Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II

Supporting agricultural development through biotechnology

Andrea Besley

Andrea Besley is the Communication and Outreach Coordinator for ABSPII. Andrea holds a BA in Political Studies from Queen's University (Kingston, Canada) and a MBA in Marketing from the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada). After her BA, she worked for the Employment Equity division of Human Resources Development Canada, followed by an internship with a small business in southern Hungary. Upon her return to Canada, she began work as a professional event planner, organizing conferences for a national political party, the federal government, and high-tech firms. She left event planning to earn her MBA. Upon graduation, Andrea took a position as a consultant working on stakeholder participation and public governance projects for the University of Ottawa's Center on Governance. She joined Cornell in 2002, where she managed contracts and organized events within the Department of Applied Economics and Management until she moved to ABSPII in January, 2005.