Kirsten Pfeiffer leads the design and implementation of complex agriculture market systems and investment facilitation projects. She specializes in development approaches that facilitate behavior change through market actors, including farmer groups, processors, traders, exporters, agro-input suppliers and service providers, financial institutions, business support and advisory services firms.

She joined DAI’s Agriculture and Food Security team after two and a half years in Rwanda as Deputy Chief of Party on a donor-funded agriculture development project. She has experience in finance and development, focusing on strategic partnerships with the private sector and facilitating investment in frontier markets. Kirsten is a member of the finance and investment community of practice and leads DAI’s corporate flagship investment initiative. Within her work on mobilizing greater private investment in agricultural in developing markets, Kirsten is keenly interested in the growth of gender lens investing and its crosscutting application to DAI’s development work.



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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