Lee Wallace - Chair

Queen Bean, Peace Coffee

Lee Wallace is the Queen Bean of Peace Coffee, a mission-driven coffee company based in Minneapolis. Founded in 1996 by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Peace Coffee works for economic justice for coffee farmers, promoting healthy local economies and sustainable business practices. Historically a wholesale company, Peace Coffee has been expanding into retail and is currently operating four coffee shops in the Minneapolis area.

Named one of Minneapolis’ 40 Under 40 in 2012, Lee speaks frequently about fair trade, ethical business and building a successful company. Lee’s professional background includes entrepreneurship, economic development, small business incubation, and natural foods.

In her spare time, Lee enjoys reading, gardening, playing ice hockey and collecting pets.

Bernhard van Lengerich

Former Chief Science Officer, VP Technology Strategy, General Mills

Bernhard van Lengerich studied food and biotechnology at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and completed his dissertation entitled "Development and Application of a Systems Analytical Model for the Extrusion of Starches and Starch Containing Ingredients" in 1984 with summa cum laude. He worked at Werner & Pfleiderer in the United States as a process engineer and, subsequently, at RJR Nabisco, New Jersey, U.S.A., as director for extrusion research.

Van Lengerich joined the Buhler Corporation in Switzerland as vice president for research and development for the Food Group and was responsible for global R&D. In 1994, van Lengerich joined General Mills Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., and recently retired from his position as chief science officer and vice president, technology strategy.

Van Lengerich is the inventor of more than 70 U.S. and international patents of food products, processing, ingredients, extrusion, and microencapsulation and has several patents pending. He has published more than 50 international publications and four book chapters on food processing, systems analysis, and food extrusion.

Van Lengerich serves as honorarium professor at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Paul Healey - Past Chair

SVP Deputy Chief Credit Officer, TCF Equipment Finance

Paul is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who spent 2 years working as a Small Enterprise Development Volunteer in Mali, West Africa. His first exposure to CTI was through an internship for CTI in the early 1990's prior to attending the Monterey Institute of International Studies where he studied development. In addition to an MA in International Policy Studies, he holds a BA from Occidental College in Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Paul joined GE Capital in 1998 and held a variety of positions in Operations and Risk Management. In December 2014, he moved to his current role at TCF Equipment Finance where he manages credit underwriting teams and coordinates enterprise risk management reviews for the business.

Paul, his wife Becky Dankowski, and their 3 young children live in South Minneapolis.

Al Sullivan - Treasurer

Managing Partner, Kinnan Capital

Al Sullivan is the Managing Partner at Kinnan Capital, a small private equity firm in Wayzata, MN focused on making acquisitions in the small-to-middle market. He has spent nearly a decade analyzing, investing in, and managing both public and private companies. Prior to his career in finance, Al was a software engineer with Minneapolis-based FICO. He has a breadth of experience in the financial service sector and beyond, including software development, marketing, sales, and consulting.

Al earned an MBA from Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in 2010 and a BS in Computer Science from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) in 2000. He currently lives outside Minneapolis with his wife and two sons. He enjoys playing hockey in the winters and pretty much anything gets him outside in the summer.

Appo Agbamu

Portfolio Manager Associate, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Appo came to CTI by first serving on the Pollinator Gala committee, where he has demonstrated enthusiasm, leadership and follow-though to help CTI succeed in our fundraising. Appo’s parents immigrated to New York, where he was born, from Nigeria. His father recruited him to support the activities of Books For Africa, where Appo was introduced to a Minnesota-based International Nonprofit. Like his family, Appo is interested in supporting the work of nonprofits that deliver quality programming to Africa.

Jared Brewington

Founder and President, United States Data Laboratories LLC

Jared is the President of United States Data Laboratories, of Minneapolis, MN, a private software development firm. He studied advanced technology in Minneapolis, MN. He has held senior business development and brand management positions in renewable energy technologies, cloud infrastructure management and business services; consulting with hundreds of businesses.

Jared was active in legislative affairs regarding renewable energy standard & policy, and an active collaborator with The United States Green Building Council. Jared is a native of Minneapolis, MN (5th generation) and a proud father of one (daughter).

Ronald L. Christenson

Retired, Corporate VP and CTO, Cargill

Ron retired from Cargill in 2009 after 38 years of service. During his career with Cargill he lived in Argentina and Canada and several locations within the USA while engineering, building and operating food processing plants. He had been responsible for Plant Operations, Food safety and Environment, Health and Safety and Engineering. 

Ron has an interest in continuing to help people in the developing world through technology and education. He is supporter of Engineers without Borders. Ron also chairs the Dean's Advisory Board for the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota. He has supported the University through scholarships, fellowships and by endowing a chair in renewable energy. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1972. He is a registered professional engineer.

Ron is a member of the Board of Trustees of Science Museum of Minnesota. An avid outdoorsman, he owns a small woodland that he stewards for wildlife.

Susan Cornell Wilkes

Founder and President, Adventures in Giving LLC

Susan is the Founder and President of Adventures in Giving, LLC. Her company provides management and consulting services to family and small foundations on effective international grant making and organizes trips for foundation families and groups to developing countries to meet potential partners and visit grant sites.

A Native of Washington, D.C. and educated at Harvard, Susan launched her career in the independent sector as a co-founder of internationally acclaimed Up With People Inc. She has since collaborated with corporate, private and community foundations in a broad range of philanthropic and international development activities in 30 countries, as well as in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New York, Minnesota and Arkansas, where she worked with President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Prior to creating Adventures in Giving Susan spent two years collaborating with members of the Rockefeller family in an innovative effort to involve foundations and corporations in stimulating the creation of venture capital funds in Africa and Latin America through profitable investments in entrepreneurship and sustainable economic development for positive social impact. An advocate of microfinance, Susan and her husband Jim Klobuchar, well-known Minnesota columnist, author, mountain climber and adventure travel leader, published "The Miracles of Barefoot Capitalism", the story of microcredit organizations, programs and clients whom they interviewed on three continents.

Susan is a family member Trustee of the Peter C. Cornell Trust, established in 1949 in Buffalo, New York by her great uncle, father of the famous American actress, Katharine Cornell.

Doug Dunlay

Vice President, Corporate Plant Operations, Cargill

Doug Dunlay was named Vice President of Plant Operations for worldwide Grain, Cotton, Salt  and Animal Nutrition businesses in 2004. He joined Cargill in 1985 as a production supervisor trainee at Cargill's port terminal in Tampa, Florida. Doug has held numerous plant and regional plant operation positions including Reserve, Louisiana, Southeast Missouri region, Portland, Oregon Export group and Operations Leader for U.S. grain business.

He received his bachelor's degree in Agriculture Economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1984. Doug along with his wife Terry and three sons Zachary, Andrew and Benjamin reside in Minnetrista, Minnesota.

Todd Harper

ITQ Director, General Mills

Andrea Kajer

Deputy Director at Minnesota Historical Society

Andrea is a visionary leader, advocate, and lobbyist with three decades of success providing guidance to organizations in both the public and private sector. Represented, and met objectives for organizations as diverse as the Minnesota Historical Society, the City of Minneapolis, and the Minnesota WILD. Andrea is an exceptional relationship builder known for integrity, insight, clarity, and action that bring results, including legislative goals and funding success. Special expertise in government relations, capital projects, appropriations and public funding, public safety, economic development and professional sports. Andrea succeeds in delivering current initiatives while shepherding plans that strengthen an organization's future. She has succeeded in managing operations, staff and budget. In her current position at Minnesota Historical Society, Andrea provides executive leadership and direction for the Minnesota Historical Society's external programming, including current operations and future planning. Over the past nine years she has had responsibility for the Government Relations, Fund Development, Marketing, Communications and the State Historic Preservation Office. She advises and supports the Director and other members of the executive team and has direct accountability for a combined budget of more than $10 million. Andrea also represents the Society as a spokesperson and ambassador, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Moyenda Knapp

Partner, MWH Law Group, LLP

Moyenda Mutharika Knapp, an attorney, is a partner in the Chicago office of MWH Law Group, L.L.P., where she handles employment litigation matters on behalf of employers, business litigation disputes, and ERISA cases on behalf of plan administrators. Moyenda is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern School of Law, where she has been teaching since 2005; the 2014-2016 President of the Chicago Lincoln American Inn of Court; a member of the Women’s Board of Misericordia, which is home to over 600 adults and children with physical and developmental disabilities; a membership committee member of the Union League Club of Chicago; and has recently accepted an appointment to the Board of Visitors of Mary Institute St. Louis Country Day School, a private elementary, middle, and high school.

Moyenda graduated from Mary Institute and earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

In her spare time, Moyenda enjoys running and recently completed the 2015 Chicago Marathon. She also regularly travels to Malawi, where her father, A. Peter Mutharika, is President.

Benjamin Linden

Associate, Robins Kaplan LLC

Ben’s practice is focused in the area of intellectual property where he has represented a diverse group of clients—from solo inventors to Fortune 500 industry leaders—in a wide range of industries. He has experience in both patent monetization and patent litigation. Ben attended law school at the William Mitchell College of Law focusing his studies on intellectual property and international law. As a research assistant to Professor John Radsan, Ben helped research and write articles in the areas of international humanitarian law and constitutional law. At William Mitchell, Ben developed an independent research program which allowed him to travel to Cuba to meet and interview University of Havana faculty and intellectual property practitioners. While in school, Ben also served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Franklin L. Noel and the Honorable Ann D. Montgomery, U.S. District Court, Minnesota. Ben came to law school after working four years in a number of federal agencies for the defense contractor, BAE Systems. There, he used his undergraduate degree in computer science to support federal biometric identification programs and information technology management. Named a “Minnesota Rising Star,” Super Lawyers (2016) Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2015-2016) As a third year law student, Ben was recognized for his excellence in the study of federal law and practice by receiving the 2012 “Harry A. Sieben Award” from the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Scott J Montgomery

Director, Flour Fortification Initiative, A Private-Public-Civic Investment in Each Nation

Scott joined Cargill, Incorporated in 1980 as a trainee at Cargill's Oilseeds Processing Plant in Washington, Iowa. After serving in supervisory positions for Cargill Flour Milling in New York, Chattanooga and Kansas, he was named Regional Superintendent for Cargill Flour Milling 1989 and Manager of Operations for North American Flour Milling in 1993.

In 1996, Scott was named Vice President, Global Wheat Flour Milling Operations, which included flour mills in the United States, South America and India. In 1999, he was named Vice President, WorldWide Dry Milling Operations, which added the dry corn mills in the U.S. and U.K.

In 2002 Worldwide Citrus was added to Scott's responsibilities. Scott was seconded to Allied Mills, a joint venture acquisition in Australia, for just short of one year in October 2002 as General Manager. He then returned to the United States as Vice President, Dry Milling/Citrus Operations.

Scott was named Vice President, Corporate Procurement Leader, North America in November 2005. In July 2006 he was named Vice President, Global Procurement Leader. He retired from Cargill in June 2010.

In August 2010 Scott started working with the Flour Fortification Initiative as the Industry Liaison. In March 2011 he was appointed Director.

Scott received a B.S. degree in Milling Science and Management from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, in 1980.

René W. Steiner

CEO/President, Bühler Inc. North America

René has over 30 years with Bühler and has extensive knowledge in Executive Management, Sales and Engineering. Starting his work career in an Apprenticeship Program with Bühler in Switzerland, he earned Degrees in Mechanical and Process Engineering. He was also President of Bühler, South Africa and served on the Executive Board at Bühler Group, Switzerland for 8 years. Since 2005, he has been CEO/President of Bühler Inc., North America.
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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.


Madame Bousso Fall

Madame Bousso Fall is a sociologist and a trained gender expert working in Senegal. She specializes in the training of trainers, local development, technical advocacy and women’s leadership. She currently works as a visiting professor at the National School of Social Workers in Senegal. From 2008-2013, she served as the #1 Technical Advisor to the national Ministry of Women and Children. She has helped develop key policies and programs relating to the social and economic advancement of women in Senegal , including the National Strategy for Gender Equity and Equality, the National Strategy for Women's Entrepreneurship, and the Poverty Reduction Strategy Policy (PRSP). She has also worked as a gender expert in collaboration with the Italian and Canadian development donor agencies.


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.

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Can you help solve my water or post-harvest food processing challenge in [country X]?

We are always interested in solving new challenges and welcome your questions. You can email us at cti@compatibletechnology.org with the specifics and we will be in contact with you about how we can help.

How do your devices get to the people who need them?

We deliver technologies through collaborations with individuals and other organizations. When possible, we have our devices manufactured in the developing world. It cuts down on freight costs, and generates employment in the community. Our grinders can be purchased by emailing or calling uswe ship internationally. They even get through airport security! Other tools can be built by you, with instructions from us. Visit our technologies page to learn more about our catalogue of current and emerging devices.

Who pays for the devices?

Our devices are sponsored by individuals, community groups, churches, other organizations, academic institutions. They are generally purchased in conjunction with a specific project. Sometimes, the devices are given on loan and ultimately purchased by their end users—communities in poor regions of developing countries. Gifts from donors fund research and development costs associated with engineering the devices.

Can you come to my community group/church/school to talk about CTI?

We’d love to share CTI with your community. Contact us with details to set up a time for us to share.

Can I or my group come to CTI?

Yes! We welcome visiting groups (with advance notice) to come and hear about CTI and tour our shop. Periodically, we welcome groups (with persons over 16 years of age) to assemble grinders in our shop. It’s a great experience and, if you choose, we will send you notification when the grinder you assembled is shipped overseas! Contact us at cti@compatibletechnology.org to learn more.

Does CTI have a religious affiliation?

No, and CTI works with anyone who is interested in serving the poor and marginalized around the world, regardless of their religion.

How do I order a CTI Device?

Send an e-mail to cti@compatibletechnology.org and describe your request.

How do I get replacement parts?

Send an e-mail to cti@compatibletechnology.org and describe your request.