Director, East and Southern Africa Division
Dr. Millie Gadbois is the director of the East and Southern Africa Division, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has more than 25 years of experience as an agricultural economist, including more than 15 years in senior administration and management. Before joining IFDC, Gadbois was the Senior Agricultural Advisor, Feed the Future Director for USAID based in Nairobi, Kenya. There she managed a team of 12 experts with a budget of $250 million. Prior to managing the Feed the Future portfolio in Kenya, she was Team Leader of Agriculture for USAID Egypt, where she was responsible for the management of more than $62 million of agricultural projects and the design of new programs.
Gadbois has served in many African countries as chief of party, country director and project manager for USAID, non-governmental organizations and institutions. She has served as a consultant in more than 20 African countries. She is very well-published in journals and research studies. Gadbois obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science from McGill University and a master’s degree in development economics from American University. She holds a doctorate in agricultural economics from University of Reading.