By Billy Barnes, Guest Writer
Winrock International’s Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) for Agriculture Education and Training (AET)/Senegal and various AET organizations in Senegal request volunteers to develop and improve the capacity of AET organizations to identify, negotiate, implement, and monitor public-private partnerships (PPPs) within the framework of agricultural projects. Furthermore, the volunteers will assess and analyze PPP opportunities in Senegal for AET organizations and help the hosts develop PPP strategies. You can follow the team’s progress through their blog.
Mohamed Vall: Team Leader
Mohamed is an MBA student focusing on Management Consulting. He will graduate in May 2016. Mohamed has ten years of work experience in project management and business development working with public and private sector. His recent work was with OMVS, an Inter-Governmental organization in West Africa, where he was responsible of managing projects in rural development. Prior to that, He worked for six years in the Government of his country, Mauritania, where he monitored and evaluated projects in Water & Energy in rural areas. During the past summer, he worked as Business Development intern at Creative Associates, where he focused on different projects funded by USAID.
Colin Agnew: Communications Lead
Colin is a second-year MBA student from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, with a double major in international affairs and political science. Following graduation, he worked for a foreign policy think tank where he initiated a national research project aimed at improving awareness of United States congressmen to issues affecting Eastern European communities in the United States. Colin has spent two years working as an operations manager for an Agile project consulting firm where he helped establish and coordinate certification classes.
William “Billy” Barnes: Treasurer and Archivist
Billy is a second-year MBA student at Thunderbird School of Global Management and will graduate in May 2016 with a concentration in Management Consulting. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Korean minor from Brigham Young University in Utah. He has 10 years combined experience in various fields, including both for-profit and non-profit sectors and the federal government. His experience includes employee development, public and private stakeholder engagement, business development, and sales. He also has experience living abroad, such as in South Korea where he spent 2 years as a religious volunteer representative.