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Smallholder Development Unit

Kaylyn Fraser
SDU Investment Manager

Kaylyn supports AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit (SDU). Prior to joining AgDevCo, Kaylyn spent nearly seven years at Cambridge Economic Policy Associates (CEPA) – a London-based economic and financial policy advisory firm. At CEPA, Kaylyn worked as a Senior Consultant across the Agriculture, Global Health and International Infrastructure practices. She advised clients including the World Bank and International Finance Corporation, DFID, the Gates Foundation, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the West African Development Bank (BOAD) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, amongst others. Kaylyn has supported project work across Africa and Asia, in both English and French. She holds two postgraduate degrees – a Master of Science in Economic History from the London School of Economics in the UK and a Master of Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po in France – in addition to a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Dalhousie University in Canada.

Joined AgDevCo: 2018
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Rob Fuller
Monitoring & Evaluation Manager

Rob is responsible for monitoring, evaluation and learning within the Smallholder Development Unit. He has experience of studying the effectiveness of rural development programmes and microfinance schemes in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prior to joining AgDevCo, he spent several years with Oxfam, leading quasi-experimental impact evaluations and synthesising their findings. He has a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics from Birkbeck College, University of London, and an MSc in Economics from the University of Edinburgh. 

Joined AgDevCo: 2017
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Shiloh Olatoye
SDU Finance Manager

Shiloh is responsible for the financial and management accounts of the Smallholder Development Unit (SDU) while also supporting the unit with project analysis and reporting. He has worked in three continents in various sectors ranging from consulting to food manufacturing to oil and gas. He is a Chartered Certified Accountant with an MBA in Project Management. 

 

 

Joined AgDevCo: 2016
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SANDI ROBERTS
Head of SDU

Sandi leads the work of the Smallholder Development Unit. She is an Agricultural specialist with project management experience in large scale, commercial agriculture and donor funded smallholder initiatives. Her strong private sector and smallholder development experience spans 20 years throughout East and Southern Africa. Sandi began her career at Zimbabwe Fertiliser Company and worked within the Agriculture industry in Zimbabwe with extensive travel into the region. Prior to joining AgDevCo, she managed a highly successful USAID funded program. Sandi holds an MSc degree in Agriculture majoring in Horticulture from the University of Natal, South Africa. 

Joined AgDevCo: 2015
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Susan Tissiman
SDU Investment Associate

Susan is an investment associate for AgDevCo’s SDU. She has experience as an investment analyst at Skybound Capital, a global wealth management business, where she focused on alternative investments in Africa and Globally. Susan also worked as a research associate for Coalition Development, a data analytics company. Susan is South African and holds a first Class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town and an MSc in Economics from the LSE, where she wrote her dissertation on the coffee industry.

Joined AgDevCo: 2017
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