Stories from the Field: Growing an Economic Revolution

November 1, 2018 // 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $5 Student/Senior, $10 Regular; Available here. Tickets can also be purchased in the Action Center during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 11 - 5 p.m. All tickets purchased in person do not include additional fees.

The world is facing one of the largest food crises in over 70 years. Addressing hunger on this scale needs a game-changing solution. Hear from Mercy Corps Zambia team member Christabell Makokha on how we are working with small and family-run farms to disrupt the cycle of famine and poverty gripping communities worldwide.

By connecting smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to digital financial services through their mobile phones, we are sparking increased productivity and strengthening entire communities. These farmers hold the potential not only to improve their own lives but also to help build a safer, healthier world for all. Learn how Mercy Corps is using breakthrough technology and transformative solutions to revolutionize the face of humanitarian aid.

About the Speaker

Christabell Makokha

Christabell is the Country Director for Mercy Corps’ AgriFin Accelerate (AFA) program in Zambia and currently doubling as the AgriFin Global Strategy Lead. She has experience in strategy advisory and consulting having worked with clients in the private sector as well as in development; previous clients have included government and educational institutions, multi-lateral donors, pharmaceutical companies, and investors in the Agriculture, Global Health, and Financial Inclusion sectors. She has vast experience in performing market research and analytics to inform strategy, product development, and impact evaluation.

Prior to joining Mercy Corps, Christabell was a Project Manager at Dalberg Global Development Advisor, based in the Nairobi office. As a project manager, Christabell led teams to deliver high quality outputs for Dalberg’s clients. In the lifecycle of a project, Christabell served as the liaison between Dalberg and the client, ensuring that each project is successful from idea to execution. She also managed teams across multiple work streams for any given project.

Christabell also worked as a Consultant at Trinity Partners, a global life sciences consulting firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. During her tenure at Trinity she worked with clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical devices industries, in different functions, including corporate strategy, licensing and acquisition, brand and launch planning, and market analytics.

Christabell holds AB and BE degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Dartmouth College, US.