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CTA welcomes two new colleagues

In February 2013, CTA welcomed two new colleagues. They bring additional skills and extensive expertise to complement the current staff and help CTA to achieve the goals set out in the new Strategic Plan 2011-2015.

Mr. Benjamin Addom takes up the position of Programme Coordinator for ICT. Ben is a development researcher who specialises in the application of ICTs including mobile technologies for agriculture, food security, and rural development. Prior to his graduate studies, he spent over 4 years as agricultural extension supervisor with both the private and public sectors in Ghana. Since 2009, Ben has been consulting with international organizations such as FAO, USAID, NEPAD, CTA in exploring mobile technologies and social media in agricultural knowledge management. He has a doctorate in information science and technology with concentration in community informatics, innovation systems, and knowledge management; masters in international agriculture and rural development with focus on extension and training; and bachelors in general agriculture. His doctoral dissertation explored the concept of knowledge brokering within agricultural innovation system in the digital age.

Dr. Josu Dion takes on the role of Principle Technical Advisor for Policies and Markets. He brings to CTA over 30 years of expertise in research, advisory and capacity-building work on development policies, strategies, programmes, and projects, with a special focus on agricultural, rural and sustainable development and food security in Africa.

Prior to taking up his position at CTA, Dr. Dion served as Director of the Food Security and Sustainable Development Division at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). He counts among his achievements at ECA, the development and implementation of major regional partnership programmes with the African Union Commission and the African Development Bank, including the Africa Land Policy Initiative (LPI), the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) programme, the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), and the strategic food and agricultural regional value chains development programme.