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Andrews is a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering, obtained from the University of Malawi, Bunda College of Agriculture in 2008. He works with the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Lilongwe, Malawi as an Agricultural Engineering Technician.

Prior to this, he worked with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in Malawi for three years as an Agricultural Officer, responsible for Farm Mechanization. He has vast experience in operation and servicing of agricultural farm machinery, conducting staff training, managing programs and providing extension services in crop development.

His areas of interest and specialization are design, development and evaluation of implements, irrigation and other farm structures.


Dr. Vern Cardwell 

Vern spent 42 years teaching at the University of Minnesota in the department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics before retiring in 2013. His research has been in the area of crop management and seed physiology. Vern has received numerous honors and awards and is a past president of both the Crop Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy. Vern has been instrumental in designing and testing CTI’s postharvest groundnut technologies. Vern received his Ph.D from Iowa State.

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Steve Clough

Steve is a repurposed Metallurgical Engineer, working to build and test prototype tools in the CTI shop. A lifelong interest in all things mechanical and 50+ years of hobby experience restoring, building and modifying classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles made the CTI shop a perfect place to volunteer. Steve joined the shop crew in 2012. He previously worked at Republic Steel Research, Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Physical Electronics, Inc. and Gamma Vacuum, LLC before retiring in 2011. Steve received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.


Camille George

Camille M. George is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN (USA). Camille George has two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Liberal Arts from the University of Chicago, and one in Fluids Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a M.S. and a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Minnesota, respectively. Currently, she is interested in global sustainability and engineering for the developing world. Dr. George has worked on projects in the Caribbean and in West Africa. Her projects combine her expertise in thermodynamics and heat transfer with the preservation of food, the cooling of space in hot dry climates, and empowering women's cooperatives to better manage their natural resources.


Miranda Grizio

Miranda is a food scientist and advocate for the use of appropriate technology to improve the lives of the rural poor in developing countries. She works in R&D for the natural foods industry, having recently moved from a tofu company to a granola company, and has won several new product awards including a Vegetarian Times Foodie Award. She holds a master’s degree in Food Science from Kansas State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in International Development from Tulane University. Miranda lives in Western Massachusetts, known for its vibrant local food movement and abundance of small-scale food processors. She is passionate about the role of science in improving food safety and food security.


Wells Frank Kumwenda

Wells Frank Kumwenda is a dedicated agricultural engineer and rural development specialist, with many years of experience managing projects in poverty reduction, improving food security, nutrition, and rural development among vulnerable communities. He has worked on groundnut shelling, lifitng, and sorting equipment for many years while at Chitedze Research station, where he was head of agricultural engineering.

Wells received his Masters in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Newcastle-Upon Tyne, UK and his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Malawi Bunda College of Agriculture.

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Roshan Malik

Roshan Malik is a food security and international development specialist. He has expertise in areas of policy research and program development. He is a former Pardee Center Summer Fellow and completed his research focusing on food security, governance and human development. He has worked at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) - Pakistan and at ActionAid, focusing on issues of international trade and development, especially those related to trade in agriculture, food security and rural livelihoods. He was associated with Institute for Agriculture Trade Policy (IATP) working on issues related to agriculture trade and right to food.

Roshan Malik studied rural sociology at Iowa State University and completed his M.S.W at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale.

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Marius Quintana

Originally from Spain, Marius has lived and worked in New York and Barcelona. Art and design have always been present in his life, becoming both his passion and profession.

Marius graduated from EINA Art and Design school in Barcelona, Spain, with a Bachelor’s degree in Product Design. He got his Master’s degree in Product Design from Pratt Institute in New York.

For the last 14 years, Marius has worked as a Product Designer and Innovation Consultant in several product industries. His work includes projects for companies such as Hewlett Packard, OXO, Sara Lee, Schroeder Group, Johnson Controls, Tefal and Zobele Group, among others. One of the characteristics of Marius’s design career is the diversity of projects and products he has been involved with, ranging from cars, home appliances, tableware, kitchenware, urban furniture, to computers and cellphones. His main expertise is what today is known as Sustainable Innovation, or as he likes to call it Ethically Responsible Design.

Combined with his Design and Innovation career Marius has been a professor for several Art and Design Schools, teaching in both Graduate and Undergraduate programs about Ethically Responsible Design. At the same time Marius has collaborated with some NGO’s in Haiti, helping young Haitian entrepreneurs develop more sustainable and innovative business models.

Marius’s goal in life is to work towards a better world through Design and Innovation.

Magdalena Anna Kropiwnicka

Magdalena Anna Kropiwnicka

Rural development and food systems expert with 18 years of experience in building partnerships with United Nations Agencies, donors, NGOes and civil society. Founder of independent consultancy Food and Climate whose clients included the European Commission, UK’s Department of International Development (DFID), the International Land Coalition, the Representation of the Republic of Poland to the Rome based UN Agencies and various international NGOs. Magdalena worked for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme prior to opening of the ActionAid office in Rome where she served as a co-director and co-managed the International Food Security Network (IFSN) in 28 countries. She advised the Chair on the in depth reform of the UN Committee on Food Security (CFS) and was elected as the EU’s key negotiator of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Land, Fisheries. She is currently based in Uganda where she loves to challenge the gaps between agricultural policy and local food security needs. Magdalena is fluent in Polish, English and Italian and speaks working level Spanish and French. She holds an M.A. in International Development from St. John’s University and double B.A. in political science and economics summa cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College.