Global Steering Committee

Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda         

Vice President for Country Support, Policy and Delivery

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is Vice President for Country Support, Policy, and Delivery of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Globally, Lindiwe is a recognized leader in agriculture, climate change and nutrition. Prior to joining AGRA, Lindiwe was the CEO of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), active in food and nutrition security across 17 countries. She is a serving member of, World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Food Security and Agriculture; the ACIAR Policy Advisory Council, the SDG Target by 2030 Champions 12.3, the EAT-Lancet Commission on Sustainable Healthy Food Systems, the United Nations (UN) Committee for Policy Development (CDP), and the African Union Commission (AUC) Leadership Council. She has received numerous awards for her contribution towards agriculture and food security, including the Yara Prize in 2013.  She holds a PhD from the University of Reading, UK.

Bernd Naaf 

Head of Business Affairs & Communications
Member of the Executive Committee of the Crop Science Division.

Bayer Crop Science

Bernd Naaf was born in Leverkusen, Germany on March 31, 1959 and began his career with Bayer in 1978, when he joined Bayer AG’s Commercial Training Program (Wirtschaftsassistent). Thereafter he held a number of positions in Sales and Marketing before he was appointed as General Manager for the Bayer Crop Protection business UK and Ireland in 1991. Four years later he moved back to headquarters to become Head of Business Planning and Administration. In 1998 Naaf moved to the Animal Health Business Group to take on the responsibility for Global Marketing. After Bayer CropScience’ acquisition of Aventis CropScience he was appointed as Senior Vice President of the Bayer CropScience Business Operations in the United States of America in January 2003. In October 2004, Bernd Naaf became Regional Head for the Crop Protection business Asia Pacific based in Singapore. In August 2011, he moved to Lyon to take over the position as Regional Head for Crop Protection Europe/Middle East/Africa.  From January 2014 to May 2015, he was Head of Business Management. From 2014 to 2016 he served as the Labor Director of Bayer CropScience AG. Bernd Naaf is married and has two daughters.

William Asiko

Executive Director

Grow Africa

William Asiko is currently the Executive Director of Grow Africa, an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF), NEPAD and the African Union (AU).  Prior to this role, he was the CEO of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), an international organization purposed at improving the business and commerce enabling environment in Africa. Prior to joining ICF, William was the President of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation. His career with The Coca-Cola Company spanned 20 years starting in Kenya and included tours of duty in the United States, Morocco, the United Kingdom and South Africa.  William represents Grow Africa on the board of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).   In his private capacity, William is on the board of W.E. Can Lead, based in Atlanta, GA; the board of the Discovery Channel’s foundation, the Discovery Learning Alliance in Washington DC and is a member of the Global Advisory Council of the African Leadership Academy in South Africa. 

Angus Kelly

Head of Corporate Affairs, Africa Middle East

Syngenta

Angus Kelly was born in rural South Carolina and spent his boyhood in the American South, Australia, and Scotland. He earned degrees in Agribusiness and History from North Carolina State University. Angus studied French at the Alliance Française in Paris and History at the University of Malta. More recently, he studied at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the Collège d’Europe in Belgium, and INSEAD in France.  In 2003, Angus served for two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in West Africa. There, he worked with the Ministry of Agriculture in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, partnering with farmers to combat malnutrition and improve productivity. Returning to the U.S., Angus worked in agribusiness in the Carolinas. Later, he joined the Cotton Council in Washington, D.C. as a lobbyist. In 2007, he joined the Syngenta office in Washington D.C. He was Director of Federal Affairs for the U.S. defending the company’s employees and farm customers. In 2012, he was named Senior Advisor to European Union Public & Government Affairs based in Brussels and in 2015 became Head of External Communications & Public Affairs for Europe, Africa & Middle East.  More recently, Angus was responsible for Syngenta Corporate Affairs in Hawaii.  Today, Angus heads corporate affairs for Africa Middle East. He and his wife live in England.

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