MARC SADLER is the Practice Leader of the Risk and Markets Practice of the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department of the World Bank. The unit comprises of the Agricultural Risk Management Team, supported by the Swiss and Dutch governments and the Agriculture Finance Support Facility (AgriFin), supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Marc is an expert on commodity markets, logistics, trading, trade finance and risk management. Before joining the World Bank, Marc spent six years working as a consultant for the World Bank and FAO, specializing in the fields of agribusiness and agricultural policy in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Turkey. Prior to working in development, Marc spent nine years as an agricultural commodities trader (both import and export), based out of the Former Soviet Union. He has an MA in Jurisprudence from Trinity College, Oxford University.
AJAI NAIR currently works as a Program Coordinator for the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department at the World Bank. As AgriFin’s Program Coordinator, Ajai is responsible for overall program management, ensuring that AgriFin’s activities are aligned to AgriFin’s vision and objectives. He represents AgriFin to its various stakeholders and manages AgriFin’s projects in Rwanda and Uganda. Ajai played a key role in establishing AgriFin. Prior to the current position, Ajai worked as a consultant for the World Bank and IFAD on rural finance, worked with leading non-profits in India, and helped establish a community-based microfinance organization. Ajai has a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a Masters in Agricultural Economics from the Tamil Nadu Agriculture University.
MARIA PAGURA currently works as a Senior Program Officer for the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department at the World Bank. Maria leads AgriFin’s Knowledge and Networks program where she is responsible for the development and management of AgriFin’s global platform on agriculture finance. In addition, she supports AgriFin projects in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy where she led analytical work on rural finance and provided advisory support to member countries. Maria began her career working on enterprise development and microfinance in Mali, South Africa and Uzbekistan. She has written several papers and published a book on rural finance. Maria has a Masters in Economics and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from The Ohio State University.
ROY PARIZAT currently works as a Senior Economist for the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department at the World Bank where his work focuses on agricultural finance and agricultural risk management. While at the World Bank Roy has developed a number of agricultural risk management training courses focused on price and other risk management subjects. Prior to working at the World Bank, Roy worked for five years in the area of agricultural financing and agricultural risk management consulting. Roy started his career in the banking sector, working in both retail and corporate banking. Roy works with the AgriFin team on the Cameroon project and on providing program management support. Roy has an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics.
AZEB FISSHA MEKONNEH currently works as an Analyst for the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department at the World Bank. Azeb is responsible for overseeing AgriFin project implementation in Madagascar and Mozambique. She also supports AgriFin's knowledge and networks program and monitoring and evaluation activities. Azeb previously worked for the World Bank country office in Ethiopia, where she was responsible for providing operational support to projects in agriculture and rural development, social development and the environment. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked in the private sector managing marketing and communication campaigns. Azeb holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Central European University of Hungary focusing on policy making in international organizations.
KILARA SUIT currently works as an Analyst for the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department at the World Bank where her work focuses on agricultural finance and agricultural risk management. Previously she worked in the Africa region of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of on commercial and high value agriculture. Prior to working at the World Bank, Kilara worked for two years as an economist in the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Mozambique. She works with the AgriFin team on the Burkina Faso and other West African projects and on providing general team and program management support. She has an MSc in Political Economy of Development with a specialization in African and International Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
VALDETE BERISHA has been with the World Bank since July 2012. She manages AgriFin’s webinar series on agriculture finance, the publication of its monthly newsletter, and the website. Previously, Valdete worked with the Globalization and Trade Research Group of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from 2005-2012 where she conducted research on international trade and worked with the team that established AGRODEP, an economic modeling consortium for African researchers. Valdete holds a BA in International Relations & Political Science and an MA in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University's School of Public Policy.