Marcy Lowe, President of Datu Research, has 25 years of experience in economic analysis and public policy. Currently, the Datu team is providing research and facilitation for the Soil Renaissance, an international effort to make soil health the cornerstone of land use management decisions. In partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts, Datu is preparing a series of 3-year economic case studies of conservation agriculture practices in various U.S. geographies. Other recent projects focus on incentives for U.S. corn farmers to adopt conservation agriculture, and on creating deforestation-free supply chains for commodities grown in the Brazilian Amazon. Before establishing Datu, Lowe was a senior analyst at Duke University’s Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, where she mapped out supply chains for carbon-saving technologies and for selected agricultural commodities. As a senior researcher at the Washington, D.C.-based Worldwatch Institute, she analyzed land use issues. Lowe’s op-eds and more than 40 articles have appeared in Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Technology Review, and others. She received her M.S. in Energy Management and Policy from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.
RESEARCH ANALYST II
Sarah Mine is an Analyst II with more than eight years of experience in program management, analysis, and qualitative research. She is currently managing Datu’s FY2014 CIG project to document the economic benefits of soil health management practices for farmers, using desk research, survey tools, stakeholder interviews, case studies, and partial budgeting analysis. Her recent work at Datu includes leading a value chain analysis to identify market-based incentives for U.S. corn farmers to adopt conservation agriculture. Mine conducted research for the Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness at Duke University, including an analysis of food systems in the oil-exporting countries of the Middle East and North Africa. She led an FAO-funded study in Tanzania to pilot test an identification protocol for a food security crop, interviewing 704 farmers across 34 villages in 3 weeks. Mine received her Master’s degree in International Relations, with a concentration in Food, Agriculture, and Health Policy, from Yale University in 2012 and B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2006.
RESEARCH ANALYST II
Monica La is an Analyst II at Datu Research, where she specializes in research for effective outreach and advocacy. She is currently providing meeting facilitation services, and research and design for the development of an online tool for the Soil Renaissance initiative. She previously was a Research Associate at Duke CGGC, where she co-authored a report on bus rapid transit and developed an accompanying interactive web-based tool. In her work for environmental NGOs, she developed materials, such as reports, fact sheets, and online communications, and coordinated events for policymakers and the public. She received a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University in 2011, and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Maryland in 2004.
Marie Veyrier is a research analyst with five years of experience as a finance professional and development practitioner. She earned a Master of International Development Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University in 2015. While at the Sanford School, Marie studied in depth agriculture and food security issues in developing countries. She wrote her Masters Project on food insecurity among small family farms in Guatemala, and analyzed maize value chains in Middle Eastern countries for the Duke CGGC Minerva Project. Marie also worked with the Duke Center for International Development and the Caribbean Development Bank to build capacity within the Government of Haiti to conduct economic appraisal of investment projects. She received a Master in Management from ESCP Europe in 2008. She speaks fluently French, German and Spanish.
Justin Simons is a research analyst at Datu Research with multi-sector experience in strategy development, qualitative research, cultural analysis, and meeting facilitation. Before joining the Datu team, Justin spent five years in the public and non-profit sectors, helping organizations apply knowledge and cultivate relationships to create community-focused, impactful change. His recent work includes managing strategic planning efforts for a food-focused non-profit, and strengthening knowledge and information management within the Government of Bermuda. Justin recently completed a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University, where his research focused on better understanding the cultural, economic, and institutional systems that influence how we produce and consume our food. Hailing from the island of Bermuda, Justin holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Economics from Trinity University (San Antonio, TX). When not working, Justin likely can be found rock climbing, drinking tea, or dreaming of powder days on distant mountains.
After graduating from Spencer School for Girls, Wendy received her BBA from Northampton College in the UK. Wendy went on to earn her Certified Professional Secretary designation (CPS) while working as the Assistant to the President/ CEO of Covenant Medical Center in Illinois and her Certified Corporate Travel Executive designation while working as the Corporate Travel Manager for Progress Energy in Raleigh, NC. While serving as the Private Secretary to the County Planning Officer for Northamptonshire in her native England, Wendy frequently kept a young Lady Diana Spencer “occupied” while her Grandfather, Albert Edward John Spencer, the 7th Earl, visited with his good friend, the County Planning Officer. Wendy devotes her time away from the office to family activities, both in the U.S. and in the U.K. and relaxes by creating cross-stitch wall art.
Phillemon Phillip Mushi is Principle Agricultural Field Officer at the Arusha-based Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), which operates under the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, andCooperatives. He has more than 30 years of experience in agricultural development. Named an Outstanding Partner by the International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Mr. Mushi has applied his technical background in genetic engineering to supervising and participating in the release of numerous varieties of maize, pigeonpea, and chickpea in Tanzania. His work includes an Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)-funded project to use demonstration plots to scale up soil-health technologies, evaluating pigeonpea varieties for ICRISAT, working with the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) to study Quality Protein Maize (QPM), and collaborating with various companies to evaluate maize varieties. Mr. Mushi is also involved in farmer capacity-building to support livelihoods and has conducted surveys to identify farmer challenges.
Ingrid Mujica is an economist with over seven years of experience in research and policy analysis to promote international economic development, social upgrading and environmental sustainability. She has worked with a number of donor organizations including USAID, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, DFID and CRS. She has ample experience in project management and evaluation. She analyzed and evaluated 150 projects of the Multilateral Investment Fund’s 1993-2011 portfolio to gauge potential for impact in poverty reduction. During her time at the IDB she coordinated the Latin American and the Caribbean Public Debt Management Specialists Group, and was in charge of promoting cooperation between 26 public debt management offices and partners. Ingrid also has extensive knowledge and experience in value-chain analysis. She was part of the Capturing the Gains group of researchers investigating linkages between economic and social upgrading in global value-chains and the effects of public and private governance on labor conditions. She was a co-author on the USAID/CARANA “Improving competitiveness in the textile-apparel industry in Nicaragua and the United States” report. Ingrid holds a BSc and an MA in Economics from the University of Montreal and the University of Toronto respectively, and an MA in Public Policy from Duke University. She is fluent in Spanish and French.
Seoul, South Korea
Joonkoo Lee is Assistant Professor of Organization in the School of Business at Hanyang University, Seoul. In 2011-2012, he was a postdoctoral research scholar in the Social Science Research Institute, Duke University. He received his PhD in sociology at Duke University with his dissertation to compare the historical development of the animation industry in Korea and India. His research interests include globalization and development, economic and organization sociology, global value chains and political economy in Asia. His research involves multiple sectors, including agrofood, information communication technology, mobile telecommunication, and cultural industries. His work has appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and the Journal of Supply Chain Management. He graduated Seoul National University with his BA and MA in sociology.
Mei Li Xia
MEI Lixia was born in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. Lixia earned her Ph.D in Geography from Peking University, Beijing, in 2009, and currently she is affiliated with Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China. From 2007 to 2008, Lixia visited Duke University in Durham, NC as a visiting scholar where she worked with Marcy Lowe and other colleagues at the Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC). Lixia’s research interests focus on industrial clusters, innovative enterprises, and regional development. She has published over ten academic papers on various journals, and one book (“Transformation of Traditional Industrial Clusters under Globalization Fluctuation: the Case of Chinese Bicycle Industry,” 2010, in Chinese). During the last two years, Lixia has been involved in an international research network, CTG (Capture the Gains: Economic and Social Upgrading in Global Production Networks), which is led by CGGC at Duke and the University of Manchester. Lixia is now teaching several courses to both undergraduate and graduate students, such as Globalization, Innovation Management, Multinational Corporation Management, and Assets Valuation, at the School of Business Administration, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law.