About: Dr. Charles Iyangbe


Signature Program Technical Director - Africa


Dr. Charles Iyangbe’s Bio

Dr. Charles Iyangbe’s is a leader in the agribusiness space with vast experience in supporting partnerships for enhancing value chains, food security, and livelihoods amongst smallholder farmers in Africa. He enjoys more than 22 years of professional experience in the project/program planning; designs and management; reporting; partnership building; working on agricultural enterprise development projects; and promoting climate-smart agriculture that is environmentally friendly.

Dr. Iyangbe joined Heifer International in 2021 as the Africa Regional Signature Program Director and Business Development Director for West Africa. In this role, he provides strategic direction and leadership in the design and implementation of all aspects of Heifer’s technical programming at scale and with permanence of impact across 10 countries in Africa — while providing oversight to initiatives that will help to grow Heifer’s funding and partnerships within the West Africa (plus the Sahel) region through initiatives in agrifood program designs that catalyze widespread change in the agriculture space. Dr. Iyangbe leads and forge regional collaboration, engagement, linkages, relationships, partnerships with Government, donor, and other critical strategic regional partners to support the achievement of Heifer’s vision in Africa of ending poverty and hunger whilst caring for the earth.

Prior to joining Heifer International, Dr. Charles Iyangbe worked with the United State Agency for International Development (USAID/Nigeria) for four and half years as the Senior Agriculture Economist. In this role, he undertook a variety of USAID’s economic cooperation programs in West Africa with a portfolio covering agriculture, food security/livelihoods, trade, and investment. Previously, he served at leadership positions with Catholic Relief services where he oversaw and led program designs, implementation and investments in agriculture, research, economic strengthening, and livelihoods activities for five years.  As the Agriculture Value Chain Specialist with the Chevron Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta (PIND), Nigeria, Dr. Iyangbe worked to promote linkages amongst key value chain actors. Before joining PIND, he was the Agribusiness Development Specialist with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) from 2009 – 2011, where he managed several agribusiness projects in Nigeria, Benin Republic, and Sierra Leone. Dr. Iyangbe is a certified Project Management Professional (PMDPro 1 & 2) and holds a Doctorate Degree (Ph.D.) in Agricultural Economics.  He is originally from Nigeria and speaks English fluently.