Team Members


Tim Benton

Prof Tim Benton

Project Co-Leader
Research Director, Emerging Risks & Director, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Chatham House

Professor Tim Benton leads the Energy, Environment and Resources programme at Chatham House. He joined Chatham House in 2016 as a distinguished visiting fellow, when he was also dean of strategic research initiatives at the University of Leeds. His particular interest is food system resilience in the face of climate change. He has published over 150 academic papers, many on the topics of agriculture and its sustainability, both in developing and developed world contexts. Find out more

Dr. Tshilidzi Madzivhandila

Project Co-Leader

Dr. Madzivhandila is the Chief Executive Officer of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and has over 20 years’ experience in applied research for development, policy analysis, project management, and monitoring and evaluation, with a special focus on the food, agriculture, nutrition and natural resources nexus issues. He has served in senior positions in national research institutions, government and international development organisations. A holder of a PhD degree in Economics – specializing in public policies and programmes evaluation – from the University of the New England, Australia, a Masters’ degree in Development Studies from the University of Free State, and a Bachelors’ degree in Agricultural Management from the University of Limpopo. Find out more


Stephen Besford

Programme Executive Officer, University of Leeds

Steve Besford has a Masters in International Development and extensive project management experience, through delivery of health and education projects across Africa, working through local partners, building their capacity and empowering them to bring about sustainable change. He worked in Mozambique for six years on training and skills provision for local adults and young people.

Dr. Helen Coskeran

Monitoring, Evaluation & Capacity-Building Lead, University of Leeds

Dr. Helen Coskeran is an international development professional with a background in project management in the non-profit and private sectors. She joined the university and the GCRF-AFRICAP team in August 2018. Within the programme, Helen oversees all monitoring and evaluation activities with the support of the M&E Working Group, and leads the programme’s capacity-building and knowledge-sharing theme. Find out more

Sithembile Mwamakamba

Regional Policy Officer, FANRPAN

Sithembile “Thembi” Mwamakamba coordinates FANRPAN’s climate smart agriculture policy research and advocacy projects. Her work focuses on enhancing the research-to-policy interface between climate change, smallholder agriculture and poverty reduction by addressing the specific needs of vulnerable groups in Africa, including women, youth and small-scale farmers. Find out more

Shiluva Nkanyani

Programme Assistant, FANRPAN

Ms Shiluva Nkanyani is a Programme Assistant and works with the FANRPAN Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) team. She provides direct support to the Agricultural and Food-system Resilience: Increasing Capacity and Advising Policy (GCRF-AFRICAP) programme, working closely with the Regional Policy Officer, Ms Sithembile Mwamakamba. Her other responsibilities include administrative, technical, research and resource mobilization support. Find out more

Lauren Phillips

Communications & Events Officer, University of Leeds

Lauren Phillips is a communications professional experienced in internal and external communications, strategy development, public relations and community development. Her areas of expertise include diversity, equity and inclusion; mental health; gender and sexual-based violence; Indigenous and cross-cultural relations; and sustainability. Lauren is the lead communicator for the AFRICAP programme, and also oversees event planning, promotion and execution.

Research & Advocacy


Pamela Kuwali

National Director, Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET)

Pamela Kuwali has over 20 years experience as a Governance Specialist and Development Practitioner. She is the FANRPAN Node Coordinator in Malawi. Pamela is responsible for coordinating all AFRICAP-related work in Malawi.


Christian Chomba

Partner/Research & Policy Advisor, Agricultural Consultative Forum (ACF)

Christian Chomba is a Partner with the Agricultural Consultative Forum (ACF) and is working as a Research and Policy Advisor, as well as the FANRPAN Node Coordinator in Zambia for the AFRICAP Project.

Christian is an Agricultural Economist with 30 years of multi-institutional working experience, spanning across private, public, international and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) institutions. He also works as an independent consultant in the area of agriculture and rural development. Christian holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics, and a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences degree, obtained from the University of London (Wye College) and University of Zambia, respectively.

Masiye Nawiko

Executive Director, Agricultural Consultative Forum (ACF)

Mr. Masiye Nawiko is the Chief Executive Officer of the Agricultural Consultative Forum (ACF). He has over 20 years of experience in rural development, most of which has been in policy analysis, project monitoring and evaluation, and strategy development. He has served in senior positions in the government as well as donor funded projects, and has substantial practical experience in policy analysis, survey design, data handling and analysis. Masiye was trained at the University of Zambia in economics and business administration, and holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics with specialisation in project appraisal, monitoring and evaluation from the University of Reading, UK.

United Kingdom

Prof Andy Challinor

Professor of Climate Impacts, University of Leeds

Andy Challinor is a Professor of Climate Impacts whose work focuses on using climate modelling and process studies to understand food production and food security; treatments of uncertainty and managing risk; and climate-resilient pathways and adaptation. For GCRF-AFRICAP, he leads the ‘Climate-Smart Development Pathways’ theme. Find out more

Dr. Sarah Chapman

Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Dr Sarah Chapman is a Research Fellow within the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (ICAS) at the University of Leeds. For the GCRF-AFRICAP project, she is working on climate change and agriculture in East Africa, using a convection-permitting model applied to present-day and future climates. Find out more

Heather Clark

Research Project Manager, University of Aberdeen

Ms Heather Clark is a Research Project Manager in the Dietary Assessment team at the University of Aberdeen. Her work on GCRF-AFRICAP relates to diets and nutrition. Find out more 

Prof Andy Dougill

Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Leeds

 Professor Andy Dougill is a Professor of Environmental Sustainability and a dryland environmental change researcher who has developed research approaches that integrate a range of disciplines including soil science, ecology, climate change, development studies and environmental social sciences. For GCRF-AFRICAP, he acts as Country Coordinator for the work in Malawi. Find out more

Dr. Samuel Eze

Research Fellow in Soil Science of African Agricultural Systems, University of Leeds

Dr Samuel Eze is a Research Fellow in the Soil Science of African Agricultural Systems at the University of Leeds. This involves contributing to research under the ‘Farming Systems’ theme. Find out more

Dr. Joseph Hubert Galani Yamdeu

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biochemical Food Safety, University of Leeds

Dr Joseph Hubert Galani Yamdeu is a university lecturer and researcher with experience in Africa, Europe and Asia and expertise in plant and food biochemistry, plant pathology and plant molecular biology. For GCRF-AFRICAP he is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemical Food Safety at the School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds. Find out more

Dr. Henry Greathead

Lecturer in Zoology, University of Leeds

Dr. Henry Greathead, a Lecturer in Zoology, is a ruminant nutritionist interested in the fermentative digestion of fibre. For the GCRF-AFRICAP project he works on the sustainable intensification of smallholder livestock production. Find out more

Dr. Stewart Jennings

Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Dr. Stewart Jennings is a research fellow working on crop, livestock and land use modelling for the GCRF-AFRICAP programme. He is a lead contributor to the ‘Climate-Smart Development Pathways’ theme. Find out more

Richard King

Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs

Richard King is a senior research fellow in Chatham House’s Energy, Environment, and Resources programme. His work focuses on systemic shocks and the sustainability of, and climate risks to, food systems, agriculture, land-use, and soft commodity resource trade. For GCRF-AFRICAP, Richard works on Policy Design and Implementation as well as trade and nutrition scenarios for the Integrated Assessment Framework. Find out more

Prof William Kunin

Professor of Ecology, University of Leeds

As Professor of Ecology, Bill Kunin’s areas of expertise include spatial aspects of population and community ecology and conservation biology. For GCRF-AFRICAP, he acts as Country Coordinator for work being implemented in South Africa. Find out more

Dr. Marcelin Tonye Mahop

Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Dr. Marcelin Tonye Mahop has expertise in biological sciences, environmental governance, intellectual property rights. His career trajectory includes work experience in agricultural policies, seeds regulations and seeds systems in Africa, agricultural biotechnology and science policies in Africa, the biodiversity cluster of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), the rights of indigenous and local communities, and the protection of traditional knowledge innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities. Find out more

Dr. Edward Pope

Expert Applied Scientist, UK Met Office

As Expert Applied Scientist at the UK Met Office, Edward conducts research into climate change and its impacts, to meet the needs of a wide range of commercial and government organisations. For GCRF-AFRICAP, he is involved in the modelling work contributing to the ‘Climate-Smart Development Pathways’ theme. Find out more

Prof Claire Helen Quinn

Professor in Natural Resources Management, University of Leeds

Dr Claire Quinn is a Professor in Natural Resources Management at the University of Leeds and an environmental social scientist with over 20 years of experience working on interdisciplinary projects in Africa, Europe and Asia. For GCRF-AFRICAP, Claire leads on the ‘Policy Design and Implementation’ Theme, building policy and practice capacity for translating evidence into pathways for SDG-compliant agri-food systems. Find out more

Dr. Susannah Sallu

Associate Professor in Environment and Development, University of Leeds

Dr Susannah Sallu is Associate Professor in Environment and Development with expertise in rural livelihoods, vulnerability and resilience climate change and development. For GCRF-AFRICAP, she is the Country Coordinator for work taking place in Tanzania, a country she has worked in for over 18 years. Find out more

Dr. Harriet Elizabeth Smith

Research Fellow in Climate Smart Agriculture, University of Leeds

Dr Harriet Smith is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist, with experience working in East and Southern Africa. As Research Fellow on Climate Smart Agriculture at the University of Leeds, Harriet contributes to research under the ‘Farming Systems’ theme. Find out more 

Prof Pete Smith

Professor of Soils & Global Change, University of Aberdeen

Professor Pete Smith is Chair in Plant and Soil Science at the University of Aberdeen. As co-Investigator on the GCRF-AFRICAP project, he leads the University of Aberdeen work on modelling under the ‘Climate-Smart Development Pathways’ theme. Find out more

Dr. Hemant G Tripathi

Research Fellow in African Agricultural Ecology, University of Leeds

Dr Hemant Tripathi is a community and landscape ecologist with a background in studying land use, land cover and biodiveristy change, food production-biodiversity tradeoffs, ecosystem functioning and services, and pollination ecology in socio-ecological landscapes of Southern Africa and India. For GCRF-AFRICAP, he is investigating pest damage and control, ecosystem services and disservices, and biodiversity change in agricultural landscapes of South Africa, Tanzania, and Malawi. Find out more

Laura Wellesley

Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

Laura Wellesley contributes to AFRICAP’s policy design and implementation theme, focusing on policy engagement in all four focal countries. At Chatham House, Laura’s research areas include food and nutrition security in low- and middle-income countries, the private sector’s role in tackling malnutrition, and policy pathways to achieve healthier diets from sustainable food systems. Find out more

Dr. Stephen Whitfield

Associate Professor in Climate Change and Food Security, University of Leeds

Dr. Stephen Whitfield is an associate professor at the University of Leeds and the Zambia country coordinator for the AFRICAP programme. He is directly involved in research on climate resilient seed systems, the diffusion and adoption of agricultural innovations, and conservation agriculture. Stephen also leads related research projects on agricultural climate services, and on agriculture and food system transformation and justice. Find out more