Andrea Ghione

I am a political scientist, an agricultural economist and a political economist with more than twenty years working experience in developing countries as: Project Leader Market and Value Chains for The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT (CGIAR) in Kenya, Ethiopia, Congo DR, India, Vietnam and Colombia, Programme Manager of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in Burkina Faso, Niger and Ghana, Chief Technical Advisor on Agro-Industrial Development of UNIDO in Ethiopia; Senior Economist of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in Ethiopia; NGO country manager, programme and project manager (in Sénégal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Guinée Conakry, Benin and Burundi); consultant in economic development for international organisations (IFAD in Mauritania), NGOs (in Guiné Bissao and Niger) and private firms (in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso) and lecturer on development finance at the University of Turin (Italy).

I hold a PhD in Economics and Industrial Development Policy from the Universities of Parma and Ferrara (Italy), a MSc in Agricultural Economics from SOAS/University of London (UK) and a MA in Political Sciences from the University of Turin (Italy).

I have significant experience in the design and implementation of industrial and agricultural policies and related interventions that consider the global and national political economy contexts and can enable inclusive and sustainable socio-economic growth in developing countries. To that effect, I have facilitated multistakeholder policy-processes involving governments, donors, civil society organisations, private sector organisations, farmers’ and pastoralists’ organisations at both national and local levels.

I have specific expertise in project management and evaluation, rural and agricultural development, agro-industrial development, agro-biodiversity for food and nutrition, food security and food sovereignty, rural and agricultural finance, and pastoralism.

My mother tongue is Italian, and I am fluent in English, French and Spanish. I am proficient in Microsoft Office, with excellent skills in SPSS.