Dr. Jagger Harvey, Director
Jagger Harvey serves as Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss, at Kansas State University, since he joined the program in May 2016. His work on addressing fungal toxin (mycotoxin) contamination of crops spans more than 15 years, from basic research in graduate school through to developing and leading a flagship international research for development program in East Africa. His work from 2009-2016 as an early member of the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, included establishment of a mycotoxin capacity building and research platform which has hosted over one hundred African researchers and their international partners. At the Innovation Lab, he is working with the team to ensure that their work is effectively translated into information, interventions and capacity to address post-harvest loss issues in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nepal and beyond. He also serves as Principal Investigator of the PHLIL Nepal project, a USAID Buy-In. He is passionate about raising the profile of international agricultural research for development, including benefits at home and abroad.
Dena Bunnel, Assistant Director
Dena Bunnel is the Assistant Director for the Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab. She holds M.S. degrees in agricultural and resource economics and international agricultural development from the University of California, Davis. She has a continuing interest in better understanding the market factors that influence agricultural decision making in developing economies, and in the relationship between conflict and agricultural economic growth. Prior to attending UC Davis, Dena served as an agricultural advisor for the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she helped manage more than $50 million in capacity building programming. She holds a B.S. in agricultural communications and journalism and a B.A. in political science from Kansas State University.
Caroline Kolins, Program Coordinator
Caroline Kolins serves as the Program Coordinator for the Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab. She holds a M.A. of International Affairs from The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and a B.A. in French and Political Science from Texas Tech University. During her time at Texas A&M she worked with the Center on Conflict and Development, an international development research lab, where she discovered her passion for international agricultural development. After finishing her graduate studies, she served as a Murdock Fellow at World Vision, where she advised marketing teams on food security content and worked with corporate donors. Her experience includes program management, grant writing, and donor relations with public, private, and individual donors. She is particularly interested in the intersection of higher education and international development and enjoys facilitating partnerships between university systems and NGOs.
Catherine Hickman, Business Financial Specialist
Catherine Hickman serves as the Business Financial Specialist for the Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab. She provides all financial analysis, accounting support, and procurement for the USAID-funded grant. Catherine holds a Masters in Business Administration and a B.S. in Business with a Minor in Agriculture from Fort Hays State University. Catherine has a heart for agriculture and its people. A Kansas native, she has embraced the daily challenges and successes when raising dry land crops, beef cattle from calving to finish and working in the large animal veterinary medicine industry. Additionally, Catherine worked as a banking regulator and bank officer.