Stef de Haan. Currently the president of Grupo Yanapai, native from the Netherlands, has lived in the Andes for more than 15 years, working on livelihoods and Agrobiodiversity. His Ph.D from the University of Wageningen (2009) elucidated in Situ conservation from the farmers’ points of view in eight communities of Huancavelica. Stef created a catalog of the native varieties of potato native to Huancavelica, which has become a model and inspiration for new catalogues were one can find in depth information about each variety, ranging from local knowledge to molecular markers. He considers a challenge to achieve a dignified life for farmers who maintain Agrobiodiversity in their farms but still are under the extreme poverty line. This has motivated him to devote part of his work time in promoting education, improved productivity and opened opportunities to young professionals in varying fields. He has been the engine behind successful participative selection of resilient varieties from breeding programs in dozens of communities in the Andes. Presently he is head of the research section of the Genetic resource division at the International Potato Center (CIP). He has written over 30 publications in journals and several book chapters.
Maria Mayer de Scurrah. From Huancayo, Peru currently serves as director and treasurer of the NGO Grupo Yanapai after acting as president of the group from 1999-2009. Maria holds a Ph.D in Plant Breeding (Cornell University 1972) and worked for nearly 20 years at the International Potato Center (CIP) as a plant breeder for development of advanced material with resistance to nematodes and insects. She spent nine years at the “South Australian Research and Development Institute” (1990-1999), working nematode control through breeding, which involved oats, wheat, faba beans and peas. Returning to Peru in 1999, she joined Grupo Yanapai. Her current focus is to achieve better integration between agriculture and nutrition among high-Andean families. In August 2012 she was named as Emeritus scientist at CIP, where she collaborates with researche in Participative varietal selection, Agrobiodiversity, and biosecurity
Carmen Felipe–Morales Basurto. Carmen is an agronomist graduated at the National University of Agronomy La Molina in Lima. She obtained her doctorate in with a specialty in soils from the department of Agronomy at Gembloux, Belgium. She taught at the La Molina from 1971 to 1995. She was named dean of the Agronomy department from 1990-1993, and Professor Emeritus UNALM in 2011. She continues teaching and lectures in graduate courses as a Visiting Professor in Sustainable Agriculture. Carmen is also a consultant for water, soil conservation, watersheds, and agroecology. Together wit her husband Dr. Ulises Moreno, she runs the well known agro- ecological model farm BIOAGRICULTURA CASA BLANCA in the Lurin Valley (Pachacamac district). She is the author and coauthor of several books as well as numerous scientific articles in her field in Peru and abroad.
Edith Fernandez-Baca is a doctor of veterinary medicine with a Masters in veterinary science from the University of Massey, New Zealand and a Ph.D from Iowa State University in rural sociology with a specialty in food systems, agriculture and environment, and community development. She is a specialist in sustainable rural development, management of natural resources, participatory methods, themes of inclusion, and political advocacy through the formation of coalitions and alliances. She has carried out social research in Costa Rice, Ecuador, Peru and the United States, and has been advisor to the Andean Dialogue Program research in Bolivia, the Governance Inclusion and Adaptation program, Coalitions, and Climate Change in the Andes, and the for Agriculture and Mountain Sustainable Rural Development project (SARD-M). She has more than 14 publications in and scientific articles and book chapters. She is currently working in United Nations sponsored research on climate change based on high Andean ecosistems
Noemí Zúñiga López. Noemi is from Huancayo and has a doctorate of sciences with a specialty in genetics from he Universidad Autonoma Chapingo Mexico, as well as a masters in plant breeding from the Agrarian University La Molina. Since 1986 she has worked as a researcher at the National Research Program INIA at the Santa Ana experimental station in Central Peru, responsible for the area of biotechnology. She is a part-time teacher at the Universidad Peruana Los Andes. She has released several ´potato varieties and is the author of numerous publications.
Enma Nuñez Muñoz is trained in Animal Husbandry at the Universidad Nacional del Centro del Peru,in Huancayo, with a masters in Rural Development and training in adult education. Currently she is working as a consultant on Climate Change for the Peruvian geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP) and the Ministry of the Environment. She has experience in the use of participative methods as tools for diagnostics, formulation, execution, monitoring and evaluation of social and productive projects. She facilitates the writing of participative plans that promote cooperation at the local level with a agro-ecology, and gender perspective. In the last years she has been part of th research team of IPG in the program to strengthen capacities to manage climate change and air contamination impacts (PROCLIM) and has been part of the team that has published the study of “ local integrated evaluation of the Mantaro watershed”. She has investigated the impacts of extreme climatic events on livestock. She is coordinating a project on strengthening local capacities to manage adaptation to Climate change in Huancavelica, for the Ministry of the environment with funds from the Latin-American development Bank.
Isabel Alvarez Novoa. She is the owner and director of the famous restaurant. “El Señorio de Sulco”. Through 19 years of her work with the restaurant, Isabel started the pioneering work of recuperation and revaluation of Peruvian cuisine. She has published “El Corregidor Mejía, Cocina y Memoria del Alma Limeña”, and a study of interpretation of the origins of Peruvian cooking entitled “Huellas y Sabores del Perú”, ”Music and Gastronomy,” and “ Cocina criolla”. She is a founding member and director of the Center for Regional Cooking – Research and Development as well as a researcher in the Tourism and Hotel school at the University San Martin Porres. Isabel writes chronicles and articles on regional cooking, culture and the identity of Peru and Latin America, published in a variety of of media in Peru and abroad, as well as a wide lecture circle in universities. Isabel has been awarded several prizes recognizing her work, including a civic medal the “Best entrepreneur of the year” on National Women’s Day from the municipality of Miraflores, and the “Guardian of Lima” and “Sun” trophies, in recognition of her contribution on the diffusion of Peruvian gastronomy.
Blanca Arce. Born in Lima, Her first degree is in animal husbandry and obtained Masters degree in Animal Production from the Catholic University in Chile. She holds a Doctorate in Animal Science from Cornell University USA, with two specialties, one in International Agriculture and the second in Agricultural Economics and Natural Resource Management. She was the Regional Coordinator for Latin amrica and the Caribean in the Urban Harvest research project of the International Potato Center (2004-2007) . At Present she teaches in Post Graduate program at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. She is an invited professor at the National University of Colombia, as research counselor. She is associated in the Colombian Agronomy research organization (CORPOICA). Over the last 20 years she has worked in International and National Institutions concentrating on a systems approach to improve small farmers productivity, and in the last years in urban areas. She has participated in over 10 studies in The Andes of South America and published over 20 articles in cientific journals on systems and Natural resource conservation as well as climate change. Once she returns to Peru she will continue giving support to Yanpai mission as she did as part of a founding member.
Raúl Ccanto Retamozo. Agronomist form the Central University and studies in Agrarian Innovations, interculturality, soil managemtne, Integrated Pest Managemetne, and facilitator of pariticpatory processes in Rural comunites. His field work is in applied research, capacity building with participatory methods, Agrobiodiversity, seed systems, pest monitoring, and nutrition for food security. And finally practices and strategies for communities to combat the risks of climate change.
Andres Ugas Cruz. Is a professional chef, who has studied at the Centro De Formacion Turistica del Peru, and trained in high handcrafted baking at the International Baking Center in Lille, France. He has been a gastronomic researcher at the Professional School of Tourism and Hospitality at the University of San Martin de Porres, as well as the director of the Peruvian Gastronomic Institute. He published the book “Breads of Peru: The encounter of Maiz and Wheat” and was a founding member of the Peruvian Association of Gastronomy (APEGA) and is a lecturer of regional cooking and gastronomic routes.
Edgar Olivera Hurtado has studied animal husbandry. He has received training in Peru and abroad in: Adult Education, production systems, ecologically appropriate agriculture, and biodiversity and in the Andean Cosmology. Edgar is an expert in participatory research, pasture production and family animal husbandry.. His experience lies with use and management of participatory tools and methods for the diagnosis, formulation, execution, monitoring, and evaluation of social and productive projects. He facilitates local management, with a focus on gender and agroecolog for the sustainable management of natural and human resources.