OUR TEAM

Lilli Ebner-Stoll – Co-Director (lilli@maniplus.org)
With Maní+, Lilli overseas business strategy and fundraising. Before, she developed an open innovation strategy for UNICEF Germany and also has work experience in both business consulting and finance. Lilli's academic background includes an M.Sc. with honors in Management from the EBS University for Business and Law in Germany.

 

Ben Kessler – Co-Director (ben@maniplus.org)
At Maní+, Ben focuses on legal and financial matters. Before, he worked at several law offices in the United States and most recently for an Impact Investment Fund in Guatemala. On the academic side, Ben graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Economics, History, and Spanish and has studied abroad in both Havana, Cuba and at the London School of Economics.

 

Ted Fischer – Founder
Ted is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. He founded Maní+ in 2009 and maintains an active role in managing the project. Ted is on Expert Panels of Malnutrition for both the Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization. He has worked in Guatemala for over 20 years.

David Fernando Cabrera – Coordinator of Development and Investigation
With Mani+, David oversees the creation of new products. David has more than 20 years of experience working with foods and beverages and has launched many successful products to the market. On the academic side, David has a masters in the Science and Technology of Foods, with a specialization in Innovation in the Development of Food Processes.

Beatriz Cifuentes – Product Developer, Fellow
Beatriz is currently pursuing a degree in Food Engineering from la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. She has experience working with fruits and vegetables, breads, milk products, and more, and her studies have focused on Quality Control, Chemistry, Nutrition, and Food Technology. Additionally, Beatriz has experience fundraising to purchase stoves in Tecpån, Chimaltenango, as well as for the remodeling of the Pediatric Hospital General San Juan de Dios. 

 

Miguel Cuj – Key Advisor
Lic. Miguel Cuj has a degree in Nutrition Science from the Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala. He was awarded a fellowship position in tobacco control at the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit of Guatemala and has worked on nutrition projects with Save the Children and the Conferencias de Iglesias Evangelicas de Guatemala. Currently, Miguel is a PhD candidate in Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. Miguel speaks Maya Kaqchikel, Spanish, and English. 

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