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Paul Macek

Vice President, Programs, World Cocoa Foundation

Biography

Paul Macek is the Vice President of Programs for the World Cocoa Foundation, where he manages WCF's flagship portfolio of projects and programs. He brings with him over 25 years of experience in international develop work and humanitarian response. Prior to leading WCF' global work in cocoa sustainability, Paul was the senior director for West Africa with the World Cocoa Foundation where he oversee the foundation's programs in Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon.

Before joining WCF, Mr. Macek was the Senior Director for food security and livelihoods with World Vision US (WVUS), a large, international relief and development NGO. While at WVUS, Mr. Macek led a team responsible for the acquisition and implementation of more than 30 programs and projects worldwide. The annual $85 million portfolio of projects comprised a diverse range of technical areas that included food security, agriculture, humanitarian
assistance, climate change and adaptation, and economic development. Mr. Macek was particularly instrumental in developing multi-sector food security programs and new, innovative approaches to relying on local markets and regional purchases to deliver assistance to needy populations.

Paul has an extensive background in sub-Saharan Africa where he lived and worked for over 15 years and held several prominent positions with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) . These positions included Country Representative (Uganda and Zambia); Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa; Regional Emergency Representative in Southern Africa; and Program Manager in Benin and South Sudan in Africa.

Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI) with a BA in History and Political Science and holds an MA in International Affairs from American University (Washington, DC) with a focus on development studies and
political economy.

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