Vanessa Adams,

Vanessa Adams, Vice President Country Support and Delivery at AGRA, is a proven leader with strong
private sector, investment facilitation and project management experience. Ms. Adams has 25 years of
progressive experience working in 42 countries, integrating over twelve agricultural and consumer
goods value chains into regional and global markets. Previously, she served as Director of Strategic
Partnerships for DAI. Prior to that, she worked in West Africa as the regional Export Business
Development Director, Trade and Investment Director, and ultimately the Chief of Party (Regional
Director) on the USAID West Africa Trade Hub program, Chief of Party in Ethiopia on the USAID flagship
Agricultural Growth Program–Agribusiness and Market Development Program, and COP of the USAID
Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub, managing large multi-cultural teams and budgets. She
contributed to founding three pan-African nongovernmental organizations, including the African Cashew
Alliance, Borderless Alliance, and Global Shea Alliance, as well as initiating the Women in Agribusiness
Leadership Network in Ethiopia and has brokered numerous partnerships with African small and mid-
size companies as well as Fortune 500 companies in win-win sustainable frameworks resulting in over
half a billion dollars in exports from and investments in in Africa. Vanessa holds an executive MBA from
INSEAD.