/3

Dr Gbadebo Odularu, a Nigerian national, started his career as a graduate/research assistant at the Trade Policy Research and Training Programme (TPRTP), Department of Economics, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Ibadan. He was also a field supervisor for the USAID/WARDA/NISER collaborative rice production, processing and consumption study. From 2003 to 2008, he was a lecturer at the Department of Economics and Development Studies, Covenant University, Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Economics (with focus on Trade) from Covenant University and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He was a 2008 visiting scholar at the Economic Research and Statistics Division (ERSD), WTO, Switzerland, and in 2009 was a visiting Fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic Studies (CRES), Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), South Korea. He is a member of the National Resources, Agricultural Development and Food Security International Research Network (NAF-IRN) and the African Economic Research Consortium Network (AERC). He has published about 30 papers in international journals. His responsibilities at FARA include contributing to the Ministerial Policy Brief Series, the FARA e-newsletter, the monthly FARA Regional Policies and Markets Info Intelligence (RPMII) Series, and FARA Policy Seminar Series. Dr Odularu works closely with regional and national partners to promote information sharing on policy instruments for dissemination across the African continent. As Coordinator of the Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research for Development at FARA, he facilitates exchange of information and knowledge among young African professionals across disciplines, nations and sub-regions.

Email: godularu at fara-africa.org

Ag. Director, Access to Knowledge and Technologies (NSF 2)

Mr Ifidon Ohiomoba is the Acting Director, Access to knowledge and Technologies (NSF2). Prior to this, he was the  Project Manager of the FARA project Promotion of Science and Technology for Agricultural Development in Africa (PSTAD). PSTAD contributes to agricultural research for development through building capacity in the SROs and NARS and supporting the adoption and dissemination of proven agricultural technologies. Before joining FARA in June 2009, Mr Ohiomoba served in various capacities in the National Food Reserve Agency of Nigeria where he was involved in several agricultural projects, providing coordination and technical support to adaptive research and extension services and liaising with credit support agencies to boost adoption of technologies and increase farm productivity. Mr Ohiomoba also served as Project Officer of the Farm Radio Network Project, coordinating linkages between research and extension. Earlier in his career, he worked as Agriculture Extension Officer in the Federal Agricultural Coordinating Unit in southern Nigeria, and later as Assistant Chief Agriculture Officer / Regional Coordinator – Extension in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. Mr Ohiomoba, a Nigerian citizen, holds an MSc degree in Agricultural Extension from the University of Ibadan. He is a life member of the Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria.

Email: iohiomoba at fara-africa.org

RAILS Programme Officer, NSF2

Mr Dady Demby is Programme Officer for Regional Agricultural Information and Learning Systems (RAILS) within NSF2. His main tasks include supporting the creation of an African platform for exchange of best practices and success stories, providing assistance in coordinating stakeholder meetings to explore ways to use existing agricultural information within NARS, and implementing open and distance learning. His responsibilities include building information and communication management communities and networks of information specialists. Before joining FARA in 2007, he worked for 10 years with CORAF/WECARD as Information and Communication Manager and led the establishment of a network of agricultural information specialists in CORAF/WECARD member countries. He holds Master of Advanced Studies in Information and Communication Sciences and a Professional Degree in Information and Library Sciences from the University Jean Moulin in Lyon, France. Since 2006, Mr Demby has been the Vice-President of the African Chapter of the International Association of the Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD-Africa). Mr Demby hails from the Republic of Congo.

Email: ddemby at fara-africa.org

Director, Capacity Strengthening (NSF4)

Dr Irene Annor-Frempong, as Director of NSF4, is responsible for developing and implementing FARA’s capacity strengthening strategy. A Ghanaian by birth, Dr Annor-Frempong holds a PhD from the University of Bristol, UK, and an MSc in Animal Production Science from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She worked as a graduate research assistant at the Reckenholz Research Station in Zurich, Switzerland, and as a lecturer at the College of Education, Benue State, Nigeria. In 1988, she joined the Meat Quality Group at the Animal Research Institute in Zeist, the Netherlands. In 1989, she was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Cape Coast and was later promoted to senior lecturer. In 2004, as head of the Department of Animal Science in 2004, she pioneered development-oriented curricula and facilitated the new post-graduate program in Livestock Systems Management. She developed the first prototype of the local-closed meat kiln in Ghana in collaboration with Food Research Institute. In 2005, she joined the National University of Lesotho as a senior lecturer and was also tasked with coordinating training of research supervisors in the use of the Genstat statistical package. She has supervised numerous undergraduate and postgraduate research work. Dr Frempong is a Technical Committee member of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and a member of a number of professional bodies. She has authored several refereed papers. After joining FARA in 2008, Dr Annor-Frempong oversaw the development and implementation of Strengthening the Capacity of Agricultural Research and Development for Africa (SCARDA).

Email: ifrempong at fara-africa.org

Programme Officer, Capacity Strengthening, NSF4

Prof Nelson Kennedy Olang’o Ojijo is the Programme Officer of SCARDA (Strengthening Capacity for Agricultural Research and Development in Africa). Prof Ojijo, a Kenyan national, graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1987 at the top of his class. He was recruited by the Department of Food Technology and Nutrition, Faculty of Agriculture, as a Graduate Research Assistant. On completion of his MSc in 1991, he was employed by the Coffee Research Foundation in Ruiru as Head of the Coffee Bean Quality Unit. In 1995, he moved to Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) as a lecturer. In 1996, he was awarded a Monbusho Scholarship by the Japanese Government to pursue his PhD in Agricultural Science (Food Process Engineering) at the Department of Bio-systems Engineering, Institute of Forestry and Agricultural Engineering, University of Tsukuba, Japan. Upon graduation in 2000, Dr Ojijo returned to JKUAT where he attained Senior Lectureship in 2002. In the same year, he served as a Visiting Lecturer in Food Engineering at the Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Namibia, and later proceeded on a UNESCO/Israel postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Israel Institute of Technology. Dr Ojijo became involved in research on oilseeds for biodiesel, and in value-chain processing of indigenous African leafy vegetables for food security and poverty reduction. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, and is a member of numerous professional bodies, notably the International Society of Food Engineering (ISFE). Following his appointment as Associate Professor in JKUAT’s Department of Food Science and Technology in 2007, Prof Ojijo served in various administrative capacities, including Chairman of the Performance Contracting Steering Committee and Director of JKUAT’s Directorate of Performance Contracting and Appraisal.

Email: nojijo at fara-africa.org

UniBRAIN Programme Officer

Dr Pia M Chuzu, a Zambian national, has over 20 years work experience as an economist, researcher, trainer and M&E specialist. She began her career in 1985 with Zambia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. In 2002, she became an independent consultant, taking on such clients as CARE International, the World Wildlife Fund, the World Food Programme and the European Commission. In 2006, Dr Chuzu started working with the Finnish consulting firm NIRAS, which she served in South Africa and Zambia over the next 5 years, setting up M&E systems for micro-enterprises, designing policy frameworks and training extension staff. She co-led tender preparation for a World Bank assignment to design an Environmental and Social Management Framework and a Resettlement Policy framework for the Irrigation Development and Support Program. In January 2011, she returned to independent consultancy work, and prior to joining FARA in July, she undertook assignments with NIRAS for Zambia’s Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, as well as the FAO. Dr Chuzu earned her MSc from Michigan State University and her PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2002.

Email: pchuzu at fara-africa.org

UniBRAIN Facility Coordinator

Ariho Alex is UniBRAIN Facility Coordinator. Alex is a PhD Research Fellow of development management and holds a master’s degree in development management, Bachelor’s degree in business administration, diploma in business studies, post graduate diploma in public administration, post graduate diploma in project planning and management and advanced certificate in global value chain analysis and development among other qualifications.

Prior to that, he was CEO /Founding Director of Excel Hort Consult ltd  a private sector company operating in East and Central African region focusing on agribusiness trade and investment value chain development .Alex  joined FARA in 2013 and comes along with 15 years of experience in agribusiness capacity building, trade and investment value chain development. He has a track record as a Manager and Development consultant in agribusiness value chain and market development. He has worked with regional and international business, development organizations and government programs in managerial senior positions in Africa. 

Alex current responsibilities include advancing agribusiness incubation and improved agribusiness education for job and wealth creation through UniBRAIN model in Africa. He has rich experience in agribusiness, trade and market development for small and medium enterprises and has developed a number of agribusiness development models currently used in Africa by development and business companies. Alex is Ugandan national and a true African who believes that that “the best way to predict the future of Africa is to invest in it to day “and is ready to champion the agenda now and many years to come.

Director, Partnerships and Strategic Alliances (NSF5)

Dr Wale Adekunle, Director for Partnerships and Strategic Alliances, is also as the Coordinator for the Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Program (SSA CP). He started his career in agricultural research and development on a World Bank Project in Nigeria in 1985. He later coordinated this program before joining the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in 1988. Over the ensuing 20 years, Dr Adekunle worked in various areas of agricultural research for development. He started with farming systems agronomic research with commodities like maize and cassava and alley farming as the focus. In the later years of his tenure with IITA, his primary focus was in the area of the innovation systems approach for R&D. His work in this area resulted in the coinage of the term innovation platforms, whichis now used across the world. Dr Adekunle developed models for bringing ICT to rural communities, including a platform for commodity exchange among farmers that became the first farmer- directed commodity exchange board in Africa. These efforts were recognised by the Walt Disney Partners in Excellence Award during his fellowship as a World Bank Distinguished Young Scientist (1996) and the Stockholm Challenge Award (2005). Since 2007, when Dr Adekunle arrived at FARA, he has directed NSF5 with special focus on the coordination of SSA CP, which has been tasked to prove the concept of international agricultural research for development (IAR4D). This validation is currently being conducted through a network of researchers working in eight different countries across Africa. Dr Adekunle, a Nigerian national, also coordinates nine multi-stakeholder projects on themes that range from productivity improvement to natural resource management, policies and markets. He has a PhD in Agronomy and has undertaken postgraduate studies in a number of correlated areas. He is widely published in refereed journals and has contributed to a number of chapters in books. He has supervised a number of students from across the globe and worked as an Adjunct Professor of Agriculture and Rural Development at Bowen University in Nigeria.

Email: aadekunle at fara-africa.org

Programme Officer, Partnerships and Strategic Alliances, NSF5

Dr Fatunbi A Oluwole is a research and development scientist with progressive experience in  Agronomy (farming systems, soil fertility), technology transfer and research management. His professional work has focused largely on resource and crop management towards sustainable agricultural production and on the improvement of livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Dr Oluwole, a Nigerian national, earned his PhD in Agronomy from the University of Ibadan, and obtained a South African-rated P5 qualification in project management from the University of South Africa in 2008. In addition to his responsibilities as Programme Officer, SSA CP, he provides technical support to the Director of NSF5 by providing scientific leadership in developing, leading, implementing, monitoring and evaluating research programs in the Pilot Learning Sites of SSA CP. Prior to joining FARA, Dr Fatunbi worked at the Agricultural and Rural Development Research Institute, University of Fort Hare, South Africa, as both researcher and lecturer; at the Total Development International Foundation (TODEV) as a Program Manager; at ARATI Environmental Limited as a soil fertility management consultant; at the African Child Care Foundation as program manager; at the Savannah Sugar Company Limited as field agronomist; and at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan as a Research Fellow. Dr Fatunbi has over 15 years of experience in agricultural research and management. He is accomplished in a broad range of issues related to food security in sub-Saharan Africa, including skills in field and laboratory research methodologies in agronomy, farming systems, soil fertility, renewable resources and technology transfer. He has over 45 scientific publications to his credit and has co-supervised the research work of 10 post graduate students.

Email: foluwole at fara-africa.org

Co-Manager for Africa, PAEPARD, NSF5

Dr Jonas Musabwa Mugabe earned his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the Facultee Universitaire des Sciences Agronomiques de Gembloux (Belgium), his Msc in Agricultural Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and a second Msc in Environment Management from the Université Senghor d’Alexandrie (Egypt). He is currently the Programme Officer of PAEPARD, the Platform for African-European Partnerships on Agricultural Research for Development. Dr Mugabe, who is from Rwanda, served as Deputy Director General of the Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Rwanda (ISAR) in charge of research, where his responsibilities included planning and M&E. He also coordinated some regional projects. During that period he was involved in negotiating funding for research and raised significant funds for ISAR. Prior to joining ISAR in 2005, Dr Mugabe was Lecturer at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) and Visiting Lecturer at Kigali Independent University. He served the Faculty of Agriculture of NUR as Academic Secretary in charge of organizing teaching and as Deputy Dean. Before coming to NUR, Dr Mugabe was recruited by Groupe Milima, an NGO operating in South Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as Head of the Agriculture and Environment Programme in charge of evaluating new varieties of maize (with CIMMYT), beans (with CIAT), potatoes (with CIP) and vegetables.

Email: jmugabe at fara-africa.org

Head, Finance

Mr Johnson Ukpong, a Nigerian, is FARA’s Financial Controller. He is a chartered accountant by profession and was became an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in 1999. Mr Ukpong also holds a Diploma in Accountancy from the Calabar Polytechnic, Nigeria, obtained in 1987. He completed his course work for an MBA from the Finance of University of Ghana Business School, Legon, in November 2010. Mr. Ukpong has over 22 years of experience in financial accounting, management and reporting as well as project financial management. Prior to joining FARA in May 2005, he worked in various capacities with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria for over 17 years. These positions included Assistant Accountant (Treasury), Assistant Accountant (General Accounting), Special Project Officer (managing over 200 restricted and non-core projects) and Management Information System (MIS) Financial Analyst. Mr Ukpong was also a member of the Oracle Implementation Team and a member of the team that successfully implemented a Project Management Software (ProMIS) in IITA. Before becoming the Financial Controller of FARA in January 2008, he served as Accountant – Funding and Financial Analysis, and Accountant (Internal Audit). Mr Ukpong also worked with the Internal Audit team at the Post and Telecommunications Department, Calabar, Nigeria, from 1983 to 1985.

Email: jukpong at fara-africa.org

Financial Controller


Mr. Mark Etsibah
, is FARA ‘s Financial Controller. With over 30 years’ experience in accounting and financial management, he has been with FARA since 2003 as a pioneer staff who established FARA’s Finance Unit as Senior Account-Operations, a position he held until April 2013 when he assumed his current position. Prior to joining FARA, Mr. Etsibah worked first as Assistant Accountant for Treasury and later as Budget Accountant at WARDA (now Africa Rice) where he was employed for 22 years and was responsible for managing the accounts of WARDA’s four outstations and five sub-regional offices. In 1988, when WARDA transferred its headquarters from Monrovia to Bouake in Cote Divoire, Mr Etsibah   was transferred together with the Head of Finance to set up and manage the finance unit of the new headquarters. He was directly in charge of the Unit. In 2002, when WARDA moved its research  centre to Bamako-Mali  as  a result of the crisis in Cote d’Ivoire Mr Etsibah was sent  there to lead the finance  unit. Mr. Etsibah holds several certificates in accountancy, financial services and management including a diploma in accountancy and management from International  Professional Managers Association ( IPMA-UK)  and ICSA 2. He Also holds a professional Graduate Membership Certificate from the Chartered Institute of Administration and Management. In Sep 2001 he was part of the WARDA Team that received the National Order of Merit Award from the President of Cote d’Ivoire for his contribution to the work that culminated in the development of the New Rices for Africa (NERICA). 

Email: metsibah at fara-africa.org

Head, Human Resources

Mrs Ama Pokuah Asenso Tabiou-Malkaye, is the Head of Human Resources and Administration reporting to the Executive Director on recruitment, retention, implementing HR policies and procedures, administrative assignments performance management and staff development. She has over eight years’ experience working in FARA first as Personal Assistant to the Executive Director from 2005 to 2007, later as Human Resources and Administration Officer from 2008 – 2010. From 2010 she was appointed Head, HR and Administration.  Prior to joining FARA she was Office Manager for the Sutton Investment Company ltd for three years, and served as Assistant to the Project Director of World ORT Union for almost four years and hard a brief stint with the Standard Chartered Bank.  Mrs. Tabiou-Malkaye holds an Executive Master’s degree in Human Resources from the University of Ghana, a BSc in Human Resources Management obtained from the Central University College and a post-graduate diploma (with distinction) in Administration from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. She has certificates from the Howard University, Temple University and Northeaster University, USA having participated in International Business workshops and Job evaluation and salary administration and HR as a Business Partner from the Institute of Human Resource Management Practitioners and Human Capital Strategist /Workforce Planning from the Human Capital Institute in USA.  She was awarded the Best Human Resource Management student by Central University College in 2007.

Email: aamoah at fara-africa.org