Bob Nanes joined MIT D-Lab in the newly created position of executive director, in fall of 2016. For 25 years, Bob worked with iDE (formerly International Development Enterprises), an international non-profit dedicated to ending poverty in the developing world through helping farm families access the tools and knowledge they need to increase their income. At iDE, Bob served as Country Director in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Ghana and as the Director of Training.
From 2007 to 2008, Bob was Director of iDE's Rural Prosperity Initiative. Most recently, Bob was the head of iDE's Technology and Innovation Group, supporting the iDE country programs in technology development, agriculture program development, global equipment supply, agriculture knowledge management and microfinance.
In addition to his roles with iDE, Bob has worked as an independent consultant and has started and run an irrigation contracting business and a food processing business. Bob holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Cornell University.
Bob is co-instructor of D-Lab: Smallholder Agriculture.