Practice Manager, Africa Region, Agriculture, and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
Chakib Jenane, a Moroccan national, joined the World Bank Group in 2014 and is currently the Practice Manager for the Agriculture and Food Practice covering West and Central Africa. He has led a range of complex and difficult operations in agriculture/agribusiness as well as sector and policy dialogue across the entire agriculture value chain in several countries in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining the Bank, Chakib Jenane served as Chief of the Agro-industry Technology Unit within the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. From 1991 to 2001, he served as a University Professor at the Department of Agricultural Engineering, Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine Hassan II. Chakib Jenane has published extensively in the field of agro-industry, power, and agricultural machinery.
Ibrahim Maigari Ahmadu
Co-Founder and CEO of Livestock247.com
Ibrahim Maigari Ahmadu is the Co-Founder and CEO of Livestock247.com, Nigeria’s first online livestock platform. His company, Livestock247.com, officially launched in 2018 as an online platform, enables investors, owners, and farmers of livestock to be readily matched with buyers and consumers of livestock anywhere in Nigeria. In 2019, Livestock247.com was selected by AfricaMoves in Tunisia as one of the 100 most innovative start-ups in Africa. Maigari Ahmadu was also the founding CEO of Sponge Analytics, the Nigerian data analytics firm that invented and developed the Animal Identification and Management Solution (MTN AIMS) in partnership with MTN Nigeria, which was the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as several other start-ups in Nigeria. Before he started his entrepreneurial journey over a decade ago, Maigari Ahmadu had a successful career in the organized private sector where he was an executive in a manufacturing company, an aviation company, as well as an oil and gas company. In June 2019, he was selected by the US Embassy in Nigeria and sponsored by the US Government to attend the Global Entrepreneruship Summit 2019 (GES2019). Currently, Maigari Ahmadu lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria where he leads a team of passionate young men and women building technology platforms. He is passionate about inspiring young African entrepreneurs to establish sustainable businesses and is a mentor and business coach to many entrepreneurs in Africa.
Ahmed Ayoade Oyedotun
Co-Founder and CEO, Afrimash
Ahmed Ayoade Oyedotun is the Co-Founder and CEO of Afrimash. He is a social and digital entrepreneur who is passionate about agriculture, technology, and its impact on Africa. His company, Afrimash, is Nigeria’s leading agritech platform using e-commerce technology to cut out inefficiencies in the farm input supply chain and ultimately make agriculture convenient for everyone. The establishment has redefined agriculture and the shopping experience for over 10,000 farmers within Nigeria and beyond with about 3,000 different inputs. Before founding Afrimash in 2016, Ayoade was a poultry farmer for three years and also received a degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His goal is to use his experience and expertise to help the next generation of farmers succeed in the agriculture industry.
Advisor, Scaling Digital Agriculture Innovations through Start-ups (SAIS), GIZ
Phillip Tettenborn is an Advisor at GIZ working on scaling digital agriculture innovation through start-ups across Africa. In this role, he visits start-ups locally, creates connections with partners and investors, and leads the community efforts of GIZ SAIS. Prior to his role at GIZ, Phillip has 10+ years of experience in startup ecosystems around the globe. He has consulted and mentored over 500 entrepreneurs from over 50 countries and worked on dozens of innovation and intrapreneurial projects. He has delivered projects in 20+ countries with clients ranging from organizations like UN Women, GIZ, Goethe Institut, or the World EXPO to corporates like BMW, H&M, Axel Springer or Deutsche Telekom. He has lived in Germany, USA, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, France, Brazil and is fluent in German, English, Spanish and French.
Senior Agriculture Economist, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
Jeehye Kim is a Senior Agriculture Economist at the World Bank where she leads and carries out World Bank missions to client countries specifically in the Africa region. Jeehye manages large-scale, high-impact digital agricultural projects and advises WB’s clients on digitally-enabled approaches to increase their agricultural projects’ success in sustainable and scalable ways. She also builds relationships with industry leaders, executives, development partners, agri-tech startups, and stakeholders to advance disruptive and digital agricultural technology initiatives. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2011, Jeehye worked at J.P. Morgan in London where she built expertise in consulting for the high-tech and telecom sectors, as well as electronic commerce and e-government.
Digital Agriculture and Innovation Specialist, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
As a lead digital agriculture and innovation specialist, Yvonne supports the Data-Driven Digital Agriculture team of the Food and Agriculture Practice at the World Bank. She has 25+ years of experience in agricultural innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She has led work to understand the digital agriculture landscapes within 22 African countries from the policy and enabling environment perspective to the Agri Tech innovators and solutions, to accelerators/incubators and digital skills providers in these countries. For the last 12 years, she has led Aline Impact Limited, a strategy, and impact measurement firm, assessing the effectiveness of innovations and ecosystems in the agriculture sector. She has focused on identifying what works for whom and why and used data, evidence, and learning to create strategic opportunities for many organizations including private philanthropic foundations, UN agencies, DFIs, NGOs, Mastercard, GSMA, and Vodafone, bilateral donors, the private sector, and farmer organizations. Previously, she was employed as the Africa Executive at the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and as an Agriculture Development specialist at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for over 15 years, managing portfolios in breeding and seed systems, IPM, and women’s economic empowerment, and key institutional relationships. She is also a mentor and advisor to health and life sciences enterprises in Europe and in Africa.