Dr. Patrick Chesney is a trained agriculturist, horticulturist and tropical agroforestry specialist and has more than 25 years working and learning experiences in the diverse disciplines of general agriculture, horticulture, agroforestry, rural development, organics, and environment in the Americas. Currently, Dr. Chesney works at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the Chief Technical Advisor to the Guiana Shield Facility, an eco-regional initiative aimed at the long term conservation and sustainable development of the Guiana Shield eco-region. Prior to that appointment, he was responsible for biodiversity conservation policy and projects at Conservation International Guyana (2005-2007) and, served as Head of Department and Research Scientist at the National Agricultural Research Institute (1990-2005). He has served on several boards, including the Scientific Advisory Group for the ACP Forestry Research Network, Guyana Forestry Commissionâ€™s board, Ministerial Advisory Group on Agricultural Diversification, Fisheries Advisory Committee, and Linden Economic Advancement Programme Demonstration Farm Board. Dr. Chesney has several peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and has carried out consultancies in Guyana and the Caribbean.