Project Hope for Africa

Martin Bwalya, Zambia

Head of Innovation, African Union Development Agency (AU-DANEPAD

Mr. Martin Bwalya is the Head of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) under The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency.He has over twenty (20) years of active and practical experience working on Africa’s development field having worked in international organisations with broader focus on multi-national development initiatives, brokering investment financing partnerships for regional and country level programmes and impact reporting.

In additional to working intensively with and within the African Union institutions (the African Union Commission, the NEPAD Agency and the Regional Economic Communities), Mr. Bwalya has wide and practical experience in the development, negotiating and management of partnerships with multilateral and bilateral institutions including the UN Agencies (FAO, WFP, UNCTAD, UNEP and UNDP) and others (e.g. World Bank, IFAD, AfDB, well as bilateral Government and institutions such as the G8 and G20. He has worked on development and management of collaboration and programming along the South-South partnerships with state and non-state players in South America (Brazil, Colombia & Argentina) and China.

He holds a MSc. Agricultural Mechanisation management, with focus on reduced tillage machinery and tools from Cranfield University, Silsoe College, England. He also has a B.Sc. Agricultural Sciences, Mechanisation, soils and water management major from the University of Zambia.