Prior to joining AECF, Paul was the Senior Specialist, Agricultural Productivity and Markets for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, based at the Australian High Commission in Nairobi. In this capacity, he managed Australia’s contribution to the AECF and was a donor representative on the AECF Committee – the Fund’s governing body. He also acted on the Evaluation Steering Group of the AECF.
Paul was born and grew up in Zimbabwe before pursuing his studies in the UK, USA and Australia. He holds a PhD from the University of Queensland, with a thesis that explored decision making and innovation adoption by smallholder farmers in Sri Lanka, and an MS in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis. He has more than 30 years of work experience in some 30 developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Most of this has been in specialist roles related to agricultural productivity, rural livelihoods and access to financial services – with a particular interest in public-private-civil society partnerships and market-led approaches. He has held positions with the Australian aid program (AusAID) in Australia, Zimbabwe, Solomon Islands, South Africa and Kenya, with the Aga Khan Foundation in Geneva, with the Foundation for Development Cooperation in Australia, and as an independent consultant.
Daniel is a seasoned development finance professional with more than 25 years-experience of global senior leadership in private sector enterprise development, partnership and resource mobilization, management consulting, manufacturing, logistics and oil & gas across Africa. He also has significant prior operations experience at the African Development Bank Group. Prior to AECF, Daniel was the CEO of an SME funding micro-finance entity focused on deepening financial inclusion. His diverse experience cuts across both the public and private sector, with strong interest in SME development. He has lived in West, East, North and Southern Africa. He is a mechanical engineer and holds an M.B.A. in strategic management and an MSc in finance.
Steve formerly Senior Investment Director at Agribusiness Fund in Ghana is an all-rounded finance professional with 17 years’ experience in Europe and Africa. Steve’s experience includes working as a senior investment director at an agribusiness fund in Ghana, as senior risk manager focusing on equity fund risk and portfolio management at the European Investment Fund, as a financial and technology adviser to various West African financial institutions - including the African Development Bank - and as principal consultant in strategy, operations and technology for financial institutions in Europe. His career started as a sales-trader/broker for Exane in Geneva, after completing an MSc. in International Management from Audencia Business School in France. Steve also holds an MSc in Finance from London Business School and an executive programme on social entrepreneurship from Stanford GSB. He has continued to develop his finance and managerial expertise with professional certifications such CAIA (Alternative Investments), CIFE (Islamic Finance), Moody’s (Credit Risk), Toastmasters CC and CL. Steve holds a number of Board positions, including at Innohub, a start-up accelerator in Ghana.
As the Strategy and Partnership Director, Pauline leads the organisations resource mobilisation efforts with various funding partners.
Prior to joining AECF, Pauline was Director, Business Development at African Management Services Company (AMSCO). She has over twenty years of experience working in various countries across sub-Sahara Africa in Private Sector and International Development and an extensive understanding of the financial and agricultural sector across Africa and international development gained through working with International and local development actors. Pauline's areas of specialization include fundraising, fund management and grants administration, partnership development and strategy development. She holds a Double MBA in Strategy and International Business from the University of Nairobi. She has attended leadership training from various institutions including the Harvard Business School.