Yvonne Pinto

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"Dr Yvonne Pinto is the Director of the Agricultural Learning and Impacts Network (ALINe) at Firetail Limited. Since 1999 she has been engaged in advancing agricultural development through philanthropic efforts as a senior member in the Agriculture Division of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Africa Executive of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. This work has involved the creation and management of multiple institutions such as the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, African Agricultural Capital and the Kilimo Trust among others. She has extensive experience with the construction and establishment of Boards and governance structures for non profit institutions. She has BSc in Agriculture and Botany from the University of Reading and MSc and PhDs in molecular biology and plant pathology in conjunction with the Sainsbury Laboratory and the University of London with a focus on using fundamental tools for the advancement and adaptation of food crops of the developing world. She is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural College and sits on a number of Steering Committees on Impact Evaluation, Gender Assets in Agriculture and Higher Education Fellowships based in the US, Europe and Africa. She has also worked as an independent consultant in the organisation and execution of the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development in Montpellier in 2010."[1]


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  1. WorldFish Trustees, organizational web page, accessed November 22, 2014.