Dr. Jagger Harvey, Director
Jagger Harvey recently became Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss, at Kansas State University. 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 recent work 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. Now that he has joined the Innovation Lab, he is working with the team to ensure that their work is effectively translated into information, interventions and capacity to address mycotoxin contamination and other post-harvest loss issues in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Afghanistan and beyond.
Dena Bunnel, Assistant Director
Dena Bunnel is the Assistant Director for the Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab. She previously served as the PHLIL Program Coordinator. 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, including the role of post-harvest practices throughout the value chain. 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.
Brian James, Student Assistant
Brian James serves as a Staff Assistant for the Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab. He is currently a Junior majoring in Accounting at Kansas State University, and plans to graduate in May 2020. Brian assists the Lab and the management team in multiple areas such as accounting, reporting, maintenance of the PHLIL website, etc. Brian has enjoyed learning about the many projects of the Lab and the countries in which it operates.