Director, Agriculture and Food Security Practice Garron Hansen
Garron Hansen is an accomplished agriculture, economic growth, and private sector development professional. He currently serves as director of Chemonics’ Agriculture and Food Security Practice. He previously worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the Agricultural Development Team, where he served as a strategy officer and managed a $187 million investment portfolio. The portfolio linked farmers to markets in staple and cash crops, tested innovative delivery models, and spurred private sector involvement in Africa. He has also served as the director of food analytics for Fintrac and agricultural trade team leader at the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub. Mr. Hansen spent five years in Rwanda, where he served as a manager with the OTF Group, Rwanda country director for the Wood Foundation, and an embedded advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture. He has worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company and Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Mr. Hansen holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.