Esther Kasalu Coffin

Country Representative in Kenya and Director of Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Hub East and Southern Africa Division International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Country Representative in Kenya and Director of Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Hub East and Southern Africa Division International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

EDUCATION
Ms. Kasalu-Coffin holds an M.Sc. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba in Canada and a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Zambia. She has received specialized training in a wide range of technical areas as well as in administration, management and leadership.

WORK EXPERIENCE
Ms. Kasalu-Coffin is the Director for IFAD’s Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Hub that covers nine countries. She is the IFAD Representative in Kenya, and is responsible for the management of IFAD Kenya portfolio. Her operational responsibilities include developing and implementing IFAD Country Strategies; supporting and overseeing implementation of IFAD-financed development investments; forging strategic partnerships, promoting and engaging in constructive poverty reduction policy dialogue; and promoting knowledge management and innovations in the rural and agriculture sector.
Before coming to Kenya, Ms. Kasalu-Coffin was based in Ghana where she served as IFAD Country Representative in Ghana and Country Director for Ghana and Togo. Her previous assignment was in the Latin America Region, responsible for English-speaking Caribbean countries, after which she was posted to Haiti and took responsibility of IFAD portfolio in Haiti and Grenada.
Before joining IFAD in 2008, as Country Programme Manager, Ms. Kasalu-Coffin held positions of Senior Policy Officer and Task Manager at the African Development Bank (AfDB). Prior to joining the AfDB, she worked with FAO in the Ghana Regional Office. Her earlier positions include international consulting, working with the Government of Canada and Government of Zambia, on all aspects of the project cycle from formulation to evaluation, in various countries.