Dr. Esther Ngumbi
Dr. Ngumbi was born and raised at the Kenyan Coast. She participated in farming as a child, and saw firsthand the problems associated with rain fed agriculture. She saw her community go through repeated cycles of poverty due to outdated farming practices. She was fortunate enough to spend two years in Israel as a visiting scholar, and saw green house farming technology at it's best. This background and her childhood experiences motivated her to start OYESKA GREENS.
Esther holds a PhD in entomology from Auburn University. She is an Assistant Professor, Entomology, at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is involved in research that aims at finding more sustainable ways to feed our expanding population. She is very passionate about issues of sustainable agriculture, hunger, gender, education, youth activism, and sustainability. She is serving as a Clinton Global University Commitment Mentor for Agriculture Commitments. Esther served as a Judge for 2014 Agricultural Innovation Prize, and has served as a Faculty Expert for the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute.