The Executive Board V: 2016 - 2019 

Dr. Edward Mabaya - President. Edward Mabaya is an agricultural economist and Associate Director of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture & Development (CIIFAD). He is an academic and a development practitioner with more than a decade of experience with African seed systems. He is involved in several programs that seek to improve the lives of African farmers through private enterprises.  Ed established and coordinates the Seeds of Development Program, a business development services and networking program for emerging seed companies in East and Southern Africa. As a Research Associate in the Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, he conducts research on food marketing and distribution, seed systems and the role of efficient agricultural markets in Africa’s economic development. Ed earned his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics at Cornell University and his B.Sc. from the University of Zimbabwe. In 2016, Dr. Mabaya received an award for "dedicated service and contribution towards sustainable development in Africa" from the Africa Diaspora Network of the Coca Cola company at their head offices in Atlanta. Ed was one of three people receiving this recognition at a special lunch event celebrating Africa Day. In 2007, Ed was an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow at the African Leadership Institute at Oxford University.  During 2010-2011, he was a Visiting Researcher at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Ed is a Zimbabwean national, naturalised American. He was elected the 5th President of the AAAE during the association's 5th conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in September 2016.

Dr. Evelyn Namubiru-Mwaura, Vice President was re-elected Vice President of the AAAE during the 5th AAAE Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Evelyn is a Strategy and Policy Manager with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has over fifteen years of experience in international development focused on land tenure and natural resource management.  She has developed extensive expertise on land tenure and property rights, women's land rights, sustainable forest resource management, REDD and Climate Change through academic and consulting appointments with the World Bank, UNREDD, UNDP-GEF, International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) and Makerere University. She holds a Joint PhD in Public Policy from Indiana University; a Masters in Environmental Management and Development from the Australian National University, and BSc. in Forestry from Makerere University.   She has published on a wide variety of subjects related to customary land tenure, REDD and forestry governance, indigenous use of forestry products, decentralization and natural resource management, and the role of institutions in conservation efforts.  Prior to joining AGRA, Dr. Namubiru-Mwaura worked as a Senior Manager, Africa Program and Senior Land Tenure Specialist at Landesa where she led and carried out research on Customary Land Tenure, Climate Adaptability, and Women and Land tenure in Africa. Dr Namubiru-Mwaura a Kenyan of Ugandan descent.

Dr. Augustine Sangson Langyintuo, Past President is a Senior Operations Officer – Agribusiness with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Augustine is the immediate Past-President of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE), elected to office during its 4th Congress in Hammamet Tunisia, in September 2013. Since its inception in 2004, Augustine has been a very active member of the AAAE. Prior to joining IFC in June 2013, Augustine worked with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Nairobi where he rose up to the Head of Policy & Partnerships Program. Prior to that, Augustine worked in several positions within national and international research institutes including the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) for over 20 years as an Agricultural Economist. He also headed the Socio-Economics Unit of the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute, Ghana while lecturing several courses in the field of agricultural economics at the University for Development Studies, Ghana.

A trade economist and an agribusiness expert, Augustine is an accomplished publisher, consultant and fund raiser.  He has published over 100 articles in several international peer review journals and conference proceedings. He previously served as an Associate Editor of the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics and reviews for several international Journals. Affiliated to several professional bodies, Augustine serves on various Advisory Boards. Augustine holds a PhD (Agricultural Economics) from Purdue University, USA an MSc Degree (Agricultural Economics) from Reading University, United Kingdom and a BSc (Upper Honors) Degree in Agriculture from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. Augustine is Ghanian.

Prof. Rose Nyikal, Secretary/Treasurer - Prof. Nyikal is an Agricultural Economist, Senior Lecturer,  and the Associate Dean, Department of Agricultural Economics - University of Nairobi.  Prof. Nyikal has served in different positions. As a crop production extension officer, Agricultural Officer in charge of Projects register for Monitoring and Evaluation among other management duties. In 1991 she was appointed an assistant lecturer of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nairobi, where she rose to the positions of lecturer and currently as senior lecturer. She also served in the prestigious position as the Chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi. She’s a member of the Academic Board of the Collaborative Masters program in Agricultural and Applied Economics in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa and as a member of the Task force on Establishment of Agricultural Information and Communication Management Programme (TEAP), an initiative of ASARECA-RAIN. The curricula on AICM now launched in two universities. She’s a member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), African Crop Science Society, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association and the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists. Rose is Kenyan. 

Prof. Nick Vink, Chief Editor - AfJARE  is a professor of Agricultural economics at the University of Stellenbosch. Nick is also the 3rd President of the AAAE and the President-elect of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). Prof Nick Vink joined the University of Stellenbosch as professor in agricultural economics in 1996 after 11 years at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He is an agricultural economist specialising in agricultural and rural development policy, land reform and empowerment, agricultural marketing, tax and international trade issues. He was President of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) in 1991 and 1992, and served as Editor of its Journal, Agrekon, from 2001-2010. Nick has been involved in a range of official government Commissions and Committees of investigation, inter alia in the deregulation of agricultural marketing and the provision of rural financial services. He has also consulted widely to national departments (Water Affairs and Forestry, Agriculture, Land Affairs, Labour, Trade and Industry and the Treasury) as well as provincial departments. He has also consulted internationally, among others for the World Bank, IFPRI, FAO, USAID, DFID, etc. He has published widely, both nationally and internationally, with more than 100 academic publications to his credit. Nick is South African. Read more

Prof. Mohamed Osman Bushara - North African regional representative. Prof. Bushara is a professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Gezira,Sudan since 1991. He was electedas member of the executive board of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) for the period from 2016-2019. Prof. Bushara is an accomplished researcher with great practical experiences in various subjects of economics; besides his area of expertise in agricultural economics. With comprehensive understanding of economics as an academician and practitioner. Born in 1956 is from Kassala State, Sudan. He got PhD degree in agricultural economics from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Malaysia (2001). In 2002, he was awarded a Silver medal for innovative excellence in research: Research Management Centre (RMC); UPM. Malaysia. His main research is on efficiency and productivity analysis, project evaluation and analysis and Market. He is the head Department of Agricultural Economics.

Mrs. Mrs Germaine Furaha Mirindi - Central Africa regional representative. Germaine is the new board representative for Central Africa. She is a PhD researcher in Economics and Rural Development Unit of the University of Liège-Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech on the chain development strategies to regional potential value of rice in the Ruzizi plain of CEPGL countries (Burundi, Rwanda and the R.D.Congo). Her research specialization are on: 1) analysis of the rice sector environment (analysis of the policies implemented, governance and coordination of the value chain, supporting sectors such as input suppliers, finance, research, etc. .) 2) The micro-economic analysis of the value chain (production, processing, marketing and consumption) 3) From the two previous analyzes, SOFT matrix is constructed. 4) Macroeconomic Analysis of the regional value chain of rice development strategies that address the opportunities and strengths of each country are formulated and analyzed. Mrs. Mirindi is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Management of the Evangelical University in Africa (UEA) Bukavu).

Dr. Jonathan Makau Nzuma – Eastern Africa regional representative, is a Lecturer at the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi's Department of Agricultural Economics. Dr. Nzuma holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics and Business from the University of Guelph Canada. He also holds a Msc in Agricultural Economics and a Bsc Agriculture both from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He specializes in Agricultural Policy, International Trade, Microeconomics, Production Economics, Development Economics, Feasibility Assessments and Research Methods among other research themes. Jonathan has consulted widely with the World Food Programme WFP, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System, Eastern and Central Africa (ReSSAKS-ECA) based at the International Livestock Research Centre (ILRI), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), the International Wheat and Maize Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) and the Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (IPAR) on inter alia Agricultural Policy, International Trade Policy, Commodity Markets, Project Monitoring and Evaluation and Financial Analysis.

Dr Dirk Troskie - Regional Representative, Southern Africa is the Director of Business Planning and Strategy in the Department of Agriculture of the Western Cape Province, South Africa.  He has a wide array of experience in agricultural economics and provides expert counsel on agricultural-economics matters for high-level decision making, coordinates transversal strategic planning and reporting processes for the Department, manages and coordinates impact and outcome assessments of the Department’s activities. Dr Troskie has presented 38 scientific presentations, published 27 scientific peer reviewed research papers, 66 substantial reports and published more than 800 popular articles and papers on subjects ranging from macro-economic policy to farm level issues. He has served on various scientific committees including the executive committee of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA). In 2010, Dr. Troskie chaired the local organizing committee that successfully hosted the 3rd Conference of the African Association for Agricultural Economists in Cape Town. In 2013, he convened the American Association of Wine Economics in Stellenbosch. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the Farm Management Association of South Africa (FAMASA). An Alumni of the University of Stellenbosch, Dirk obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD in Agricultural Economics from the same institution. He also serves as a special advisor of agricultural economics in the office of the HOD for Agriculture at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Dirk has special academic interest in political economy, the interaction between values, culture, quality, geography and farming (i.e. Geographical Indicators) and developing agrarian economies in a globalising world.

Mr. Leandre Gbeli, Regional Rep. West Africa, is a Principal Agricultural Economist with the African Development Bank (AfDB), Agriculture & Agro-Industrie Department (OSAN), Environment & Sustainable Development Division. Leandre is an Ivorian national elected to represent the West African region, during the 5th AAAE Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.