Vicki Wilde is known internationally for her expertise in gender and diversity issues in agricultural development, natural resource management, emergency food aid, and organizational change programs.
In 2008, she founded AWARD, a professional development program that strengthens the research and leadership skills of African women in agricultural research and development, empowering them to contribute more effectively to poverty alleviation and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. AWARD has directly engaged hundreds of researchers and institutions across 11 countries. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, the U.S. State Department, and Agropolis Fondation, AWARD is hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), in Nairobi, Kenya.
From 1999 to 2012, Wilde was the Director of the CGIAR’s Gender & Diversity Program, which served 15 international agricultural research centers. Before joining the CGIAR, Wilde worked with farmers and rural communities in Asia and Africa for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Food Programme, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. She focused on gender-responsive participatory approaches to the formulation and evaluation of agriculture, forestry, and food security programs.
Wilde holds an MA in Environmental Psychology from the City University of New York, and a BA in Social Ecology from the University of California.