The Team

Francis N. Ngumba- Team Leader; AIAR

Francis Ngumba is skilled in providing extension services, training and coaching, coordination of projects, database management, baseline studies, event organization as well as data analysis. He is an Agricultural Economist from Moi University and is currently the team leader at the African Inception for Agribusiness Research having worked in various agricultural organizations such as Cereal Growers Association, The Kenya Ministry of Agriculture and Cross Frontiers Limited, as well as running his own consultancy Firm: Icase Ventures. He also seats in Uzima Trust’s advisory board to provide expertise on agricultural sustainability project design.


Leif Sjöblom – Professor of Financial Management; IMD Switzerland

Professor Sjöblom’ main areas of interest are; supporting micro-entrepreneurships in Sub-Saharan Africa, performance measurements and shareholder value creation and restructuring of the telecommunications industry. His teaching experience includes general management courses in performance management and financial analysis as well as telecommunications. Since joining IMD he has directed the Program for Executive Development (PED) and the Building on Talent (BOT) program. He is also actively working with African entrepreneurs and universities to develop their capabilities. Leif Sjöblom has a PhD in business and MS in statistics from Stanford University, a MBA from Helsinki School of Economics and a BSc in electrical engineering. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Fulbright fellow.

Anne Mbaabu- Head of Markets & Post Harvest Management; Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Experienced Market Director with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, experience in post-harvest loss management, working with smallholder farmers, strategic planning and proposal writing, Food Security, Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Development Services (BDS) to SMEs, value chain analysis. Strong business development and Business Planning professional with a Msc. Food Science & Technology focused in Food Technology and Processing from University of Nairobi. Extensive experience working in the private sector food manufacturing and marketing companies. A seasoned in developing interventions for smallholder farmers that are sustainable. Strong in partnership development and resource mobilization.

Nkrumah Mauncho – Managing Director; Kantara Solutions Limited

Mr Mauncho has over 12 years of working experience in the Canadian financial services sector. A Performance-driven, insightful banker with a proven ability to achieve and exceed all business-development and revenue-generation goals in high-pressure environments. He is skilled at consulting with clients to delineate and analyze their financial situations and develop strategic solutions to further their financial-planning goals. He is a relationship-development expert that complements the ability to aggressively build a solid client base and drive revenue growth. He has comprehensive knowledge of and experience in leveraging numerous investment instruments across various asset classes in a variety of complex scenarios. With a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and a minor in computer studies, Mr. Mauncho is the Director and Co-Founder of Kantara Solutions Limited, He is a well-seasoned mentor and expert in business plan development.


We are an ag-space that heightens creativity, innovation & entrepreneurship while fostering applied research for budding scholars, food scientists & business analysts, as well as catalyse mentorship & apprenticeship for policy implementation.


The Watermark Business Park | 1st Floor, Riverina Court,
Ndege Road, Off, Langata Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
P. O. Box: 56909-00200
Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: +254 706 360 784