Pilot Management

Our Team
Pilot Management

Pilot Managers manage the overall implementation of individual pilots, and are responsible for running the pilot in the field, sourcing potential recipients and other participants in the relevant geographical area through advertising or other methods, contracting with potential award recipients or similar arrangements as may be appropriate taking into account the specific provisions of an Approved AgResults Project, and monitoring and supervising the provisions of the Approved AgResults Project, including for misuse of funds and fraud, among other roles specific to their pilot.


Nigeria Aflasafe Pilot 

Adebowale Akande

Adebowale (Debo) Akande

Nigeria Team Leader 

Debo Akande is the Team Leader for the AgResults Nigeria Aflasafe Pilot, with sixteen years of International development management experience in both Africa and Europe. Debo has on-ground experience in starting-up; designing and managing several agriculture value-chains, research for development, rural poverty development and environmental management programs with several bilateral and International organizations. Debo is a qualified Chartered Manager and holds Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Development Studies, Diploma’s in International Environmental Law and Business Management. He is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Hertfordshire.

Ranajit Bandyopadhyay 

Senior Plant Pathologist

With 36 years of research and development experience working for the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) in Asia, Africa and the Americas, Ranajit guides research and development activities related to crop diseases and mycotoxins at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Ranajit leads Africa-wide efforts on development and scaling-up of the aflatoxin biocontrol technology Aflasafe. His research on mycotoxins focuses on surveillance, bio-ecology of toxigenic fungi, integrated management and policy and institutional issues. Ranajit has authored nearly 175 publications and serves on Editorial Boards of two journals related to mycotoxins. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) and Chairs its Technical Sub-Committee.


Kenya On-Farm Storage Pilot

Agribusiness Systems International (ASI) serves as Pilot Manager for the Kenya On-Farm Storage Pilot.  ASI is a wholly controlled support organization of ACDI/VOCA. Established in 1993, ASI furthers ACDI/VOCA’s mission by helping farmers and agribusinesses develop the skills necessary to operate competitively in a market-driven global economy. ASI delivers market-oriented services and facilitates socially responsible business innovation, investment opportunities and financial access. ASI draws on ACDI/VOCA’s team of technical experts while maintaining independent operations needed to be flexible and responsive to client and partner needs.

Andrew Gathecha 

Kenya Team Leader

Mr. Andrew Gathecha is the Team Leader for the Kenya On-Farm Storage Pilot and comes with 15 years of experience. Previously, Andrew served in a number of management positions including Director for Country Operations with Management Sciences for Health project, where he oversaw operational and administrative services for seven projects in Kenya.  He also served as Grants Management Specialist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Kenya, responsible for the business aspect of a US$60 health grant portfolio; and Director for Finance and Administration with Global Communities in Liberia and Kenya that included oversight of a US$30 million grant pool.  He has held similar long-term finance and operational roles with Aga Khan Foundation and Air Serv International (Jordan and Mozambique). Andrew holds a BA in Business and Economics from Kenyatta University, an MBA from Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University, and is currently working on his PhD in Business Administration from the University of Newcastle in Australia. 

Samantha Hinkle

Seth McDonagh

ASI Project Coordinator


Ana Bilik

Ana Bilik

ASI President

Ana Bilik provides program oversight from the ASI headquarters in Washington, DC.  Ms. Bilik has 17 years’ experience developing successful partnerships with funding entities such as USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DANIDA, DFID, Nike and the Walmart Foundation, along with national government ministries, local implementing partners and the private sector.  Ms. Bilik holds a B.S. from Columbia College and an MPA in International Development/NGO Management from Rutgers University.  

Zambia Biofortified Maize Pilot

Agribusiness Systems International (ASI) also serves as Pilot Manager for the Zambia Biofortified Maize Pilot. 

Chitundu Kasase

Chitundu Kasase

Zambia Team Leader

Chitundu Kasase is the Team Leader for the AgResults Zambia Biofortified Maize Pilot with over 15 years of experience in international development, technical and business advisory, resource mobilization, teaching and research; and public policy.  He was formerly with Technoserve, where he was instrumental in developing and delivering trainings in fortification of maize and wheat.   As a faculty member at the University of Zambia, he was the Department Head for Food Science and Technology.  He holds a PHD in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Surrey.

Kasahi Ng'ona

Kasashi Ng’ona  

Zambia Technical Officer

Kasashi Ng’ona is the Technical Officer for the AgResults Zambia Biofortified Maize Pilot.  He has over 10 years of experience specializing in grain trading with farmers and miller throughout Zambia.  He was formerly with AFRGI Corporation Limited Zambia, where he managed and expanded its client base in the Central and Copperbelt regions.   Mr. Ng’ona has also previously worked with Zdenakie Limited, ZAMBEEF Products Plc., and Amagrain Limited.

Hannah Guedenet

ASI Director of Nutrition

Hannah Guedenet is Director of Nutrition Programs for ASI. She provides technical guidance and project management on ASI's nutrition-sensitive agriculture projects in Burkina Faso and Zambia, as well as supports outreach and new business opportunities. In addition to her nutrition expertise, Hannah has a background in corporate communications, having led communications initiatives for several agriculture-nutrition organizations, including ACDI/VOCA, HarvestPlus, GAIN, and A4NH. She began her career as a Peace Courps Volunteer in Guinea whereshe served as a Public Health Volunteer at a rural health center and Technical Assistant for Hellen Keller International. 

Uganda Legume Seeds Pilot

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) serves as the Pilot Manager for the AgResults Uganda Legume Seeds Pilot. LWR brings to the AgResults Pilot extensive capacity in agriculture and agribusiness development throughout the world, including nearly a decade of experience in the seed sector in Africa, and in Uganda in particular, as well as expertise in monitoring and fraud identification, and supporting verification capacity for certified, traceable value chains. LWR has worked with local partners in Uganda since 1985 and brings a wealth of experience to the Pilot.

Boniface Babiiha Mugisa

Uganda Team Leader

Boniface Mugisa brings a wide experience of over 20 years in managing the implementation of public and private sector seed programs aimed at improving food production, food security and incomes of smallholder farmers in Uganda. Mr Mugisa has skills in engaging with key stakeholders in the agribusiness sector, with local and national level government officials and the international donor community. He has a BSc in Agriculture and post-secondary Seed Technology, Education, Marketing and Product management qualifications, and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Management from Stirling University.

Roy Magoba

Uganda Verification Officer

Mr. Magoba has over 15 years experience in the finance sector and in project management working with Microfinance banks as well as large industrial conglomerates throughout the East Africa region. He also brings solid experience in stakeholder and project management, business and product development, as well as communications and personnel management. In his previous position as Enterprise Development Manager, Mr. Magoba was working alongside business stakeholders as well as local farmers’ cooperatives to establish and build development programs aiming to commercialize small and medium scale farming in mid-western Uganda. Roy holds a BA in Economics and Social Administration from Makerere University and an MBA from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

Kenneth Barigye

LWR Uganda Country Director

Kenneth Barigye, Country Director Uganda, provides technical and managerial support for the pilot project in Uganda. He has 12 years of community development experience, seven of which are at the senior level managing international NGO operations in Uganda, as well as implementing programs funded by USAID, DFID, JICA, CIDA and the Government of Uganda. Kenneth holds a BA in Development Studies from Makerere University, MA in Development Studies from Uganda Martyr’s University, Diploma in Advocacy and Lobbying by LSU Sweden and a Post Graduate Diploma in Organizational Development from Uganda Management Institute.

Sylvia Kyakwera

Management and Logistics Officer

Syliva Kyakwera is the Management and Logistics Officer at LWR providing support for the AgResults Uganda Legume Seeds Pilot. She has five years of professional experience providing management and administrative services in both the NGO and private sector. Her skills and expertise include managing communications, customer care relations, events management, internal administration and finance. Sylvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from  Makerere University in Uganda.

Brucellosis Vaccine Development Prize

GALVmed became the pilot manager for the Brucellosis Pilot in 2016. Through its partners, GALVmed makes livestock vaccines, medicines and diagnostics accessible and available to the millions of smallholder livestock and poultry keepers in developing countries for whom livestock is a lifeline. GALVmed is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Government. The international NGO harnesses the best available expertise and capabilities to develop vaccines, medicines and diagnostics for neglected livestock diseases impacting smallholders in Africa and South Asia.

Gywnneth Clay

Brucellosis Prize Team Lead

With 25 years’ experience in the life sciences sector, I have worked in big pharma and biotech. I run a consultancy business working with academic groups and young companies to establish product development programmes and commercial partnerships to bring new technologies through from research into development and ultimately to the market.

Peter Jeffries

Chief Executive, GALVmed

Peter is a veterinarian, who worked in England before setting up a veterinary clinic in Zambia which provided employment for hte graduates from the veterinary school at the University of Zambia. Peter has more than 30 years' experience in the animal health sector and has held management roles in regional marketing, global marketing, strategic marketing, global technical support and business development, having been based in Zambia, Kenya, France, and the United States. After 18 years working with Merial, Peter joined Zoetis in 2008, with responsibility for business development and global alliances for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  

Vietnam GHG Emmissions Reduction Pilot 

SNV Worldwide became the pilot manager in 2016. Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, SNV has built a long-term, local presence in many of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Their global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development. 

Tran Thu Ha

Vietnam Pilot Team Lead

Tran Thu Ha is responsible for managing all aspects of the pilot’s implementation in Viet Nam. Thu Ha is in charge of securing the Government approval, developing partnerships with relevant Government counterparts for legal aid, field implementation, trouble-shoot, synergies, technology transfer mechanism and policy for wide-adoption and uptake; recruiting and managing Solvers, formulating and engaging the Advisory Council, coordinating multi-stakeholders work plans and key stakeholders engagement, collaborating and overseeing all verification work performed by the Verifier and their sub-contractors that including field GHG emissions sampling & verification, data collection and monitoring activities. Thu Ha also oversees all project implementation activities of key counterparts and stakeholders, including planning, budgeting, reporting, risk identification & mitigation, and lessons learned collection & dissemination.

Manoli Strecker

SNV Business Development Officer

Manoli Strecker provides day-to-day strategic support to the pilot. He serves the Team Lead as well as the Country Director in order to ensure that AgResults messaging and implementation of the pilot is timely and accurate. He provides additional support to communicate with various stakeholders across the pilot. 

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