Dr. Andrea Porro has worked as a consultant to iMMAP since 2014. His first assignment was in Afghanistan, starting as an Information Manager for the “Common Operating Picture for Humanitarian Coordination (COP)” project funded by USAID/OFDA from 2010 to 2017.
In 2016 he became Project Leader for the COP project, for which his main tasks included the support to Humanitarian Clusters and Implementing Partners with timely and reliable IM products. In these roles, Mr. Porro has facilitated the transition of the 2 USAID-funded iMMAP projects (COP and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)) into one single comprehensive framework ensuring the continuation of the IM support to Humanitarian actors. In 2017, Mr. Porro became iMMAP’s Country Representative for Afghanistan.
Prior to joining iMMAP in 2014, Mr. Porro was Faculty Dean and Professor of Agronomy and Agroecology at the University of Makeni (UNIMAK) in Sierra Leone for 2 years. Before his role at the University, he was a consultant for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the course of 3 years and participated in various projects involving Water and Natural Resources Management in the Middle East (Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and Palestine). He started his career in agricultural development in the rural context of West Africa (Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, and Sierra Leone), South America (Brazil –Amazonia area) and Central America (Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
Dr. Andrea Porro received his MSc in Agricultural Science from the University of Milano in 2008 where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. In 2013, he received a Ph.D. in Plant Biology and Production working with rice farmers in Europe and Africa for enhancing production in a sustainable way.