For Immediate Release
CNFA ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF BARRY I. SHAPIRO, PhD. AS
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR PROGRAMS
October 30, 2008, Washington, D.C. - CNFA, Inc. announces the appointment of Barry
I. Shapiro, PhD. as Senior Vice President for Programs effective February 1, 2009. “Dr.
Shapiro brings to CNFA an exciting blend of agriculture economics, development,
marketing, management, and on-the-ground experience, which will be a strong addition
to CNFA’s leadership team,” states John H. Costello, President of CNFA.
Based in Washington, D.C., Dr. Shapiro will be responsible for the day-to-day
management of CNFA’s expanding agriculture and enterprise development portfolio
which now includes major projects in 22 countries of Africa, Latin America, Eurasia, and
Asia. He will also become a member of CNFA’s Core Senior Management Team which
is responsible for the firm’s continued strategic development.
Dr. Shapiro joins CNFA from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid
Tropics (ICRISAT), one of 15 Alliance Centers of the Consultative Group on
International Agriculture Research (CIGAR), where he was Director of Project
Development and Marketing. ICRISAT is currently located in Hyderabad, India.
While his innovative project development and marketing activities led to substantial
expansion of ICRISAT’s project portfolio and budget, Barry also served as President of
ICRISAT’s Technology Innovation Center and Managing Director of its Agri-Science
Park (ASP). Agri-Science Park is a partnership between ICRISAT and private industry
that promotes the commercialization of improved agriculture inputs and other tools and
technologies developed through research and development to expand dry land food
production and improve farmer incomes.
Previously, Barry was ICRISAT’s Program Director of Natural Resource Management,
leading an interdisciplinary research team of 25 scientists working in Africa and Asia,
and managing an agriculture research station in Mali. He also served at Principal
Scientist for Economic and Natural Resource Management with the International
Livestock Research Institute.
Barry is a graduate of Texas A&M with a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Agriculture Economics.
He has a PhD. in Agriculture Economics from Purdue University.
For additional information, please contact
Executive Projects Officer Meghan Loraditch (firstname.lastname@example.org)