Lonny Grafman, President
Lonny Grafman is an Instructor of Environmental Resources Engineering and Appropriate Technology at Humboldt State University; the co-founder and instructor in a summer abroad, full immersion, Spanish language and appropriate technology summer program in Parras, Mexico; and the executive editor of the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering. Lonny seeks ways to increase knowledge of the world through exposure and synthesis and believes that science, culture, and language are inextricably linked. He seeks to highlight that connection through service-learning based education while improving existing conditions by leveraging local knowledge, materials, wealth, and labor through transparency and stakeholder participation.
Curt Beckmann, Treasurer
Curt has a background in high-tech, with a degree in Physics and an MBA. He has co-founded a successful start-up.
Chris Watkins, Secretary
Chris Watkins is a water and sanitation engineer with experience in fair trade import and distribution. Chris speaks fluent Indonesian. While he remains passionate about water and sanitation for the world, he is now focused on knowledge-sharing and empowerment as the means to achieve these and other strategic goals. He also consults on wikis and in technical writing on sustainable technologies and policies.
Andrew has worked with the University of Cambridge Office for Community Affairs and co-founded the Humanitarian Centre in his spare time. He worked for more than three years with disaster relief organization RedR, including at their Nairobi office. Andrew became Chief Executive of student-led international development charity Engineers Without Borders UK in December 2008 after winning a World of Difference grant from the Vodafone Foundation. He is also the UNESCO Engineering Report's technical editor and a Visiting Lecturer for the Engineering and Technology Board (UK). In his previous role of Education Co-ordinator for EWB-UK, he focused on change in the undergraduate engineering curriculum to consider global issues and more transferable skills. Andrew co-authored a report with John Kentish (People & Planet) and Ellen Roberts and Claire Bennett (Development in Action) entitled "Students As Active Global Citizens." Andrew graduated as an Electronic and Information Engineer from the University of Cambridge.

Current Executive Director[edit | edit source]

Emilio is an industrial engineer graduated from the University of El Salvador. He has dedicated ten years to organizations focused on social development and volunteer mobilization. His previous experience comes from Habitat for Humanity El Salvador, where he worked for eight years before the Appropedia Foundation.

Past directors[edit | edit source]

Joel.scott Joel Scott is a California-based attorney with a passion for Creative Commons and open knowledge, who joined the board in April 2008.
Catherine Lainé received her B.A. from Swarthmore College in Biology. After spending a year and a half as an academic visitor at the Wellcome Trust Center For the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at Oxford University, she began her studies at Harvard School of Public Health in Infectious Disease Epidemiology. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute PreDoctoral Fellow. She is fluent in French and proficient in Haitian Creole and Spanish.
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