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Mr. Yuri Chakalall is a Development Professional with more than twenty-two years of combined experience in coastal resources management, environmental planning, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and humanitarian assistance. Yuri’s experience has been gained from field level implementation to senior level management of natural resource management initiatives spanning the public, private, civil society and international development sectors throughout the Caribbean. Over his career to date he has served as: Disaster Risk Management Specialist with the Caribbean Development Bank, an international disaster reduction advisor for UNDP in Nepal, a Snr. Development officer with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA); and also, as Regional Director of Smith Warner International and Coastal Planner for Barbados. Currently he serves as Sector Specialist in Natural Disasters and Risk Management at the IDB. Mr. Chakalall is a graduate of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and a post graduate of the Marine Resource & Environmental Management Programme, Centre for Resource Management & Environmental Studies (CERMES), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. He completed his studies in humanitarian assistance, at the Center for International Cooperation in Health, at Fordham University, in New York.