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Ms. Elisa Martins Dabula

Board Chairperson, Mozambique

Mr. Reynolds K. Shula

Chairperson of the Finance and Audit Committee, Zambia

Mr Reynolds Kambikambi Shula is an experienced programme manager and natural resources management expert currently working as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organisation. With extensive experience spanning more than three decades, Mr Shula has been involved in various initiatives in the management of integrated agricultural and natural resource management programmes, programme planning and management of integrated and sustainable agricultural and natural resource projects in Zambia and other African countries. Among other qualifications, Mr Shula holds a Master of Sciences degree in Natural Resources Management, a Diploma in Agricultural Sciences (Crops Major) from the Natural Resources Development College (NRDC) in Lusaka, Zambia. He also holds a number of professional and continuing education certificates in environmental and natural resource management, project management, leadership development, among others. He currently works for the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock as Principal Agricultural Specialist - Agriculture Land Use Planning (ALUP). Until June 2011, he was Technical Officer Land Use in the UNDP-funded Climate Change Facilitation Unit (CCFU) in the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, where he was actively involved in the development of the National Climate Change Response Strategy and the National Climate Change Communication Strategy, among others. He was also instrumental in the development and review of concept notes on sustainable land management. From 2003-2008, he served as Deputy National Team Leader for the Agriculture Support Programme (ASP), where he was responsible for managing and coordinating the development and implementation of all programme activities. ASP has been instrumental in introducing and facilitating the 'Farming as a Business' concept to catalyse entrepreneurship development among smallholder farmers in selected provinces of Zambia. Mr Shula has also been very active at the international level on environmental and natural resource management issues. He is the Zambian and African Group Climate Change Negotiator for the Agriculture Track of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and has been active in lobbying and advocacy for donor support for natural resource management projects. He is the Chair of the Board of the African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) and a former country representative for the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWC). He is also a member of the NEPAD Core Group of Specialists on Climate Smart Agriculture and Chairman of Rural Economic Expansion Services Ltd (REES), a consultancy that promotes sustainable rural development.