César Falconi, a Peruvian citizen, is the IDB Representative in Suriname. Previously, he worked as Principal Economist in the Environment and Natural Disasters Division. He has been with the Inter-American Development Bank since 2000. Previous assignments at the Bank include working as Rural Development Unit Chief, and Principal Project Economist in the Environment and Natural Resources Management Division, Regional Operations Department of Andean countries and the Caribbean. Mr. Falconi has lead projects around Latin America in the areas of agriculture and rural development. Mr. Falconi holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota. His previous work assignments include serving as Chief of the Latin America and East Asia Division of the Investment Center of FAO in Rome, Italy; Principal Officer of the International Service of National Agricultural Research in The Hague, The Netherlands, and an Economist of the Office of the Minister of Economics and Finance in Lima, Peru.