Christabell Makokha

Director, Strategy and Learning

Christabell is a strategist and development expert with experience in designing and leading implementation of new, sustainable business models and partnerships to drive solutions that reach underserved populations, including women, youth, and smallholder farmers. She has worked across Africa leading projects in various sectors such as Agriculture, Global Health & Life Sciences and Financial Inclusion, using approaches such as systems thinking, human-centred research, and financial modelling.

As the Director for Strategy & Learning at Mercy Corp’s AgriFin, a program focused on expanding smallholder farmer access to technology-enabled financial and information services, she in charge of designing and leading all activities related to AgriFin program learning, impact assessment, communications, and donor reporting. Prior to this, she was the Country Director for Mercy Corps’ AgriFin Accelerate (AFA) program in Zambia where she served as the technical lead responsible for the implementation of the country program and managed country office operations. She also worked as the AgriFin Global Strategy Lead tasked with developing the program’s five-year expansion strategy.

Christabell is a Kenyan native and holds AB and BE degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Dartmouth College, US. She is also a regular speaker at events and conferences (e.g., ICT4D Conference, The UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science, USAID’s Youth & Innovation Event, FAO’s Expert Consultation Workshop and Nairobi Tech Week, among others).