K.V has over three decades of experience in many areas of international agriculture and rural development. During his early career he did his MS and PhD research in grain legume improvement at the University of Reading, U.K and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria. After his PhD he joined the College of Agriculture & Life Science at Cornell University to complete his post doctoral research on potato improvement. He then took up a position in Lima, Peru with the International Potato Center and worked there for 14 years on many areas of sweet potato and potato improvement. He is back at Cornell University with International Programs as the Associate Director for special projects and Adjunct International Professor of Plant Breeding. He has traveled extensively to over 30 plus countries and currently manages several large international projects related to biotechnology; agricultural innovations; executive management programs related to Agri-business; Seed Industry Development; Human resource Development.