Ralph von Kaufmann (Founder and owner)

Agricultural graduate Leeds University UK; worked at University of Nairobi Institute for Development Studies, Kenya Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC), World Bank (IBRD) secondment to Ministry of Agriculture, Botswana National Development Bank Agricultural Credit Division, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Botswana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Kenya, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in Ghana as Chair of the Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Programme Task Force, Director for Capacity Strengthening and as Facility Coordinator for the Universities, Business and Research in Agricultural Innovation (UniBRAIN) set up agribusiness incubators in Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia.  

Served on Programme Advisory Committee of the Global Livestock Research Support Programme (GL-CRSP), Executive Committee of African Livestock Project (ALive), Secretariat of the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD, Advisory Committee on Science and Technology for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Agricultural and Rural Development and International Advisory Committee of African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Environment Education (ANAFE). In Dec 2014, awarded a Certificate of Achievement by the African Academy for Agricultural Sciences and Technology for contributions to FARA and exemplary leadership of the agribusiness development agenda in Africa.