Innovators in International Development Practice (IAD 190/290)

Spring quarter seminar speaker series co-organized by the International Agricultural Development Graduate Group (IAD) and UC Davis Blum Center

Registration (1 unit):
Graduate students: IAD 290-004 (CRN# 47808)
Undergraduate students: IAD 190-001 (CRN#63442)

Location: Wellman #216
Time: Mondays, 12:10pm to 1:00pm
Instructor of record: Kate Scow, chair International Agricultural Development Graduate Group


  • One, 50 minute weekly session
  • Brown bag presentation with discussion
  • Open campus-wide to graduate and undergraduate students

Course credit:

  • With 1 unit credit through International Agricultural Development (IAD)
  • Offered for both undergraduate and graduate student credit


  • Invited guests
  • UC Davis Humphrey Fellows
  • UC Davis Blum Center grantees

Topics covered:

  • International (not domestic) development, poverty alleviation and inequity
  • Innovation and creative solutions that are practical and project-based
  • Exploration of lessons learned through discussions of best and worst practices
  • Careers in international development


April 1: Britta Hanson
Regional Centers of Innovation Specialist at the UC Davis Horticulture CRSP, develops training and technology programs in collaboration with regional partners, research institutions, and USAID Missions.

April 8: Koen VanRompay
For the past 20 years, Koen has been working as an HIV/AIDS researcher at the California National Primate Research Center (UCD), with a focus on pediatric AIDS and HIV drugs. He serves on the board of the International House Davis and is the founder of Sahaya International, an NGO supporting communities to build schools, sponsor orphans, educate residents about HIV and establish women’s self‐help groups.

April 15: Rossana Ramirez
Director of microfinance programs for youth at the nonprofit, Freedom from Hunger. She conducts trainings for organizations to adapt and implement financial education curriculum in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

April 22: David Bunn
UC Davis researcher at the One Health Institute in the School of Veterinary Medicine, Associate Director for Africa Programs with the International Programs Office in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Training Coordinator for the USAID PREDICT program.

April 29: Woutrina Miller
Veterinarian and Assistant Adjunct Professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis with a research focus on epidemiology of zoonotic pathogens in coastal ecosystems of California and at the human-animal-environment interface in Tanzania. Education Coordinator, One Health Center of Expertise of the UC Global Health Institute and Capacity Building Coordinator for the USAID PREDICT Program.

May 6: Julie Greene
Executive Director of Solar Cookers International, a nonprofit that promotes fuel efficient cooking and lighting in order to improve health, economies, and the environment throughout the sun‐rich, fuel‐starved developing world.

May 13: Mark Dowie
Former publisher and editor of Mother Jones Magazine and former editor‐at-large of InterNation. His most recent book is Conservation Refugees: The Hundred‐Year Conflict between Global Conservation and Native Peoples. He teaches science at the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

May 20: Mark Bell|
Current director of the International Learning Center and the Humphrey Fellowship program. He is also the leader of Communications and Information Transfer for the Horticulture CRSP. Mark Bell joined UC Davis in 2007 after spending 20 years based at International Agricultural Research Centers in both Mexico and the Philippines.

May 27: Holiday (no seminar)

June 3: Richard Bruno & Tika Ram Thapa (both UC Davis Humphrey Fellows)

Richard Bruno is a senior program officer with the African Institute for Capacity Development in Tanzania.

Tika Ram Thapa is a senior agricultural extension training officer with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (RATC) in Nepal.

Jointly sponsored by the IAD Graduate Group and the UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies