Dr. Namanga Ngongi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Dr. Namanga Ngongi is the founding chairman of the AFAP board of trustees, a single honor in an illustrious career that has included major contributions to agricultural development and international diplomacy.
Until April 2012, he was the president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a job he took after decades of service to the United Nations. Ngongi joined the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) as head of the East and Southern Africa service and later served the WFP as deputy executive director. He was appointed undersecretary-general and special representative to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a role that required him to manage peacekeeping operations, organize peace negotiations, and oversee delivery of humanitarian aide.
Ngongi started his career as an agricultural extension officer in Cameroon, where he owns a farm. He earned agricultural degrees from California State and Cornell Universities.