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Marcy Lowe

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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.

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Sarah Mine

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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.

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Sarah Zoubek

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Sarah Zoubek is an experienced research analyst, with a focus on food production value chains and producer incentives for sustainable business practices. Sarah has worked with producers throughout the Mid-west to design economic case studies featuring producers who successfully employ soil health practices. Her food production value chain work includes mapping the Iowa corn and Brazilian beef chains in order to identify potential levers for change to influence adoption of sustainable producer practices. Sarah holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a 2013 graduate of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment where she earned a Master of Environmental Management degree. Prior to her graduate studies, Sarah worked at New York Sun Works (NYSW), a non-profit organization that teaches environmental science through the lens of sustainable food production.

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Damon Cory-Watson

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Damon Cory-Watson is a research analyst with over ten years of professional experience in the environmental field. He currently is developing the methodology for and leading the economic evaluation portion of Datu’s FY2014 CIG project documenting the economic performance of soil health management practices for farmers. His past work at Datu includes work evaluating threats to and best practices of the Louisiana oyster industry as well a work on a value chain analysis of U.S. corn farmers. He developed Datu’s first literature review of soil health research. He earned his Master of Environmental Management degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, in 2013. While at the Nicholas School, he gained his Certificate of Sustainable Systems Analysis as well as significant experience in qualitative analysis, food systems analysis, complex data management and agroecology. He also worked as an intern at the Duke Campus Farm where he thoroughly enjoyed being able to put his newly-acquired sustainable agriculture knowledge into practice. His work at Environmental Defense Fund produced the organization’s first ever analysis of poultry litter supply chains in North Carolina, and his Masters Project on sustainable agriculture education was published in 2014. Damon received his B.A. in Philosophy from Haverford College in 2004.

Monica La

Monica La

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Monica La is an analyst 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.


Phillemon Mushi

Phillemon Mushi

Arusha, Tanzania
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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

Ingrid Mujica

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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.


Joonkoo Lee

Seoul, South Korea
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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.


Ruggero Golini

Milan, Italy
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Since 2011 Ruggero Golini is a full time researcher and Professor of General Management and Supply Chain Management and Accounting Systems at Università degli Studi di Bergamo. He is also a lecturer of Project Management and Supply Chain Management at MIP, the business school of Politecnico di Milano. His research field is Operations and Supply Chain Management, with a particular focus on Globalization and International studies. He has studied the following areas through international surveys and case studies, the results of which have gotten him several publications and awards:

  • Global supply chain strategies in the manufacturing industry
  • Sustainability in manufacturing networks and in the supply chain
  • eBusiness strategies in the supply chain
  • International adoption of advanced organizational models in manufacturing
  • Supply chain strategies in the luxury industry
  • Project management in international development projects

Ruggero is also expert in the development of expert systems to support decisions related to the supply chain. He attended the Engineering Faculty of the Politecnico di Milano from 2001 until 2004 where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Transports Engineering. From 2004 to 2006, he received his Master’s degree in Management Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. In parallel (years 2004-2006), he was enrolled in the Alta Scuola Politecnica (ASP) – one of the nine schools for highly selected students (Scuole di Alta Formazione) in Italy. ASP consists of an additional program that runs in parallel to the master of sciences. Thanks to this experience Ruggero, got both his ASP diploma and a double degree in Industrial Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. As of March 2007, he has been collaborating with Politecnico di Milano and Università degli Studi di Bergamo through research, teaching and consultancy activities. Pursuing a Ph.D. study program from 2008 to 2011, Ruggero received his Ph.D. degree in Economics and Technology Management at Università degli Studi di Bergamo with the thesis “Global supply chain management in the manufacturing industry.” During this period, he also attended several international doctoral conferences, workshops and symposia and collaborated with research institutions at the international level.

Lixia Mei

Mei Li Xia

Wuhan, China
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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.