Olivia Karanja supports the strategy development and execution of several initiatives to contribute to the Foundation’s dual goals to advance inclusive economies and build resilience. Her grant-making and investment portfolio includes agricultural and rural development programs including the Foundation’s emerging initiative to enhance food security, environmental sustainability, and economic prosperity by reducing post-harvest losses in agricultural supply chains, dubbed YieldWise.
An international development practitioner with ~8 years of work and consulting experience in agricultural & rural development strategies, policy, practice, and management in the Sub-Saharan Africa region; working with governments, foundations, international non-profits, and corporations. In-depth knowledge of Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, leading and developing innovative impactful development programs to build resilience and promote inclusive economic opportunities for underserved communities facing food security, youth unemployment, and economic exclusion.
Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Olivia worked as an advisor in TechnoServe where she curated the learning curriculum for up to 35,000 smallholder farmers in an unprecedented private-public investment initiative known as Project Nurture. Previously, she led, developed and executed an initiative on renewable energy sources, working with vulnerable communities and local government authorities.