Meet the team

//Meet the team
Meet the team 2017-10-18T16:29:42+00:00

AFAP has an international staff that comes to the organization from the public and private sectors. It is united by the goal of creating vibrant and sustainable agriculture inputs and agribusiness markets in Africa.

Jason Scarpone
Jason ScarponePresident and CEO
Jason Scarpone, currently President and CEO of The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), is a leading International Development Specialist with 22 years’ experience in designing, implementing and managing economic recovery and development programs for Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus and the United States.
Cecilia Khupe
Cecilia KhupeChief Operations and Compliance Officer
Cecilia Khupe joined AFAP in 2012 as a Programs Director (Africa). Before joining AFAP she worked for USAID as a Senior Regional Program Manager/Agriculture Advisor for over 12 years. Prior to joining USAID she worked for South Africa Breweries Botswana Branch as a Brewery Manager.
Pierre Brunache Jr
Pierre Brunache JrChief Agribusiness Officer
Pierre Brunache, Jr., has over 22 years of experience in the following industries: aviation, hi-technology, real estate, and international development with a focus on agro-industry value chain management.
Dr Maria Wanzala
Dr Maria WanzalaChief Policy Officer
Dr. Maria Wanzala-Mlobela is an agricultural economist with over 10 years’ experience working on African agricultural policy and market development issues. Dr. Wanzala has a Ph.D in agricultural economics from Michigan State University in the United States of America.
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Derek Watson
Derek WatsonDirector of Finance
Derek Watson brings four decades of experience as an accounting, finance and human resources executive to AFAP. He is a chartered accountant in South Africa and an expert in the application of the country’s Black Economic Empowerment policies, a program that redresses socio-economic inequalities in South Africa.
Dr. Mshindo M. Msolla
Dr. Mshindo M. MsollaSenior Director Public Private Partnerships and Investments
Dr. Mbette Mshindo Msolla holds a Bsc in General Agriculture (University of Dar-es-salaam, Post Graduate Diploma in Soil Science (Agricultural University of Norway}, Msc and PhD in Agriculture (majoring in Soil Science from Sokoine University of Agriculture).
Sergio Ussaca
Sergio UssacaMozambique Country Director
Sergio Ussaca brings more than 16 years of experience as a manager and agricultural specialist in Mozambique to AFAP’s Maputo office.
Sheila Komen Keino
Sheila Komen KeinoMalawi Director of Programmes
Sheila is AFAP’s Malawi Director of Programmes, based in Lilongwe Malawi. She is charged with leading, directing and managing all aspects of AFAP’s work in Malawi. Prior to her current posting, she was Programmes Development Specialist for AFAP based in Johannesburg, South Africa, backstopping all AFAP country programs. Sheila joined AFAP at inception in 2012.
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Isaac Asare
Isaac AsareGhana Country Manager
Isaac Kwadwo Asare brings over 12 years of private and public sector experience, more specifically in developing the agro-input supply chain. Prior to joining AFAP, Isaac worked for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) as the Ghana Country Coordinator under the Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership (SSTP) program.
Sandra Pires
Sandra PiresRegional Business Development Manager - East and Southern Africa and Project Manager for African Fertilizer Volunteer’s Program (AFVP)
Sandra joined AFAP in 2014 with over 18 years of program/project management expertise in the area of sustainable development and international economic development cooperation in the private and third sectors.
Binta Ceesay Etim
Binta Ceesay EtimSenior Business Development Manager West Africa
Binta is innovative thinker with strong and practical experience in analytical and strategic roles within the private sector and economic development spheres including food security, policy analysis, agribusiness value chain development, access to finance, gender mainstreaming, land rights, and climate change.
David Kijazi
David KijaziCountry Manager - AFAP Tanzania
David J. Kijazi joined AFAP in 2013 as a consultant and he is currently the country manager for Tanzania.
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Jean-Michel Ndongo-Seh
Jean-Michel Ndongo-Seh Francophone Regional Manager - West and Central Africa
A strong believer that development in Africa will come through the ability of the continent to attract foreign investment and qualified human capital.
After graduating from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Jean-Michel started his business consulting career in the US, focusing on business development and commodities trading, with and for Africa.
Paul Makepeace
Paul Makepeace Senior Fertilizer Specialist – Marketing
Paul Makepeace has 35 years of experience in agricultural and agribusiness development with the private sector, NGOs and research centers in both developed and developing economies.
Tim Durgan
Tim DurganSenior Project Manager
Tim Durgan has more than 35 years of agricultural business and international project management experience. He started his career in the US fertilizer industry as a marketing and sales director at both the retail and wholesale distributor levels.
Njabulo Mazibuko
Njabulo MazibukoProgramme Manager: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
Njabulo Mazibuko serves AFAP as a Programme Manager: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). He has a BSc Agriculture from the University of Swaziland, MSc from University of Natal and Mphil in Economic Policy from the University of Stellenbosch.
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Killian Banda
Killian BandaPolicy Research Associate
Killian Banda is a Policy Research Associate at AFAP where he has managed and implemented a number of policy related projects since he joined in May 2015. He is an Agricultural Economist with experience in agricultural policy, agribusiness development, value chain management and inclusive market development.
Kgothatso Sethole
Kgothatso SetholeAccountant and Contracts Coordinator
Kgothatso Sethole has over seven years working in finance. Before joining AFAP, Kgothatso held the position of Compliance Officer and Compliance Team Leader under The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria grant (The Global Fund) at Right to Care NPC for three years overseeing the financial reporting of over fifteen NGO
Maureen Mbando Banda
Maureen Mbando BandaExecutive Manager – Office of the President & CEO
Maureen Banda brings more than a decade of experience as an Executive Assistant to her job at AFAP. For more than 10 years, Maureen was the administrative and personal assistant to the Director of SLR Consulting Engineers based in Johannesburg. In this position, she handled correspondence, arranging executive meetings and travel, schedules and budget.
Octavia MdinisoAccounts Assistant
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Naomi Nimigisha
Naomi NimigishaReceptionist and Accounts Assistant
Before joining AFAP, Naomi Nimigisha worked as an administrative assistant at the NEPAD Business Foundation. In this position, she held administrative, event planning and receptionist duties. Naomi has also worked for herself as an events planner, providing services for individuals and organizations.
Albertina Menete
Albertina MeneteAdministrative Assistant at AFAP Mozambique Office
Albertina Menete holds a BA Honours on Management and Business Administration.

Albertina was previously working at FEWS NET, a project related with food security and financed by USAID, as Office Manager, responding for the Administrative area…

Happy Lyaruu-Mollel
Happy Lyaruu-MollelAFAP Office Administrator, Tanzania
Happy Lyaruu, has over 7 years of experience in working with the local and international organisations projects in the areas of administration and research. Prior to joining the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), she worked with the College of Business and Management (CBM)…
Rumbidzai Michelle NyabvudziIntern
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