Mr Ishmael Sunga


In his role of CEO, Ishmael has spearheaded the organisation’s work in relation to digital solutions; climate change; the development of a new generation of farmers and farmers’ organisations; multi-stakeholder platforms; systems thinking; and the governance of value chains. His wide-ranging experience and thought leadership has seen him serving a range of organisations, including the United Nations Food Systems Summit, the World Economic Forum, African Union/NEPAD, AGRA, Montpellier Malabo Panel of Experts, Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU), CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Generation Africa and the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification. Mr. Ishmael Sunga holds a BSc (Economics) from the University of Zimbabwe and an MSc (Strategic Management) from the University of Derby, UK. He is also a holder of other post-graduate qualifications and has wide-ranging experience, with more than 30 years’ in the development sector, including development research, international development assistance and development consultancy. His experience spans several sectors and areas, including small enterprise development; agricultural and rural development; rural transport; rural manufacturing; micro-hydro power; irrigation schemes; small scale mining; the informal sector; cooperatives, as well as membership-based organisations. He worked in the UK for a few years, and apart from Southern Africa, he also has undertaken assignments in in other parts of Africa, as well as in India, Bangladesh and Sri-Lanka.