The Executive Team oversees financial management, establishes corporate policy of the organization and hires its senior directors. It ensures that the organization is managed efficiently and is well focused on its targets.
Dr. Ousmane Badiane, Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, recipient of the Africa Food Prize in 2015 and member of the World Academy of Sciences, is the founder and Executive Chairperson of AKADEMIYA2063. He has over 30 years of experience, as academic and a practitioner, in international development. As the Director for Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute, he was instrumental in developing and guiding the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme.
As Lead Specialist for Food and Agricultural Policy at the World Bank, he served as advisor to the Vice President for Africa and originated projects with funding ranging from US$5 million to US$150 million. Between research and development finance, Dr. Badiane taught Economics of Development in Africa at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies for many years.
Dr. Badiane received PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Kiel in Germany. He is also recipient of a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of KwaZulu Natal.
As Director of External Relations, Tsitsi Makombe leads the organization’s efforts to build, enhance, and maintain innovative and strategic partnerships. She cultivates relationships with a diverse array of partners and stakeholders including continental and regional organizations, national governments, non-state actor organizations, and investors.
Prior to joining Akademiya2063, Tsitsi was a Senior Program Manager with the International Food Policy Research Institute where she successfully managed diverse partnerships and multi-year projects and programs in support of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).
She is a certified project management professional (PMP) with over 15 years of programmatic and research experience in African agricultural development. A citizen of Zimbabwe, Tsitsi received her M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University and a B.S. degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources from Africa University.
Mr. Nyirimana Joseph is currently Senior National Director of AKADEMIYA2063. He has more than 35 years of experience in the field of rural development project management. For over 11 years, Mr. Nyirimana worked at the African Development Bank (AfDB) as an Agricultural Specialist at the Rwanda Country Office. In this role, he contributed to the identification, appraisal and supervision of around ten projects in Rwanda and Burundi and regularly contributed to the reviews of agricultural sector policies and strategies in the two countries.
Mr. Nyirimana was Coordinator of 2 projects funded by the World Bank within the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in Rwanda: (i) the Agricultural and Rural Market Development Project (ARMDP) - USD 5 Million, which has contributed to the construction of 15 rural markets, the establishment of an extension system to stimulate the demand for fertilizers and the establishment of institutional and financial reforms that have encouraged the private sector to get involved in the distribution of fertilizers; (ii) The Rural Sector Support Project (RSSP) - USD 48 million, where Mr. Nyirimana contributed to its effective start-up mainly in the area of marshland development (carrying out of all technical studies on 4,000 ha and the start of works) and the operationalization of a rural investment fund of USD 7.5 million. After the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsis in Rwanda, Mr. Nyirimana participated in emergency and rehabilitation operations in the country where he was a Program Officer at World Food Program (WFP). In this role, he participated in the operation of the massive repatriation of refugees in 1996 and thereafter to the country’s rehabilitation operations through the implementation of “Food For Work” projects.
From 1982 to 1993, he worked as Agronomist in various rural development projects in Burundi and Chad (including 6 years as a UN Volunteer). Mr. Nyirimana, who is a Rwandan national, holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering received in December 1981 at the University of Burundi, faculty of Agronomy.