Torunn Stangeland is a teacher by profession and has worked as a teacher for more than 20 years. Often in combination with organic farming/gardening.

She has 2 children and 4 grandchildren. From 2006-2010, she worked on her Ph.D. in Food and Medicinal plants in East Africa with fieldwork in Uganda.

Since then, she has taken part in many projects in Uganda mainly in Mbarara District. Since 2018 she has been on the board of MCMMC, she has also taken part in many outreaches and has seen the good work the team is doing.