Mr. Martel, a citizen of Honduras, holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University and a BS in Agriculture from the University of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He joined the Inter-American Development Bank in 1998 as a Research Assistant in the Natural Resources and Environment Division serving Central America, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. In 2001 he started working as a project economist for the Southern Cone Region of the Bank in the Natural Resources and Environment Division. From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Martel has worked in the Bank’s country offices of Paraguay and Guatemala as an agriculture and rural development specialist, designing and supervising investment projects. In 2013, Mr. Martel was transferred to IDB Headquarters in Washington DC, where he worked as a lead agricultural economist. On March 1, 2016, he was appointed Chief for the Environment, Rural Development and Disaster Risk Management Division.