Globally-Focused IANR Staff

Kaitlyn Waller

Kaitlyn Waller

Education Abroad and CUSP Student Success Navigator

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Sylvana Airan

Sylvana Airan

Global Learning Hub and Rwandan Scholar Program Coordinator

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Chris Ebbers

Chris Ebbers

International Student Success Navigator, 3+1 Program

Department of Food Science and Technology

Divine Mbabazi

Divine Mbabazi

CASNR Global Ambassador

Roberto Nayituriki

Roberto Nayiturki

CASNR Global Ambassador


IANR’s global engagement activity spans the Institute, and is powered by activity in academic units and centers. Explore the exciting work being done across research, education and engagement:


Agricultural Research Division

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Rwandan Scholars Program

Food Science 3+1 Program with Northwest Ag & Forestry University

Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute

Yeutter Institute for International Trade and Finance

National Drought Mitigation Center

Liana Calegare

Liana Calegare, Ph.D. 

Global Programs Manager: Faculty, Research & Capacity Building, Agricultural Research Division

In her role, Liana identifies opportunities for international collaboration through research, extension, and capacity building efforts and provides support for the formation of transdisciplinary teams to prepare project proposals. She spearheads efforts to develop, implement, and coordinate federal funded capacity building programs, such as USDA-FAS Scientific Exchanges, Borlaug Fellowship, and Cochran Programs. She leverages partnerships with Global Centers of Excellence in Agriculture and National and Global Network and oversees the agreements with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and Fulbright-Brazil. Additionally, she assists and coordinates visits of international delegations, with focus on connecting IANR faculty to visiting scientists in their area of interest. Last, she administers the International Impact Awards: FAPESP SPRINT, seed grants to implement and/or strengthen international collaborations, and travel awards.

 Liana started at UNL in January 2012 as the Liaison of Brazil Scientific Mobility Program for the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources, creating the original processes and programming for the inaugural cohort, as well as continued program management, advising and support for over 250 more Brazilian students over the next several years. Previously, she worked as a research scholar at the USDA Agricultural Research Service Meat and Animal Research Center (U.S. MARC) in the Nutrition Research Unit.

She holds a B.S. in veterinary medicine from the State University of Londrina (Brazil), and received both her M.S. and Ph.D. in animal science from the University of São Paulo/ESALQ (Brazil). She is a native Portuguese speaker.

Contact Liana about:

  • USAID, USDA/FAS, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), and other funding resources
  • Agricultural research and global collaborations
  • Serving as a mentor for visiting scholars/fellows with international capacity building programs 
  • International Impact Awards - research and travel grants 

Contact Liana

Brianne Wolf

Brianne Wolf, M.S. 

Coordinator, Global Learning & Engagement Strategies, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources & Agricultural Research Division

Brianne works to connect, collaborate and communicate in the sphere of the Institute's global engagement. She works closely with Liana and her respective team to support efforts in global research, extension and capacity building, while also leading the effort to help students go global through their coursework, on-campus experiences, and virtual and physical exchange. She supervises the global-focused student interns and volunteers (currently the CASNR Ambassadors) in addition to collaborating with the broader IANR and university community to develop global initiatives. 

Hailing from rural Nebraska, Brianne brings both local knowledge and an international lens to the team. Prior to joining IANR, Brianne worked for Spain's Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (in the La Rioja locality) for three years in addition to traveling to over 35 countries across Europe and the MENA region. Her U.S. professional experience includes new venture development with an environmental nonprofit and doing social media, writing and strategy work for several companies in the Lincoln/Omaha area. She now brings a different regional focus and capability to the team being based in Mexico City, a bustling hub for engagement in Latin America.

Brianne holds two degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Bachelor of Journalism degree in public relations and advertising, and an M.S. in natural resource sciences with a focus on human dimensions and global One Health. She speaks Spanish.

Contact Brianne about:

  • Sharing about your international activity (as a faculty, staff or student)
  • Specific country inquiries of IANR faculty and staff engagement and connections
  • Global experiential learning, coursework and on/off-campus activities that develop global competencies 
  • CASNR Global Ambassador position inquires
  • Global professional development opportunities or career discussion 
  • Interest in or work related to the Sustainable Development Goals (as a student, staff or faculty) 

Contact Brianne

Kaitlyn Waller

Kaitlyn Waller, M.A.

Education Abroad and CUSP Student Success Navigator, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Kaitlyn works as a Student Success Navigator for the CUSP Scholarship Program and is providing interim support in the space of education abroad advising for CASNR programs for students on campus.

Prior to joining UNL/CASNR, Kaitlyn spent several years working with study abroad students in Paris, France and Madison, Wisconsin. Most recently, she worked in Hangzhou, China as a college counselor at an international high school. She helped students research and apply to universities and led college readiness workshops. She has also worked as an English language instructor.

Kaitlyn holds a Bachelor's degree in French from Grinnell College and a Master’s degree in French and International Education from the University of Wisconsin: Madison.

Contact Kaitlyn about:

  • The Rwandan Scholars program
  • Study abroad opportunities and resources (especially if you'd like to meet in person on campus)
  • Connecting global experiences to professional development

Contact Kaitlyn

Sylvana Airan

Sylvana Airan

Global Learning Hub and Rwandan Scholar Program Coordinator, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Sylvana is the primary lead for the CASNR Undergraduate Scholarship Program (CUSP) for Rwandan students, managing student support efforts administered through CASNR, including recruitment, facilitation of admission, coordination of academic advising, creation of internship opportunities and assisting students identifying career opportunities in Rwanda.

Sylvana migrated from Pakistan and joined UNL as a student in 1979. At UNL, she was a student of theatre and has applied this line of studies to coordinating and directing a play for the past 29 years for the community of Lincoln and neighboring towns and states. In 1983, she joined UNL Housing as an accounts specialist and in 1985 was promoted to the position of Assistant Director of Business-Contracts and Student Services. In that position, she implemented the contractual agreements for UNL Housing with various universities including Senshu University (China), Nanzan (Japan) and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She also coordinated the housing and billing for students under the ISEP (exchange program) and Intsormil (Sorghum Millet International research) programs. She has worked closely with UNL students from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Rwanda in providing housing accommodations and assisting them in acclimating to UNL and Lincoln. She has served on the International Student Advisory board and currently serves on the International Student Services task force. Sylvana was born in Pakistan and as an American, has travelled extensively around the world to Kenya, Brazil, Turkey, India, Greece, Israel, Germany, Rome and others.

Sylvana has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Karachi – Pakistan. While English is her mother tongue, she can converse in Urdu and Hindi.

Contact Sylvana about:

  • The Rwandan Scholars Program or CUSP
  • Reserving and utilizing space in the Global Learning Hub
  • Connecting with local host families

Contact Sylvana

Chris Ebbers

Chris Ebbers

International Student Success Navigator, 3+1 Program

Chris’s primary responsibility is to help Chinese students that are part of the 3+1 program with Northwest Agriculture & Forestry University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln matriculate seamlessly through their 4th year of college at UNL. In pioneering this role, he is creating ways to bridge the gaps of cultural adaptation, cross-cultural experience, English language enhancement and integration to UNL and Lincoln.

Prior to coming to UNL, Chris worked for a non-profit organization in Japan for seven years while working with Japanese college students and communities. Chris also focused on HR and programming for another non-profit here in Lincoln where he engaged with international teams throughout Asia, Europe, Central America and the US. In addition to his global work, he spent several years in hospitality management.

Chris is a graduate of University of Nebraska Lincoln’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) and speaks Japanese.

Contact Chris about:

  • Engaging with 3+1 Program Students
  • Any questions about the 3+1 program with NWFAU

Contact Chris

Divine Mbabazi

Divine Mbabazi

CASNR Global Ambassador

Divine Mbabazi, originally from Kigali, Rwanda, is a third-year student at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. At UNL, Divine is pursuing an Integrated Science degree and a Leadership & Communications minor. Previously, she interned as a content writer for The Borgen Project, an experience that nurtured her communication skills, furthering her interest in written communication. Currently, she works as an opinion columnist for The Daily Nebraskan, a platform through which she eagerly shares her point of view on diverse topics.

Roberto Nayituriki

Roberto Nayituriki

CASNR Global Ambassador

Roberto L. Nayituriki, originally from Kibuye, Rwanda, is a third-year student majoring in Integrated Sciences with a double minor in Urban Forestry and Mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

 Prior to joining UNL, he has held multiple student leadership positions at the University of Rwanda including president of the university choir, toastmasters, and biodiversity conservation club. He currently works as a COVID-19 laboratory technician at Veterinary Diagnostic Center , an experience that fueled his passion for Public Health. While he is not studying, you can find him connecting with other international and domestic students, playing pickup basketball or biking. 

Jon Kerrigan

Jon Kerrigan, M.A. 

On-call partner contact, Northwest Ag & Forestry 3+1 Program

Contact Jon:

  • If you are a 3+1 Program Partner (Northwest Ag and Forestry University) 

Contact Jon