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.

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.

Harrison Hughes, PhD

Director of Horticulture

IGATT Board of Directors and Advisors

Megan Dietz, DVM(c), MPH

Director of Livestock and Public Health, Communications Advisor

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 Internationa science Committee.  Dr. Hughes holds a PhD in Plant Genetics and Breeding from Purdue University. 

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. 

A serial entrepreneur, Dr. Ajay K Jha has used his expertise with rapid startup venture growth, investment and a joint venture to found IGATT so others may do the same. Dr. Jha received his Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the University of Delhi, India, and MBA from Colorado State University (CSU). He spent the last 20 years as a strategist for innovative education, enterprise building and appropriate technology transfer in India, Afghanistan, and Nepal. Dr. Jha has built 40 joint venture partnership worth over $500 million through creating new strategic business alliances focusing on the transfer of technologies from the USA, Israel to India. In the last decade, Dr. Jha has served the USAID, USDA/FAS, World Bank, UNO, and the Indian government as a Senior Advisor and the Technical Education board member in the Bihar government.

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, instutitonal building and strategic roadmap for the economic development.

Jill Brito

Grant Technical Advisor

​Jill Brito 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. 

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. 


Nir Krakauer, PhD, MS

Advisor and Collaborator

IGATT Founder & President

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.

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. 

Susanne E. Jalbert, PhD

Senior Advisor 

Paulo Brito

Program 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 bioeconomy and circular economy to tackle world poverty. 

Our Team

Mohan Reddy Junna, PhD

Director of Water and Natural Resources

Ajay K Jha, Ph.D., MBA

Founder and President