The Chairman of the Board of Directors of START International, Inc., Dr. Khotso Mokhele, is pleased to announce, on behalf of the Board, the appointment of Dr. Cheikh Mbow (photo left) as new Executive Director of START International Inc. Dr. Mbow comes to START from a long and illustrious career with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) where he currently serves as the Senior Scientist on climate change and development. He also is an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University and on the Science Committee for Future Earth. In addition to these positions, Dr. Mbow comes with an embedded knowledge of START as both a grantee and as part of a team awarded funding in 2011 to research earth observation methods in Senegal and Ghana. Dr. Mbow will be replacing outgoing Executive Director, Dr. Hassan Virji. Dr. Virji has been with START since its inception at Bellagio in 1990. He will join the Board of Directors of START International Inc. as Emeritus Director upon his retirement on 31 July 2016.