Vanessa Adams has over 20 years of professional experience, including with Fortune 500 companies in the US. She has fourteen years' experience working in 27 African countries with businesses and farmer cooperatives to increase productivity, meet buyer specifications, access finance, and compete in international markets. She partners with governments, donors and businesses to develop and implement strategies which increase productivity and international trade, expand investments, improve business environments, access financial services as well as reduce constraints to trade.
Vanessa managed $50+ million USD USAID-funded projects with multi-cultural teams, facilitated over $300 million in exports from Africa, and catalyzed over $57 million in investments as well as over $140 million in credit. She contributed to the foundation of three pan-African NGOs including the African Cashew Alliance, Borderless Alliance, and Global Shea Alliance, as well as initiating the Women in Agribusiness Leadership Network in Ethiopia.
Vanessa has an Executive MBA from INSEAD.
Ms. Vanessa Adams, Director/Chief of Party
USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub implemented by DAI
LEVERAGING PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS FOR IMPACT IN AFRICAN AGRIBUSINESS
Day 1 [Tue 14, March], at 02:15 PM