Andrew Gerard

Lead, Africa Great Lakes Coffee Support Program

Andrew has worked with GKI since 2010, focusing on GKI’s Africa programs. He manages GKI’s work on boosting the quality coffee sector in East Africa, serving as the Lead for the USAID-funded Africa Great Lakes Coffee Support Program (AGLC).  This regional partnership, which unites GKI, Michigan State University, University of Rwanda, Rwanda’s Institute of Policy and Research Analysis, together with the coffee industry, grew out of GKI’s award-winning LINK program.  Beyond managing GKI’s Africa LINK networks based in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa, Andrew built out GKI’s policy and strategy program. In this capacity he has advised Rwanda’s Ministry of Education and its National Commission of Science and Technology on STI policy and program implementation.

Prior to joining GKI, Andrew worked with Harbor Habitat for Humanity in Benton Harbor, Michigan, in resource development and community relations. Before working with Habitat for Humanity, he organized a feasibility study in Amman, Jordan for Project Rainkeep, a water-harvesting program planned by Andrews University. Andrew graduated magna cum laude from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, with a Bachelor of Science in behavioral sciences and an emphasis in anthropology. He also completed a Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University, with an emphasis in international policy and development. He is currently pursuing his PhD at Michigan State University.