U.S.  Staff


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Alexandra Spieldoch

Executive Director

Alexandra has served as Executive Director of Compatible Technology International since 2013 and brings over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector with expertise in gender, food security, agriculture, and economic policy. Prior to joining CTI, Alexandra served as director of the Trade and Global Governance program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and global coordinator of the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders in Agriculture (NWMLA). She has contributed to numerous articles and books related to global governance, gender and food security, rural livelihoods and sustainable development.

Alexandra received her M.A. in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her B.A. is from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with a major in French literature. She has a certificate in business from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen. She lived in France and Argentina and speaks both French and Spanish.

alexandra@compatibletechnology.org

 
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Judy Hawkinson

Director of Philanthropy and Outreach

Judy joined CTI as Director of Philanthropy in April 2016. She has 30 years in the nonprofit sector as a fund development and marketing professional, with expertise in developing and expanding major gifts programs, direct marketing, expanding corporate sponsorship and foundation support, and building visibility. She has a B.A. from Carleton College, a Certificate in Leadership in the New Millennium from Saint Catherine's University and she has taken coursework in nonprofit management at Hamline University. She also studied at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and language immersion in Antigua, Guatemala.

judy@compatibletechnology.org

 
 

Nancy Korson

Adiminsistrative Assistant

Nancy joined CTI in 2017 after spending over 26 years in administrative municipal government office positions and 9 years in medical office positions. She has an Associate’s Degree in Human Services.

nancy@compatibletechnology.org

 
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Dave Dupras

Senior Technical Advisor - Africa

David Dupras is a versatile food security specialist with more than 35 years of development experience dedicated to improving food production, incomes and living conditions for the people of Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central America, and Asia. He has led and worked on numerous teams to design, evaluate and implement activities to develop and support improved nutrition, on-farm and off-farm income generation and job creation for a variety of groups including women and at-risk youth. His expertise is in managing development activities in diversified sectors, including: Feed the Future value chain development, agri-business and trade development services, climate smart agriculture, rural employment, access to credit and finance, institutional and human capacity development, monitoring and evaluation and corporate social responsibility to create rural employment. Expertise in project and contract management for USAID and World Bank long- and short-term contracts.

dave@compatibletechnology.org

 
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Don Jacobson

Senior Technology Coordinator

Don Jacobson’s career as a biochemist focused on Research and Development at both the General Mills and Pillsbury companies in Minneapolis. The interesting, but complicated, story of Don’s career is how he managed to be the only person to work at both places twice — then retire with the summation of 31 years at both companies. Don’s career was derailed in 1995 by a brain aneurysm that required three years of rehabilitation at the Sister Kenny Institute, after which Don was rehired at Pillsbury. The brands that Don touched throughout his career were an eclectic combination, including: pet foods, soy-based meat analogues, coffee replacements, Bisquick™, Godfather’s Pizza™, microwave popcorn, potato processing, and Green Giant™ frozen vegetables. Don capped off his professional career in the research libraries of both companies doing literature and patent searches.

don@compatibletechnology.org

   
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Allison Williams

Africa Program Manager

Allison Williams has 15 years of experience in international development project management, and over 20 years of experience in leadership and management development. Allison began her career in international development by serving as a Small Business Advisor in the Peace Corps in Mali from 1997 – 2000. She joined NCBA CLUSA in 2005 as a Project Manager supporting a large portfolio of agribusiness and health projects in Mozambique, Angola and Kenya. From 2010 - 2012 she served as Deputy Chief of Party for Operations on the Burundi Agribusiness Project with DAI, then joined Land O’Lakes in 2014 as Chief of Party of the Liberia Food for Progress Project.

Allison studied International Business and German at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute (GPPI) in Washington D.C. She is fluent in French and English and speaks basic German, Portuguese and Bambara.

 
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Ricardo romero

Communications and Fund Development Coordinator

A Minnesota native, Ricardo Romero graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2016 with a double major in Strategic Communications and Political Science. Prior to joining CTI he worked at Story Stick Marketing and has an additional wealth and breadth of experiences including working within college and professional sports event production and radio producing. 

   

Senegal Staff


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Aliou Ndiaye

Senegal Country Director

Aliou has many years of experience working with small farmers, Senegalese governmental organizations, international NGOs, and the private sector. He has worked as an advisor on agriculture and rural development with the Senegalese agencies SAED and ANCAR, training farmers to improve crop productivity, connecting them to the market and facilitating access to capital. Before joining CTI, Aliou worked as a Value Chain Manager for a USAID funded project focusing on sorghum and millet in Senegal. Aliou has a degree in Agricultural Engineering and a Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) at University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar. Aliou is also a Geographic Information System specialist and has used this skill to gather important agricultural data throughout Senegal.

aliou@compatibletechnology.org

   

Malawi Staff


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Wongani Langa 

Malawi Country Representative

Wongani brings years of experience working with smallholder farmers in various value chains including groundnuts. Over the years, Wongani has championed new innovations to smallholder farmers and worked with farmers organizations by linking them to formal markets and improving their agricultural productivity.

Before joining CTI, Wongani worked with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, National Smallholder Farmer Association of Malawi and most recently the One Acre Fund. They received a Master of Arts Degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Malawi.

 

Allison Williams has 15 years of experience in international development project management, and over 20 years of experience in leadership and management development. Allison began her career in international development by serving as a Small Business Advisor in the Peace Corps in Mali from 1997 – 2000. She joined NCBA CLUSA in 2005 as a Project Manager supporting a large portfolio of agribusiness and health projects in Mozambique, Angola and Kenya. From 2010 - 2012 she served as Deputy Chief of Party for Operations on the Burundi Agribusiness Project with DAI, then joined Land O’Lakes in 2014 as Chief of Party of the Liberia Food for Progress Project.

Allison studied International Business and German at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute (GPPI) in Washington D.C. She is fluent in French and English and speaks basic German, Portuguese and Bambara.