Partners for Advancing Agriculture ®

Olivia Karanja

Winter 2020

Olivia brings to the table a depth of expertise as an international development practitioner. She has a decade of working and consulting experience in rural development strategies, policies, practice and management in the Sub-Saharan African region; working with governments, foundations, international non-profits and corporations. She has in-depth knowledge of Kenya, Tanzania, and Nigeria, through her work developing and leading innovative impactful programs to build resilience and promote inclusive economic opportunities for underserved communities facing food insecurity, youth unemployment and economic exclusion. While in her previous role at the Rockefeller Foundation, she led a portfolio of $50MM, supported strategy development and execution of several initiatives to contribute to the Foundation’s mission. Prior to that Olivia worked as a Business Advisor in TechnoServeand supported farmer groups to build robust governance structures that contributedgreatly towards sustainabilityof efforts. She also spent time at the Kenya National Federation of African Producers where she led the design and execution of a renewable energy initiativemarketing campaign for farmers. Olivia enjoys spending time with family & friends, outdoor activities and giving back to the community.