Prof. Roger Guy Poulter

Board Member, African Enterprise Challenge Fund


Prof. Roger Guy Poulter>

Prof. Roger Guy Poulter

Board Member, African Enterprise Challenge Fund

Short bio

Professor Poulter (British) is an elected Fellow of the United Kingdom Institute of Food Science and Technology and is currently a Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, where he was formerly the Director. He is currently Director of the AGRINATURA European Economic Interest Group -- a pan-European body representing European Universities and Research Institutes working in the field of tropical agricultural research, development and education.

Guy has an extensive track record of directing and leading multi-disciplinary agricultural research and development activities for the benefit of developing countries, development of strategies for multi-donor collaboration (particularly but not exclusively in the field of renewable natural resources) towards attainment of development goals and particular experience of the issues relating to the interaction of Members States and the European Commission in the field of international agricultural development under the umbrella of the European Union. In the course of his duties, he has extensive international work and travel experience and has been at the forefront of advocacy for better policies for global food security and agricultural for development and has hands on working experience in the European Commission in Europe Aid and DG Research and Innovation.

He is also a Special Adviser to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Food and Agriculture for Development (APPG) in the DFID Renewable Natural Resources Department with oversight of DFID research commissions for CGIAR (including CIAT, CIP, CIMMYT, ICARDA, ICRAF ICRISAT, IIMI, ISNAR, IITA, WARDA, AVRDC and IRRI) and UK research programmes (including Plant Sciences, Crop Protection and Crop Post Harvest).