Mr. Aziz Akhannouch,

Minister of Agriculture, Marine Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests -Kingdom of Morocco Chairman of the Board of Directors of the AAA Foundation

  • Aziz Akhannouch (58 years old) is Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests (he has been in charge since 2007).
  • Mr. Akhannouch holds a degree in marketing from the University of Sherbrooke-Canada. He is chairman of the Akwa Group, which has about 50 companies. He also served as President of the Souss-Massa-Draa Regional Council from 2003 to 2007. He is also a member of the Bureau of the General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco (CGEM).
  • He was also a member of the think tank for the late King Hassan II until 1999, of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection and an administrator member of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Prisoners.
  • On October 29, 2016, Mr. Akhannouch was elected President of the National Rally of Independents party (RNI).



Mr. Mohcine Jazouli,

Minister Delegate of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation - responsible for African Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco

  • 49-year-old Mohcine Jazouli, was appointed to the post of Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in 2018, responsible for African Cooperation.
  • The founder and boss of the Valyans firm has spent his entire career in the field of strategic advice. Graduated from Paris-IX Dauphine, he began his career as a consultant to Ernst & Young Conseil in Paris, before returning to Morocco in 1995.
  • Since 2005, Valyans has led several strategic and organizational missions in various fields such as finance, industry, transportation, tourism and the public sector.



Mr. Ahmed Réda Chami,

President of the Economic and Social Council of the Kingdom of Morocco

  • Ahmed Reda Chami (58) has been the president of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (EESC) since December 2018.
  • Arts and Manufacturing Engineer of the Ecole Centrale de Paris (1985) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA (1989), he held the following positions:
  • Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the European Union in Brussels (February 2016-December 2018).
  • Minister of Industry, Trade and New Technologies (2007-2011), then Member of the Socialist Union of People’s Forces (USFP) of the city of Fez (2011-2016).
  • Director-General of Enterprise, responsible for central services where he is responsible for development projects and operational monitoring of certain subsidiaries in insurance and new technologies (2005-2007).
  • Mr. Chami has also held several positions in the multinational Microsoft, including the position of Manager for North and West Africa and Southeast Asia.



Mr. Akinwumi Adesina

President of the African Development Bank

  • Akinwumi Adesina, born February 6, 1960 in Nigeria, is a politician. He served as Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development from 2011 to 2015, before being appointed President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on May 28, 2015.
  • Akinwumi Adesina holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Ife (1981) and a doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University in Indiana, USA (1988).
  • Mr. Akinwumi served as an economist in international agricultural institutions, as Director of Food Security and then as Regional Director at the Rockefeller Foundation before being appointed Vice President Operations of the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).



Mr. Hicham Belmrah,

President of the Executive Board Moroccan Agricultural Mutuelle of Insurance

  • Hicham Belmrah (52 years old) has been the head of the Board of the Agricultural Mutual Fund MAMDA-MCA since December 2009,
  • Graduate of the University of Bordeaux, Hicham Belmrah (52), an accountant and auditor, has a long career in auditing and consulting. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field of management and extensive knowledge in the fields of insurance, banking and finance
  • He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of MCMA - Mutuelle Centrale Marocaine d’Assurances, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MAC - Mutuelle Attamine Chaabi and CEO of MAMDA RE - Société de réassurance



Mr. Tariq Sijilmassi,

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Group Credit Agricole du Maroc

  • Tarik Sijilmassi (56 years old) is the Chairman of the Executive Board of Crédit Agricole Group.
  • Graduated from HEC Paris in 1986, he began his career at the Commercial Bank of Morocco (BCM) as Managing Director from 1986 to 1993. He then held the position of deputy head in an industrial group for eight years, before returning to the banking sector in 2001 to be given the direction of the Farm Credit Client Unit.
  • • In 2003, he was appointed by King Mohammed VI, as general manager of the same bank. Today, Tarik Sijilmassi became its president. He has successfully undertaken many reforms: change in the legal status of Credit Agricole to a management company with supervisory board, financial restructuring, development of innovative products for rural areas.




Mr. Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly,

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire , Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the AAA Foundation and President of the FAO Regional Conference of Ministers of Agriculture

  • Mr. Mamadou SANGAFOWA COULIBALY has been Minister of Agriculture of Côte d’Ivoire since February 2010.
  • He served as Deputy Cabinet Director, from 2003 to 2010, of the Minister of Agriculture while being the Government Commissioner in the Interprofessional Fund for Research and the Agricultural Council (FIRCA), Chairman of the Management Committee of the National Institute of Agricultural Training (I.N.F.P.A), Administrator at the Demonstration and Promotion Center Technology (DDT) and the Café-Cacao Regulatory and Control Fund.



Mr. Audu Ogbeh,

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Republic of Nigeria

  • Ogbeh was born on July 28, 1947, in Otukpo, Benue State, of Idoma background. He studied at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1969 – 1972) and the University of Toulouse, France (1973 – 1974). He lectured at the Institute of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1972 – 1976) and headed the Department of Humanities, Murtala College of Arts, Science and Technology (1977 – 1979)
  • He veered into politics when In 1979 he ran for office in the Benue State House of Assembly under the Platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), becoming deputy speaker of the house.
  • He was appointed Federal Minister of Communications, and later became Minister of Steel Development (in 1982). His term of office ended in December 1983 when a military coup brought Major-General Muhammadu Buhari to power. He was aloso a National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), replacing Chief Barnabas Gemade (2001-2005).
  • In December 2005, he formally resigned from the PDP. He was chairman and managing director, Efugo Farms, Makurdi, and a member of Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships Incorporated, based in Philadelphia, United States of America (2009).
  • In October, 2015 he was named as one of the Ministerial Nominees to be screened by the National Assembly under the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.



Ambassador Seyni Nafo,

AAA Foundation Secretary General, AAI Technical Coordinator Spokesperson for the African Climate Negotiators Group

  • Ambassador Seyni NAFO (39 years old), Secretary General of the AAA Foundation, is the High Representative of the President of the Republic of Mali for Climate. Mr. Nafo is also responsible for the technical coordination of the African Adaptation Initiative (AAI) on climate change, chaired by H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Republic of Gabon, Coordinator of the Committee of Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), AAI Champion.
  • As part of the UN climate negotiations, Mr. Nafo chaired the African Group representing all 54 countries of the continent (2016 and 2017). As such, he was the first Vice-President of the Bureau of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) on climate change.
  • In 2015 in Paris, during the historic COP21 talks, he was the spokesperson for Africa.
  • In the field of renewable energy, he initiated on behalf of the African Climate Negotiators Group (AGN), the proposal which led to the launch of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) at COP21.
  • Since 2011, Ambassador Nafo has also been advising African representatives and administrators to the Green Climate Fund (GCF, capitalized in 2014 to over US$10 billion).
  • During the 2015-2016 biennium, he co-chaired the United Nations Panel of Experts on Climate Finance (SCF). He is still a member of the CWS on behalf of all developing countries.



Mrs. Agnes Kalibata

President of Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa

  • Agnes Kalibata, as Chair of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), is leading the organization's efforts to ensure a secure and prosperous Africa through rapid and sustainable agricultural growth, improving the productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers.
  • Dr. Kalibata holds a PhD in entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • From 2008-2014, Ms. Kalibata was Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources of Rwanda (MINAGRI). She has held several other senior positions, including permanent secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and deputy chancellor of the University of Rwanda. She has also worked for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Uganda and various other agricultural development organizations.
  • She sits on various boards, including the International Fertilizer Development Corporation (IFDC), Bioversity International, Africa Risk Capacity, the Malabo-Montpellier Panel, and is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum.



The World Bank represented by Mr. Juergen Voegele,

Senior Director of Agriculture at the World Bank

  • Juergen Voegele, Ph. D., was appointed Senior Director of the World Bank's Food and Agriculture Global Practice on July 1, 2014. In this role, he provides leadership on the Bank’s lending and knowledge activities spanning issues such as climate-smart agriculture, agriculture policy reform, food and nutrition security, and agriculture value chain development.
  • Dr. Voegele holds a PhD in Agriculture Engineering and a Masters in Agriculture Economics from the University of Hohenheim, in Germany.
  • Dr. Voegele is chair of the CGIAR System Council Board, which oversees agricultural research programs tackling poverty, food and nutrition security, and improved natural resource management around the world.
  • Since 2016, Dr. Voegele has served as co-chair of the Global Future Council of the World Economic Forum. He is also a member of the EAT Foundation Advisory Board since May 2017.



Professor Rattan Lal,

Eminent professor at Ohio State University and Nobel Prize in Soil

  • Rattan Lal, Ph.D, is a Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, the Ohio State University since 1987, was Sr. Research Fellow with the University of Sydney, Australia (1968-69) and Soil Physicist at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria (1969-87).
  • His research focus is on climate-resilient agriculture, soil carbon sequestration, sustainable intensification, use efficiency of agroecosystems, and sustainable management of soils of the tropics. He was included in Thomas Reuters 2014 and 2015 list of World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.
  • He is recipient of the honorary degree from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India (2000); Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Aas, Norway (2005); Alecu Russo University of Moldova (2010); and Technical University of Dresden, Germany (2015). He was president of the International Soil Tillage Research Organization (1989-91), World Association of Soil and Water Conservation(1988-90), Soil Science Society of America (2005-2007), and is President Elect of the International Union of Soil Sciences, Vienna, Austria (2014).
  • Prof. Lal is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee to UNU-FLORES, Dresden, Germany (2014), and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) of the Department of Defense (2013).
  • Being a member of the IPCC, he received the Nobel Peace Prize certificate in 2007. He has mentored 105 graduate students and 54 postdoctoral researchers, and 145 visiting scholars. He has authored/co-authored ~2000 publications including 798 refereed journal articles, 436 book chapters, and has written 19 and edited/co-edited 63 book.



Professor Shenggen Fan,

Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC.

  • Shenggen Fan is the Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since December 2009.
  • He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China. In 1989, he graduated from the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences of the University of Minnesota with a Ph.D.
  • After completing his PhD, he was a post-doctoral fellow and associate research officer at the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) in The Hague, Netherlands from 1990-1992, and then a research economist at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. From there, he joined IFPRI in 1995.
  • At IFPRI, he was successively: Research Fellow at IFPRI (1995–1998), Senior Research Fellow and team leader of public investment (1998–2005), Division Director of IFPRI's Development Strategy and Governance Division (2005–2009), and Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC since 2009.
  • He received the 2017 Fudan Management Excellence Award. He is known for his work on transition economies and rural development in China. His research has focused on analysis of the role of public and private investments in agriculture and public infrastructure in the fight against chronic poverty and hunger. In addition to his work on his home country, he has also worked extensively in other Asian countries, and East Africa.