Who is a Hosted Contributor?

The Global Engagement Forum: Live will host ten experts from the field on behalf of sponsors who are dedicated to advancing solutions and understanding barriers to the three solvable problems: Post-Harvest Loss, Youth Employability and the Skills Gap, and Preventable and Treatable Diseases. For this contribution we thank SAP, GSI, John Deere, IBM, PepsiCo, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the United States African Development Foundation, for hosting one or more of the following hosted contributors.

The hosted contributors will travel to Washington, D.C. for the two-day Forum and contribute their field expertise and perspective to their respective focus tracks.

Federico Waisbaum

Federico Waisbaum

Director, Puerta 18, Argentina
Hosted by SAP

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Federico Waisbaum has a degree in institutional organization and management from Universidad Maimónides in Buenos Aires. Among his areas of expertise, he is a computer technician and has worked for many years in the field of the non-formal education. In 2007, Federico helped to found the Puerta 18 program, an initiative dedicated to supporting underserved youth. He currently serves as its executive director. Since its establishment, Puerta 18 has worked with more than 4,400 participants from ages 13-24 to identify their vocation and empower them using various technologies. The organization’s goals include strengthening educational opportunities, reducing the digital divide that can disadvantage youth, providing tools to improve employment prospects, and stimulating civic participation.

Maria McDonald

Maria McDonald

Executive Director, Chester County Futures, USA
Hosted by SAP

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Maria McDonald is a dedicated non-profit professional with extensive experience including organizational management, fundraising, marketing, strategic planning and programmatic growth. As Executive Director for Chester County Futures (CCF), Maria has brokered new college partnerships with Cabrini University, Denison University, Franklin & Marshall College, Lincoln University, and West Chester University of Pennsylvania, among others.  These partnerships have resulted in over $2,400,000 in private scholarships for economically disadvantaged youth from their programs over the past three years. She worked alongside members of SAP’s 2016 Social Sabbatical program to develop the first college bridge program, Steps 4 Success, for low-income students in Chester County.

Kaufi Prebbie

Kafui Prebbie

CEO, TechAide, Ghana
Hosted by IBM

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Kafui Prebbie is a dynamic social entrepreneur with a focus on technology and driven project manager with a focus on results. He is the Founder and CEO of TECHAiDE, a technology social enterprise that has developed thriving technology products that provide a positive impact to several thousand people across Africa. His vision guided TECHAiDE to gain over a decade of experience, particularly in Africa, using information and communications technologies to improve education, support youth development, and facilitate health delivery. With this passion, he also founded IMPLEMENTERS, a development management and education non-profit that focuses on enhancing brand experience through social development projects.

Lekan Tobe

Lekan Tobe

Deputy Project Director, YieldWise, Nigeria
Hosted by Rockefeller Foundation

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Lekan Tobe is an agriculture and rural development specialist with over 24 years of experience working with smallholder farmers across Nigeria to improve their livelihoods through capacity development in agribusiness, financial education, and agricultural production best practices. He now works with PYXERA Global as the Deputy Project Director for The Rockefeller Foundation’s YieldWise tomato value chain project. Prior to this engagement, he worked with Mercy Corps Nigeria as the income generation Team Lead for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) – Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods project where he managed USD$1m innovation fund and led private sector engagement, financial inclusion activities, and development of small rural and agricultural businesses.

Frances Ahene-Affoh

Francis Ahene-Affoh

Lead for Business Development & Marketing, DreamOval, Ghana
Hosted by SAP

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Francis joined DreamOval Limited in 2009, having lead various startups in similar capacities over the years. Francis is passionate about improving the standards of education in Ghana and how to build capacity in teachers in Ghana. In 2010, through the DreamOval Foundation, he spearheaded an initiative to offer free ICT education to teachers across Ghana, dubbed iTeach. This free ICT training is with the collaboration of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the Ghana Education Service (GES). Prior to joining DreamOval, Francis worked with a number of successful companies in an executive capacity including BusyInternet Limited, as the first Marketing Manager, Dialtone Ghana and at Choice Fm, where he started his career. Francis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management from the University of Ghana and a Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK.

Eric Muthomi

Eric Muthomi

Founder & CEO, Stawi Foods and Fruits Limited, Kenya
Hosted by United States African Development Foundation (USADF)

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Eric Muthomi is a young entrepreneur who founded Stawi Foods and Fruits, a food processing company that processes bananas into gluten free banana flour. In 2013, Forbes Magazine ranked him as one of the “top 30 entrepreneurs under 30 years in Africa.” When he witnessed banana farmers in Meru, one of the largest banana producing regions in Kenya, consistently lacking buyers willing to purchase their produce at responsible prices, he established his business to offer small-holder farmers fair prices. The company is making effort to reconnect society, and provide genuine benefit to surrounding communities. Stawi Foods and Fruits also produces fortified flours for children and adults as well as a range of resistant starch flours.

Victoria Badia

Victoria Badía

Public Relations, Nutre a un nino, Mexico
Hosted by PepsiCo

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Victoria Badia began her career through volunteer work while her children were attending elementary school and quickly realized the enormous needs her community faced. In 2002, Nutre a un Niño was founded by a group of women eager to make a difference by promoting a healthy start for Mexican children. Since that time, the institution has focused on improving nutrition, education and empowerment, and health among children in rural Mexican communities. She combines family and home life with activities and commitments towards NUTRE, as she and her colleagues fondly refer to the organization. She strongly believes that working to fulfill the purpose of NUTRE is a valuable opportunity for her to give back just a little of what she has received in her lifetime.

Luvuyo Rani

Luvuyo Rani

Co-founder & Managing Director, Silulo Ulutho Technologies, South Africa
Hosted by SAP

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Luvuyo Rani is a graduate of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and has a B Tech in Business Administration – Business Studies and a B Tech Degree in Commercial Education – Economics. He is director of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, a Cape Town based IT Services Company, now with over forty branches. For his extraordinary work providing access to technology, he was awarded the KPMG and Cape Times Editors Award for Business Excellence in 2007. Luvuyo was named one of the 2014 Junior Chamber International’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipients in the category of business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment. In 2016, at the World Economic Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, he received the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Alex Ariho

Dr. Alex Ariho

CEO, African Agribusiness Incubators Network, Ghana
Hosted by GSI

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Dr. Alex Ariho is the CEO of the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN). He is an agribusiness incubation and global agribusiness value development expert with over 15 years of experience in business management and programs coordination. He currently coordinates Agribusiness Incubation for job and wealth creation in all 54 African countries. He holds a Ph.D in Development Management with a special focus on agribusiness value chain and business incubation. He has been instrumental in developing the UniBRAIN incubation model for job and wealth creation in Africa. Among many roles, Alex served as founding member for the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), and worked with the African Agriculture Advisory Services (AFAAS), Uganda Agriculture Advisory Services Forum (UFAAS), the Agribusiness Value Chain Development Network (AVCDN), and Afri Banana Products Limited.

Virendar Khatana

Virendar Khatana

Project Director, Joint Initiative for Village Advancement (JIVA), India
Hosted by John Deere

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Virendar Khatana is working as Project Director for the Joint Initiative for Village Advancement (JIVA), a multi-year community development project funded by the John Deere Foundation and implemented by PYXERA Global in rural Rajasthan, India. Within JIVA, he plays a catalytic role that stimulates the team to scout, co-generate, and test innovative ideas and realign the program strategy to accelerate steps towards JIVA’s goal of improving the lives of the people in its project villages. The resulting leanings from these activities serve to evolve models for scaling-up. He has over 20 years of experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating projects, mainly related to participatory community development, sustainable agriculture, and poverty and vulnerability issues, especially in remote, rural and conflict-affected areas.

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