Juan Estrada-Valle is an international expert in agriculture, trade and investment, and on the promotion of development in conflict affected environments. He is currently the Chief of Party of the Afghanistan Value Chains-High Value Crops project, supporting the growth of the agriculture sector through a highly focused approach, using anchor firms as entry points into the agricultural value chains.

Before his current assignment, Juan was the Chief of Party of the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, a multi-country, multi-sector initiative to promote trade, investment, food security, and policy change in eight East African countries. Throughout his career, Juan managed large-scale and complex development projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development in Africa, the Balkans, and South Asia. He was a Senior Scientist in trade economics at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, and before beginning his development career he was an agribusiness entrepreneur.

He is a Board Member of the Agribusiness Economics and Management Section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and in 2015 received a special commendation from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for his work rehabilitating the agriculture sector.



Melanie Beth Oliviero

Melanie Beth Oliviero has for 35 years worked for human rights and human development. As a strategic adviser on alliances and global business solutions at DAI, she draws on her expertise in corporate social responsibility, global philanthropy, civil society strengthening, and human rights and economic empowerment.

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