Christopher Brett (moderator), AgResults Steering Committee, World Bank Lead Agribusiness Specialist
Currently the Lead Agribusiness Specialist in the World Bank Global Agricultural Practice, Christopher Brett serves as the Bank’s representative to the AgResults Steering Committee. He has more than thirty years of experience in the public and private sectors in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Prior to the World Bank, he worked for 9 years as the Global Head of Sustainability for a large multi-national agricultural supply chain management company. Mr. Brett has undertaken a range of consultancies for leading development organizations and the private sector, such as the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, African Development Bank, European Union, UN Development Program, commercial banks, and infrastructural development companies. He worked for 6 years in Central America as a Private Sector Development Advisor for the UK Department for International Development. Mr. Brett has a Master’s Degree in Management for Agricultural Development from Cranfield University in the UK.
Alan Tollervey (speaker), Senior Livelihoods Adviser, UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO)
Currently on the AgResults Steering Committee, Alan Tollervey is a Senior Livelihoods Adviser in the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) Agriculture Research team. FCDO commissions and funds agricultural research to develop new agriculture technologies; test interventions and delivery mechanisms; and develop a deeper understanding of the context that influences the success of investments in agriculture development. Dr. Tollervey leads research on animal health and zoonoses and represents the UK on the CGIAR System Council. He has 30 years of policy and programming experience in fisheries, agriculture, and rural development programs in Asia and Africa. Dr. Tollervey has a PhD in Marine Biology from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and a Masters in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science from Stirling University.
Rodrigo Ortiz (speaker), Secretariat Lead, AgResults
Rodrigo Ortiz has more than 40 years of experience in 88 countries leading and implementing large and complex technical assistance programs for economic development agencies, provincial and state governments, international donors including USAID, the World Bank, and other public and private sector organizations. Mr. Ortiz currently serves as the Program Lead for AgResults, a $152 million initiative that designs and implements Pay-for-Results prize competitions to overcome agricultural market challenges around the world. Prior to working on AgResults, he was the director of an internationally recognized global technical assistance unit at the World Bank, responsible for delivering investment promotion and economic development assistance programs to the member countries. Areas of expertise include private sector engagement, market systems development, development finance, technology scale-up, and agricultural investment.