Omchand is an environmental and agricultural researcher at Virginia Tech. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) program in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and has over 15 years of professional experience in six (6) countries working for government, NGOs, and for-profit sectors. His most recent work involves consulting on an international food assistance program funded by the US government. Omchand holds graduate degrees in Natural Resources and Agricultural and Applied Economics, from Virginia Tech, Industrial Technology and an MBA from Morehead State University in Kentucky. Originally from tropical Guyana, he received his undergraduate degree in Accountancy from the University of Guyana. Omchand holds several professional certificates, including the Project Management Professional (PMP) and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.