IDDS is an all volunteer-run event. Many dedicated people give their time and energy, often in a variety of roles, to make each summit possible. To the right are some of the previous volunteer organizers. While these people work hard to run the event, it’s the spirit and commitment of the participants and the whole IDDS family that create the experience!

IDDS 2014 Tanzania is being run by an all volunteer team of Tanzanians in Arusha, Tanzania and all around the world. Stay tuned for bios of other dedicated organizers.

Also, please view our map of where past participants have come from.


  • Mentor - A person who guides and advises the participants and their teams based on extensive experience in design and/or dissemination of products and ventures.
  • Organizer - A person who helps to set up and run the summit - a role that begins soon after the previous summit has ended.
  • Participant - A person who attends a summit as someone committed to working with others to design, develop and disseminate technologies to address poverty.
  • Facilitator - A person who focus on guiding teams through the design process.
  • Staff - A member of one of the organizing institutions committed to managing IDDS as an organization.
  • Faculty - A person that contributes their expertise and experience by delivering a portion of the curriculum.
  • Founder - A person committed to bringing a project to the summit and continuing it as a venture after the summit.
  • Replinizer - An organizer who is also learning how to replicate the summit in another location in the future.

Alistair Cook

Alistair Cook is currently Head of Learning for engineering NGO, Engineers Without Borders UK and is working to create the first humanitarian engineering university in the UK while continuing to support the rapidly expanding EWB … More →


Amit Gandhi

Amit Gandhi graduated from Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology and is now a graduate student in Mech.E. at MIT. He has been an organizer and participant in IDDS since 2007, where he … More →


Amy Smith

Amy Smith is the founder of the International Development Design Summit and the founder and director of MIT’s D-Lab. After graduating from MIT in mechanical engineering, she served in the US Peace Corps in Botswana … More →

Ana Luisa Santos

Ana Luisa Santos

Ana Luisa Santos graduated from UFRJ (Brazil) in electronics engineering. She has master’s degrees in media technology from the MIT Media Lab and electrical engineering from Coppe/UFRJ. Since 2007, her experiences in international development have … More →


Benjamin Linder

Benjamin Linder is a faculty member in Design and Mechanical Engineering at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and a designer active in the Boston area. His teaching and research interests include sustainable design, … More →


Biance Anderson

Bianca is a mechanical engineering graduate of Deakin University Australia applying her skills and knowledge in a humanitarian context. She’s passionate about appropriate technical solutions; working to develop grain storage solutions at IDDS Zambia 2013 and … More →


Carl Jensen

Carl Jensen is a Business Development Fellow and a Masters of Science Candidate in International Agricultural Development at University of California Davis. He is pursuing dual foci in appropriate technology dissemination and integrated soil fertility … More →


Carla Tennenbaum

Carla Tennenbaum was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. From 1995-1997 she attended the Armand Hammer United World College in New Mexico. She graduated in History at the University of São Paulo and studied … More →


Crossman Hormenoo

Crossman Hormenoo works as a Workshop Manager of the Suame Intermediate Technology Transfer Unit, which is a part of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. His duties include the design and manufacture … More →


Daniel Mokrauer-Madden

Daniel Mokrauer-Madden graduated from MIT in 2008 with degrees in mathematics and physics and is now pursuing masters degrees in International Agricultural Development and Agriculture and Resource Economics at UC Davis and working at the Davis … More →


Deborah Tien

Debbie is new to the IDDS team and very excited to witness some amazing creating and collaborating! Soon after graduating from Wellesley College, she worked with the Little Things Lab in Cambridge, MA and Nicaragua, … More →


Harald Quintus Bosz

Harald Quintus-Bosz is Cooper Perkins’ Vice President of Engineering. Harald has over 18 years of product development experience. Harald started his career designing medical X-ray imaging equipment at XRE later joining IDEO. After 6 years … More →


Heewon Lee

Heewon is an industrial design PhD candidate at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) researching effective and sustainable ways to design appropriate technology. He is also a full time designer & researcher at … More →


Innocent Rossan Mjema

Innocent is an agricultural engineer with a passion for agriculture based entrepreneurship and people! Innocent works for the Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation and Rural Technologies (CAMARTEC) and will be leading the organisation of IDDS 2014. He … More →


Jessica Huang

Jessica Huang was a participant at IDDS 2008 and helped to organize the last few summits in Colorado and Ghana. She studied civil/environmental engineering and business administration at the University of California, Berkeley and is … More →


Jim Elsworth

Jim Elsworth is a “retired” mechanical engineer from UK, living for the past 9 years in Arusha, Tanzania with his Tanzanian wife and 4 adopted children.  He founded Twende, an NGO working in Appropriate Technology, … More →

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Jodie Wu

Jodie is a mechanical engineering graduate of MIT, the D-Lab Program, and IDDS Ghana 2009. Since 2009, she has been living and working in Arusha, Tanzania, developing and distributing life-changing technologies to villagers, such as … More →


John Shawa

John Shawa is the Director of Light of Hope Health Care, a community based organization on the Linda compound in Lusaka, Zambia. He is also a community health volunteer, psychosocial counselor and peer educator / … More →


Julio C. Lavalle

A Peruvian economist and social entrepreneur, Julio was an IDDS participant in 2012 and organizer since 2013. His IDDS project turned into his current venture PoupaCerto, an SMS platform innovating in the money saving process … More →


Kendra Sharp

Kendra Sharp is a professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University (OSU). She is also the lead faculty member for OSU’s emerging humanitarian engineering program and the College of Engineering coordinator for the Peace … More →


Lisa Mweru Kara

Lisa Mweru Kara is a final year student at the University of Nairobi pursuing a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering.  She is an educator (tech bud) and outreach coordinator at the FabLab Robotics Outreach Programme. Mweru … More →


Mariana Negrao

Mariana Negrão graduated from the University of São Paulo with a degree in electrical engineering. She currently works in medical device development. She was a participant at IDDS 2008 in Boston, where she contributed to … More →


Max Krüger

Max Krüger has a background in Psychology from the Vrije University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is mostly working with spaces and organisations that foster creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship. Currently Max is on his way … More →


Miguel Chaves

Miguel is a mechatronic engineer who has worked with IDDS since 2007. He has looked to be a serial entrepreneur and to reach this goal he has started some organizations in the social area: Engineering … More →


Mustafa Naseem

Mustafa is a Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan pursuing a Master’s in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mustafa has been a participant at IDDS since 2009 and … More →


Nadia Elkordy

Nadia Elkordy is a 2008 graduate from MIT with an SB degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her interest in international development was sparked during a lecture given at IDDS in its inaugural year, and she has … More →


Oscar Mur-Miranda

At Olin, Oscar Mur-Miranda has taught several electrical engineering classes such as Signals and Systems, Microelectromechanical Systems and Nonlinear Circuit Analysis. He has also taught Design Nature and User-Oriented Collaborative Design, part of the design … More →


Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar

Pedro, originally from Colombia, is a graduate from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia with degrees in Linguistics and Language Philosophy. He currently works at the MIT D-Lab as an instructor and Coordinator for the Youth … More →

Roy Ombatti

Roy Ombatti

Roy has a background in mechanical engineering from the University of Nairobi. He is based at the FabLab Nairobi from which he has been involved in various projects. He is currently designing and 3D printing … More →


Yvonne Mtumbi

Yvonne Mulambwa is a Technology Marketing specialist at the National Technology Business Centre in Zambia. She holds a Master of Science in Marketing from the University of Glamorgan in South Wales and has undergone training in Technology … More →