Ms. Charlene McKoin is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she works on the Farmer Services and Systems team focusing on integrated value chain development and post-harvest loss. Before joining the Gates Foundation in 2012, McKoin spent more than eight years working as “Chief of Party”, managing a variety of USAID funded agri-business, financial, nutrition and HIV/AIDS projects for Abt Associates, Cardno Emerging Markets and AFRICARE. Prior to her years in international development, McKoin spent 20 years in corporate, international structured trade, and project finance working for Bank of America, JP Morgan and Wells Fargo. As an international banker, she worked with Fortune 500 companies, and managed relationships with Latin American banks, as well as some of the largest companies in Latin America such as Petrobras, Vale, PDVSA, Embraer, and Electricidad de Caracas. She has lived and worked in Africa and Latin America with specific expertise in Lusophone countries including Brazil, Mozambique, Angola and Guinea Bissau.
The ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
144 National Soybean Research Center MC 637
1101 West Peabody Drive
Urbana, Illinois 61801