Andrew Gerard
Senior Program Officer; Knowledge Manager, The Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI)

Andrew has worked with the Global Knowledge Initiative since 2010, focusing largely on GKI’s Africa programs. One of his main responsibilities is managing GKI’s LINK (Learning and Innovation Network for Knowledge and Solutions) networks based in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa. As manager of LINK Rwanda—which focused on specialty coffee quality—Andrew helped build a long-term network of over 30 universities, research institutions, and private sector companies spread across four continents working together to support the growth of Rwanda’s coffee sector.

Beyond the LINK program, Andrew focuses on GKI’s policy and strategy programs. He has advised Rwanda’s Ministry of Education and its National Commission of Science and Technology on science and technology policy, strategy, and program implementation. In 2015, he led GKI’s involvement in a World Bank-supported innovation lab in South Africa in collaboration with the South Africa Office of the President, which focused understanding key challenges and policy options related to educational technology. Andrew currently manages GKI’s support from coffee policy development in Africa’s Great Lakes region in partnership with the US Agency for International Development, Michigan State University, and Rwandan and Burundian partners.

Outside of programmatic work, Andrew serves as GKI’s Knowledge Manager, supporting organizational strategy, partnership development, monitoring and evaluation, and staff capacity building.

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 analyzed the potential for rainwater harvesting investments in rural Jordan for Project Rainkeep, and also studied vocational education opportunities in Honduras. Andrew graduated magna cum laude from Andrews University with a Bachelor of Science in behavioral sciences and an emphasis in anthropology. He completed a Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, with an emphasis in international policy and development.

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