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Peter White has, over the past twenty-five years, worked with international commercial banks (Citibank, HSBC) and development agencies (IFC, World Bank, USAID, US Peace Corps), promoting and financing private sector investments in emerging markets. While his experience spans numerous global markets, including China, India, and Turkey, his particular regional focus is West Africa, which is home today to 300 million people and will see its food consumption double over the coming two decades. Most recently, he was responsible for IFC’s Agribusiness investment program in West and Central Africa, based in Accra. He has lived and worked extensively in both English- and French-speaking Africa. He currently consults for the World Bank Group and others and is a frequent speaker on agribusiness investment, trade policy, and food security. He has written or collaborated on publications analyzing the challenges and cost implications of intra-regional trade (West Africa), marketing of food staples, and accessing credit for SME and larger scale investment. Peter is an MBA graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.