Alex is the CEO and co-founder of Sistema.bio, a social business that works with smallholder farmers around the world to address climate change, food security, and poverty. Alex is an Ashoka Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Leadership Fellow, and an Endeavor Entrepreneur. He is also co-founder of GLE, a production and storytelling company. Alex was Director of Sustainability at charity: water, Director at the International Renewable Resources Institute (IRRI) and co-founder of the Latin American Biogas Network (RedBioLAC). Previous roles include freelance journalist, photographer, cinematographer, educator and mountain, river and helicopter ski guide. Alex has a MS in Environmental Engineering and a BA in Journalism and is currently based in Mexico City. Growing up on a small farm, Alex is extremely focused on the interaction between agriculture, natural ecosystems and society, and still identifies as a farmer.
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Sistema.bio helps farmers put waste to work: using patented Sistema.bio biodigesters, farmers convert animal manure into renewable energy and organic, natural fertiliser to power their house and farm and fertilise their crops. With as few as two cows, a Sistema.bio biodigester produces enough clean and renewable biogas to meet all energy needs for cooking and heating in a rural household, as well as organic fertiliser to improve crop yields for up to five hectares, providing customers with a better quality of life.