Meet the team

At Global Partners, we are creating the necessary conditions to put the African farmer at the centre of the digital revolution in agriculture. We believe that the use of digital technologies in agriculture will boost productivity, connect farmers to markets and financial tools, and make agriculture attractive to youth.


Dr. Ir. Abdelaziz Lawani

Founder & CEO

Fulbright Scholar and Norman Borlaug Fellow, Dr. Lawani is a serial social entrepreneur who has translated during the last decade his researches into concrete solutions for development. The social impact of his works led him to feature among the 35 under 35 young innovators in francophone countries in 2016 and the Clinton Foundation honor roll in 2017. He is also the founder of Global Partners a faculty at Eastern Kentucky University. His research activities lie at the interactions of machine learning, remote sensing (drones and satellite data) and economics.

Dr. Lawani holds holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky, a Master’s degree in Economics from North Carolina State University and a Master’s in Agronomy, Economics, and Rural Sociology from the University of Abomey-Calavi. Drone economist, Dr. Lawani is actively working on the impact of drone technology adoption on farm productivity, health, conservation, and urban planning.

 

Mireille Marie Gbeto

Executive Assistant

A graduate in Corporate Communication and passionate about the many facets of communication, Mireille brings a wealth of experience gained in companies such as the Postal Check Center of Benin and the Ecole Supérieure des Métiers des Energies Renouvelables.

 

 

 

 

Ir. Evrard Akpla

GIS Analyst

Evrard AKPLA is an agronomist, agroforestry engineer and GIS analyst. Holder of a master’s degree in biostatistics (agronomy) he has extensive experience in collecting and analyzing GIS data, cartography, remote sensing and the use of drones for development. A NASA Fellow through a funding provided by the American Association of Geographers, Evrard is associated with many organizations including the Laboratory of biomathematics and forest estimates (LABEF) of the University of Abomey-Calavi.

Passionate about programming, geomatics, modeling the distribution of species, the use of drones in agriculture and the treatment of big data, Ir. Evrard Akpla is in charge of GIS and remote sensing issues for precision farming, biodiversity conservation and urban planning. Evrard “speaks fluently” ArcGIS, Pix4Dmapper, DivaGIS, QGIS and other statistical software such as R, SAS and SPSS.

 

Jerry N’Djigou

Chief Drone Operator

With more than two thousand flying hours on various platforms (DJIs, 3DR Solo, Parrot Disco-Pro AG, eBee, etc.) Jerry N’Djigou has been working at Global Partners since 2014, where he holds the position of Chief Operating Officer Drones. and GIS Assistant. For four years he has been passionate about drones and has already trained more than two hundred people: students, students, researchers and professionals in drone initiation. He currently supports two research laboratories, that of Biodiversity International of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and that of GBIOS at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. He is also working on evaluating the impact of drone services on agricultural productivity in the communes of Glazoué and Lokossa in Benin.

 

 

Ir. Christel Kénou

Communication Officer

Christel Kénou has a rich experience in community development, sustainable agriculture and environmental protection. He holds a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management and currently leads the communications team at Global Partners sarl.

Christel Kénou has extensive experience in communication and data dissemination, web development, social media, knowledge management, geographic information systems and has a keen interest in raising awareness of the potential of drones in agriculture. , urban planning and the management of natural resources.