Obai Khalifa oversees the foundation’s agricultural development work in Africa.
He was previously a senior program officer on the Agricultural Development program’s Livestock team, where he worked on private-sector engagement, downstream delivery of livestock inputs in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and the foundation’s strategy for helping pastoralist livestock farmers increase their production and for strengthening markets for their products.
Obai joined the foundation in 2018, after more than 20 years in the private sector where he held several management positions at leading animal health companies. Before that he was a practicing veterinarian in Sudan.
Originally from Sudan, Obai earned a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Khartoum. He obtained an M.Sc. in veterinary epidemiology and animal health economics from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and an executive MBA from HEC Paris Business School in France.
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