Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, FANRPAN, South Africa
Lindiwe Majele Sibanda has over 25 years of trans-disciplinary experience in rural development, public sector reforms and private sector management. She is a trained animal scientist, an authoritative leader in agriculture climate change and nutrition, and a trained professional dialogue facilitator for multi-cultural groups. Since 2004, she has held the position of the Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), coordinating policy research and advocacy programmes aimed at making Africa a food and nutrition secure region.
She has served as trustee and adviser to numerous international food security-related initiatives and institutions. Currently, she is a serving member of the United Nations Committee for Policy Development (CDP), a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council Committee (ECOSOC). Sinanda is a member of Champion 12.3, a coalition of executives from governments, businesses, international organizations, research institutions and civil society dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward achieving SDG Target 12.3 by 2030. She is a member of the African Union Commission (AUC) Leadership Council representing African civil society organisations. Since 2008, she has been involved with the Farming First global campaign, advocating for a holistic approach to sustainable agricultural development. She has served as a university professor in agriculture, animal sciences and veterinary sciences and she is a regular guest lecturer at several universities. She has served on several boards including the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT); as Board Chair for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI); and co-Chair of the African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP).
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