Dr. Otim Bernard
Dr. Otim is CEO of Farmers Centre (U) Ltd., a distinguished and respected businessman in Northern Uganda , where he supports over 10,000 small scale farmers by providing inputs and markets for produce.
He is Veterinary Doctor by profession, holds an MBA from Makerere University Business School and has a wealth of knowledge of the Uganda grain sector with over 10 years hands-on business experience.
Gabriel is the Group Head of Tax and Tariff at East African Breweries. His mandate includes inter alia advocacy for fair tax and trade policies in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
He has exposure in tax and trade policies, having worked for over 16 years in the Ministry of Finance, Kenya revenue authority where he served as a Senior Deputy Commissioner, Pricewaterhouse coopers and the East African Community before joining EABL. Gabriel holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Nairobi.
He is the Managing Director, Nafics Limited. He is the founder Director of Green Systems Africa Limited and Uchumi Grain Millers Limited. He holds a Master of Commerce and Bachelor of Science (Actuarial Science). He has broad experience in various business divisions and industry especially in grains.
Mr. Julius Wambura, a USAID certified champion for change has been Chief Operating Officer since 2008 of the award winning FRABHO Enterprises Ltd, a privately owned Agro-processing Company located in Dar es Salaam Tanzania.
He has extensive experience and exposure in Agri-business and value chain management both at local and regional levels and holds Diploma in Business Administration and Cooperative Development. He serves as a founding Chairman of the Rice Council of Tanzania (RCT) Board of Directors. RCT is a representative body of the private sector rice value chain actors and represents small, medium and large scale farmers, traders, Millers and Processors as well as Service providers including Imput suppliers, Financial institutions, Research organizations
Abel Paul Lyimo
Abel is he CEO of the Rural Urban Development initiatives (RUDI). He is a graduate in economics and Library Science from Concordia University, Montreal Canada and holds an Agribusiness Marketing Diploma from Purdue University in United States.
He is a Certified Trade Tutor/Counselor for the International Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva, and a founder member of the Centre for International Business Development Services (CIBDS). Abel has over 15 years experience in advising business associations and agribusiness SMEs and in managing agricultural projects and agribusiness.
Mr. Stephanus Farnie Kruger
Eugene holds a MSc. in Agricultural and Applied Economics and a B.Sc. in Civil engineering. He is currently serving as the Executive Secretary –Rwanda Development Organisation- RDO for the last 12 years before which he had served as Deputy Governor (Sous –Prefet ) BYUMBA Prefecture, now Northern province.
Amb. Phillip Idro
Ambassador Idro is the Director of Upland Rice. He was Uganda’s envoy to China (1999-2005), architects of the current China-Africa relationship charter, FOCAC and twice awarded Uganda’s export and investment Ambassador of the year.
Ambassador Idro has contributed immensely in developing Uganda’s rice Industry. He formed Upland Rice Millers (URMC) to enable local rice compete with imports. His vast networks, excellent interpersonal skills and lucid understanding of sociocultural context have aligned farmers, donors and value chain players into high velocity growth with mutually inclusive profits.
Mr. Munir Thabit
Munir is the CEO, Grain Industries Limited. He previously worked for Mombasa Maize Millers Ltd Group of Companies for eighteen years as Group Head of Corporate Finance, Investments, International Trade and Insurance. He holds a Diploma in Banking, Associate Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (both U.K and Kenya).
Founder and major shareholder of Union Service Stores Ltd, a company that has been growing for 23 years, earning national and foreign awards, attracting the interest of American investors in the process. Mr. Silayo sits on the Tanzanian Cereal Board of Directors.
His experience and exposure of more than 30 years brings him with vast knowledge in agribusiness, agriculture processing all through to agriculture management and supply.
Gerald Masila is the Executive Director/CEO of EAGC, since 2011. He has worked for a number of private and public sector organisations for the last 20 years and has held CEO position since 2006. Gerald holds a MSc. Degree in Agricultural Economics.