Laurence COCKROFT - BritishPermanent Trustee
Laurence Cockcroft is a development economist who has worked either in Africa or on Africa related issues since 1966. His experience has been particularly focused on agricultural development and on agri-business and he has worked for Governments (Zambia, Tanzania), the corporate sector (Booker Agriculture International), international development organisations (as a consultant to FAO, IFAD,UNCTAD, the World Bank) and private sector Foundations.
He has worked closely with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation on its Africa programme since 1985 and in this role has been responsible for grant making to international research institutes, the development of collaborative programmes between research institutes in the UK and institutes in Africa and for the development of sectoral programmes, such as cotton and textiles in Tanzania and forestry initiatives in three of the East African community states.
He has been particularly involved in building the Trusts associated with the Gatsby Foundation in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Cameroun, and in the establishment of the Kilimo Trust itself and African Agricultural Capital (AAC) in 2004.
He is also a founder Board member of Transparency International and was Chair of its UK Chapter from 2000-08.