Who we are
Lawrence Njeru, Blake Hanacek, and Richard Damianopoulos founded Agricultural Growers Resource Organization Developing Economic Viability (AGRODEV) in March 2005.
  • Lawrence Njeru holds a BSc. in Agriculture from Western Michigan University. His main focus was on business administration. He has worked with the United States Department of Agriculture. His family has a long-standing history of innovation in the commodities industry in rural Kenya. He is currently working with small-scale farmers in his home region of Meru, which sits high on the fertile slopes that surround Mt. Kenya. Lawrence is a Kenyan citizen.
  • Blake Hanacek holds a BSc. in Global Resource Systems from the Faculty of Agricultural Science at the University of British Columbia. His main focus is sustainable rural development. He also holds a Masters of Watershed Management from the Resource Management and Environmental Sciences Faculty at the University of British Columbia. Blake has studied and worked in Canada, Sweden, Japan, Uganda, Kenya, Costa Rica, Mexico and the USA. Blake holds dual citizenship in Canada and the USA.
  • Richard Damianopoulos holds a BA (hons.) in Political Studies from Queens University in Kingston Ontario. His main focus is international development. He also holds a MA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. His thesis focuses on the political economy of the coffee industries in Kenya and Uganda. Rich has studied and worked across Canada, Sweden, and East Africa. Rich is a Canadian citizen.
Lawrence Njeru Co-Founder of AGRODEV
Lawrence Njeru Co-Founder of AGRODEV
Blake Hanacek Co-Founder of AGRODEV
Blake Hanacek Co-Founder of AGRODEV
Rich Damianopoulos Co-Founder of AGRODEV
Rich Damianopoulos Co-Founder of AGRODEV