October 17, 2013 - 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Reception starts at 5:45 p.m.)
Grille Room, 34th Floor, Embassy Club
Des Moines, IA
Join the Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program to discuss business models for effective technology transfer. We will feature real-life examples of how these models are working and what obstacles and opportunities companies are facing as they sell their technologies to smallholder farmers in developing markets.
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Location: Embassy Club (across from the Des Moines Marriott Downtown Hotel, site of the 2013 Borlaug Dialogue)
Duration: 30 minutes for presentations, 45 minutes Q&A, reception to follow
Goal: To highlight challenges, successful models, and lessons learned in bringing technologies to market.
- Bob Rabatsky, Director, Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation
- Peter Frykman, Founder, Driptech
- Denis T. Kyetere, Executive Director African Agricultural Technology Foundation
Bob Rabatsky, Director of Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, is an agronomist and agribusiness specialist with an MBA in finance, has more than 25 years of experience designing, managing, and evaluating USAID and multilateral economic development programs in African, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Bob was Fintrac's senior vice president for corporate relations and business development initiatives worldwide for more than a decade. Before joining Fintrac, he was vice president and group director for Chemonics International. He began his consulting career with Management Systems International where he conducted program evaluation assignments in Africa and was responsible for company finances as its Controller. Bob was also an agriculture teacher in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the Peace Corps.
Denis T. Kyetere, Executive Director of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation, is a geneticist and a plant breeder with a PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding from Ohio State University. He previously served as the Director General of Uganda's National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) and began his career as a scientific officer and maize agronomist in 1979 at NARO's Kawanda Research Station.
Peter Frykman, founder and CEO of Driptech, received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where he focused on manufacturing and design. He is concerned with the challenge of water scarcity, especially in developing countries. His professional interests include mechatronics, medical devices, and design for extreme affordability. He is an avid rower and two-time national champion for Stanford.