ID Geeks Podcast
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Ep 3: Off-Grid Solar and Public-Private Sector Interventions - with Dr. Iwona Bisaga
Iwona is a Research Associate at Loughborough University on the Modern Energy Cooking Services Programme where she leads research on humanitarian energy access. Prior to that, she was a Research Associate at University College London where she worked on resilient recovery of displaced communities in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. She also worked with Chatham House- a UK international affairs think tank, where she led on the harmonisation of humanitarian energy access indicators. Iwona completed her PhD at University College London on energy access through decentralised solutions with a focus on off-grid solar energy in Rwanda. She then went on to head the research department at Bboxx- a provider of off-grid energy systems in Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. Having worked at NGOs in Madagascar and Ecuador, and at Engineers without Borders UK where she managed energy access and water, sanitation and hygiene programmes globally, she has a diverse experience cutting across non-profit, private and policy sectors, and academia.
Ep 2: Drones Delivering Blood and African Youth Empowerment - with Israel Bimpe
Israel is Director of Africa Sales and Customer Success at Zipline. Israel previously led Zipline’s global partnerships with multilateral organizations and UN agencies, and prior to that he led global engagement on integrating public and private medical product supply chains, and also led Zipline’s engagement with the government of Rwanda, including integration in the healthcare system, and regulatory compliance and reform to integrate the national airspace.
Ep 1: Farmer Rights, GMOs, and Agricultural Policy - with Dr. David Spielman
David Spielman is a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute. He joined IFPRI in 2004 and is currently based in Kigali, Rwanda, where he leads the Rwanda Strategy Support Program. David’s research agenda covers a range of topics including agriculture and rural development policy; agricultural science, technology, and innovation; plant genetic resources and seed systems; agricultural extension and advisory services; and community-driven rural development. From 2010 to 2020, David was based in Washington, DC, where he led IFPRI’s research theme on science, technology, and innovation policy. From 2004 to 2010, he was based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he contributed to IFPRI’s work on strengthening agricultural innovation systems. Earlier in his career, he worked on agriculture and rural development issues for the World Bank (Washington, DC), the Aga Khan Development Network (Pakistan), and several other organizations. David received a PhD in Economics from American University in 2003, an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics in 1993, and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University in 1992.