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Hugh Locke was born in Canada in 1954. He began his professional career directing a nation-wide tree planting program for Katimavik, Canada’s national youth service organization, and establishing a foundation and archives related to the work of forester Richard St. Barbe Baker (1889–1982). He went on to spend 20 years in the field of development, working with a wide range of governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations, and United Nations agencies on social, environmental, and economic programs which contributed to the common good. In 2005, he co-founded Yéle Haiti with musicians Wyclef Jean and Jerry Duplessis, and together they provided emergency relief, employment, education, and environmental services to the people of Haiti. Hugh stepped down as president in early 2011 to launch the Haitian-based Smallholder Farmers Alliance, of which he is co-founder and President. He currently advises and serves on the boards of a number of Haitian NGOs. He lives with his wife in New York state and commutes to Haiti.