Steering Committee

Our Team
Steering Committee

The AgResults Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from our five donor countries and the World Bank Group, who acts as the trustee. The Steering Committee is a collaborative body that works together to decide the direction and priorities of AgResults. 

Tristan Armstrong

Tristan Armstrong - AgResults Steering Committee Chair

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)


Tristan Armstrong works in the Agriculture and Food Branch of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He holds a PhD in plant genetics and has worked for over 15 years in agriculture, rural development, biodiversity conservation and natural resource management in Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Sub-Saharan Africa. 



Garron M. Hansen

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Garron Hansen is the Strategy Program Officer for agricultural development team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  He currently has responsibility for annual strategy and budgeting across the eleven portfolios of the team, ensuring that investments align with inclusive country-led agricultural transformation.  Previously at the foundation, he managed a portfolio of 17 grants, totaling $187 million in investments linking smallholder farmers to markets.  He spent six years living in East Africa, implementing a USAID project in Kenya and serving as Country Director for the Wood Foundation in Rwanda.  He also began his career as a management consultant, having advised large companies and governments while working with McKinsey & Company, the OTF Group, and Dalberg Global Development Advisors.  He holds a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, an MBA from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania, and is fluent in French.


Orin Hasson

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Orin Hasson is the AgResults Steering Committee Representative from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he is a Program Officer on the agricultural development team. He manages grants, which are focused on linking smallholder farmers to markets and is engaged in a number of initiatives designed to pay for results. Orin has lived in Israel, the UK, Afghanistan and Turkey and has designed and implemented development programs on behalf of USAID, DfID, EBRD and the World Bank. He holds an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the War Department of King’s College London as well as an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.



Roxanne Robert

Global Affairs Canada


Roxanne Robert is the representative for Canada on the AgResults Steering Committee. Roxanne joined Global Affairs Canada and is currently a Senior Development Officer in the Food Security Division of Global Issues and Development Branch, where she manages global programs and institutional relationships with Canada's partners to advance global food security and nutrition. She was posted to Senegal (2010-2014) and Ghana (2004-2007) where she worked on food security, environment and education related programs. Roxanne holds and MA in Environmental Sciences and a Bachelor's degree in Biology with a focus on Ecology, from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).


Rachel Lambert

United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID)


Rachel Lambert is a Senior Livelihoods Adviser in DFID’s Agriculture Research team in the Research and Evidence Division. DFID commissions and funds agricultural research to: develop new agriculture technologies, test interventions and delivery mechanisms, and develop a deeper understanding of the context that influences the success of investments in agriculture development. Rachel leads on several of DFID’s research programs in agriculture, from advanced science through to innovative approaches to get technologies into the hands of farmers. She leads DFID’s funding to and engagement with the AgResults initiative. DFID currently holds the Chair of the Steering Committee for AgResults. She is involved in scaling up DFID’s research and evidence work looking at the linkages between agriculture and nutrition and health outcomes. She has extensive policy and programming experience in food security and rural development programmers, having lived and worked for much of her career in India and parts of Africa. She has a first class BA from Oxford University and an MA in Rural Development from University of East Anglia.


Aviva Kutnick

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


Aviva Kutnick represents the United States Government on the AgResults Steering Committee. She currently serves as an Agricultural Development Officer in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Food Security's Office of Market and Partnerships Innovation, which leads private sector engagement for the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. A Foreign Service Officer with 10 years of experience in international private sector and agricultural development, she began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan. Aviva holds a double Maters Degree in Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland. Ms. Kutnick has worked and lived in Central Asia, the Caucuses, and the Middle East.


Christopher Brett

The World Bank Group


Christopher Brett was appointed as the Lead Agribusiness Specialist 2016 with the World Bank in November 2016 and joins the Food and Global Agricultural Practice, based in Washington DC. He has a Master’s Degree in Management for Agricultural Development from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. He has more than thirty years’ experience of working within the public private and voluntary sectors in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prior to working with the World Bank, he worked for 9 years as the Global Head of Sustainability for a large multi-national agricultural supply chain management company, as part of the senior management team, Chris supported the company’s transition from a trading based company to a global agri-business supply chain management company. He contributed to the implementation of a corporate growth strategy, helping lead the company 1) to invest in direct operations covering a production area of 2.8 million hectares; 2) to expand a procurement network to reach 4 million global small-holder farmers; and 3) to build and acquire 145 agricultural processing units and integrate them into the production and procurement systems. As of September 2016, nearly $10 billion had been invested as capital in implementing the corporate growth strategy. He also led the company to be fully compliant and monitored to IFC Performance Standards.


From 2001 to 2007, he undertook a range of consultancies for leading development organisations and the private sector, such as; the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, African Development Bank, European Union, United Nations Development Programme, commercial banks and infrastructural development companies. He also worked for 6 years in Central America as a Private Sector Development Advisor (1995-2001) for the UK Department for International Development.


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