Sanna Jatta is the Regional Director of East and Southern Africa at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) since April 2015. Prior to his present appointment, he was IFAD’s Lead Portfolio Advisor for the Asia and Pacific region, in which he assisted the Regional Director in strategic planning, business expansion, and day-to-day management of the Division. Mr. Jatta joined IFAD in 1987 as the first African Associate Programme Officer of the Fund and has since worked in various capacities including as Technical Advisor, Project Controller, Country Portfolio Manager, and Country Programme Manager in fifteen countries.
Prior to joining IFAD, he worked for the Government of The Gambia, first as the Deputy Head of the Agricultural Engineering Division of the Department of Agriculture, and subsequently as the Deputy Director of a large (2000 hectares) multi-donor funded irrigation development project co-funded by IFAD.
Mr. Jatta holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Cranfield University and a Master’s of Science in Soil Science and Water Management from the Wageningen Agricultural University (Netherlands).