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Smallholder Development Unit

Victoria Crisp
Investment Manager

Victoria supports both the SDU and Platforms teams in projects across AgDevCo geographies. Before joining AgDevCo Victoria worked at the Soros Economic Development Fund, executing and managing program related investments in sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on financial inclusion and alleviation of poverty. Prior to this Victoria spent three years at Standard Chartered Bank, based out of Johannesburg working as an analyst in the M&A and corporate banking teams. Victoria graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Business Science degree specialising in finance and accounting and is a CFA.

Joined AgDevCo: 2017
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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 Specialist

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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Dr Julia Mensink
Impact Manager

Julia leads AgDevCo’s impact work and the monitoring and evaluation of the Smallholder Development Unit. She has over ten years of experience in international development and economic research. Julia started her career in academia and subsequently worked for the international charity VSO where she managed global results and data frameworks in over 30 countries across Africa and Asia, and developed and implemented strategies on evaluations, evidence based case studies, value for money, knowledge sharing and capacity building. Julia holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and an MSc in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.

 

Joined AgDevCo: 2016
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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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