Dr. Anna-Marie Ball

Chief of Staff and Director, External Affairs

In her role as Chief of Staff and Director of External Affairs, Dr. Ball provides a wealth of experience in research, leadership, and the design and implementation of intervention programs. She has previously worked and lived in rural Africa for over 30 years, gaining experience in various sectors, including reproductive health (HIV/AIDS), water and sanitation (WASH), and agriculture-nutrition (biofortification) while leading large, multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams. Dr. Ball has been with HarvestPlus since 2006, serving in various roles including Uganda Country Manager and Head of Strategic Alliances in Africa. Currently based in Washington, DC, USA, she is the interim Chief of Staff and takes the lead on the oversight of communications, advocacy, donor relations, and partnerships.


Dr. Ball has received numerous awards for her research, including: IDRC Young Canadian Researcher’s Award, Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. Award for Population-Based Research, and the International Outreach Research Award. She has also been awarded several fellowships and scholarships, including the NHRDP Fellowship, Manitoba Health Research Council Fellowship, University of Manitoba Fellowship, University of Guelph Graduate Scholarship, and the Herbert F. Crown Award.


She holds a PhD in Community Health Services from the University of Manitoba, a Master in International Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph, and a BSc in Biology (Honors) from Queen’s University (Canada).