Kirchner Food Fellows


Emery (Hattie) Brown

Hattie is a Masters of Science candidate at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, where her studies focus on trade and agricultural policy in the interest of international food security.

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Charles Higgenbotham

Charles is currently pursuing his MPS in Agriculture and Life Sciences with a specialization in International Agriculture and Rural Development at Cornell University.

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Ambulah Mamey

Ambulah is currently a graduate student at the American University’s School of International Services (SIS) where he is pursuing MS Degree in Development Management. His concentration is in Agricultural Development and the Environment.

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Karla Rascon-Garcia

Karla is a PhD candidate in Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis after earning a B.S. in Animal Science and a Masters in Development Practice from the University of Arizona.

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Adrian Garcia-Casarrubias

Adrian is a Plant Biotechnology PhD candidate at CINVESTAV-IPN (Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute) in San Pedro Zacatenco, Mexico.

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Alfredo Costilla-Reyes

Alfredo is a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. Alfredo also holds a Certificate in Business from the Mays Business School and is currently working on one focused on Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization.

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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
Dr. Gavin Armstrong is committed impact entrepreneur. He is currently serving as the Founder and President of Lucky Iron Fish Enterprise®, a social enterprise attempting to alleviate iron deficiency around the world using a simple health innovation. Through this role he was a Fulbright scholar at Auburn University and was awarded the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Social Entrepreneur category in 2016. In 2017 he received the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award and was named ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ by EY Canada.

Lucky Iron FishThe fish is a symbol of luck in Cambodia, the country that inspired this health innovation. Headquartered in Canada, Lucky Iron Fish Enterprise operates a social enterprise where a Fish is donated to a family in need with each one purchased. Iron deficiency impacts 3.5 billion people worldwide and the Lucky Iron Fish is an incredibly simple solution to this global health problem.



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