T.J. Ryan has over 20 years of professional experience in international development combining project and program management with strategic planning, community-based development, emergency response and nongovernmental organization (NGO) capacity building. His experience has been geographically diverse, including west, southern and east Africa and Latin America. As ACDI/VOCA-Ecuador COP and country representative, Mr. Ryan oversees project implementation, supervises program activities and maintains good relations with project partners including local associations and research institutions as well as representatives of the World Cocoa Foundation and its members. Mr. Ryan has also had experience managing a large consortium of international NGOs working in the area of food security. Previously, he was vice president of ACDI/VOCA’s Food for Development division and was responsible for seeking new business and developing tools and strategies for identifying business opportunities based on organizational strengths, country needs assessments and targeted donor programs. In addition, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin with intensive training in appropriate technology, agroforestry, community development and cross-cultural dynamics. Mr. Ryan earned his M.B.A. in international business at Johns Hopkins University and his B.A. in history at Moorhead State University. He speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese.