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Board of Directors

Geralynn Batista

Geralynn Batista, an international economist at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Department of Treasury, has been a champion of social and economic development throughout her career. Prior to joining the Treasury, Ms. Batista was a strategist with the global finance firm Lehman Brothers. She also served as a development associate at Leake and Watts Services Inc., one of the largest full service childcare agencies in the United States, where she helped create a pioneering program for children and families with AIDS in the foster care system. These programs are currently being replicated in a number of African countries. Ms. Batista worked in Europe with the world’s leading non-profit organization focused on agricultural issues and plant biodiversity, researching species eradication and biodiversity loss in Africa and Latin America. As an associate with Future Harvest, she created programs focused on food, nutrition, and agricultural development in Africa and other parts of the developing world and their links to peace, health, environmental renewal, economic growth, and population growth. Ms. Batista holds a Doctorate degree in Economics from Fordham University and Masters and undergraduate degrees in International Relations from American University.

Chinwe M. Diké

Chinwe Diké is the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in The Gambia. An expert in international banking, corporate and municipal financing, and economic development, Ms. Diké has spent over 20 years working to improve the lives of the world’s poor. Currently based in The Gambia, Ms. Diké previously served as UNDP Resident Representative in Swaziland, at UN and UNDP headquarters in New York, UNDP Nigeria, and was director of programs and operations of UNDP in Zimbabwe. Ms. Diké has worked extensively on development programs in Africa in the area of HIV/AIDS in the context of poverty reduction, governance, and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining the United Nations Ms. Diké was Deputy Counsel for the City of New York, Office of Management and Budget, and served as staff counsel to Barclays and Chase Manhattan banks. She holds law degrees from Harvard and Cambridge Universities and an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. She is a member of the Bars of the State of New York and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Jacqueline Marie Lauer

Jacqueline Marie Lauer is a graduate student at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition and a candidate for a Master of Science in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition degree with a concentration on Humanitarian Assistance.  Ms. Lauer served as a community health promoter in the Peace Corps in Lambayeque, Peru. She also served as a health volunteer in Tanzania and participated in a community health study program in Durban, South Africa.  Ms. Lauer earned  Master of Public Health, Bachelor of Science in Public Health, and Bachelor of Arts in International Development degrees, all from Tulane University.  Ms. Lauer is the second Aid for Africa Scholar for Food and Sustainable Agriculture.  The Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture supports graduate students undertaking research in Sub Saharan Africa on how agriculture and nutrition can improve food security and reduce poverty. As an Aid for Africa Scholar, she conducted research on malnutrition in communities in Warrap State in South Sudan.

Barbara Alison Rose

Executive Director and Board Member, ex officio
Barbara Alison Rose has been involved with the issues facing Africa for her entire professional life. As a Peace Corps volunteer, Ms. Rose worked in rural Ethiopia and traveled extensively throughout the continent. Ms. Rose was the founding executive director of Future Harvest—a nonprofit organization dedicated to building awareness of the importance of science for food production, the environment, and the world’s poor. During her tenure at Future Harvest, Ms. Rose developed an outreach strategy that used the voices of world leaders, the messages of respected scholarly institutions, and the power of the internet to raise awareness around the world of the importance of food production and the role of agricultural science in meeting the needs of Africa and the rest of the developing world. Ms. Rose directed the communications department of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)—an organization focused on improving food and nutrition through better policies for food production and distribution, with a focus on Africa.

Ms. Rose has worked as an independent consultant for nonprofits, with a primary emphasis on assisting her clients in communicating their programs to the general public. Ms. Rose serves on the Board of Trustees of EcoAgricultural Partners, an environmental nonprofit organization. She received an MBA from Columbia University, a MA in Journalism with a focus on African studies from the University of Maryland, and a BA from Hood College.

Edward W. Sulzberger

Ed Sulzberger is an international fund raising and public awareness expert specializing in research and development issues for developing countries. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Mr. Sulzberger has spent nearly three decades working with public sector agencies and non-profit organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Mr. Sulzberger has worked with students, researchers, farmers, and development officials throughout the developing world. He lived and worked in Nigeria in the 1970s, serving as an adviser to Nigeria’s Federal Department of Agriculture.

Mr. Sulzberger has written widely on issues such as AIDS, agricultural biodiversity, and food production. He has worked extensively with the Consultative Group on International Research. He works and travels throughout Africa and is currently engaged in climate change projects involving smallholder farmers and projects for African AIDS orphans. Mr. Sulzberger earned a bachelors degree from Emerson College and holds a Masters in Corporate and Political Communications from Fairfield University. He is based in Galveston, Texas.

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