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February 20, 2013

GPFA Names George Melton as New Managing Director

GPFA is pleased to announce that George Melton joined as Managing Director on February 1st, bringing to GPFA nearly 40 years of experience in forestry, agronomy, soil and water conservation practices, and management in both the US and abroad. Most recently, George served as the USDA Agricultural Advisor for the Mazar-E-Sharif Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan, developing and implementing several large-scale agricultural projects, working in partnership with the Directorate of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAIL) and others.

George replaces Roger Hardister who is retiring as leader of GPFA. Said Dana Freyer, GPFA Chair, “Operating out of Kabul, Roger led GPFA for the past four years, where he built a superb team of Afghan men and women staff and shaped diverse programs that have created more than 29,000 Afghan entrepreneurs and served  nearly 300,000 men, women and children. We are delighted that George Melton has agreed to join GPFA as our new Managing Director at this pivotal time. With his talents and expertise, we anticipate that GPFA will be making ever-increasing contributions to the Afghan people.”

Based in Kabul, and making regular trips to GPFA’s New York office, George will oversee partnerships with individuals, governments, and institutions, with the goal of helping Afghans create farm businesses that alleviate poverty, build sustainable livelihoods, and renew the environment.

You can read George’s full bio here.

We hope you’ll join GPFA’s Board, Advisors, and staff in welcoming George aboard.

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