Our Team

David Denkenberger

Director & Co-founder, Assistant Prof. Civil & Architectural Engineering

Dr. David Denkenberger received his B.S. from Penn State in Engineering Science, his M.S.E. from Princeton in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Building Systems Program. His dissertation was on his patented expanded microchannel heat exchanger.

He is an assistant professor at Tennessee State University in architectural engineering. He is also an associate at the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute.

He co-founded the Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED).

He received the National Merit Scholarship, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, is a Penn State distinguished alumnus, and is a registered professional engineer.

He has authored or co-authored over 65 publications, including the book Feeding Everyone no Matter What: Managing Food Security after Global Catastrophe. His food work has been featured in 18 countries, over 100 articles, including Science, Wikipedia, Discovery Channel Online News, Gizmodo, Phys.org, and Science Daily.

He has given interviews on C-realm and Real Talk with Lee podcasts and Radio Alexandria. He has given over 90 technical presentations, including ones on food at Princeton University, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Sandia National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, Cornell University, Imperial College, University of Cambridge, and University of Oxford.

Ray Taylor

Response & Preparedness Networker & Co-founder

Ray Taylor is based in Oxford and Bristol, UK and works as  our coordinator on response planning and preparedness. He is a cofounder of ALLFED.

Elizabeth Dunn

Director of Operations

Elizabeth helps ALLFED to work out its priorities and then to implement them. Elizabeth is an experienced international project and programme manager and operational leader. She also provides improvement consultancy and business development support to a wide range of business.

Al Hundley

Director of Communications

In a career spanning half a century Allen Hundley has worked in broadcast engineering, completed most of a PhD in political science (ABD), and was an executive producer for some years at NPR in Washington. Along the way he won an Emmy award, an Armstrong award, and was one of twelve mid career journalists out of 2,000 applicants to be selected to be a National Endowment for the Humanities Journalism Fellow.  The fellowship was modeled after the Nieman program at Harvard and entailed a year of independent study at the University of Michigan.   Al chose to study philosophy of science and epistemology.

After leaving the network Al spent two decades in more than a dozen poor and often war torn nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America working as a technical consultant for various organizations including the UN, NATO, USAID, several large international corporations, a refugee aid organization, and medical missionaries.  The educational broadcast station he designed and built for the International Rescue Committee was identified as the most successful USAID funded project in Honduras during that period.

Currently he hosts a weekly one-hour radio program The Next Chapter which deals with science, technology, and public policy and is heard over much of the US and southern Canada.  Al now lives in the little town of Manistique in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Ariel Conn

Media & Communications Consultant

Ariel Conn oversees media and outreach at the Future of Life Institute, and she founded Mag10 Media, an organization dedicated to improving science communication. She’s studied English, physics and geophysics, and her background is a mix of advertising, marketing, and scientific research. She’s worked with NASA, multiple National Labs, and multiple universities, including MIT and Virginia Tech.

Michael Griswold

Research Associate

Michael is based out of Nashville Tennessee and is pursuing a bachelors of science in Architectural Engineering. He has co-authored four papers on the subject of feeding everyone in global catastrophes. He has been a research associate with Dr. Denkenberger since spring 2016 and joined ALLFED in the same capacity in 2017. He is scheduled to graduate from Tennessee State University in May 2018.

Gareth Jones

Crisis & Catastrophe Planning Consultant

Gareth has 35 years experience in organisational resilience and risk management related issues gained over 14 years intensive international commercial consulting, focusing on crisis management and organisation level resilience, experience underpinned by a 21 year military career in operational resilience. His specialities are Crisis Management, Exercises and Organisational Resilience and Business Continuity Management (BCM). ISO 22316, ISO22398, ISO 22301.