Matieyedou (Abdou) Konlambigue is a private sector development professional with more than 18 years of experience developing sustainable agricultural market systems, agricultural value chains, commercialization of agricultural innovations, and innovative financing solutions for food systems. At IITA, Abdou leads the Practice of commercialization, scaling, and private sector engagement in the Central Africa Hub and serves as an Advisor to the Deputy Director General-Partnerships for Delivery on these themes. Previously, he led a multi-donor and multi-country effort to develop strategic partnerships between the public and private sector players to manufacture, market, and distribute Aflasafe products across Africa.
He joined IITA from the Alliance for a Green revolution in Africa (AGRA), where he was a Senior Program Officer and Technical lead Markets & Harvest Management. He led the co-creation and supervision of a diversified portfolio of investments focusing on inclusive agribusiness initiatives to improve access to seed and fertilizers and structured output markets systems to benefit smallholder farmers in several African countries. He has also worked in various roles at the International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) and as a consultant for various multilateral organizations.
Mr. Konlambigue holds a Master’s degree in Rural Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and an Engineer degree in Agronomy (Major: Agricultural Economics) from the University of Lomé’s School of Agronomy. He also graduated with an MBA from the Lancaster School of Management at the University of Lancaster in UK.