Baffour Agyeman-Duah is Chief Executive Officer of The John A. Kufuor Foundation, founded by former President John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana. Baffour is a former United Nations Senior Governance Advisor in Tanzania and Liberia, and was also Associate Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), a public policy think tank. A former university professor, Baffour has also published a number of articles in academic journals and three books.
Elisio Contini is a scientific researcher at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) and currently serves as Head of Secretariat of Intelligence and Macrostrategy. He is also Visiting Professor at Getulio Vargas Foundation, a member of the editorial board of the Agricultural Policy Journal (print) and a member of São Paulo Agribusiness Council of the Industrial Federation (FIESP). In addition, Elisio has authored of 60 articles published in scientific journals, seven books and 10 chapters in scientific books.
Elisio's area of experience is in administration, with an emphasis on public administration. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Getulio Vargas Foundation - Rio de Janeiro, a Doctorate in Public Economics, Regionale Planning from the University of Muenster (Germany) and a Postdoctoral from LABEX EUROPA - Agropolis MONTPELLIER (France).
Andrew Mude has close to 15 years experience as a scientist, program manager and practitioner in development economics. He joined the African Development Bank in early 2019 as Manager for the Agricultural Research, Productivity and Sustainability Division in the Agriculture and Agro-Industries Department. His division houses the Bank’s Technologies for an African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Flagship, its Climate Smart Agriculture, Livestock, Blue Economy and Land Programs, as well as the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) Initiative. Andrew previously served as Principal Economist at the International Livestock Research Institute He was the 2016 recipient of the Normal Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application recognizing exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food by an individual under 40.
Manu is a dental surgeon with a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health from University College London. He is currently working as research scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholarship for the year 2010-11, a Wellcome Trust scholarship for his doctoral studies in the year 2009, and another Wellcome Trust Mid-Career Fellowship to undertake work on psycho-social determinants of oral health inequalities in India. Manu has authored many high impact peer-reviewed journal articles and is the author of multiple global health book chapters.
Manu's expertise lies in advanced epidemiologic methods, operations and health systems research and health promotion. He has worked on many projects funded by the Government of India, WHO, BMGF, USAID and NIH in the past and is currently leading large-scale projects from MRC UK, Global Bridges Consortium, Government of India and Rockefeller Foundation. He is currently steering a project which aims to provide technical assistance to the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda on Health. He is also currently leading a MRC-funded project on reducing the consumption of sugar sweetened everages in Indian children.