Lotfi is an accomplished manager and private sector expert with 14 years of experience in sustainable partnerships, market assessment, finance and investment, government reform, and project management. He is currently serving as the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Director for the Feed the Future West Africa Trade and Investment Hub Activity. Based in Dakar, the PPP Director is catalyzing private sector investment in the region by working with leading buyers, processors, and producers to demonstrate the commercial viability of West African farmers and firms. Previously, Lotfi was the Regional Director for USAID’s LPFM II Program and World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement in Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal, where he provided technical leadership, effective management and actively engaged with private and public actors. He also served as Program Director for USAID Trade Africa Côte d’Ivoire Program, which generated over $15 million in sales of livestock and agricultural products and facilitated over $16 million in investment in the cashew processing sector. While serving as Finance and Contract Manager for the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, he managed a $5 million budget to provide capacity building to producers, processers, and exporters as well as technical support to SMEs and financial institutions to improve access to finance and investment, grant disbursement to public partners, and international seller-buyer linkages. He is fluent in English and French and is highly proficient in Arabic.