About Mesoamerican Development Institute

MDI’s mission is the design and implementation of sustainable technologies and biodiversity-friendly production methods for rural productive applications.

Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI) is a nongovernmental organization with offices in Honduras and at UMass Lowell. MDI specializes in technology transfer and market development; we introduce renewable energy innovations for agro-productive industry to reduce costs and restore environments in rural Mesoamerica.

MDI has introduced sustainable technologies for rural productive industry, including the high-efficiency drying chamber used in Solar/Biofuel drying systems, hermetic storage systems for coffee, and Integrated Open Canopy™ production (IOC).

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Technology transfer and sustainable market development in Mesoamerica entails creating the conditions in which new tools can be adopted by rural enterprises that allow them to participate in agro-industrial processing and the export of value-added products.

Meet The MDI Team

Richard Trubey

Program Developer and Co-founder of MDI

Richard Trubey is a co-founder of MDI and has, under contract through MDI, developed technology transfer programs for the World Bank, Inter-American Foundation, AVINA Foundation and others. Richard’s academic background is in environmental science.
Raul Raudales

Energy engineer and Co-founder of MDI

Raul Raudales has experience in both the private and public sector, he has managed international projects for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Global Environment Facility, and Conservation International. Raul with co-founder Richard Trubey and Stanley Hawthorne are the developers of MDI’s patented solar/biofuel drying systems.
Arley Morales

Training Specialist in Coffee Processing

Arley Morales is an expert in efficient use and management of patios as well as the use of industrial solar/biofuel drying systems. He has trained cooperatives in coffee drying, milling  and hermetic storage sytems throughout Central America.
Reyes Picado

Solar/biofuel Drying Systems & Off-grid Processing Installation and Maintenance Specialist

Reyes Picado is the system installation and maintenance specialist involved in technology transfer; he provides training of installation teams and the formation of local expertise in the operation and maintenance of solar/biofuel drying systems.
Sixto Aguero

Operations Representative, Central America

Sixto Aguero is an energy efficiency specialist and project manager.
Victor Arce

Recognized Leader in Sustainable Production and Processing

Vicor Arcehas served on the Boards of the Costa Rican Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and is on the board of the Fair Trade Consortium, COOCAFE. He is a former manager of the ISO14001-certified coffee cooperative Montes de Oro. Victor is an agronomist with a Masters in Business Administration and originator of the Integrated Open Canopy coffee production.
Spencer Jourdain

Marketing and Business Development Expert

Spencer Jourdain is a marketing and business development consultant for small enterprises and major corporations and specializes in cause related marketing and promotion. He is also the founder of 1420 Foundation, the Learning for a Sustainable World Network (L4SW), and a concept developer for integral models for sustainable development utilizing multidisciplinary nonprofit and for-profit organizational systems.
Luisa Rodríguez

Executive Director, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Luisa Rodríguez is an industiral engineer with a Masters in business adminstration and former CEO of the Honduran pharmacuetical company, Industria Farmaceutica, S.A. (INFARMA). Luisa provides business an managerial training and generates links with productive sectors of industry for the benefit of MDI projects.
Luis Raudales

Academic Director, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Luis Rodríguez is an industiral engineer with a Masters in business adminstration. He is responsible for training and dissemination of MDI’s educational programs and University partnerships. 
Carlos Jones

Director of Costa Rica’s Fair Trade Consortium’s (COOCAFE) Café Forestal Program

Carlos Jones works with MDI and Cooperative COMISUYL to assess capacity building and management recommendations together with the team. Carlos leads workshops and conducts surveys to help identify and overcome barriers to sustainability for both the COOCAFE Consortium in Costa Rica and Cooperative COMISUYL.
Gill Roderick

Chief Machinist for Manufacturability and Scalability of Dryer Production

Gill Roderick works with MDI in the design of custom tooling and welding procedures for the drying tower and other related components.
Karen E. Roehr

Creative Director/Consultant for the Café Solar Program (Associate Professor, UMass Lowell)

Karen Roehr  works to develop branding and graphic design for MDI’s sustainable coffee initiative implementing MDI’s clean technology and forest-friendly coffee production in a program to protect cloud forests and Pico Pijol National Park.


Dr. David King Research Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Forest Service Northeast Research Station, UMass Amherst

Dr. Richard Chandler Assistant Professor, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia

Carlin Chandler Department of Natural Resources, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA.

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