CALA Independent Advisory Committee begins their work

AGRA’s Centre for African Leaders in Agriculture (CALA) is pleased to announce its inaugural Independent Advisory committee. The Independent Advisory Committee (IAC) is structured into the design of CALA, as a support function to provide high level strategic advice on the Centre’s offerings including the curriculum, coaching and other programme elements. This will enable CALA to better support sector leaders to deliver on top national priorities in African agriculture and nutrition security.

The committee champions CALA in relevant sector networks, and provides objective, constructive recommendations to ensure that CALA’s work is inclusive, forward-thinking and responsive to agriculture sector leaders’ implementation needs.

The Independent Advisory committee is comprised of well-respected sector experts who advocate for good leadership across different areas including centre of government delivery, science, research and policy, gender and financial inclusion, environmental sustainability, conservation and agroecology.

The committee members consist of:  

  • Alice Ruhweza, Africa Region Director, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
  • Prof. Anthony Whitbread, Principal Scientist and team lead for Sustainable Intensification, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Jonathan Said, Director of Sector Practices, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
  • Professor Eric Y. Danquah, PhD (Cantab), Professor of Plant Genetics & Founding Director, West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) College of Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana
  • Dr. Jemimah Njuki, Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Prof. Richard M. Mkandawire, Africa Director, Alliance for African Partnership (AAP)
  • Bongiwe Njobe, Executive Director (founder and sole proprietor) of ZA NAC Consulting and Investments
  • Apollos Nwafor, PhD, Vice President, Policy and State Capability division, AGRA

To learn more about the Independent Advisory committee, visit

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The Centre for African Leaders in Agriculture (CALA) is made possible with the friendly support of:

German Cooperation