Videos and resources from the ECHO Asia Agriculture and Community Development Conference held from October 6-8, 2015 at the Holiday Garden Hotel in Chiang Mai Thailand.


  1. 2015-11-25 Speaker Bio: Keith Mikkelson is the Executive Director of Aloha House Inc., an NGO founded by Keith and his wife to help Philippine families. Aloha House is an orphanage located on an organic farm that produces food for the children, staff, and customers in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Keith’s...
  2. 2015-11-25 Speaker Bio: Siem Sun is Cambodian. He was born in Banteay Meanchey province on the border to Thailand, so he is able to speak Thai. In 2008, he moved to Mondulkiri province in Northeastern Cambodia to work with HealthNet Inter- national and Health Unlimited. He has been working with...
  3. 2015-11-25 Speaker Bio: Bhuwon Sthapit is the Senior Scientist at Bioversity International. He earned a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding from the University of Wales, UK, and is a pioneer in participatory crop improvement methods. He has over 30 years of experience in implementing biodiversity related projects in...
  4. 2015-11-25 Speaker Bio: Sabine Scheucher is a botanist, teacher, and horticultural therapist, originally from Austria. She worked in Nepal for about seven years, including Tibet and North-India, mainly doing research on herbs (culinary, aromatic, medicinal) and horticultural therapy. Currently, Sabine is...
  5. 2015-11-25 Speaker Bio: Tom Love has been involved in management of relief and development organizations and the private sector, mostly in SE Asia, for over 35 years. He has been married to Kathy for 36 years and has 4 grown children. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and...
  6. 2015-11-25 Speaker Bio: Samuel Gurel is a certified SCAA Q Grader instructor and has instructed several Q grader classes in China. Samuel has been involved in all aspects of the coffee industry for the past 10 years and has been on the judging committees of several barista competitions. He has presented...
  7. 2015-11-25 Speaker Bio: Wanpen Channard and her daughter, Picharineeraksri, are farmers from Baan Tha Mai Village, Nakorn- sawan Provience of Thailand. Wanpen has exclusively been a rice farmer her whole life. As a rice farmer, she was able to support her daughter to earn a university degree. Now,...
  8. 2015-11-25 Speaker Bio: Paul E. McNamara is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics and the Division of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he is a Visiting Member of the faculty of Njala University (Sierra Leone). McNamara...

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