William Asikois the ExecutiveDirector of GrowAfrica, effective 1 May 2016. Asiko joins from the InvestmentClimateFacility for Africa (ICF), whereheserved as ChiefExecutiveOfficerfrom 2013 and fromwhichheiscurrently in transition. Asikobringsstrongexperiencethroughhisworkat ICF in supporting dialogue between businesses and governmentsthatisat the heart of GrowAfrica’s mission to develop and support multistakeholderplatforms to accelerateresponsibleinvestmentintoAfrican agriculture. Previously, Asikoserved as President of The Coca-Cola AfricaFoundation and head of Public Affairs& Communications for Africa for The Coca-Cola Company, wherehedevelopedpartnerships on sustainable agricultural value chainsamongother initiatives.
A lawyer by training, Asiko’scareerspans management positions within the legalfunction of The Coca-Cola Company as well as a periodspentworking for the Government as a State Attorney in his home country Kenya. Asikowillbebasedat the GrowAfricaSecretariat office in Johannesburg, South Africa. Followingits initial threeyearsbasedat the World Economic Forum, the GrowAfricaSecretariatisnowcompleting a transition to beinghosted by the NEPAD Agency, a planning and coordinating body of the African Union. The transition willenableGrowAfrica to scaleprovenmodels for public-private-developmentsector collaboration, and ensuretighteralignment of itsworkwithin national and continental frameworks. “GrowAfricaprovides a unique platform for forging the connections between the public and privatesectorsneeded to support the growth of the agriculture sector and unlockinvestmentopportunities, “ said Ibrahim Mayaki, ChiefExecutiveOfficer, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency. “NEPAD looks forward to scaling the impact of GrowAfrica’swork in support of CAADP and, in particular, in delivering on the ambitious Malabo Declarationtargetsaroundincreasing agricultural productivity and regionaltrade, and improvingfoodsecurity.” “Wewelcome William Asiko as the new ExecutiveDirector of the GrowAfricapartnership, “ saidSaritaNayyar, ManagingDirector, World Economic Forum USA. “He bringsstrongexperience in developing and supportingmultistakeholder collaboration whichisat the heart of GrowAfrica’s in developing and supportingmultistakeholderplatforms to accelerateresponsibleinvestmentintoAfrican agriculture.