William Kwende

CHAIRMAN, AGRITECH

William Kwende is an African entrepreneur and developer. Educated in Dakar, Paris and Washington DC where he graduated with a degree in computer engineering at George Washington University and a DEFL from Georgetown University. William is a former UN Official with the IOMagency. He was first posted in Dakar Senegal covering West and Central Africa then in Manilla, Philippines for 8 years where he covered several countries of south-east Asia.

His experience in development work has helped him formalize AGRITECH's initial concept featuring a mix of profit-making and sustainable development notions. Based in Singapore Agritech promotes eco development clusters supporting rural farmers in 8 west and Central African countries. It also provides agro models, access to energy, training in rural areas as well as commodities consolidation bridging the rural and world markets.

In 2010 William created Burkina Golden oils to produce Shea butter and consolidate Agritech’s activities in Shea and rare organic oils focused in empowering rural women. In 2014 M. KWENDE incorporated Golden Organic Global, to blend the organic oil into cosmetic in order to provide additional to the Women’s cooperatives in the value chain.

M. KWENDE believes in energy independence and all his projects include their own renewable power generation consisting of a hybrid Biomass-Solarplant of 5 to 10 MGW capacity. M. Kwende is now leading the Consortium for Clean food Processing Infrastructure. This revolutionary concept will provide rural processing centers running with renewable energy to vulnerable communities in Africa and around the world. It will drastically boost food security by reducing post-harvest losses of 90% and mandates reforestation activities around the centers. Supported by the African Development Bank and the World Bank the pilot site is under construction near Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.