Smart Policies and Practices for Shared Prosperity



Thu has extensive experience in HR management, marketing, and financial management. In 2010, she became the Regional Office Director for ACI Vietnam. Thu has been a vital part of ACI’s business development team in winning several projects including World Banks’ Agriculture Competitiveness Project (ACP), ADB’s LIFSAP baseline survey, ADB’s Rice Fortification in Indonesia project, ADB’s Low Carbon in Vietnam . She has also served as a marketing consultant for international development projects. In 2011-2014 she served as a project manager for ACI’s Vietnam projects. Thu understands how to maintain a good relationship with project stakeholders, hold the synergy between the technical team and Government agencies and ensuring the success of the projects. She holds a BSc degree in physics from Polytechnical University a MBA from the National Economics University in Hanoi.





Chris Landon-Lane is an experienced practitioner in sustainable agri-food and rural development and agribusiness with qualifications in agriculture, business management, and economics.His international development consulting work over two decades has brought him face to face with the challenges of achieving assisting poor rural people to develop environmentally and financially sustainable agri-food systems that meet social and consumer expectations in rapidly changing Asia-Pacific economies. Recent work with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank has focused on improving rural people’s livelihoods by strengthening the competitiveness of agricultural value chains and tourism industry. Starting his career with private sector in New Zealand’s horticultural and forest industries, he has continued in commercial roles ranging from managing his own certified organic horticultural business, acting as chairman of a farmers’ association, a member of the advisory board for the Australian Organic Standard, representative to the Australian Horticultural Export Council, and advising business on quality management and food safety systems design and auditing as a registered auditor. His commercial philosophy is that food products should not only be affordable, but also be healthy and tasty, and both agricultural and forest products can, and should be ethically and sustainably grown.


Richard VOKES

Dr. Richard Vokes has over 35 years exposure to agriculture and rural development primarily in Asia. He spent 20 years at the Asian Development Bank, holding a variety of increasingly senior positions covering both South and South East Asia, including as Country Director Nepal and Country Director Sri Lanka. Prior to joining the ADB, Richard taught development economics and rural development at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and at the University of Kent, United Kingdom. Richard is currently involved in organic agriculture and microfinance in Sri Lanka and also advises a microfinance company in Nepal that focuses its support on women and other vulnerable groups. Following early research on the Green Revolution in the 1970s, Richard remains deeply concerned about the future of small holder agriculture, food security and the environment. Richard is a Senior Advisor to ACI.


Purushottam MAINALI

Dr. Mainali is currently working as the Agricultural Expert/Deputy Chief of Party for a USAID funded project. Before this project, he worked as the. He also worked as the Joint Secretary for Policy and Planning for the Ministry of Agricultural Development in the Government of Nepal. While working as Joint Secretary, he conceptualized and led the preparation of the Food Security Enhancement Country proposal for Nepal for GAFSP-Trust fund and was actively involved in FTF Strategy development and dissemination process along with USAID Nepal. His other roles include Deputy Team Leader and Policy and Institutional Expert, for the Preparation of Agricultural Development Strategy in Nepal, Director General for the Department of Livestock Services, CEO/General Manager for the Dairy Development Corporation, Country Delegate for the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) and APHCA and manager for several other international agency funded projects.



Uttam Dulal is a Project Management specialist with over 10 years’ experience in managing development projects for a number of private and public clients in both Asian and African countries. Since 2007he has led the Finance and Administration department of Agrifood Consulting International (ACI) in the US. In this position he has overseen the overall operations of the company. Prior to joining ACI, he worked as a statistician, a project administrator and a teacher in Nepal. Mr. Dulal holds a Master of Science in Project Management from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). He is passionate about food, agriculture and international development and is fluent in English, Hindi and Nepali.


Ashley CLOSE

Ashley is passionate about public policy, social justice, and good food. After completing her studies in political science she worked with ACI in marketing and business development. Over the past two years at ACI, Ashley traveled to many of our global projects to capture photos, videos, and interviews. Through these trips she created multiple videos documenting the success of our projects in Cambodia, Nepal, and Vietnam. These videos can be viewed on our YouTube page. In addition to her interest in global development and food issues, Ashley has been working for US senators, congressmen, and nonprofits including Oxfam International on a number of policy issues related to health care, social justice, and immigration.