Chairman: Alfred Chipoya
Former Auditor, Banker, Administrator and former Presidential Adviser to three former Presidents of the Republic of Zambia. Alfred Chipoya holds a degree from Cambridge University, completed in 1978.
Currently the Vice Dean of the University of Zambia.
Since 2014 Mr. Chipoya has focused his energy on social development projects and co-founded AgriSmart Zambia in 2015 to develop the agricultural sector in Zambia.
National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) 1982-1984, Diploma in Finance Management and Public Administration.
University of Birmingham (UK) 1986, Advanced Financial Management and Public Sector Accounting. Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK) 1993.
Board Member: Ramu Govindasamy
Professor and Chair, Dept. of Agriculture at the School of Environmental & Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, New Jersey.
- Ph.D. (Agricultural Economics), May 1993, Iowa State University, Ames.
- M.S. (Economics), December 1992, Iowa State University, Ames.
- M.B.A. (Marketing), May 1987, New Port University, California.
Board Member: James E. Simon
Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology at the Rutgers Sensory Sciences and Innovation Centre, Rutgers University, New Jersey.
- Ph.D. (Environmental Stress Physiology), University of Massachusetts (1979 – 1984)
- M.S. (Plant Nutrition/Management), Oregon State University (1975 – 1977)
- B.S. (Agriculture), Empire State College (1972 – 1974)
Board Member: George Magai
Director of Trade and Markets for COMESA under the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA), situated at the COMESA Secretariat in Lusaka Zambia. Chairman of the Markets and Regional Trade Network under the African Union Commission.
Chairman Board of Directors
Head Office: 13 K Reedbuck Street, Kabulonga, Lusaka
P.O. Box 320017, Lusaka, Zambia
Tel: +260-211-267493/4, Fax: +260-211-267495
Web: www.agrismartzambia.com • www.cashprojectzambia.org
EXPERIENCE AND CURRENT WORK SCOPE
Alfred Chipoya is the Board Chairman of AgriSmart Zambia and one of the co-founders. He studied in Cambridge and achieves Cambridge Full Certificate (1978). His qualifications includes:
– National Institute Of Public Administration (NIPA) 1982-1984, Diploma in Finance Management and Public Administration.
– University of Birmingham (UK) 1986, Advanced Financial Management and Public Sector Accounting.
– Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK) 1993.
Professional Experience/Employment History:
1984-1988: Auditor (Office of the Auditor General).
1989-1996: Internal Auditor (Credit Africa Bank).
1997-1998: Branch Manager (Finance Building Society).
1999-2009: Principle Private Secretary to The President of the Republic of Zambia Levy Mwanawasa
2009 – 2010: Principle Private Secretary to The President of the Republic of Zambia Rupiya Banda
2014 – 2015: Principle Private Secretary to The President of the Republic of Zambia Michael Sata
– Member of Board of Directors, Zamtel, 2000-2001.
– Member, Zambia Bankers Association, 1998-2000.
– Member, Zambia Chamber of Commerce, 1998-2000.
– Board Chairman, African Business Networks (DRC), Current.
– Chairman Board of Directors, AgriSmart, Current.
Mr. Chipoya held the position of Permanent Secretary for State House as well as the Principle Private Secretary to three previous Presidents of Zambia by names of President Levy Mwanawasa, President Rupiya Banda and President Michael Chilifya Sata.
Since 2014 Mr. Chipoya focus his energy on social development projects and co found AgriSmart in 2015 to develop the agricultural sector in Zambia and to diversify the Zambian Small holders farmers from maize production to more high value horticultural crops.
Professor and Chair, Dept. of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics
Director, New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products Program (NUANPP)
Rutgers University, School of Environmental & Biological Sciences (SEBS)
55 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, New Jersey; Off Tel: 848-932-9192; Fax: 732-932-8887
Ph.D. (Agricultural Economics), May 1993, Iowa State University, Ames.
M.S. (Economics), December 1992, Iowa State University, Ames.
M.B.A. (Marketing), May 1987, New Port University, California.
- Professional Experience/Employment History:
2015-Current: Chair, Agricultural, Food & Resource Economics, Rutgers University
2011-Current: Professor, Agricultural, Food & Resource Economics, Rutgers University
2008-2009: Chair, Agricultural, Food & Resource Economics, Rutgers University
2005-Current: Associate Director, New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products Program, Rutgers University
2001-2011: Associate Professor, Agricultural, Food & Resource Economics, Rutgers University
1999-2001: Assistant Professor, Agricultural, Food & Resource Economics, Rutgers University
1995-Current: Marketing Specialist, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Rutgers University
- Major Areas of Expertise
Horticultural Produce Industry and African Indigenous vegetables in Zambia & Kenya; Post-harvest technology practice and adoption in Zambia; Partnership in Food Industry Development in South Africa, Zambia, Senegal, Ghana & Rwanda; An Economic Evaluation of African Natural Products Industry; Supply Chain Analysis in the Lentil Industry in Sri Lanka; Returns to Investment on the Jersey Fresh State Sponsored Promotion Program; Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing & Agritourism Developments During the Last Decade; Consumer Willingness to pay for Genetically Modified Foods; Demand for Organic, IPM and Ethnic Produce in the Northeastern U.S.
- A Short Bio-Sketch of Prof. Govindasamy’s Research and Development Activities
Dr. Govindasamy is serves as the Chair of the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Rutgers University. He has developed an effective, nationally and internationally recognized program of research and scholarship leading to over 100 refereed publications, 150 professional presentations, plenary and invited talks and 45 external research grants. Because of his accomplishments, Dr. Govindasamy was elected in 2004 as the Chair of S1019, National Research Committee that focuses on the issues relating to fruit and vegetable marketing in the U.S. He also served as the editorial board member for the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review and The Journal of Food Distribution Research Society. Dr. Govindasamy was awarded the Presidential Emerging Leadership Award by the Food Distribution Society in October of 2004 and was elected to serve as the president-elect of the association in 2016. In the past ten years, Dr. Govindasamy’s research program has been supported by external grants and contracts of over $11 million from over 10 sources.
- Journal Editorial Board
KIIT Rural Business Review, 2009-present; The ICFAI Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2006-present; Guest Editor, Choices, 2006; Journal of Food Distribution Research, 1998-2005; Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 1998-2005.
2016: President-Elect, Food Distribution Research Society, 2016
2016: Rutgers Big Ten Academic Alliance (formerly the CIC) Depart. Executive Officers (DEO) Fellow for the 2016-17
2013: ARER Fellow, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association.
2013: Northeast Extension Directors’ Award of Excellence (Ethnic Produce Production and Marketing Working Group)
2009: International Curriculum Development Award, 2009, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, New Jersey
2009: Team Award 2009, Partnership for Sustainable Economic Growth in Africa through Natural Products Development, April 23, 2009
- Relevant Refereed Journal Articles
2016 Govindasamy, R., S. Arumugam and I. Vellangany. “Willingness to Buy Organically Grown Ethnic Greens and Herbs: A Consumer Study With Reference to the East-Coast Region of United States”, Agricultural Economics Research Review, India. 28,2(2016):p 213-222.
2015 Onyango, B. R. Govindasamy, and C. Michelle Alsup-Egbers. “Uncovering Success Attributes for Direct Farmers’ Markets and Agri-Tourism in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States” International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 18 (2015): p 63-78.
2015 Ariyawardana, A., R. Govindasamy and A. Lisle, “Capturing the Consumer Value: the Case of Red Lentils”, British Food Journal, 117 (2015): p 1032 – 1042.
2014 Govindasamy, R., and K.M. Kelley, “Agritourism Consumer’s Participation in Wine Tasting Events: An Econometric Analysis”, International Journal of Wine Business Research, 26 (2014): p 120-138.
2013 Westendorf, M.L., V. Puduri, C. Williams, T. Joshua and R. Govindasamy. “Dietary and Manure Management Practices on Equine Farms in Two New Jersey Watersheds”, Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 33: 8 (2013): p 601-606.
2012 Kelley, K., R. Govindasamy, and J. Hyde. “Using On-line Bulletin Boards to Gather Preliminary Information”, Journal of Extension. 50(2012):6.
2012 Govindasamy, R., V. Puduri and J.E. Simon. “The US Hispanic Consumers’ Perception Towards Buying Country of Origin Labeled Ethnic Produce, The IUP Journal of Management Research,11(2012):p50-64.
2012 Ariyawardana, A., R. Govindasamy and V. S. Puduri. (2012),”Preference for ethnic specialty produce by the Hispanics in the east coast of the USA”, British Food Journal, 114 (2012): p 944-953.
2011 Govindasamy, R., P. Jehle, M. Sgheir, G. Z. E. Abidine, M.I. Mourid and I. Shaqir. “Aromatic and Medicinal Plants of Tunisia: A Market Study”, Journal of Food Products Marketing, 17(2011): p 470-486.
2011 Puduri, V.S and R. Govindasamy. “Global Essential Oil and Aromatic Plant Industry”, CARE Journal of Management, 1 (2011): p 21-24.
2011 Puduri, V.S and R. Govindasamy. “Asian Consumers’ Willingness to Buy Locally Grown Ethnic Produce: A Study from East-coast United States”, Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 35 (2011): p 511-521.
2011 Puduri, V. S., R. Govindasamy, and I. Vellangany. “Willingness to Buy GM Foods: An Analysis of Plant and Animal Origins in the United States”, The IUP Journal of Agricultural Economics, 8 (2011): p 47-63.
2011 Govindasamy, R., V. S. Puduri and J. E. Simon. “Willingness to Buy New Ethnic Produce Items: A Study of Latino’s in the East-coast U.S.”, Hort-Technology, 21 (2011): p 202-207.
2011 Puduri, V. S., R. Govindasamy, J. J. Myers and O’Dierno, L.J. “Consumer Attitude towards Pricing of Live Aquatic Products”, Aquaculture Economics and Management, 15 (2011): p 118-129.
2011 Govindasamy, R. and V. S. Puduri. “Puerto Rican Consumers’ Attitude towards Willingness to Pay a Premium for Ethnic Produce: An Econometric Analysis”, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, 50 (2011): p 121-131.
2011 Govindasamy, R. and V. S. Puduri. “Hispanic Consumers Perceptions towards Locally Grown Ethnic Produce: A study from the East-coast U.S, Renewable Agriculture and Food System.26 (2011): p 38-45.
James E. Simon
Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology, Department of Plant Biology
Director, New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products Program
Associate Director, Rutgers Sensory Sciences and Innovation Center
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,
59 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, New Jersey
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1979-1984: Ph.D. University of Massachusetts (Environmental Stress Physiology)
1975-1977: M.S. Oregon State University (Plant Nutrition/Management)
1972-1974: B.S. Empire State College (Agriculture)
2. Professional Experience/Employment History:
2014-current: Distinguished Professor, Plant Biology
2000-current: Director, New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products Program, Rutgers University
2000-current: Professor, Dept. Plant Biology and Plant Pathology, Rutgers University, NJ., USA
1994-2000: Professor, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture Dept., Purdue University, IN., USA
3. Short BioSketch of Prof. Simon’s Research, Extension and Development Activities:
Simon serves as the Director of the New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products Program, Rutgers University, which seeks to identify new crop opportunities, new applications of bioactive and nutritious plant compounds and new products from fruits, vegetables and herbs including nutraceutical, bioactive and cosmetic ingredients. Simon has been collecting and breeding high value crops (culinary herbs, specialty peppers) for over 20 years, for aroma, taste and nutrition and disease resistance. His international work in high value crops is well known and uses his market-first science-driven models to commerialize traditional and ethnic/indigenous fruits & vegetables and botanicals. His expertise includes quality control, GlobalGap from the raw materials through product standardization, processing, and new applications of plant extracts for foods, health and nutrition, nutraceuticals, and protodrugs with a focus on exploring and helping communities develop and preserve their indigenous natural resources. Internationally, Simon began conducting collaborative research in sub-Sahara Africa over 25 years ago; he was an original author for the WHO Guidelines on Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) for Medicinal Plants and has considerable experience in sub-Sahara Africa (Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia) and Israel that has lead to significant economic development for communities and commercial farmers by the introduction into commercialization of high value crops. He was the 2012 winner of the BIFAD award for research excellence and impact for USAID CRSP programs. Simon’s strength and interest is in bringing together multi-discplinary teams of faculty, universities and the public and private sector into strategic partnerships that build new or strengthen ongoing international programs and encompass the entire ecosystem and in ensuring economic, environmetnal and social sustainability with new enterprises. Simon has helped others to design and form new NGOs operating in sub-Sahara Africa, including AgriSmart and for this project initiative will serve as lead scientist and a technical expert.
4. A few select Awards & Honors Relevant to this Project:
2017: The Chancellor’s Award for International Impact, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
2015: Women of Nsongwe: A documentary (https://vimeo.com/127078444) produced by the Rutgers Digital Filmmaking Program on Simon’s international program in Zambia.
2014: Special Service Award, Association for International Agriculture & Rural Development
2013: International Excellence Award Recipient for 2013, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
2012: Recipient of the 2012 Award for Scientific Excellence by a researcher in a USAID Collaborative Support Research Program. The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), USAID.
2012: Recipient of the 2012 Burton Kallman Scientific Award, Natural Products Association. This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions that have benefited the natural products industry.
2012: Recipient of the 2012 Northeast US University’s Cooperative Extension Service Directors Award of Excellence.
5. Selected Scientific Research Papers Relating to Research= >300
6. Scientific and industry books and proceedings= >12
7. Scientific technical reports= >150
GEORGE J MAGAI
George is an Agricultural Economist and brings more than 20 years of working experience as a value chain facilitator. In addition, he has experience in developing models and tools to improve efficiency throughout the agricultural marketing chain,that is from producers to end-markets through agro-dealer development and related networks. His work has seen him exploring farmer market linkages working to offer opportunities for improving smallholders’ marketing. George is currently the Director of Trade and Markets for COMESA under the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA) situated at the COMESA Secretariat in Lusaka Zambia. George further chairs the Markets and Regional Trade Network under the African Union Commission.
- SME development – conduct of needs assessments, definition/development of interventions
- Agrodealer Development and Agrodealer Business Development through various components
- Value chain analysis and development
- Leadership, Management and Supervisory Development training programs
- Corporate Governance-(board/trustee training and orientation programs)
- Strategic Planning, Management and Business Plan Development
- Organizational Development Assessments and Institutional Analysis
- Extensive experience in trade and finance facilitation for small scale enterprises to multi-government funding.