Dr. Omchand Mahdu is a member of GDI Solutions board and an international development practitioner with experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Tunisia, Uganda, and other parts of Africa. In his current role as Local Capacity Development Advisor at USAID/Uganda, he supports accountability, risk management, and system strengthening by coordinating and overseeing capacity building activities of local implementing partners.
Prior to joining USAID/Uganda, Omchand planned, coordinated, and led in-country project financial compliance reviews and pre-award surveys in support of USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (legacy Office of Food for Peace), and brings extensive experience advising and managing large donor-funded projects with responsibility for overall financial, operation, compliance, and risk management.
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. Additionally, he holds an M.S. in Industrial Technology and an MBA in Finance from Morehead State University. His undergraduate degree is in Accountancy from the University of Guyana.
Omchand is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and holds several other professional certificates. He is an Associate Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment where he teaches Global Issues in Environmental Sustainability in the Online Master of Natural Resources program.