John Bonnell

John Bonnell

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Program Director-BHEARD
Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development

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John is a Capacity Development Specialist on the inaugural team of Michigan State University’s (MSU) Global Innovations in Development, Education and Scholarship (G-IDEAS). John works with faculty at MSU and at partner universities, to design and implement research and capacity development programs that improve the well-being of individuals, institutions, communities, and systems. John’s research and work focuses on higher education in developing countries, educational and workforce development systems, organizational transformation, faculty development, and international academic partnerships. He has conducted educational research and development projects in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Ghana. Prior to joining MSU, John served as a faculty member and head of department at a private university in Kenya. John earned a PhD from MSU in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, with specializations in African Studies and International Development. John co-led the design and implementation of the first two Innovation Scholars Program in partnership with Malawian universities, and serves as Program Director for the CAES-ISP. He enjoys soccer, live music, travel, and time with family and friends.