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Ambassador Naeem Khan CSP, FSP, a distinguished Visiting Lecturer in International Relations, Philosophy/Psychology of Education, Linguistics, Communication Skills, and Human Resources Management/Development, currently serves as the High Commissioner/Ambassador of Pakistan to Rwanda. With a rich background, Ambassador Khan has held various prestigious positions including Director General Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan, Consul General in Afghanistan, and Counsellor at the High Commission of Pakistan in Ottawa, Canada. His international experience extends to serving as the Acting Ambassador, Deputy Ambassador Counsellor, and charge d'affaires in Havana, Cuba, and he has also held positions in Canada, Latin America, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Madrid, Spain.

Ambassador Naeem Khan CSP, FSP

High Commissioner Pakistan High Commission Rwanda

Ambassador Khan has a diverse professional portfolio, having worked as a Magistrate, Assistant Commissioner/ SDM, Finance Officer at the National Bank of Pakistan, and Training Officer for the Chitral Area Development Project. He is also the proud Founder, Principal, and Facilitator of the House of Knowledge and Career Building Academy in Swat, Pakistan, institutions specializing in language, communication skills, career counseling, and competitive exam preparation.

His extensive engagement with NGOs, developmental projects, educational institutions, and various UN and SAARC programs underscores his commitment to human development and training. With fluency in multiple languages including Spanish, English, Urdu, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, Pashto, and Persian, and ongoing learning in French, Ambassador Khan continues to share his expertise through talks, lectures, and training sessions on a wide range of subjects from development and poverty alleviation to communication skills, competitive exam coaching, spirituality, psychology, and more. Having traveled to over 60 countries, Ambassador Khan embodies a profound dedication to global engagement and mutual understanding.

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Prof. Kayihura Muganga Didas

PhD, Acting Vice Chancellor, University of Rwanda

Prof. Kayihura Muganga Didas is an experienced Practitioner of Law, Lecturer and Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry and academia, Arbitration and Public Speaking. Strong education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused on International Business/Trade/Commerce from Utrecht University.

 

He has strong managerial skills both in academia and in practice of Law, but also on-Board membership. He is a Certified trainer in Mediation, Arbitration, Negotiation and Legal practice. Strong experience in Business transactions. Strong experience in Business Transactions.

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Dr. Ron Rosati

Vice Chancellor, Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA)

Dr. Rosati has a long career in agricultural education, currently at the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) since 2019, where serves as the Vice Chancellor. His career is marked by transformative leadership and an unwavering commitment to student success. At RICA, Dr. Rosati has been part of a team steering the institution towards excellence.

 

Prior to his role at RICA, Dr. Rosati served in various administrative and faculty positions in the United States, at institutions such as the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, Southeast Missouri State University, Texas A&M University Kingsville, and Iowa State University. His teaching roles are in the disciplines of agricultural engineering technology, aquaculture, and international business.

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Isaac Kagara

Founder & President: Africa Organization of Technology in Agriculture (AOTA)

Isaac Kagara is the founder and President of the Africa Organisation of Technology in Agriculture (AOTA). Driven by a profound passion for innovation and a resolute commitment to revolutionize the agricultural landscape in Africa, Kagara's visionary leadership has catapulted AOTA to the forefront of technological business advancements in agriculture.

Under Kagara's leadership, AOTA has emerged as a trailblazer in advocating for the monetization of the agricultural sector. This initiative aims to commercialize research efforts by collaborating with universities, research institutions, businesses, and policymakers. AOTA is dedicated to integrating state-of-the-art technology into agricultural practices, ensuring the adoption of sustainable and efficient farming methods tailored to various business models across the continent.

Kagara's strategic foresight and unwavering dedication to promoting business-oriented solutions have earned commendation both regionally and internationally. Moreover, AOTA's pioneering step in establishing the prestigious International Conference on Business Models in Agriculture has provided a vital platform for industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and experts to collaborate, exchange ideas, and shape the future of agricultural practices.

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His wealth of experience and expertise plays a pivotal role in fostering a culture of innovation and excellence within the agricultural community. Through his innovative strategies, exceptional leadership, and extensive industry knowledge, Isaac Kagara continues to drive significant advancements in agriculture, effect positive change, and influence the future trajectory of the industry.

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Prof. PLO Lumumba

Chairman and Founder of the PLO Lumumba Foundation and Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika, Consultant with Lumumba and Lumumba Advocates

Prof. PLO Lumumba is a Professor of Public Law, a holder of an LL.D (Doctor of Laws) on the Law of the Sea from the University of Ghent, Belgium, Master of Laws degree and Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi. Prof PLO Lumumba holds an honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) (Honoris Causa) from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. He is also a holder of the Degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) (Honoris Causa) from Bells University of Technology in Nigeria. He has been trained on Humans Rights at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies University of London in England, Humanitarian Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of the University of Lund in Sweden and on International Humanitarian Law in Geneva, Switzerland. He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika and a Certified Mediator. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya FCPS (K), a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management (FKIM) and Honorary Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS). He is the Chairman of Farafina Investment Group in Monrovia, Liberia and Economic Strategic Growth and Development Initiative for Africa based in Nigeria.

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He is the immediate former Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya School of Law, a former Secretary of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission and a former Director of the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC). He is the Founding Trustee of the African Institute for Leaders and Leadership (AILL) and founding Chairman of the Association of the Citizens Against Corruption (ACAC). He was the Founding Dean, Kabarak University School of Law, a former lecturer at the University of Nairobi (UON), the United States International University (USIU Africa) and Widener University USA (Nairobi Summer School).

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Dr. Nimrod Israely

IBMAT Conference Director & Founder/CEO, Dream Valley Global 

Using advanced models, technologies, and hands-on experience, I am here to help non-developed economies transfer from agriculture to agro-industry and smallholders from poverty to prosperity. As the founder and CEO of Biofeed and Dream Valley and now also as the Director and Chairman of the IBMA conference, I promote these goals.

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Oluwa Tobi Lovv 

Founder, CEO & President of ShareLovv International

Tobi Lovv is a Nigerian Israeli businesswoman, thought leader and international speaker. For a decade, she has risen in repute as an advocate for African integration into spaces of business, trade and diplomacy. As the founder and CEO of ShareLovv International, she consults private and public figures, businesses, organizations and even Governments.

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Dr. Jeannine Uwimana Nicol

Public Health specialist |Senior Researcher at the Centre for Evidence based Health Care, Global Health Department, Faculty of Medicine & Health sciences, Stellenbosch Universit

Dr. Uwimana Nicol holds a PhD in Health Policy and Systems Strengthening from the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape; and other postgraduate training in Health Economics (UCT); International Community Health (University of Oslo, Norway) and Epidemiology and Biostatistics (John Hopkins University- Maryland, USA) among others. 

Dr. Uwimana Nicol has expertise in Epidemiology, Infectious and communicable diseases, Maternal and child health, Public Health Nutrition, Evidence synthesis in Public Health and Research methods. Over the past 10 years, she has acquired extensive experience in research and academic environments as a lecturer and supervising and mentoring postgraduate students (master's and Ph.D.) in Rwanda, South Africa, Malawi and Nigeria among others. She has led several research projects locally and internationally including consulting for the MoH in Rwanda, WHO and UNICEF; and had published over 20 peer-reviewed papers and presented her work on local and international conferences.

Mr. Tony Nsanganira

Deputy Country Director & Senior Advisor: Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) in Rwanda.

Mr. Nsanganira is a former Minister of State in charge of Agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources of the Republic of Rwanda. He has also served as Permanent Secretary in the same Ministry and has prior to joining the Ministry served at the Rwanda Development Board as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agribusiness, among other responsibilities. Mr Nsanganira also served on Boards of Directors in several key public Institutions. He is currently serving as a Board member and Chairperson of the Investment Committee at the Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR).

 

Mr Nsanganira holds an MSc Degree in Agricultural Economics from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia in Moscow.

His main role is to support and advise the Government of Rwanda on strengthening the competitiveness of key economic sectors and on strengthening delivery for presidential priorities.

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Before joining TBI, Mr. Nsanganira led for four years the Youth in Agri-food Systems Programme at the Regional Office for Africa of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Accra/Ghana. His main role was to support the designing and implementation of policies and programmes aimed at creating employment opportunities for the youth in FAO member countries, as well as the mainstreaming of youth into the other FAO policies and programmes, all aimed at ending 

hunger and poverty on the continent. Mr. Nsanganira also supervised the designing process of a Digital Innovation Strategy in Agri-food Systems for FAO in the African region, with particular attention to promoting youth-led innovative solutions.

Prof. Ikechi Agbugba

Chair, Scientific Committee IBMA 2023 -2024

Prof. Ikechi Agbugba is the Chair, Scientific Committee IBMA 2023 -2024. He is also a co-founder, AOTA. As a profound food & agro economist with wide experiences in marketing, business management, entrepreneurship development, food security, technology in agriculture, among other areas, he is the author of ‘’Brain Re-Engineering Concept & Reimagination (BRECR): Strategy for transforming the global south through youth engagement, entrepreneurship development & technology transfer. 

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Pascal Murasira

 Managing Director of Norrsken East Africa

Pascal Murasira has led the transformation of an abandoned school in Kigali into Africa's largest startup dedicated campus.
As a Rwandan-Dutch business leader with over a decade of experience in African entrepreneurship, he is on a mission to attract more resources and support for entrepreneurs across the continent.
Currently, he serves as the Managing Director of Norrsken East Africa, where he is deeply immersed in real estate investing, asset management, stakeholder collaboration, talent cultivation, and building a robust entrepreneurship ecosystem in Rwanda and beyond.
His work with entrepreneurs has been featured in Forbes, CNN, BBC, TechCrunch, and Financeele Dagblad, among others.
In the last decade, he has worked with entrepreneurs in his native Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Sweden, and the Netherlands where he currently resides with his wife and two beautiful children.

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Yvonne Ndege

Yvonne Ndege is a veteran Kenyan journalist, an experienced moderator/emcee, and is currently the East Africa regional spokesperson for UN Migration in Kenya.

Yvonne has worked as a host, moderator, and consultant for the World Bank, IMF, the African Development Bank, and the World Food Programme. In journalism, Yvonne carved out an impressive career as the correspondent and bureau chief for Al Jazeera TV both in West Africa and East Africa. She started reporting as a young journalist at the BBC in London where she worked as a correspondent and producer on major prime time news and current affairs programming including Newsnight. Yvonne is a founding member of the global speakers agency Moderate The Panel, established to transform the world of events and conferences with powerful, diverse women’s voices

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Mr. Jean Bosco Iyacu

the CEO of Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR)

Mr. Jean Bosco Iyacu is the CEO of Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR), a Not for Profit Company facilitating an inclusive a more robust financial Sector in Rwanda and serves as Deputy Chairperson of the Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Network Council comprised of 10 country programs across Sub Saharan Africa. He has over 17 years’ practical experience in Retail and MSME banking, entrepreneurship and development finance. Prior to becoming the AFR’s CEO in February 2021, he was the Director of Programs of AFR for 7 years and has successfully led the development of AFR’s strategic plans for the periods 2016-2020 and 2021-2025. He has been instrumental in the design and implementation of a diverse range of financial inclusion and financial sector development programs across Rwanda and Sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining AFR, He was CEO of the Rwanda Business Development Center (RBDC), an entrepreneurship and business incubation facility. He also served in various leadership capacities in some of Africa’s leading Financial Institutions such as KCB Bank where he was Regional Business Manager and Head of Retail and SME Banking. He currently serves as a Board member of Salvo Grima Africa Distribution (SGAD), an international business focusing on supply chain services including wholesale and distribution of Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCGs). He holds a Master’s Degree in Monetary Economics from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in South Africa. He is a Certified Expert in MSME Financing and Inclusive Insurance from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and a Certified Expert in Digital Money from the Digital Frontiers Institute. He is also a fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education on Rethinking Financial Inclusion.

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Kudirat Temitope Ande

Founder, Konkere Nigeria Ltd and Edwards Foods Ltd

Kudirat Temitope Ande has both commercial and Mortgage Banking career that span over 15 years from First Bank of Nigeria (November 2001 to October 2005) and Intercontinental Homes Plc (October 2005 to February 2015). After a very successful career in the banking sector, she left to start her own real estate firm known as KONKERE NIGERIA LIMITED and EDWARD FOODS LIMITED an indigenous real estate/construction firm and Agric/Food Processing respectively. With passion for service, she became the Public Relations Officer for NACCIMA (Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce Industries, Mines and Agriculture) Export Group in 2018. Promoting Non-Oil Export in Nigeria by creating value addition in Agro commodities for export, Product Development Packaging, Certification for international markets, Attending International Trade fairs and exhibitions to enhance global trade participation and penetration. Positioned to Strengthening regional trade among African member nations in the wake of AfCFTA.

Ms. Jeanette Sutherland

Expert in International development: agriculture/agribusiness

Ms. Jeanette Sutherland has over 20 years of experience in international development, most of which have been focused on agriculture/agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa. During this time, she worked for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, the International Trade Centre, and the World Bank as the regional agribusiness coordinator, a senior trade promotions officer, and senior agricultural specialist respectively. 

As the Founder of AgriLuxe Marketing, her vision is to redefine luxury to represent physical, economic, and environmental health and well-being, particularly for the poor, by facilitating access to dynamic agri-markets in three inter-related sub-sectors: wellness and nutrition, agri-tourism, and agricultural waste management. Her mission is to promote agribusiness models that yield sustainable, profitable, and healthy returns to all stakeholders in the agricultural value chain, including financiers, producers, policy makers, and consumers alike.

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