Country Director Kenya, World Food Programme
Annalisa Conte has been WFP Representative and Country Director in Kenya since August 2015.
Prior to taking up her position in Nairobi, Annalisa served as Deputy Director for the Policy and Programme Division of WFP, where she was in charge of Programme Innovations from February 2013 until August 2015.
Between 2011 and early 2013 Annalisa led the “Cash-for-Change” initiative, which was launched by the WFP Executive Director to build the required corporate infrastructure, i.e. systems, processes, tools and capacities, that allows WFP to fully include cash-based transfers in the food assistance tool box.
Prior to this assignment, Annalisa served as WFP Country Director and Representative in Burkina Faso where she oversaw the roll-out of the first WFP full-scale voucher operation in Africa. Throughout her 20+ years of professional career with WFP, Annalisa has undertaken several assignments, mostly in Africa but also in Asia, Latin America and in WFP headquarters, where between 2002 and 2005 she was Chief of the Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping Unit.
Before joining WFP, Annalisa spent more than 10 years in academia applying her expertise in food security and economic analysis in several areas of research in the Horn of Africa and Eastern Europe.
During that period, she worked with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw, the Czech Academy of Science in Prague and the University of Venice in Italy.
Annalisa holds a Master of Science degree in Regional Planning from the University of Venice, Italy.