Katrin Kuhlmann – President
Susan Sechler – Managing Director
Eugene Terry – Senior Technical Advisor
Joe Guinan – Strategic Advisor
Katrin Kuhlmann, President
Katrin Kuhlmann is President of TransFarm Africa, a fellow with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs at the Aspen Institute and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. She is also the Director of the U.S.-Africa Business Center and Senior Advisor at the Corporate Council on Africa. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law and International Development Society and is a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School. She also serves on the boards of the Washington International Trade Association and the Malaika Foundation.
Katrin was previously a Senior Fellow and Director at the Aspen Institute and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. She has held other senior positions in the non-profit sector, including as President of the Trade, Aid and Security Coalition and Senior Vice President of the Women’s Edge Coalition. Her work focuses on a demand-driven, market-led approach to trade, development and investment policy and on addressing policy and legal barriers faced by entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Katrin served for six years as the Director for Eastern Europe and Eurasia in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) where she was responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. trade policy with Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. She has also practiced law in New York and Washington, DC. Katrin holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Creighton University, and she was the recipient of a Fulbright grant in 1992. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Bethesda, Maryland.
Susan Sechler, Managing Director
Susan Sechler is the Managing Director of TransFarm Africa. Prior to joining TransFarm Africa, Susan was a Senior Advisor for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; as one of the main architects and lead promoters of TransFarm Africa. Prior to working with the Hewlett Foundation, Susan was the Senior Transatlantic Fellow in the Economic Policy Program of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. (2005-2007) and then Senior Fellow for Trade, Agriculture and Development (2007-2008), focused on linking these components to create a framework for policies ensuring that the poor benefit more directly from growing global markets.
Previous experiences also include five years with the Rockefeller Foundation (1999-2004), serving as the Rockefeller Foundation’s first director of the Global Inclusion Program (1999 to 2002) and then as the senior advisor for biotechnology (2002-2004); 15 years at the Aspen Institute in Washington, serving as Vice President for Policy and Grant Making (1990-1999) and as Program Chair for the Economic, Poverty, and Environment Program (1997–1999). Susan has also held posts in government, most recently as the leader of the Clinton/Gore Transition Team for Agriculture in 1992 and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economics, Policy Analysis and Budget at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) during the Carter administration. After the Carter Administration she was one of the founding partners of Economic Perspectives Inc., an agricultural policy and commodities forecasting firm.
Susan serves on the boards of directors for the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the Island Press and the University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA). Susan’s articles and interviews have been published in many newspapers and journals, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Issues of Science and Technology, and others.
Eugene Terry, Senior Technical Advisor
Eugene is the Senior Technical Advisor to TransFarm Africa. He has held leadership positions in international institutions including that of the first Director General of the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA-now the Africa Rice Center (ARC), Land and Crops Advisor in the Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Department, of The World Bank, and Founding Director, The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Nairobi, Kenya.
Eugene is currently a Trustee on the boards of several organizations/institutions, which include the World Vegetable Centre (The Asian Vegetable Research Centre (AVRDC) Taiwan, the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Development (SFSA), and he chairs the Advisory Board of the West African Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, Accra). Eugene was awarded the 2010 Presidential (Republic of Mali President) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Rice Research and Development in Africa, and the Medal Officier de L’Ordre, Du Merit, Ivoirien, Cote d’ Ivoire, 1993.
Eugene was born in Sierra Leone, and holds a BSc in agriculture, an MSc in plant pathology from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and a PhD in plant pathology from the University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign, Illinois, USA.
Joe Guinan, Strategic Advisor
Joe Guinan is a strategic advisor to TransFarm Africa (TFA). He is currently a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of The Next System Project at the Democracy Collaborative. Prior to this, he was the Director of the TransFarm Africa initiative at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. With a decade of experience in international economics, trade policy, global agriculture, and food security, he was recently a consultant to the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and a member of the steering committee of the Foundation Working Group on Food and Agriculture Policy.
Prior to joining Aspen Global Health and Development, he was a fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Washington and Brussels, where he worked on agriculture, trade, and development. He has served on the steering committee of the Global Trade and Financial Architecture Program of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and the review committee for the U.S. Department of State’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. Joe worked previously at the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and at the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives in Washington, D.C., where he researched political-economic systems.
He is a frequently cited expert on international economics and trade policy in major news media, including the New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, BBC News, and Al-Jazeera. Born in England but with dual Irish and British citizenship, he was educated at Balliol College, Oxford.