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Mandi Rukuni, University of Africa, Zambia

Professor Mandi Rukuni

Professor Mandi Rukuni, is an experienced development policy analyst and strategist in a variety of sectors including agriculture and rural development, business, finance, government, and education. A Zimbabwean national, Mandi is currently Director of the BEAT Doctoral Academy through which he is Professor Extraordinaire, University of Africa (Zambia), and adjunct Professor at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Bulawayo (Zimbabwe). His career started 36 years ago with the University of Zimbabwe where he served as Professor and Dean of Agriculture. He subsequently worked with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for 11 years as Director for Africa Programs. In this role, he has served as a consultant to countless organisations, which include the World Bank, European Union, USAID, DFID, CIDA, Rockefeller Foundation, Winrock Foundation, and McKnight Foundations. Further, Professor Rukuni served on several international boards: CIAT, IFPRI, Institute of Development Studies (Sussex). He has also served on several corporate and parastatal boards in Zimbabwe, including the Grain Marketing Board, the Agricultural and Rural Development Authority, and the Agricultural Research Council. Over the last 5 years he has devoted a significant amount of effort as strategic advisor to the Africa Union/NEPAD programs, including Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Rural Futures Program. He has received several honours and awards and has published 15 books and more than 100 articles.

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