Dr. Mahdu is an international development practitioner with extensive experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Tunisia, and parts of Africa. He currently conducts in-country program compliance reviews and pre-award surveys in support of USAID Office of Food for Peace. He holds a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization, a Master of Natural Resources (MNR), and an M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech, an M.S. in Industrial Technology (Quality Management), and an MBA in Finance from Morehead State University. His undergraduate degree in Accountancy from the University of Guyana. He also holds several professional certificates, including the Project Management Professional (PMP) and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Omchand also teaches Contemporary Urban Issues – Climate Change and Urban Development and Global Issues in Natural Resources at Virginia Tech. His areas of interest include climate change and crop agriculture, climate adaptation, food security, natural resource management, rural development, and international development planning.