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Dan Collison, Chief Executive

Dan Collison, Chief Executive

Dan joined Farm Africa as its new Chief Executive in May 2020. His background is in international development and humanitarian affairs, and most of his work has been focused in the NGO sector. Prior to Farm Africa he led the international programmes for War Child, working on children’s rights in conflict affected countries such as Afghanistan and Yemen. He worked for several years for Save the Children, including in Myanmar and in south-east Asia, as well as in southern Africa and Angola. He lived and worked in Kenya and South Sudan for a number of years with Christian Aid. Dan has led the development of Farm Africa's new five-year strategy, building on the organisation’s strengths in agriculture, market engagement and natural resource management, and increasing the focus on food systems and climate action.

Jenni Bright, Director of External Relations

Jenni Bright, Director of External Relations

Jenni leads the fundraising directorate at Farm Africa responsible for raising vital funds through a variety of channels. These include supporting and communicating with Farm Africa’s individual supporters as well as delivering corporate and events fundraising. Jenni is also responsible for driving forward Farm Africa’s ambitious digital strategy, finding new and innovative ways to engage with supporters online. Prior to joining Farm Africa in 2016, Jenni began her fundraising career at the RNLI before working at Shelter.

Mary Batterman, Director, Tanzania

Mary Batterman, Director, Tanzania

Mary leads the team in Tanzania. She is an international development professional who has lived and worked in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for more than a decade. Mary’s career has focused on agriculture, market systems strengthening, supporting small and medium enterprises, private sector development and renewable energy. Before joining Farm Africa, Mary headed the Tanzanian office for the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), which has invested in over 70 agribusinesses and renewable energy companies throughout the country. Mary holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University.

 

Tom Cadogan, Director, Kenya

Tom Cadogan, Director, Kenya

Tom has extensive experience of leading and managing development projects over the past 17 years in East and Southern Africa. Prior to joining Farm Africa in June 2016, he headed the Rural Livelihoods and Agriculture portfolio for Irish Aid in Tanzania, chairing the project investment committee of the Agricultural Marketing Development Trust and developing policy research on the food reserve agency and national input subsidies.  Before this he was Director in Zambia and Tanzania for the youth-led agency Restless Development. He holds a PhD from the University of London (SOAS).

Shewit Emmanuel, Director, Ethiopia

Shewit Emmanuel, Director, Ethiopia

Shewit leads the team in Ethiopia. With more than 15 years of experience, she has worked for the UN, DFID, civil society organisations and public and private clients, leading large teams on complex and large transformational engagements. Shewit is a private sector development specialist, with extensive experience in agriculture, climate, urban development, political economy analysis, extractive and heavy industries, public financial management, governance and conflict, gender mainstreaming and humanitarian work. Shewit holds a Master’s in Human Resource Economics from Addis Abebe University, in collaboration with Oxford University.

Petronella Halwiindi, Director, Uganda

Petronella Halwiindi, Director, Uganda

Petronella leads the team in Uganda. She is an expert in agriculture and livelihoods, who is passionate about women’s economic empowerment, with extensive experience in empowering women along agriculture commodity value-chains. Petronella joined Farm Africa after serving farming communities with Heifer International for 14 years, where she served as country director in Malawi and Zambia. Petronella has served on various agriculture policy and advocacy networks and is a member of the African Technology and Innovations Incubators Advisory Committee to the African Union.

Jane Doughty, Head of Human Resources

Jane Doughty, Head of Human Resources

Jane leads Farm Africa’s human resources function and has more than 16 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. Jane joined Farm Africa in 2003, working in a number of roles, before moving into human resources in 2008. Prior to taking up her role with Farm Africa, Jane worked in the retail and marketing sectors, working for a number of organisations including the British Parachute Association.

Martin Holliday, Head of Business Development

Martin Holliday, Head of Business Development

Martin leads the business development team, with a focus on identifying and managing restricted funding opportunities to deliver Farm Africa’s programmes. Before joining Farm Africa, Martin worked in a variety of programme development and funding roles at the international child protection agency War Child, supporting organisational growth and impact across east and central Africa and the Middle East.

Leila Ndiema, Head of Programme Support

Leila Ndiema, Head of Programme Support

Leila leads the programme support team, supporting all country teams in the efficient delivery of Farm Africa’s programmes. Before joining Farm Africa in 2018, Leila worked in a variety of communication and programme support roles at Malaria Consortium, particularly supporting the delivery of multi-country programmes across eastern and western Africa. She holds a Master's degree in international law, has lived in Uganda for more than ten years and is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Libby Plumb, Head of Communications

Libby Plumb, Head of Communications

Libby leads the communications team. Prior to joining Farm Africa in 2015 she worked for WaterAid America for eight years leading the communications team, and previously managed the communications services and community fundraising teams at WaterAid UK. She started her career at a design and event management company managing accounts for major TV and film companies. Libby holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Penny Ruszczynski, Head of Corporate Partnerships

Penny Ruszczynski, Head of Corporate Partnerships

Penny leads the corporate partnerships team as they engage with the private sector to build strategic and impactful relationships. Having worked in fostering charity-corporate partnerships for nearly a decade, Penny is a firm believer in the capacity of business to help deliver tangible and long-term change, and enjoys building links between a company’s motivations and Farm Africa’s aims. Previously Penny worked at organisations including Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and The Connection at St Martin’s. She joined Farm Africa in 2014. Penny is currently on maternity leave.