Director of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security of  the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA)

Lindiwe Sibanda is the new Director of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence in Food Security, hosted at the University of Pretoria in collaboration with the Universities of Nairobi, Kenya and of Ghana.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Sibanda served as CEO of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and Vice-President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) for more than 15 years. She serves as the Co-chair of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA), is a member of the SDG Target by 2030 Champions on Reducing Food Loss and Waste, and a Commissioner for the EAT-Lancet Commission on Sustainable Healthy Food Systems. In July 2020, the Food Planet Prize appointed her as a member of their. She is currently directly involved in the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) 2021 report to inform the United Nations 2021 Food Systems Summit.

Dr. Sibanda has served as a university professor in agriculture, animal sciences and veterinary sciences and is a regular guest lecturer at several universities. She is a recipient of numerous awards for her contribution towards agriculture and food security in Africa; including the, Science Diplomacy Award by the Government of South Africa (2015); FARA Award for Exemplary leadership (2014); and Yara 2013 Prize Laureate; (2013). She holds a BSc Degree from the University of Alexandria in Egypt and MSc and PhD, University of Reading, UK.