Stephen Collins is an agricultural manager with over 30 years of experience in African public and private sectors. In his current position as East Africa Regional Representative, Mr. Collins provides technical and strategic advice on market linkages, accelerating growth and competitiveness for clients and beneficiaries with a particular focus on East Africa. Previously, he was Chief of Party for ACDI/VOCA’s Kenya Maize Development Project and managed the project, which involved a diverse consortium of partners within the maize value chain, including the Cereal Growers Association of Kenya, Farm Input Promotions Africa Ltd. and the Kenya Agricultural Commodity Exchange. Before joining ACDI/VOCA, Mr. Collins led Monsanto’s Small Holder Business Development program, overseeing staff working with improved seeds, crop protection chemicals and agronomic systems for conservation tillage in 12 African countries. Mr. Collins’s diverse experience includes working with microcredit systems as well as developing output marketing plans. Prior to the smallholder role, he ran Monsanto’s technical and commercial business in sub-Saharan Africa (except for the Republic of South Africa) over many years. As former president of the Crop Life Africa/Middle East organization, he led the international crop protection association, increasing country participation from seven to 29 chapters and managing its annual $750,000 training budget. He has written more than 50 publications on entomology, biodiversity and conservation tillage agronomic systems. Mr. Collins earned his B.S. in zoology at the Imperial College in London and earlier studied elephant behavior at the Serengeti Research Institute in Tanzania. He is fluent in French, Swahili and English.