Episode 150

Food Science and Culinary Innovation with Wanida Lewis Part 1


November 22nd, 2022

39 mins 41 secs

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About this Episode

Greetings Glocal Citizens!

We have another two part in-depth conversation with a very dynamic Diasporan. Part 1 goes live the week of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. The genesis of the holiday has much to do with food; it was a harvest festival celebrated by America's first European immigrant settlers. So, my guest is our own celebration of food--food science and innovation. Born and raised in the US, now based in Accra, Dr. Wanida Lewis is the CEO and Co-founder of non-profit Crescendo Foods, Ghana’s first shared commercial kitchen space and culinary hub. She has over ten years’ experience leading programs, strategic partnerships, and economic evaluation initiatives throughout the African continent. Previously, she wasa Senior Economic Program Advisor in the US Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. During her first stint living in Accra in 2018, she founded Young, Gifted, & Brown, LLC, a pipeline program supporting young Ghanaian women and entrepreneurs in STEM. A Food Science Fellowship Award Endowment in her name was established in 2013 to provide fellowship funding for underrepresented graduate students in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at North Carolina State University. Another fun fact about Wanida is that she's a certified yoga instructor and can be found working with Glocal Citizens guest, Nana Amoako-Anin at Bliss Yoga Accra training yogis in yin and restorative yoga.

Where to find Wanida?
Wanida's website
On LinkedIn
On Facebook
On Instagram
On Twitter

What's Wanida reading?
Terminal Romance: How to Find Love in Cyberspace by Niki Aguirre
The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

What's Wanida watching?
Abbot Elementary
From Scratch

What's Wanida listening to?
J.ill Podcast
Africa Daily Podcast

Other topics of interest:
Theia Coffee House Accra
American Association for the Advancement of Science
US Foreign Service
German Marshall Fund
About Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Delta Sigma theta Sorority, Inc.
Faith Hunter
Arianna Elizabeth
The Pilates Studio Accra
Online Dating Sites, A History