Paul Sippola joined CNFA in 2004 and has a deep understanding of designing, managing and implementing market-driven agricultural development programs in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. As the Director of Programs, he brings hands-on experience promoting comprehensive agricultural value chain development – including improved agricultural production, post-harvest practices, processing, marketing, brand development, and access to finance. He has provided oversight of matching grants totaling more than $20 million, leveraged to create and strengthen thousands of enterprises along agricultural value chains, and he possesses in-depth expertise in sub-grant management. He also has extensive experience in program backstopping and contributes regularly to program start-up, work plan development, and monitoring and evaluation.
Before taking on the role of Vice President, Programs in 2015, Mr. Sippola served as CNFA’s Director of Programs. Previously, he was CNFA’s Chief of Party on the Zaytun Project, a USAID-funded initiative to strengthen Egypt’s olive value chain. The Zaytun Project created more than 600 new jobs, generated more than $11 million in sales by beneficiary farmers and processors, and established new olive value chain enterprises through matching grant support. Prior to his role as Chief of Party, Mr. Sippola worked on programs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Iraq – including the CNFA/USAID Improving Livelihoods and Enterprise Development program, a $26 million recovery initiative to assist communities in Pakistan that were affected by the 2005 earthquake.
Mr. Sippola has spent six years living and working in the Middle East and is a proficient Arabic speaker. He holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology with a concentration in Development from The George Washington University.