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OUR TEAM

Caroline Makasa

Acting Director General
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Caroline Makasa

Caroline Makasa

Acting Director General

Ambrose Rwaheru Aheisibwe, PhD

Acting Sub Regional Director at Sub Regional Center for Southern Africa – Lusaka, Zambia
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Ambrose Rwaheru Aheisibwe, PhD

Ambrose Rwaheru Aheisibwe, PhD

Acting Sub Regional Director at Sub Regional Center for Southern Africa – Lusaka, Zambia

Ignace Ruty Gasasira

Acting Director of Finance and Administration
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Ignace Ruty Gasasira

Ignace Ruty Gasasira

Acting Director of Finance and Administration

Deo Rubangisa

Human Resources and Administration Manager
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Deo Rubangisa

Deo Rubangisa

Human Resources and Administration Manager

Benjamin Rukundo

ICT Manager
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Benjamin Rukundo

Benjamin Rukundo

ICT Manager

Enock Nyorekwa Twinoburyo, Ph.D.

Senior Economist
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Enock Nyorekwa Twinoburyo, Ph.D.

Enock Nyorekwa Twinoburyo, Ph.D.

Senior Economist

Tekalign T. Sahilu, Dr.

Senior Expert- Water Resources and Energy
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Tekalign T. Sahilu, Dr.

Tekalign T. Sahilu, Dr.

Senior Expert- Water Resources and Energy

Olive Dushime

SDGs Advisor, Monitoring & Evaluation
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Olive Dushime

Olive Dushime

SDGs Advisor, Monitoring & Evaluation

Pierre Celestin Munyaneza, ACCA

Accountant
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Pierre Celestin Munyaneza, ACCA

Pierre Celestin Munyaneza, ACCA

Accountant

Yigrem Kassa

SDGs Advisor, Development Financing
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Yigrem Kassa

Yigrem Kassa

SDGs Advisor, Development Financing

James Ngulube

Agricultural Specialist, The SDGC/A Sub-Regional Center for Southern Africa
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James Ngulube

James Ngulube

Agricultural Specialist, The SDGC/A Sub-Regional Center for Southern Africa

Maureen Mupeta Chisenga

Secretary & Administrative Assistant, The SDGC/A Sub-Regional Centre for Southern Africa
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Maureen Mupeta Chisenga

Maureen Mupeta Chisenga

Secretary & Administrative Assistant, The SDGC/A Sub-Regional Centre for Southern Africa

Dene Chuunda Manyika

Information technology & Data Analyst, The SDGC/A Sub-Regional Centre for Southern Africa
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Dene Chuunda Manyika

Dene Chuunda Manyika

Information technology & Data Analyst, The SDGC/A Sub-Regional Centre for Southern Africa

VOLUNTEER EXPERTS

Professor Eliot Jack

Regional Director for Africa, Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture and Development

Dr. Elliot served two terms as the Department Head for Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications (ALEC) at Texas A&M University. He provided leadership for almost 1,500 students, and 80 faculty and staff. Dr. Elliot received his B.S. and M.A. from Washington State University. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

While he was Department Head, he initiated external and internal advisory committees that helped raise resources for a new agricultural mechanics facility, a video production laboratory, scholarships, and other departmental initiatives. He maintained a strong interest in international agricultural and extension education throughout his career. He served as president of the International Association for Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE) and was its first journal editor. He organized two AIAEE conferences including the 2011 World Conference for Sustainable Value Chain Agriculture for Food Security and Economic Development in Windhoek, Namibia. Currently, he is the U.S. Associate for the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia on its World Bank Adaptation Fund Project.

ALEC faculty provide the leadership for the Cultural Leadership Understanding and Exploration for Sophomores (CLUES) program and for the Leadership Living Learning Community (L3C) freshmen level program. ALEC housed the Hispanic Leaders in Agriculture and the Environment program. This graduate level program provided leadership activities and fellowships for under-represented populations. Recently,

Dr. Elliot was selected as the first recipient of the “Shirley B. and Daniel C. Pfannstiel ’49 Chair for International Agriculture Development and Extension Education.”  Dr. Pfannstiel had a passion to ensure the continued support of individuals meeting the needs of the developing world through education. Being the Regional Director for Africa aligns directly with the overall intent of the Pfannstiel Endowed Chair.

Collaborated with two colleagues from The Ohio State University and Virginia Tech University to create a national early career professional development initiative funded in part by our professional association called OMEGA II. This 9-month program is designed to help early career faculty determine individual areas for improvement, establish goals, create a working group with a mentor, and develop an action plan for implementation. The purpose is to improve the viability of agricultural education, leadership, communications, and extension within the university system.

Served as President of four professional organizations:

  •     The Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education
  •     The Association for Career and Technical Education Research (twice)
  •      The American Association for Agricultural Education (Western Region)
  •      The Arizona Cooperative Education Association.

Organized the 2011 World Conference for Sustainable Value Chain Agriculture for Food Security and Economic Development in Windhoek, Namibia. Four professional organizations including the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE), the Agricultural Scientific Society of Namibia (AGRISSON), International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD), and International Federation of Information Technology in Agriculture (INFITA) collaborated in producing a successful conference with attendees from five continents.

Prior to his career in academia, Jack and his wife Maureen were dryland grain farmers and cattle ranchers in Belt, Montana. During this time he served on the school board. Even after they left farming, he continued a custom harvesting business for 17 years.

His initial faculty position was as assistant professor at Michigan State University.  In 1992, he relocated to The University of Arizona where he moved through the ranks and was promoted to professor and served as Head of the Department prior to moving to Texas A&M University.

Dr. Elliot has literally circumnavigated the globe twice while conducting institutional and human capacity workshops in Guam, Chile, Russia, Namibia and many other locations. Recent Honors and Awards include:

2016   Distinguished Alumni, The Ohio State University

2014   Outstanding Agricultural Educator, American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE)

2012   Senior Fellow, Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE)

2012   Senior Fellow, AAAE

2011   Distinguished Service, Association for Career and Technical Education Research (ACTER)

2008   Meritorious Service, ACTER

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Professor Eliot Jack

Professor Eliot Jack

Regional Director for Africa, Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture and Development

 

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