Mr Kinlay, a national of Bhutan, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Sidney, Australia, as well as a Ph.D in Agricultural Economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. His career started in 1980 as Research Scholar and Tutor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Sidney, Australia. From 1982 to 1997, he served in the Ministry of Agriculture of the Royal Government of Bhutan, holding positions of increasing responsibility, such as Planning Officer from 1982 to 1985; Officiating Deputy Secretary (Planning) from 1985 to 1989; Head of the Policy and Planning Division from 1990 to 1997. From 1997 to 2000, he was the Country Representative of the World Wildlife Fund US Programme (WWF-US) in Bhutan, and he was concurrently holding the position of Honorary Executive Director of the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature, Bhutan. He joined FAO in September 2000 as Economist and Deputy Secretary of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in the Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA), Rome. In June 2007, he was seconded as Economist to the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand, where he also served as Secretary of the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC). In August 2009, he was transferred back to FAO Headquarters in Rome as Economist in ESA Division. From February 2013 to April 2014, he served as Senior Programme Officer in the FAO Representation in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.