David Hirst is a development program manager with over 12 years of project and staff management experience in East and West Africa in the non-profit sector. His expertise lies in market systems, agricultural value chain development, food security, and water and sanitation sectors.

Hirst is the Uganda Country Representative and most recently was Chief of Party for the concluded Netherlands-funded Resilient Efficient Agribusiness Chains (REACH-Uganda) project, a four-year market systems project that worked with 25 agribusiness and 40,000 farmers in the core value chains of rice and potato. David provides technical, financial, and operational support in managing staff development, fostering teamwork, developing work plans, and monitoring implementation. Hirst also led the Promotion of Nutrition-Sensitive Potato Value Chains in East Africa (PNSP) project, a five-year intervention to improve potato productivity and nutritional status in Eastern Uganda, funded by GIZ.

Hirst holds a master’s degree in water and environmental management from the University of Loughborough, United Kingdom, and a master’s degree in development economics from the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, United Kingdom.