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Perspectives in Global Development Seminar Series: Fall 2021

About the presenter

In July 2018, Mr. John Edgar started his current assignment as the USAID/Philippines Environment Office Chief where he oversees biodiversity, climate resilience, energy and water programs. He has 17 years of experience designing, implementing and managing development activities with a focus on agriculture and natural resource management. In 2008, he joined USAID as a Foreign Service Officer. From 2009-2018, he served in Malawi and Ethiopia managing agriculture, humanitarian assistance and environment programs.  His most recent assignment was Deputy Office Chief of USAID/Ethiopia’s Economic Growth Office. Prior to USAID, Mr. Edgar worked for Mercy Corps and the United Methodist Committee for Relief in Mongolia and Indonesia.  He started his development career as a small business development advisor with the Peace Corps in rural Mongolia.

Mr. Edgar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies with a focus on East Asian Studies from the College of William and Mary, and a Master’s Degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University.  

Registration information

The speaker will present via Zoom. Guests are welcomed to join the session in-person in Emerson 135 or via Zoom. To attend via Zoom, use the registration link below.

About the seminar series

The Perspectives in Global Development seminars are held Wednesdays from 12:25 – 1:15 p.m. eastern time during the semester. The series will be presented in a hybrid format with some speakers on campus and others appearing via Zoom. Students, faculty and the general public are welcome to attend. The series is co-sponsored by the Department of Global Development, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and the School of Integrative Plant Science as part of courses IARD 6960NTRES 6960PLSCS 6960 and AEM 6960. 

Date & Time

November 10, 2021
12:25 pm - 1:15 pm

John Edgar

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Contact Information

Jeff Kangacha

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John Edgar, Environment Office Chief at USAID Philippines


Department of Global Development

Natural Resources and the Environment

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

School of Integrative Plant Science

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