Sergio Baravalle Temperley, Buenos Aires, Argentina / 32 Biological and Agricultural Engineering MS, 2015 Washington State University Supply Chain Management Certificate, 2015, MIT MBA, 2012, Torcuato Di Tella University Molecular Biology MS, 2007, University of Buenos Aires I am currently working on three interrelated projects: one for my thesis, one for a competition, and one based in Argentina. My thesis attempts to “rethink equality,” aiming to redistribute resources from rich to poor areas—moving “rich” waste as a resource to develop a poor area of my homeland. My selected area is an arid one with naturally polluted subterranean water, the only source of water in the region. By collecting and transporting agricultural waste, it is possible to produce enough energy to pump, purify, and irrigate—creating a positive environment with social and economic impacts. I named the concept “bioequality”. I love trekking and am awed by lakes, glaciers, and woods. However, I have witnessed the destruction of many landscapes and have understood since I was a child that sustainability is not generally considered when uninformed business people make decisions about the land! My path was not a typical one. I wrestled with different areas of interest before deciding to apply my knowledge of biology, business, logistics, and engineering to develop sustainable solutions. I received an MS in molecular biology, was hired by Merck (the German chemical company) and GE. While working for them, I completed an MBA focused on developing sustainable solutions for agricultural production in Argentina. A Fulbright scholarship provided me with the means to complete an MS in biological and agricultural engineering. Concurrently, I completed a certificate course in supply change management with a scholarship from MIT. After much education, I am back to my main concern: avoiding destruction of nature by creating functional solutions to very complex problems. The complexities of global challenges require a multidisciplinary approach with attention to technologies, economy, social impact, governance, and innovation.
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