Kirchner Food Fellows


Kate Collins

Kate Collins

Kate Collins is a dual MBA-MPA student at MIT Sloan and Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Sydney Herndon

Sydney currently holds bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Art History with minors in Spanish and Sustainability from Auburn University, where she graduated with honors in 2013.

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Faridah O. Ibrahim

Faridah O. Ibrahim

Faridah is an MPA in Development Practice candidate at Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs [SIPA].

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David Byrnes

David Byrnes

David Byrnes is a PhD Candidate in Plant Biology and Pathology at Rutgers University in the Plant Breeding and Genomics track.

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Eamonn McGuinty

Eamonn McGuinty

Eamonn is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the University of Guelph. Eamonn is passionate about utilizing business as a force for good and developing comprehensive and responsible investment strategies in food and agriculture. He is extremely passionate about international work and wants to work towards safer and better ecosystems bridging all sectors together to solve the challenges we face.

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Sarah Piccini

Sarah Piccini

Sarah is currently pursuing a Masters at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Sarah is passionate about building food systems that are inclusive, healthy and sustainable from farm to fork.

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Brianne Abramowicz

Brianne Abramowicz

Brianne Abramowicz completed her MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School concentrating in Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Enterprise in 2015.

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Erin Lenhardt

Erin Lenhardt

Erin Lenhardt completed her MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2015. She served as co-chair for the Food, Environment, Agribusiness, and Development (FEAD) student group.

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Ryan O’Donnell

Ryan O’Donnell

Ryan O’Donnell, is an entrepreneur and graduate of North Carolina State University. He has devoted his life to building teams and organizations that can significantly and sustainable impact our world.

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Entrepreneurial Fellows

The Kirchner Food Fellowship is pleased to have Gavin Armstrong as our first Entrepreneurial Fellow. Gavin and his company Lucky Iron Fish represent a perfect example of the kind of companies we are hoping our fellows will be able to locate and invest in.

Gavin R. Armstrong
Gavin is a PhD Candidate in biomedical science at the University of Guelph and is a Fulbright Scholar. He has received the William J. Clinton Hunger Leadership Award and the Michaëlle Jean Humanitarian Award. He has also received the Mayor’s Award of Excellence, has been named one of the Top 40 under 40 in the Guelph community, and is an inaugural fellow of the Hunger Solutions Institute.

Lucky Iron FishThe Lucky Iron Fish is a social entrepreneurship organization implementing a simple health innovation to alleviate iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia in Cambodia, especially in women and children. Its vision is to become a global leader in promoting use of this health innovation to improve the lives of two billion people who suffer from iron deficiency. Iron deficiency reduces capacity to work, impairs cognitive development in children, and results in anemia and weakness. Using the Lucky Iron Fish™ every day preparing food or sterilizing water, halves the incidence of clinical anemia and increases circulating and stored iron. The fish can be made from scrap metal by local metal workers, so could stimulate small businesses across Cambodia to produce and distribute the fish. In addition, there is an opportunity to develop businesses that will ensure quality control of the product.



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