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Colin Quinn

Technical Advisor, Climate Smart Agriculture

Colin Quinn is Winrock’s climate smart agriculture technical advisor in the Agriculture, Water & Resilience group. He has nearly two decades of experience working in the U.S. and internationally in ecological research and climate change. Quinn values working with, building, and collaborating with diverse teams to identify creative solutions to challenging problems, linking science to action, and learning from others. Prior to joining Winrock, Quinn led the Climate Change Team in USAID’s Africa Bureau, managing a team that integrated climate change and limited climate-related risks across USAID projects in in sub-Saharan Africa. He also worked for USAID in Mozambique, where he managed a $20 million coastal city adaptation program and developed a project to limit climate risks to public health by using climate data, information and technology. He has also worked for the Cadmus Group on both USAID and United Nations projects, on climate policy for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and has conducted ecological research for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Quinn has a doctorate from Colorado State University in plant ecology and a biology degree from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

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