Board of Directors
Geralynn Batista, an international economist at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Department of Treasury, has been a champion of social and economic development throughout her career. Prior to joining the Treasury, Ms. Batista was a strategist with the global finance firm Lehman Brothers. She also served as a development associate at Leake and Watts Services Inc., one of the largest full service childcare agencies in the United States, where she helped create a pioneering program for children and families with AIDS in the foster care system. These programs are currently being replicated in a number of African countries. Ms. Batista worked in Europe with the world’s leading non-profit organization focused on agricultural issues and plant biodiversity, researching species eradication and biodiversity loss in Africa and Latin America. As an associate with Future Harvest, she created programs focused on food, nutrition, and agricultural development in Africa and other parts of the developing world and their links to peace, health, environmental renewal, economic growth, and population growth. Ms. Batista holds a Doctorate degree in Economics from Fordham University and Masters and undergraduate degrees in International Relations from American University.
Barbara Alison Rose
Executive Director and Board Member, ex officio
Barbara Alison Rose has been involved with the issues facing Africa for her entire professional life. As a Peace Corps volunteer, Ms. Rose worked in rural Ethiopia and traveled extensively throughout the continent. Ms. Rose was the founding executive director of Future Harvest—a nonprofit organization dedicated to building awareness of the importance of science for food production, the environment, and the world’s poor. During her tenure at Future Harvest, Ms. Rose developed an outreach strategy that used the voices of world leaders, the messages of respected scholarly institutions, and the power of the internet to raise awareness around the world of the importance of food production and the role of agricultural science in meeting the needs of Africa and the rest of the developing world. Ms. Rose directed the communications department of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)—an organization focused on improving food and nutrition through better policies for food production and distribution, with a focus on Africa.
Ms. Rose has worked as an independent consultant for nonprofits, with a primary emphasis on assisting her clients in communicating their programs to the general public. Ms. Rose serves on the Board of Trustees of EcoAgricultural Partners, an environmental nonprofit organization, and a member of the Tufts Nutrition Council. She received an MBA from Columbia University, a MA in Journalism with a focus on African studies from the University of Maryland, and a BA from Hood College.
Edward W. Sulzberger
Ed Sulzberger is an international fund raising and public awareness expert specializing in research and development issues for developing countries. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Mr. Sulzberger has spent nearly three decades working with public sector agencies and non-profit organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Mr. Sulzberger has worked with students, researchers, farmers, and development officials throughout the developing world. He lived and worked in Nigeria in the 1970s, serving as an adviser to Nigeria’s Federal Department of Agriculture.
Mr. Sulzberger has written widely on issues such as AIDS, agricultural biodiversity, and food production. He has worked extensively with the Consultative Group on International Research. He works and travels throughout Africa and is currently engaged in climate change projects involving smallholder farmers and projects for African AIDS orphans. Mr. Sulzberger earned a bachelors degree from Emerson College and holds a Masters in Corporate and Political Communications from Fairfield University. He is based in Galveston, Texas.
Jean-Claude Tchatchouang, an economist, has served as senior advisor at the World Bank for more than ten years. This work has included a focus on more than twenty countries in Sub Saharan Africa. Trained as an economist in his native Cameroon and the United States, Mr. Tchatchouang also worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund and served for ten years as the division chief at the Central Bank of the Central African States (BEAC). Mr. Tchatchouang also served for a dozen years with the Mitchell Group, a Washington D.C.-based firm providing development assistance support to governments and other organizations working in Africa and around the world. He is the author of a number books and articles on economics and finance. Mr. Tchatchouang received a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon, and a Masters degree in International Economic and Finance from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.
Yi-Chieh Yeh is a graduate student at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition. She is a candidate for a Master Degree in Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Yeh also studies dietetics at Simmons University. She has studied at and worked in Boston University’s Programs in Food and Wine and as a prep and pastry cook. Yeh is the eighth Grace for Africa Scholar for Food and Sustainable Agriculture. The Grace for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture supports graduate students undertaking research in Sub Saharan Africa on how agriculture and nutrition can improve food security and reduce poverty. As an Grace for Africa Scholar, from June through August 2019 Yeh studied the changing nature of rural and urban food conditions for poor and vulnerable populations at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. The research also examined the retail food conditions and people’s food consumption behaviors. Yeh assisted in data collection related to food consumption and conditions.
Chinwe M. Diké
The late Chinwe Diké, a founding member of the Grace for Africa board, played a leading role in guiding the organization’s development during its early years of operation. A lawyer by training, Ms. Diké served most recently as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in The Gambia. An expert in international banking, corporate and municipal financing and economic development, she spent more than two decades working to improve the lives of the world’s poor and worked tirelessly to develop programs focused on HIV/AIDS, poverty reduction, governance, and environmental sustainability. Her commitment to African development contributed greatly to her many professional commitments and to her work on the Grace for Africa board. Prior to joining the United Nations she served as was Deputy Counsel for the City of New York, Office of Management and Budget, and served as staff counsel to Barclays and Chase Manhattan banks. She held law degrees from Harvard and Cambridge Universities and an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College.