Maria Mullei

Manager Innovation Portfolio

Manager Innovation Portfolio

Dr. Maria Mullei is an international economic development professional experienced in building the capacity of local partners; strengthening organizational systems; and, mainstreaming capacity building into development strategies. In her role as an Agriculture and Development Adviser with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), she spent much of her career improving economic conditions through Public-Private Partnerships. She was a Senior Regional Food Security Advisor and Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening expert with Chemonics International, a USAID-funded contractor responsible for implementation of the “East Africa Trade Hub” project. She is also a faculty member in the Office of International Research, Education and Development, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In her current assignment, Dr. Mullei is iAGRI’s Innovation Portfolio Manager. The central focus of the Innovation Portfolio is to strengthen the capacity of SUA to increase its output of quality agricultural research and feed it into the development and distribution of innovative, yet practical solutions across agricultural value and supply chains in East Africa.