Thomas Weigel, MA
Project Manager Mini-Livestock/Business and Economics Officer
Thomas Weigel works on projects for improving livelihoods and food security in Laos. He is Project Manager for VWB’s mini-livestock projects, including cricket production and processing for smallholder farmers and applied research on mini-livestock and community nutrition. Thomas also develops business models and financing mechanisms for VWB’s projects to ensure their long-term sustainability beyond the project duration. He holds post-graduate degrees in International Development and Management of Development Projects, a degree in Social Work, and has recently completed a post-graduate course on Food and Nutrition Security for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia. He has been an official speaker at AIDF’s Asia Food Security Summit (2014), for VWB’s Small-scale Farming of Edible Insects projects and Potential Contributions to Food and Nutrition Security in Southeast Asia. In addition to Laos, his international experience includes work in Thailand, Indonesia, India, Romania and Germany.
Thomas is passionate about sustainable rural and agricultural development, and improving rural peoples’ livelihoods. He grows his own chilies and tomatoes and intends to raise chickens soon. Happiest living in rural areas, he enjoys mingling with local people, discovering their cultures, and listening to their stories. When it comes to food, Thomas is renowned for trying anything, the spicier and more exotic the better.