Advisory Board

BB2C and Agri-Smart have benefited greatly from the experience and expertise of the following people. Without their contribution we would not be where we are today. 

Ian Berg B.S., Engineering Mechanics, University of Illinois. Mr. Berg was part of the original design team and continues to advise on engineering issues.

Kenneth Long Department of Bioengineering / College of Medicine University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Long was part of the original design team and continues to advise on engineering issues.

April Nizlek Postgraduate Diploma, Econometrics & Mathematical Economics, London School of Economics. As staff director in Cambodia in 2012, Ms. Nizlek conducted research on soil and aquifers and continues to advise on the drill project.

Pamela Patur M.A., Columbia University. Ms. Patur is responsible for much of the writing, human resources issues and strategic planning for BB2C.

Helen Shirk Ms. Shirk spent much of her life farming in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Helen helped Paula Shirk, her daughter and BB2C’s founder, determine the attainable goals of BB2C at its inception. Her Brethren heritage also provided an ethical compass for BB2C’s operation and business relationships. We continue to benefit from her wisdom.

Ian Berg B.S., Engineering Mechanics, University of Illinois. Mr. Berg was part of the original design team and continues to advise on engineering issues.

Kenneth Long Department of Bioengineering / College of Medicine University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Long was part of the original design team and continues to advise on engineering issues.

April Nizlek Postgraduate Diploma, Econometrics & Mathematical Economics, London School of Economics. As staff director in Cambodia in 2012, Ms. Nizlek conducted research on soil and aquifers and continues to advise on the drill project.

Pamela Patur M.A., Columbia University. Ms. Patur is responsible for much of the writing, human resources issues and strategic planning for BB2C.

Helen Shirk Ms. Shirk spent much of her life farming in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Helen helped Paula Shirk, her daughter and BB2C’s founder, determine the attainable goals of BB2C at its inception. Her Brethren heritage also provided an ethical compass for BB2C’s operation and business relationships. We continue to benefit from her wisdom.

Board of Directors

Douglas Eads (Director), worked as a financial specialist at Merrill Lynch for many years, and in his retirement has become an active investor. Douglas has served on the Board of BB2C since its inception and has been actively involved and generous in the growth of our organization.

Candy Orlinsky (Director), has previously been involved in start-ups and knows a steady hand is required. She has been a dedicated work colleague of the founder. Candy has provided support for BB2C since its inception. She used her networking skills to help us attain our much needed foundation grant for operating expenses. She has provided unflagging support to us, and in our first year, donated a significant sum of money as a symbol of her dedication and belief in BB2C’s goals. She has also been a benefactor of other worthy organizations.

Mary Ide (Director), is a partner at Harch Capital Management, which is based in Boca Raton, Florida. Mary manages the firm’s New York office. Her expertise includes trading, sales, and the development of long-term business strategy. Mary began her career at Shearson (now part of Citigroup) in 1980 and has held a number of sales and trading positions on Wall Street, including stints with Smith Barney and Alex Brown. Mary has contributed her expertise regarding business and fundraising to BB2C. She has been extremely generous with her time and talents. Mary holds a BA in Art History from Smith College is married with two sons and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Punit Arora (Ph.D., Syracuse University), is assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York (CUNY). Prior to joining academia, Dr. Arora served in leadership positions with government, business and international organizations. A former member of the prestigious Indian Civil Service, Dr. Arora has advised business and development organizations, including Swedish International Development Agency, United Nations and its agencies, New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development and African Economic Research Consortium, in over 50 countries. He is also on the board of Zahn Innovation Center, chairs board’s mentoring committee and mentors student startups.

Eddie Ho has an M.S., in Industrial Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia. Mr. Ho is a Kodak Certified Six Sigma Black Belt with 15 years of corporate engineering, design and project management experience, who advises us from ideation to manufacturing.

Douglas Eads (Director), worked as a financial specialist at Merrill Lynch for many years, and in his retirement has become an active investor. Douglas has served on the Board of BB2C since its inception and has been actively involved and generous in the growth of our organization.

Candy Orlinsky (Director), has previously been involved in start-ups and knows a steady hand is required. She has been a dedicated work colleague of the founder. Candy has provided support for BB2C since its inception. She used her networking skills to help us attain our much needed foundation grant for operating expenses. She has provided unflagging support to us, and in our first year, donated a significant sum of money as a symbol of her dedication and belief in BB2C’s goals. She has also been a benefactor of other worthy organizations.

Mary Ide (Director), is a partner at Harch Capital Management, which is based in Boca Raton, Florida. Mary manages the firm’s New York office. Her expertise includes trading, sales, and the development of long-term business strategy. Mary began her career at Shearson (now part of Citigroup) in 1980 and has held a number of sales and trading positions on Wall Street, including stints with Smith Barney and Alex Brown. Mary has contributed her expertise regarding business and fundraising to BB2C. She has been extremely generous with her time and talents. Mary holds a BA in Art History from Smith College is married with two sons and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Punit Arora (Ph.D., Syracuse University), is assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York (CUNY). Prior to joining academia, Dr. Arora served in leadership positions with government, business and international organizations. A former member of the prestigious Indian Civil Service, Dr. Arora has advised business and development organizations, including Swedish International Development Agency, United Nations and its agencies, New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development and African Economic Research Consortium, in over 50 countries. He is also on the board of Zahn Innovation Center, chairs board’s mentoring committee and mentors student startups.

Eddie Ho has an M.S., in Industrial Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia. Mr. Ho is a Kodak Certified Six Sigma Black Belt with 15 years of corporate engineering, design and project management experience, who advises us from ideation to manufacturing.

Partnerships

In addition to working with local manufacturers, we partner with corporations, universities, distributors, non-governmental organizations, and microfinance institutions to deliver our products.

Manufacturing Partners

The factory that produced our first pumps is managed by a woman; this is a testament to Cambodian entrepreneurship. Since then we have partnered with three manufacturers in Prey Veng, Kampot and Phnom Penh.

Though many said we could not produce our products locally, by engaging local partners, training them and building their capacity, we are successfully producing all of our products in Cambodia while also creating jobs.

The factory that produced our first pumps is managed by a woman; this is a testament to Cambodian entrepreneurship. Since then we have partnered with three manufacturers in Prey Veng, Kampot and Phnom Penh.

Though many said we could not produce our products locally, by engaging local partners, training them and building their capacity, we are successfully producing all of our products in Cambodia while also creating jobs.

Distribution Partners

We try and operate throughout the entire Kingdom of Cambodia in order to reach as many people as possible. As we are a small organization this is only possible thanks to the following partners.

Prom Bunthai  Enterprise

Prom Bunthai Enterprise

Made For Life

Made For Life

Corporate Partnerships

Shell Oil and Phillips 66 helped fund the development of pump prototypes at the University of Illinois.

Shell Oil and Phillips 66 helped fund the development of pump prototypes at the University of Illinois.

Covington & Burling LLP. Washington, DC. Patent Attorneys.
U.S. Patent application for the one-chamber pump has been granted.
U.S., Cambodian and Singaporean Patent applications for the Eli Rice Seeder were submitted October 2015. Both applications were filed with pro bono assistance from Covington & Burling LLP.

Brown, Rudnick, LLP. Provided pro bono assistance to incorporate BB2C as a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status.

University Partnerships

Implementing Partners, Supporters and Customers