During the event, the different participant Organizations will put at the disposal of the competitors, several technical experts of the different propose areas of interest in the challenge, that will be present facilitating their knowledge, giving advice and guiding the participant groups.

Diana Carolina Giraldo Mendez


Research Associate of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Potato Center (CIP). She earned her master's degree in Meteorology from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peruwith a specialization in the use of climate forecasts in Latin America at the Center for Weather Forecasts and Climate Studies (CPTEC-Brasil).
She brings her knowledge and experience in the agro-climatic simulation models, climate change scenarios, coupling crop models for climate forecasts and adaptation strategies in order to quantify potential impacts of climate.

Julian Ramirez Villegas


PhD on climate change impacts and adaptation in the School of Earth and Environment at University of Leeds in early 2014.
He works as a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Earth and Environment, at the University of Leeds, in the Climate Impacts Group led by Prof. Andy Challinor.
He contributed to a broad range of research projects at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and have published a number of papers related to crop-climate modelling, climate change impacts, adaptation, conservation of biodiversity and crop wild relatives.

Anton Eitzinger

Spatial Analyst and Climate Change

Anton Eitzinger joined CIAT in June 2010 as a research fellow to work on the DAPA Research Area.Anton has developed and implemented spatial analysis methodologies to assess the impact of climate change on farmer’s livelihoods.He holds a Master’s degree for business sciences from the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg (FH Salzburg), Austria.

Glenn Hyman


Glenn Hyman is a geographer specialized in the geographic and natural resources dimensions of agriculture. He holds a Masters degree in geography from Appalachian State University, where he focused on watershed dynamics and physical geography. Dr. Hyman received his doctorate in geography from the University of Tennessee, where he studied geomorphology and geographic information science.
His current research involves matching agricultural technologies to their social and environmental niches and the land-use dimensions of programs to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+).