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Women as Agents for Economic Change: Smallholder Farming, Food Security, Agricultural Upgrading, and Rural Economic Diversification in LDCs
Tuesday, 19 July
16:30-18:00, KICC TSAVO 1 room



Bhattacharya Debapriya

Debapriya Bhattacharya

Distinguished Fellow
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), DhakaBangladesh

​Mr. Bhattacharya is a macroeconomist and public policy analyst from Bangladesh and Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka, a globally reputed think-tank in Bangladesh. He was the first Executive Director of the CPD (1999-2007) and also worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). He is Chair of Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals - a network of 48 think-tanks from South Asia, Africa, and Latin America that has identified a unique space and scope for itself to contribute to this post-MDG dialogue. He has been the Special Adviser on LDCs to the Secretary General, UNCTAD (2009-2010) and the President of UNCTAD's governing board as well as the coordinator of LDC Group in the United Nations System in Geneva. He was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the WTO, United Nations office, and other international organizations in Geneva (2007-2009).

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Chand Jayant

Jayant Chand

Minister of Commerce

​H.E. Mr. Jayant Chand was appointed as Minister of Commerce of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in April 2016. In his new functions, Minister Chand has already participated in a number of international meetings, including the meeting of the trade ministers of the landlocked developing countries held in Geneva in June 2016.

Mr. Chand has more than 15 years of work experience in the area of policy making and has served in several high level positions in the Nepali congress. Mr. Chand has a Bachelor of Arts from Tribhuban University in Nepal.

González Arancha

Arancha González

Executive Director

​Ms. Arancha González is an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience; serving as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) since September 2013. Ms. González, a Spanish national, has extensive knowledge about international trade and economics, coupled with broad experience in trade and development matters in the public and private sectors, as well as in management at multilateral organizations. Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the WTO's Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy's representative at the G-20. Prior to working at the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, conducting negotiations of trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade-development efforts. Between 2002 and 2004, she was the European Union spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the European Union Trade Commissioner. Ms. González began her career in the private sector advising companies on trade, competition and state-aid matters. She served as an associate at Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann, a major German law firm, in Brussels. Ms. González holds a degree in law from the University of Navarra and a postgraduate degree in European Law from the University of Carlos III, Madrid.

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Koya Faizaz Siddiq

Faizaz Siddiq Koya

Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism

​H.E. Mr. Faiyaz Siddiq Koya was appointed as Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Fiji in 2014. He is a Member of the Parliament as well as a former board member of Tourism Fiji, the Fiji Legal Aid Commission and the Fiji Hotel Licensing Board. Minister Koya has more than 20 years' work experience as Barrister and Solicitor.

He obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wolverhampton, UK, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Tasmania, Australia.

Ngari Pauline

Pauline Ngari

Hand in Hand Eastern AfricaKenya

​Pauline Ngari was 12 when her mother's shop in rural Kenya went out of business. "From that moment, when I saw my mother try so hard and yet fail, I had a passion to work with women and help them to prosper," says Pauline. Pauline did more than just help. In 2006, having started her career 12 years earlier as a field officer, she became General Manager of Credit Program Operations at the Kenyan Women Finance Trust (KWFT). Once responsible for helping look after her younger brothers and sisters while her mother minded the shop, Pauline was now in charge of loans worth KES 13 billion (US $148,000,000) to some 250,000 women – thousands running shops, service enterprises and agribusinesses of their own. "When you invest in women, you invest in the whole family together," she says. As the Head of Credit Operations at KWFT, Ms. Ngare helped draft the government's 2006 Finance Act, which regulates the microfinance sector in Kenya. She joined Hand in Hand Eastern Africa as CEO in 2011 to help launch and grow the organization, and has overseen the creation of more than 168,000 businesses and 222,000 jobs in Kenya, as well Hand in Hand's expansion into Rwanda to help create 115,000 jobs.

Nzena Sekai

Sekai Nzena

Chairperson and Managing Director
Amatheon Agri Zimbabwe Ltd

​Dr. Sekai Nzena is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Amatheon Agri Zimbabwe Ltd at Amatheon Agri Holding N.V. Dr. Nzenza has more than 20 years of international development expertise. She gained strategic and operational knowledge while working with Booz Allen Hamilton consultants at World Vision International’s Global Centre in California. In Australia she acted as the Director for Policy and Communication for World Vision from where she oversaw programmes in Africa and Asia.

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Ofwona ​Diana

​Diana Ofwona

Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa
UN Women

​Diana Ofwona is the Regional Director of UN Women for sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to her current appointment, she served as Representative of UN Women in Rwanda since 2013 and has to her credit over 25 years' experience working in the areas of socio-economic policy development, peace and security. Diana Ofwona holds a Master of Arts (hons) degree in Political Science and Languages (University of Nairobi, Kenya), a postgraduate diploma in mass communication (Kenya Institute of Mass Communication) and is currently engaged in doctoral research on governance in post-conflict economies. Ms. Ofwona is a recipient of honours and certificates from various leadership institutions around the world. Ms. Ofwona has held a number of senior posts in various organizations in countries spanning three continents (Africa, the Caribbean and North America). Diana has also served on high-level boards and committees, most notable being her appointment in 2006, by the United Nations Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) to the United Nations high-level Strategy and Management Review Panel, commissioned to develop a new strategy for UNDP in Africa and to propose the supporting institutional framework and human resource capacity for its implementation.

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Stamoulis Kostas

Kostas Stamoulis

Assistant Director-General, Economic and social Development Department

Kostas G. Stamoulis is currently the Assistant Director-General, ad interim of the Economic and Social Development Department. Previously, he was Director of the Agricultural Development Economics Division in FAO (ESA), Secretary of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and Strategic Programme Leader for the Hunger Eradication, Food Security and Nutrition Programme (SP1). Before joining FAO in 1989, he was Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Illinois. From 1985 to 1987, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. His work includes issues related to the role of agriculture in rural development and rural poverty reduction in developing countries; the impact of changes in food systems on smallholder farmers and on rural poverty; and the linkages between the agricultural sector and the rural non-farm economy. Mr. Stamoulis has also carried out work on the assessment of the role of macroeconomic and exchange-rate policies on agriculture and the rural sector and the interdependence between exchange rate, financial and commodity markets. He has published a large number of papers, articles, books and monographs on a variety of subjects. Mr. Stamoulis holds a degree in Economics from the Economics University of Athens (Greece), a Master's Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia (United States) and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Tadesse Zenebu

Zenebu Tadesse

Minister of Women and Children Affairs

​H.E Zenebu Tadesse has been actively engaged in high-level policy making for over 15 years. Mrs. Tadesse is at present the Minister of Women and Children Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and a Member of Parliament. Zenebu served as State Minister at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs from 2005 to 2010. Prior to this, she served as Head of the Bureau of Labour and Social Affairs in the Amhara National Regional State (ANRS) from 2001 to 2005. Ms. Tadesse held the position of Head of the Women's Affairs Office in ANRS, where she coordinated matters at the regional level concerning women's affairs. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the ANRS Cabinet where she led bureaus in the economic sector such as Trade & Industry, Transport, Micro and small enterprises agency; among others.