About Aly Abousabaa

Aly Abousabaa is a strategic leader in sustainable development, climate change advocacy, and agriculture research in global dry regions. He promotes the global scaling of dryland agriculture innovations to improve the livelihoods resilience of smallholder family farmers under a climate crisis. Prior to joining CGIAR to head ICARDA, he was Vice President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), where he led the preparation and execution of the Bank’s key strategies in the areas of agriculture, water, natural resources management, climate change, infrastructure, women, youth and governance.

At the AfDB, he also helped coordinate climate change negotiations in Africa and acted as Gender Champion. He holds a master’s in civil engineering from Montana State University in the US and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Alexandria University.

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