Our team is comprised of experts in horticulture, water management, engineering, business development, public health, and more. With a comprehensive and multidisciplinary team, we are able to tackle a variety of threats to agriculture and food security across the globe.
Ryann Hodge, CPA
Ryann received her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Colorado State University. and went on to complete the Enrolled Agent designation, passing each of the three exams on the first attempt! With 13 years of hands-on experience helping small business, there aren’t many industries that Ryann hasn’t helped to create accounting processes and systems for. Her passion, however, is working with service-based businesses and non-profits.
Ryann is a fourth generation native of Fort Collins, who has been involved in small business since at a very yong age. By the age of seven, Ryann was helping her family’s small businesses with everything from data entry and inventory, to selling shoes and completing ledgers. She has always loved the flexibility of being an entrepreneur, as well as the chance to help other entrepreneurs understand the financial side of their own businesses and lowering their tax liabilities. She is running financial consulting company in Fort Collins
Jill Wallace, Program & Grant Director
Jill Wallace holds an MBA in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprises from Colorado State University and over 5 years of experience in marketing and consulting for startups businesses. She is passionate about developing innovative business solutions to address global challenges faced by the world's most vulnerable populations and has recently begun consulting international projects using the Human Centered Design methodology. Jill also holds a BA in Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean studies and experience living and working in Latin America.
Paulo Brito, Global Project Advisor
Paulo Brito is a business consultant and a Faculty Instructor in the Management Department at Colorado State University, USA. He teaches Entrepreneurship, Social and Sustainable venturing, and International Business courses using a design thinking approach. Brito earned a B.S. in Economics from the Presbyterian Mackenzie University in his home country of Brazil and went on to earn an M.S. in Environmental Science from the Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP) as well as an M.S in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Colorado State. Prior to coming to CSU, Paulo was the founder of the Brazilian chapter of a conservation-focused non-profit, which promotes collaborative conservation efforts worldwide. Brito has also organized and contributed articles to two award-winning books broaching the subject of social, economic, and environmental synergies for sustainable development. His current research focuses on the business opportunities created by the bio-economy and circular economy to tackle world poverty.
Ajay K Jha, Ph.D., MBA
Founder and President
A serial entrepreneur, Dr. Jha has used his 20 expertise with rapid startup venture growth, investment attraction through blended finance for the International Development. He has Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the University of Delhi, India, and MBA from Colorado State University (CSU). He developed innovative education, sustainable enterprise and appropriate technology transfer for USA, Israel, India, Afghanistan, and Nepal.
As a faculty at CSU Dr. Jha has led and managed multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, and extramurally funded global educational programs for Nepal, and Afghanistan valued at over $20 million. In addition, he successfully managed a $15 million USAID/Afghanistan AWATT program for water, technology transfer and institutional building, between US Land Grant Universities and Afghanistan Universities. As an Advisor, Dr. Jha led the USDA-FAS team in Afghanistan to formulate in-country capacity building program and promote sustainable rural enterprise. Dr. Jha furthered this work by serving as the Advisor for Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) in India where he supported 20 joint ventures in the areas of education, food processing, IT infrastructure, and pharmaceuticals. Wanting to use his expertise to educate others, Dr. Jha developed the Global Social Sustainable Enterprise (GSSE) MBA program as a founding member for the College of Business at CSU and mentored various innovative and sustainable enterprise startup at Colorado Blue Ocean Challenge and the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.
Dr. Jha has authored and co-authored over a hundred publications and his global development and enterprise work have received widespread media coverage by CNN, Bloomberg TV, ABC News, South Asian TV channels and USA Public Radio. He has been invited by several countries as an advisor to develop educational programs, institutional building and strategic roadmap for the economic development.
IGATT BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADVISORS
Mohan Reddy Junna, Ph.D.
Director of Water and Natural Resources
Dr. Mohann Reddy is the Director of Water and Natural Resources at IGATT and helps our clients and partners identify and engineer optimal water management and irrigation systems. He is one of the leading specialists in the world in the field of irrigation systems design, evaluation, and management. Mohan Reddy Junna has 35 years of teaching, research, and consulting experience. His areas of expertise are in the optimal design and evaluation of surface, sprinkle and trickle irrigation systems; optimal automation of irrigation canals; and management and modeling of hydraulic structures, groundwater, and salinity control with considerable expertise in a variety of modeling software. Over the years, Dr. Junna has done extensive consulting work in the area of irrigation water management in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, and has visited irrigation schemes in more than 25 countries, including the countries of Australia, Burkina Faso, China, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Greece, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey. On these assignments, he worked extensively with multi-disciplinary teams and national scientists/officials from ministries of irrigation and agriculture.
Harrison Hughes, Ph.D.
Director of Horticulture
Dr. Harrison Hughes is our Director of Horticulture who works with our partners and clients to identify the best plant species, technologies, and methods to maximize agricultural crop production in resource-limited situations. Dr. Hughes has over 40 years of education experience in teaching and training students in general horticulture, plant propagation, and applied plant biotechnology. He is an experienced researcher, having studied plant propagation and tissue culture with an emphasis in micropropagation, germplasm preservation, and DNA fingerprinting using RAPD technology. Dr. Hughes is an awarded member of various international groups, having received the Khalifa International Date Palm Award from the International science Committee. Dr. Hughes holds a PhD in Plant Genetics and Breeding from Purdue University.
Megan Dietz, DVM(c), MPH
Director of Livestock and Public Health, Communications Advisor
Megan Dietz is the Director of Livestock and Public Health programs at IGATT who helps our clients improve improved animal welfare, food security, and malnutrition alleviation. Megan has worked for USAID Innovation Labs adapting Southeast Asian and Sub-Saharan African livestock systems to climate change; researched antimicrobial resistance across human, environmental, and animal sources; and has worked with small farmers to improve their animal welfare while also increasing market access and profitability. Megan currently focuses her research and career on finding joint solutions to animal welfare and worker health and safety in the livestock industry. Megan holds a BS in human nutrition from the University of Texas, an MPH from Colorado State University and is currently at the University of California at Davis pursuing her DVM.
Susanne E. Jalbert, PhD; Senior Advisor
For over 25 years, Dr. Jalbert has employed economic development as an essential tool towards a more equitable, safe life. Living at the nexus of conflict and development by working with the USAID, her work includes: diplomat in Afghanistan, Herat Consulate, business services director in Iraq, and on-going consultancy as a senior advisor to USAID’s implementing partners in developing, transitioning and conflicting economies. She advises particularly on national and regional strategic planning for the equitable inclusion of women into growing economies. Dr. Jalbert determines, directs, and designs strategic policy models for equitable economic escalation, and to date has assisted on more than 85 assignments in 50 countries across four continents. She is devoted to further influencing parity in policy through serving on boards of directors for corporations, NGOs, and women’s business associations, as well as the Governor’s Commission for Judicial Performance Evaluation, and by publishing and speaking worldwide.
Nir Krakauer, PhD, MS; Advisor and Collaborator
Dr. Nir Krakauer studies the earth's water and carbon cycles, particularly the effects of global warming and other human impacts .His recent projects include (1) Work with New York City and NASA to understand the water budget of the watersheds that supply water to NYC to predict supplies in droughts and under climate change. (2) Biodiversity and climate hazard mapping and pilot adaptation strategies for smallholders in Nepal, funded by the USAID and (3) Improving seasonal forecasts of temperature and precipitation through dynamic modeling and application of information theory and monitoring water resources, droughts, and floods from Earth-observing satellites. He works with colleagues at NASA-GISS to better understand the impact of plants, soil moisture, and groundwater on weather and climate. Nir received his PhD and MS in Geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology focusing and completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship in Climate and Global Change from the University of California, Berkley and he currently serves as a member of the ASCE Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate and editor for Open Geosciences, Cogent Geoscience, Advances in Meteorology, and various special issues.
Tarendra Lakhankar, PhD; Advisor and Collaborator
Dr. Tarendra Lakhankar received his Bachelor of Engineering in Civil-Water Management from SGGSIE&T, Nanded, M.Tech. in Environmental Engineering from VNIT, Nagpur, and PhD in Civil Engineering (Water Resources) from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2006. He was NOAA-post doc fellows at CIRA in Colorado State University. His research experience includes the use of advanced mathematical and statistical methods for data processing, mining and web communications from environmental satellite and meteorological datasets and field observations. Dr. Lakhankar outstanding analytical, problem-solving and innovation skills, is demonstrated by great academic, research and professional development throughout leading committees, mentoring, advising and outreach activities in science and technology education and research. He worked on several research projects including satellite-based flash flood warning system, snow characterization and product development, urban hydro-meteorological testbed, and climate adaptation strategies for human and livestock population. Dr. Lakhankar is an active member of multiple international professional organizations and selected as chair and co-chair in International Conferences.
IGATT has past and ongoing projects in seven countries worldwide. Our partners and clients have included various universities, corporations, and national governments working together through IGATT to solve emerging agricultural and food security issues. To meet our and our partner's goals, we have collaborated with and secured funding through such groups as the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), BRICS New Development Bank, and the World Bank.
Through our ever-growing network of partners, collaborators, and supporters, IGATT has a global presence that is ready and able to educate and shape the agricultural leaders and innovators of tomorrow. IGATT is also closely connected with the US Land Grant Universities and various institutions around the world for appropriate technology transfer project partnership and building small business enterprise.
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