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. 

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.

Roy Parizat

The World Bank Group

Roy Parizat currently works as a Senior Economist in the Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank where his work focuses on agricultural finance and agricultural risk management. While at the World Bank Roy has developed a number of agricultural risk management training courses focused on price and other risk management subjects. Prior to working at the World Bank, Roy worked for five years in the area of agricultural financing and agricultural risk management consulting. Roy started his career in the banking sector, working in both retail and corporate banking. Roy works with the AgriFin team on the Cameroon project and on providing program management support. Roy has an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics.


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