African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services

AFAAS Board Members

Mr Paul Fatch

AFAAS Chairperson

Prof Margaret Mangheni

Chair Programmes

Prof Moses Zinnah

Chair Finance and Administrative Committee

Dr Verona Parkinson

Chair Audit Committee

Dr Jeff Mutimba


Dr Mercy Akeredolu


Mrs Mary Kamau


Modibo Coulibaly


Prof Mahmoud Mekki


Dr Silim Nahdy


Board Composition

Board consists of 15 members (para. 3 of Constitution):

  • Nine representatives from County Fora, based on regions;
    . Southern Africa, West Africa and Central Africa, Eastern Africa and, North Africa
    . Each region with two representatives except North Africa with one
  • A representative from Farmer Organization
  • A representative from FARA
  • Three selected on merit basis or founder members
  • At least 30% of the Board members shall be women – (including youth)
  • The Board shall have powers to co-opt non-voting members
  • The Executive Director is a non-voting member
  • The Chairperson is selected from among the CF representatives.

Eligibility for Appointment to the Board

With the exception of merit/founder members (Clause 3.1.5 of the Constitution), appointment to the Board takes into account the following factors:

  • The commitment to the Vision, Mission and objectives of AFAAS
  • Knowledge and skills required to properly serve AFAAS
  • The gender balance as prescribed for the composition of the Board
  • Experience in agricultural AEAS or development oriented and/or related activities
  • Sectoral and/or geographical representation where necessary or desirable
  • Willingness to devote time to activities and/or matters of AFAAS
  • Readiness to serve AFAAS faithfully, diligently, devoid of all impartiality and partisan interest.