Meet our East Africa Network Facilitators
AMEA is happy to announce the appointment of our East Africa Network Facilitators: Hileena Eshetu Chole and Harrison Kaziro. The East Africa Network Facilitators will support the growth and development of our Local Networks in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. The Network Facilitators will also build bridges between our Global Working Groups and Local Networks and bring increased value to our members.
Hileena Eshetu Chole
Hileena holds a BA in Psychology and has worked in Ethiopia for the last ten years in the fields of social work, communications and agriculture. She is currently a consultant with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), working as a Knowledge Sharing & Network Building Specialist. Prior to that, she worked in the Communications team of the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), which spurred her interest in delving deeper into agriculture and agribusiness as a pathway for Ethiopia’s development.
Hileena became involved with AMEA in late 2018 when she joined IFC and took over leadership of the Ethiopia Local Network. She says, “It was challenging and eye-opening in many ways, but it helped me grow as a professional tremendously because of the close-knit community of practitioners who are dedicated to furthering AMEA’s mission.”
“I hope to strengthen the linkages between AMEA Global and its Local Networks, as well as fostering more active collaboration between members within networks. There is still much to be done to implement AMEA’s strategic priorities at the country level, and gather lessons from organizations on the ground to enrich the Alliance’s operations overall.”
Harrison holds a BSc in Agriculture, MSc in Development Economics and PG Certificate in Financial Co-operative Management. He is currently the Director of Agribusiness and Market systems Development at the National Alliance of Agricultural Co-operatives in Uganda (NAAC). Previously, he spent nine years with the Uganda Co-operative Alliance, building the capacity of smallholder farmer co-operatives, and gained commercial banking experience. He has led the development of multiple training manuals and assessment tools for smallholder farmers in Uganda.
Harrison is a member of the Association of Financial Co-operative Management professionals of Uganda and an alumnus of FAO’s Business Accelerator Program. He is also a ScopeInsight Certified Assessor (since 2016). Harrison says, “It is fulfilling to work with like-minded partners, to create a common understanding of farmer organisations and use a global perspective to contribute to their professionalization”.
“My goal is to lead AMEA members and other stakeholders in directing their effort to develop and implement a common framework which supports farmer organisations in the region in becoming professional businesses. Without this, smallholders who produce more than 70% of our food will never get out of poverty and our economies will not only struggle to grow but also food security, human rights, good governance and peace will continue to be elusive in these countries”.