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Dr. Laté Lawson-Lartego

Director, Inclusive and Resilient Food Systems

Dr. Laté Lawson-Lartego is Oxfam America’s Food Systems Theme Director and has over 20 years of experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. His theme’s vision is inclusive, resilient sustainable and healthy food systems for all. The theme straddles program, policy and campaign and comprises three sub-themes: Inclusive Value Chain, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Food and Climate Justice.

Before joining Oxfam, he spent 17 years with CARE International in various capacities in country, regional and global roles. His most recent global roles with CARE were Director of the Economic Development Unit and Sr. Director for Food & Nutrition Security Department in the US. While with CARE, he and his team pioneered CARE’s first Market Engagement & Value Chain Development strategy and implementation, enabling CARE to impact over 10 million people, especially women. 

Dr. Lawson-Lartego earned a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration at Georgia State University in the US, with focus on innovative business strategies and value co-creation between Business and Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP). He also earned two Master's degrees in Economics & Business from University of Lomé in Togo and Social & Rural Development from Reading University in the UK.