How do we say thank you for years of energetic and visionary leadership to ECHO? Words can’t adequately express our gratitude to Abram Bicksler for his leadership of ECHO Asia during the past five years. We also celebrate the new opportunities Abram will have to reduce hunger and serve the poor in his new role as an Agricultural Officer on the Ecosystem Services and Agroecology team of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome, Italy.
We are also pleased to introduce Dr. Eduardo “Ed” Sabio as the new Director of the ECHO Asia Impact Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Dr. Sabio is a committed follower of Jesus Christ distinguished by humility, integrity, team-building, and consistency. Ed has decades of experience in agricultural development, community-based development, natural resources management, program/project management, participatory monitoring and evaluation, and applied research. He recently shared, “A missing piece in many NGOs is the spiritual dimension of development which I found fundamental in ECHO’s work. My practical experience tells me that it is the air that breaths sustainable change and transformation.”
In addition, Dr. Sabio’s technical expertise in agro-forestry, livestock, variety trials, crop production, and value chains will be a significant help to the ECHO Asia team.
Dr. Sabio, a Philippine national, has worked in 10 Asian countries and served in leadership roles with three international organizations. Ed was the Regional Director for Rikolto in Vietnam, the Country Director for Heifer International in the Philippines, and the Program Head for the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) in the Philippines. Dr. Sabio earned his PhD from Cornell University in Agricultural Extension and Adult Education.
Dr. Sabio began serving with ECHO Asia on January 7, 2019.