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AWARD's New Deputy Director

I’m excited to share with the AWARD community the onboarding of AWARD’s Deputy Director for Programs, Dr. Michèle Mbo’o-Tchouawou.

Michèle represents exactly the kind of passionate and committed leader that AWARD needs as we march confidently into our new strategy.

A rising superstar, Michèle is a gender expert, a gender economist to be specific, with experience working on socioeconomic dynamics including gender dimensions of agricultural research on the continent.

Michèle joins us from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) where she contributed to the broader agenda on gender and equity for livestock and agricultural development. As part of the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) team, Michèle has been working with national partners to ensure inclusiveness and systematic gender mainstreaming in agricultural investment plans, programs, and interventions in line with the strategic objectives of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). As part of her responsibilities at ILRI, Michèle provided support for collecting and compiling data as well as updating the CAADP M&E indicators for the East and Central Africa region as per the CAADP results framework. 

Michèle holds a PhD in Economics and a Masters’ degree in Networks Economics and Information Management from the University of Paris-Sud 11, France. She also received a Masters’ degree in Management and International trade from the University of Clermont-Ferrand II, France and a BSc. in Business Administration from HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales), Rabat, Morocco.

A native of Cameroon, she brings a valuable Francophone Africa perspective to our work and will help us grow our presence and attention to the region.

As Deputy Director for Programs, Michèle will provide overall leadership in the development, management, strategy, quality, and managed growth of AWARD programs. Working closely with me, she will help enhance AWARD’s performance and credibility as an essential player and expert on gender responsive agricultural research and development by leading AWARD’s day to day engagement with regional, continental, and global stakeholders.

Please join me in congratulating Michèle and welcoming her to the AWARD family!