Chris Czerwinski graduated from UBC with a BSc (Agr) in 1979, majoring in Plant Science. Later he obtained an MSc in the School of Planning, in 1984.
Chris’ career as an Agronomist took him to many countries. From 1981 to 1983, he was with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Madagascar. This was followed by service with the World Food Program (WFP) in Segou, Mali; Head of the Djibouti office; WFP headquarters, Rome; WFP Deputy Country Director, China; WFP Country Director, Egypt; WFP Country Director, Russia, and from 2006 as Head of Area Office, North Darfur, Sudan. In recognition of his humanitarian service, Chris was awarded the EMERCOM (Russian Ministry of Emergencies) Emergency medal and Commission of Social Affairs ‘Mercy’ medal for work done in Chechnya.
In recalling his years at UBC, one of Chris’ memories is:
“Being on the aggie hockey team where great fun was had drinking beer and bashing gears!”
Chris also has fond memories of Dr Brink for his wisdom and patience with noisy young men; of Dr Isman for his assistance in jointly publishing part of his MSc thesis on Planning; and of Dr Copeman for his clarinet playing and his good relationship with students. He still remembers most of the faculty in Plant Science.
Chris married Rachelle Rasolofo and they have two children, Michael and Nicholas.