Cornelia Richter, a former Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), joined the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as Vice-President. IFAD is a specialised agency of the United Nations, dedicated to the eradication of rural poverty in developing country since its establishment in 1977. As an international finance institution (IFI) it primarily support small-holder farmers and landless farm workers worldwide.

“At such a crucial moment as we look to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, I am excited and honoured for this leadership opportunity to support IFAD’s unique mandate both as an international financing institution and United Nations agency focusing on rural development.”

Cornelia Richter, IFAD

Richter has experience as Advisor for Planning and Research and Multilateral Institutions at the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation, Macroeconomic Advisor in Africa, and several managerial positions at GIZ, including Director General for Asia and the Pacific, and Director General for Global and Sectoral Issues. In addition, Richter has also worked in partnership with the private sector, non-governmental organizations and the Gates Foundation on value chain development and social issues.

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