Dr. Felix Augustine Ryan
For the past 30 years Mr. Ryan has been promoting income-generating projects for the poor based on rural raw materials, waste and appropriate technology in Africa and Asia. The three volumes of his popular book "better life technologies for the poor" is a valuable text for rural extension workers.
He is the founder president of Ryan Foundation International which innovates ecofriendly low technology to solve problems created by high technology and also the chief monitor of the global movement "Survival by Sea Water" which was made part of UN Secretariat document by the UNCED Prepcom in Dublin.
Mr. Ryan shows the rural poor ways to desalinate sea or saline water into drinking water at almost no cost and plant trees that grow in sea water and shows the employment this generates. He was advisor to UNIDO and ILO.