The Global Landscapes Forum features a wide variety of speakers in its plenaries, discussion forums and technical and networking sessions. Please find below the biographical details of our 2013 speakers.

Isis Alvarez

Ecologist and gender expert, the Global Forest Coalition, and the International Consortium on Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ conserved territories and areas (the ICCA Consortium)

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Isis Alvarez is a Colombian ecologist and gender expert working for the Global Forest Coalition and the International Consortium on Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ conserved territories and areas (the ICCA Consortium). The ICCA Consortium is an international association dedicated to promoting the appropriate recognition of and support to ICCAs in the regional, national and global arena.

Keith Alverson

Head of the Climate Change Adaptation and Terrestrial Ecosystems Branch of the Division on Environmental Policy Implementation at the UN Environment Program (UNEP), Nairobi, Kenya

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Keith Alverson is the Head of the Climate Change Adaptation and Terrestrial Ecosystems Branch of the Division on Environmental Policy Implementation at the UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya. From 2004-2011, Keith served as Head of Ocean Observations and Services at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and director of the Global Ocean Observing System, based in Paris, France. Prior to 2004, he was director of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme’s core project Past Global Changes (PAGES) in Bern, Switzerland. Keith has degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and East Asian Studies from Princeton University (1988) and a doctorate in Physical Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1995). Keith has served on a number of high level scientific panels including as president of the International Commission for Climate of the International Association for Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences and Chair of the United Nations Interagency Coordination and Planning Committee for Earth Observations.

Antonia Andugar

Senior Policy Adviser, Copa-Cogeca, European farmers and European agri-cooperatives

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She is in charge of dossiers relating to climate change (European and international level), air pollution, soil and waste, and of the Copa-Cogeca Working Party on Environment. She has been the responsible for the development of Copa-Cogeca’s positions on climate change (adaptation and mitigation) and on Sustainable Development in parallel to the UNFCCC and UNSCD negotiations, in cooperation with the World Farmers’ Organisation. Antonia represented Copa-Cogeca at COP 15 in Copenhagen and at Rio+20 in Rio de Janeiro.

Arild Angelsen

Professor of economics at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)

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Arild Angelsen is a professor of economics at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB). He has over the past two decades done extensive research and published on causes of tropical deforestation, and its interaction with poverty, tenure and government policies. More recent work is on how avoided deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) can be included in a global climate regime, and the national strategies and policies needed to reduce GHG emissions. He has authored and edited several key REDD+ publications. Angelsen is global coordinator of the Poverty Environment Network (PEN), a CIFOR-led research programme collecting detailed information from 8 000 households in 24 developing countries on forest uses and management.

Marcial Arias

Senior policy advisor, the International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forest

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Marcial Arias is senior policy advisor of the International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forest and Board member of the Guna organization Asociacion Indigena Ambiental in Panama. He also is the Latin American Indigenous focal point of the Global Forest Coalition.

Seema Arora-Jonsson

Coordinator, IUFRO Working Group on Gender and Forestry; Associate professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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At the centre of her research and teaching interests is a longstanding engagement with the theories and practice of environmental governance, gender and development. Ms. Arora-Johnsson’s doctoral research at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences was based on long-term participatory research in villages in India and Sweden and generated a lasting concern with needing to analyze questions of development and environmental governance in specific contexts but as inextricably shaped by its global connections.

Walter Baethgen

Director, Regional and Sectorial Research Program, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute

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Walter E. Baethgen is the Head of the Program Regional and Sectorial research and the leader for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI). Baethgen has been establishing regional research and capacity building programs that aim to improve climate risk assessment and risk management in agriculture, health, water resources, and natural ecosystems. Between 2010 and 2012 Baethgen acted as Distinguished Lead Scholar of the NEXUS program (Fulbright Foundation) that aims to inform the elaboration of policy with scientific research. Before joining the IRI Baethgen was a Senior Scientist in the Research and Development Division of the International Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development Center (IFDC) where he worked mainly in Information and Decision Support Systems for the Agricultural Sector (1987-2003). Since 1990 (first with IFDC and now with the IRI) he has been establishing and coordinating regional research programs in Latin America in collaboration with national and international organizations. At CRED Baethgen is linking his ongoing work in the Southern Cone of South America, aimed at incorporating climate information, products and tools to assist decisions and planning in agriculture and water resource management (public and private sectors).

Peter Bakker

President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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Peter Bakker is the President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Bakker joined the WBCSD in January 2012 after having been a member in his role as CEO of TNT NV, the Netherlands-based holding company of TNT Express and Royal TNT Post. He is the recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2009 and the SAM Sustainability Leadership Award in 2010, and is a UN WFP Ambassador Against Hunger.

Edmund Barrow

Head, Global Ecosystem Management Programme, IUCN

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Edmund has worked in over 20 countries in Africa and globally for nearly 40 years. He now heads IUCN’s Ecosystem Management Programme with responsibility for IUCN’s global work on Drylands & Islands, Adaptation & Disaster Risk Reduction, & the Red List of Ecosystems. Edmund has extensive experience with sustainable development in dryland and forest ecosystems with much practical field experience in different long-term projects, where a significant focus has been on capacity building and empowerment in the context of people’s livelihoods and their natural environments


Peter Besseau

Director, the International Affairs Division of Natural Resources, Canadian Forest Service, and Executive Director, International Model Forest Network (IMFN) Secretariat, Ottawa.

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Peter Besseau is Director of the International Affairs Division of Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forest Service and Executive Director of the International Model Forest Network (IMFN) Secretariat in Ottawa. He has been involved in international affairs and development since 1991, initially focussing on economies in transition. He has extensive fieldwork and policy experience in landscape-level natural resource management through the IMFN in Asia, South America, Russia, Africa and Europe. He has an undergraduate degree in Russian language and literature and a Master’s degree in political economy. Peter has participated as a speaker for many international events and organizations, including the FAO World Forestry Congress, IUCN World Conservation Congress, UN Forum on Forests and others.

Luna Bharati

Senior researcher and head of the IWMI-Nepal office

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Luna Bharati has over 12 years of experience in projects related to natural resources and land and water management. Luna has a multidisciplinary background with a bachelors majoring in Biology (Ecology) and a minor in Economics from Luther College, USA and a Masters in Water Resources from Iowa State University. During her research assistantship at Iowa State University, she worked in a pioneering project developing effective riparian buffer systems in mid-western, USA. She conducted her doctoral research at the Dept. of hydrological modeling at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research- UFZ in Germany focusing on catchment modeling of surface hydrology, erosion and pollutant transport. Currently she is senior researcher and head of the IWMI-Nepal office. She manages multiple projects assessing the impact of climate change as well as adaptation strategies from large river basins to small mountain watersheds.

Alain Billand

Head of Tropical Forestry Research Team, CIRAD

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He is a forester, involved in sustainable management of forests in tropical and Mediterranean regions since 25 years. His main field of interest focuses on the integration of conservation and production values, on interdisciplinary approaches, and on cross-sector mobilization of stakeholders from local to global levels. The unit “Goods and Services from Tropical Forests” has 20  staff living abroad in 3 tropical continents and 30 PhD students. Cirad is the French public institution for agronomic research in developing countries with more than 800 researchers mostly agronomists, therefore he is very practive  the promotion of dialogue between agronomy and forestry.

Mario Boccucci

Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat

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Mr. Boccucci has acted as Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat since January 2013. He brings to the UN-REDD Programme 20 years of experience on operational and policy work on sustainable management of terrestrial ecosystems, forest management, governance of natural resources, biodiversity, land uses and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Mr. Boccucci is currently the Chief of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit in UNEP, where he has been responsible for the development and operationalization of strategies for forests, drylands, cultivated land, mountains and REDD+. Prior to joining UNEP in Nairobi in 2008, Mario was with the World Bank as Senior Climate Change and Forests Specialist. He also worked for the World Bank in Indonesia. Mr. Boccucci is known to most in the UN-REDD community as he has been involved since the Programme’s first Policy Board in Panama in 2009.

Mr. Boccucci’s experience spans across the wide spectrum of REDD+ issues, in the field, in country offices and at headquarters. His first job in 1991 was with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Belize on monitoring and assessment of land cover. He then went on to more remote sensing work in Morocco before joining the European Commission, based in Fiji, where he developed and supervised large programs for agriculture development, participatory land use management and stakeholders engagement for the South-Pacific region.

Deborah Bossio

Director of Soil Research, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

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Deborah Bossio is the Director of Soil Research at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).  She has lived and worked in the Western United States, South America, South Asia, and East Africa, conducting research on sustainable agricultural development for more than 20 years. She is a Soil Scientist with broad-based experience in soil fertility, sustainable agriculture, land degradation, soil ecology and biology, soil carbon, and water management. She has a keen interest in ecosystem services and sustaining society’s ecological foundations. Her team at CIAT focuses on restoring degraded lands, sustainable intensification of farming systems, and climate smart agriculture.

Ademola Braimoh

Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist, the Agriculture and Environmental Services (AES) Department, the World Bank

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Dr. Braimoh formerly worked as Professor of Land Change Science at the Center for Sustainability Science at Hokkaido University, and as the Executive Director of the Global Land Project in Japan. At the World Bank Dr. Braimoh works at the Science-Policy interface of Climate Smart Agriculture helping clients to realize the triple win of increased productivity, enhanced resilience and reduced greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural landscapes.

Maria Brockhaus

Senior Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

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Maria Brockhaus is an economist and policy analyst in forestry and agricultural sciences. She has worked at the interface of research and development, and economics and policy in anglo- and francophone countries in the Middle East and West and Central Africa. Brockhaus holds a sound practical and theoretical knowledge of forestry and agricultural policy, rural sociology and economics. Since 2009 she has been leading the research on national REDD+ strategies and policies in CIFOR’s global comparative study (GCS-REDD+).

Sally Bunning

Senior Land/Soils Officer at the Land and Water Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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Sally Bunning is Senior Land/Soils Officer at the Land and Water Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She is a geographer from Nottingham University, UK, with a MSc in Land resources management, soil and water engineering from Silsoe College, UK, and a DAA on soil and water management in agriculture from ENSAM, Montpellier. She has 30 years of agricultural and environmental development experience, with a focus on watershed and sustainable agro-ecosystem management, mainly in Africa, but with some experience in other regions. She has worked with FAO since 1989 including a secondment to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. She was based for ten years in Africa.

Gilberto Câmara

Researcher on Geoinformatics at Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and Brazil Chair at the University of Münster in Germany (2013-2015).

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Gilberto Câmara is a researcher on Geoinformatics at Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), where he was General Director (2006-2012). Under his leadership, INPE made major advances in forest monitoring by satellites. He is the currently Brazil Chair at the University of Münster in Germany (2013-2015). Gilberto advised 22 PhD dissertations and published 150 papers. He received a Dr. Honoris Causa from the University of Muenster (Germany), the Global Citizen Award from the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association, and the Pecora Award from USGS and NASA for “leadership to the broad and open access to remote sensing data”.

Bruce Campbell

Director of the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

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Dr. Bruce Campbell is Director of the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) (www.ccafs.cgiar.org), and a staff member of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He holds degrees in Ecology from Cape Town (B.Sc. Hons.), Minnesota (M.Sc.) and Utrecht (Ph.D.), but has increasingly moved into inter-disciplinary work, championing new approaches to conducting applied research on natural resource management.

Jeffrey Y. Campbell

Manager of the Forest and Farm Facility, a partnership between FAO, IIED and IUCN

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Born and raised in India, Jeff is a US citizen with many years of experience in forestry, rural development and philanthropy. Most recently Jeff worked at the Christensen Fund as Director of Grantmaking, after a long career at the Ford Foundation. This included serving as Program Officer for environment and development programs in India and Nepal (1991-1996) and Indonesia (1997-2000), and then as Program Officer, Deputy Director and then Senior Program Officer in the New York Office (2000-2008). In New York Jeff was both responsible for North American grantmaking around community forestry and rural livelihoods and for a global program of advocacy and learning in environment and development.

José J. Campos

Director General of CATIE, an international organization for research, education and technical cooperation based in Costa Rica

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Dr. José J. Campos is Director General of CATIE, an international organization for research, education and technical cooperation based in Costa Rica. He has over 30 years of professional experience and has published more than 100 publications.

Carlos Canales

Policy Manager – Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Fairtrade International

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Sue Carlson

Women’s Committee, World Farmers Organization

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Arnaldo Carneiro Filho

Senior Adviser at the Strategic Affairs Ministry, Brazil

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Arnaldo Carneiro Filho has a background in landscape ecology. He obtained a PhD in Paleoecology from the Centre de Recherches Eco-Géographiques, CEREG in Strasbourg, France. His post-Doc work focused on “Integrated dynamic scenarios at multiple scales involving policy makers and other stakeholders”, at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Actually he is cordinating the TNC Program GRP (Great Rivers Partnerships) with a focus on the Tapajós River – Brazilian Amazon.

Benjamin Cashore

Professor, Environmental Governance & Political Science; Director of the Governance, Environment, and Markets Initiative at Yale (GEM) and Director, Program on Forest Policy and Governance

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Professor Cashore’s research interests include the emergence of non-state, market-driven environmental governance; the impact of globalization, internationalization, and transnational networks on domestic policy choices; comparative environmental and forest policy development; and firm-level “beyond compliance” sustainability initiatives.

Aracely Castro

Scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

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Aracely Castro is Scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).  She has worked in Latin America, conducting research on sustainable agricultural development for more than 15 years. She is an Agroecologist with experience in soil fertility (particularly nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon cycling), plant breeding, artisan seed production, and sustainable intensification of agriculture on tropical hillsides and savannas.  She is focusing her work on the restoration and conservation of degraded agro-ecosystems through the development and dissemination of resilient social-ecological farming systems, to secure food production and enhance other key ecosystem services at plot and landscape scales.

Minister René Castro-Salazar

Minister of Environment, Energy and Sea, Republic of Costa Rica


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René Castro-Salazar earned a Doctoral Degree at Harvard University, where he also received his Masters Degree. His post-graduate studies concentrated on environment economics and natural resources. He holds a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Costa Rica. He was appointed the Minister for Environment, Energy and Sea in August 2011 and was the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2010. He has extensive experience in public service positions and was also President of the Municipal Council of the City of San Jose. He has been an Associate Professor at INCAE, a leading school of Business Administration in Latin America. He has also been a lecturer at Harvard University and other academic institutions. He is the author of a large number of books and articles on environmental and infrastructure issues. He worked for the United Nations, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and other development institutions as an international consultant in Latin America and Europe. He pioneered schemes of “Payment for environmental services” in Costa Rica, performed the first CO2 transaction in the world and led debt-for-nature swap negotiations between various countries.


Delia C. Catacutan

Senior Social Scientist, Country Representative, and Gender Program Coordinator of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Vietnam

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Dr. Catacutan is Senior Social Scientist and Country Representative of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Vietnam.  Delia is also the Centre’s Gender Program Coordinator.  With over 10 years research experience in policy and institutional issues around integrated natural resources management in Asia and Africa, Dr. Catacutan focused on smallholder incentives and local institutions that enhance landscape multi-functionality. Dr. Catacutan obtained a PhD in Natural & Rural Systems Management from theUniversity of Queensland, Australia. She was also a Sustainability Science Post-Doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Development.

Kare Chawicha

State Minister for Environment and Forest, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Forestry, Ethiopia

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Mr. Kare Chawicha is State Minister for Environment and Forest for Ethiopia’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and Forestry. Previously, Mr. Chawicha was Head of the Regional Health Bureau of the SNNP Region of Ethiopia. He has an MSC in Development Management and BSC in Public Health

Dyborn Charlie Chibonga

Chief Executive Officer, The National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi

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Mr Dyborn Chibonga manages the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM) as Chief Executive Officer. He has served in this role since June 1999, managing the membership association of over 100,000 farmer members and a staff of about 390 in 19 locations across the country. In his experience with NASFAM, Mr. Chibonga has led a dynamic team in taking the project from an initiative to becoming a model rural producer organization in Southern Africa. NASFAM pioneered the establishment of The Agricultural Commodity Exchange for Africa (ACE) in 2004, entered into Fairtrade production of peanuts in 2005 and won the Yara Prize for an African Green Revolution in 2009. Mr. Chibonga holds a Masters Certificate in NGO Management and M.Sc. in Landscape Ecology Design and Maintenance from Wye College (University of London). He also has a B.Sc. (Credit) and Diploma (Credit) from Bunda College of Agriculture (University of Malawi).

Sosten Chiotha

Regional Program Director for Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD)-Southern Africa

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Sosten S. Chiotha of Malawi received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Malawi, a Master of Science in Medical Parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK and a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland at College Park in the USA. After two years as a Schoolteacher, S.S. Chiotha joined Biology Department of the University of Malawi where he lectured for many years in medical parasitology. In 1991, he became the University of Malawi Research Coordinator until December 1996 when he became the Regional Program Director for Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD)-Southern Africa. Sosten actively participated in the process of drafting Malawi’s National Environmental Action Plan and the national disaster preparedness plan. On the international scene, he has contributed to publications on Research for the Association of African Universities and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Józef Chojnicki

Head of department of Soil Environment Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Biology, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW)

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Prof. Józef Chojnicki is head of department of Soil Environment Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Biology in Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) in Warsaw. His scientific interests include: soil genesis, classification and evolution; searching qualitative – quantitative indices of soil – forming processes, the qualitative and quantitative investigations of the clay minerals in soils.and their transformations  in soil – forming processes, anthropogenic transformations of soils (physical, chemical, mineralogical changes). He is also the secretary of the Polish Soil Science Society and International Union of Soil Sciences.

Richard Choularton

Manager, climate change resilience innovations, United Nations World Food Programme

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Richard Choularton manages innovations related to climate change and resilience for the United Nation World Food Programme. He leads the organization’s work to develop and scale up innovative risk management, insurance, and climate service tools to reduce hunger. Prior to his current position, he has served as an emergency director for a major US NGO, managed early warning and decision support operations for the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), and held various other positions in the field and headquarters at the United Nations World Food Programme. Mr. Choularton holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management.

Agata Cieszewska

Geographer, environmental planner, and associate professor at the Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Life Sciences, Warsaw

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Dr Agata Cieszewska is a geographer, environmental planner, and associate professor at the Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Life Sciences in Warsaw – SGGW. She was a Kosciuszko Foundation scholar at the Arizona State University, and a visiting professor at the University of Texas. Currently she is a Fulbright scholar. Agata is Secretary of the Polish Association for Landscape Ecology. She has worked on various environmental and planning documents related to Warsaw and other cities in Poland and has also prepared Conservation Plans for Regional Parks. Currently she is working on the structure and function of the greenbelts within metropolitan areas.


Harry Clemens

Programme officer, Carbon Finance and Renwable Energy, for the Green Enterpreneurship Programme of Hivos, the Netherlands

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Harry Clemens is Programme Officer Carbon Finance for the Green Enterpreneurship Programme of Hivos, based in the Netherlands. He is development economist, graduated at the Free University of Amsterdam with working experience on several topics related to rural development and finance, including agricultural markets, food security, microfinance, rural finance and carbon finance. He is in charge of development and monitoring of CDM and Voluntary Gold Standard projects for domestic biogas in South East Asia, East Africa and Central America. Currently the scope is expanding to Climate Smart Agriculture to provide incentives for sustainable food systems and ecosystem services.

Catriona Clunas

Entry scheme Llvelihood advisor, Forestry, Climate and Environment Department, Department for International Development (DFID), UK

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Catriona works on UK engagement in international forestry at the UK Department for International Development. Her work at DFID focuses on support to Multilateral Forestry Programmes and UK engagement in International Forestry initiatives such as the Tropical Forestry Alliance and Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme. Prior to DFID Catriona worked as an Ecosystem Consultant for Ecometrica, specialising in the provision of technical support and training for the development of forest carbon projects. She has experience of working on forestry projects in East Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, including reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), and afforestation and reforestation (A/R) projects. Catriona is a trained ecologist, with an MSc in Human Rights and International Politics.

John Colmey

Director of Information & Communications, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Communications Coordinator for the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

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John Colmey is Director of Information & Communications for the Center of International Forestry Research (CIFOR), one of the world’s leading research institutions on tropical forests and climate change. CIFOR has scientists working in 37 countries from Indonesia to the Amazon. John has spent more than 25 years in Africa, South, East and Southeast Asia: including seven years as a senior research editor and writer, and more than 12 years as a foreign correspondent in radio, broadcast and print, and five years with TIME Magazine where he served as Hong Kong Bureau Chief. As a journalist, John won numerous international and national awards. He has a B.S. in forestry and an M.Ag. in technical communication, both from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in economic geography from the London School of Economics, and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in New York.

Ruth De Fries

Denning Professor of Sustainable Development; Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

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Ruth DeFries (born 1957) is an environmental geographer who specializes in the use of remote sensing to study Earth’s habitability under the influence of human activities, such as deforestation, that influence regulating biophysical and biogeochemical processes. She was one of 24 recipients of the 2007 MacArthur Fellowship, and was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences in 2006.

Peter Dewees

Forests Adviser, the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department, the World Bank

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Peter Dewees is Forests Adviser to the World Bank, where he works in the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department. The team he leads has responsibility for providing Bank-wide advisory support and policy guidance on implementation of Bank-financed forests activities, including developing technical guidance on forest-based investments, and supporting the Bank’s operational regions in their design and implementation, guidance with respect to environmental safeguards, and monitoring performance of the Bank’s forests portfolio. He also manages the Program on Forests (PROFOR), a multidonor partnership hosted by the World Bank which finances and carries out technical and policy analyses and studies in the areas of sustainable forest livelihoods, forest financing, forest law enforcement and governance, and cross sectoral impacts on forests. He has extensive experience in Eastern and Southern Africa, and in transition economies in Eastern Europe.

Houria Djoudi

Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research

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Houria is a CIFOR Scientist based in Burkina Faso with an academic background in both social and biophysical sciences. Her research focuses on the nexus between natural resource management, climate change adaptation and gender in Northern and Western Africa.

Lalisa Duguma

Postdoctoral Fellow, the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins and World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi Kenya

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Lalisa Duguma is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins and World Agroforestry Centre based in Nairobi Kenya. He is a forester and agroforester by training and has over 10 years of experience working on people-forest interactions, deforestation and forest degradation, natural resources management and the economics of rural land uses. Currently he works mainly on 1) climate change measures from landscapes perspectives particularly on trade-offs and synergies between mitigation and adaptation measures in the land use sector and; 2) tropical landscapes multifunctionality specifically on the approach and the metrics.

Gary Dunning

Executive Director, The Forests Dialogue

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Gary is the Executive Director of The Forests Dialogue (TFD), an organization based at Yale University in New Haven, CT, USA. TFD was created in 1999 to provide global and regional leaders in the forest sector with a neutral, multi-stakeholder dialogue (MSD) platform and process focused on developing mutual trust and a shared understanding while working towards collaborative solutions to the challenges in achieving sustainable forest management and forest conservation around the world. Gary is the first Executive Director of TFD’s Secretariat, since bringing it to Yale in 2000.  Gary works with a diverse 25 person strong, international Steering Committee to set priority on key forest related issues and develop multi-stakeholder dialogue-based initiatives to address those issues.  He oversees a small, Yale based staff.

Eduardo Durand

General director of climate change, Desertification and Water Resources, Ministry of Environment, Peru

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Mr. Eduardo Durand is in charge of climate change issues in the Vice Ministry of Strategic Development for Natural Resources in the Ministry of Environment of Peru.  He has a degree in architecture from Peru’s National University of Engineering and a postgraduate degree in regional development planning from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. Mr. Durand has extensive public sector experience in territorial planning, protected areas conservation and rural development in the tropics, in particular in the Amazon. He has consulted for national and international organizations, including, among others, UNDP, the World Bank, FAO, CEPAL and ILPES, as well as for NGOs in Peru and elsewhere.

Olgierd Dziekoński

Secretary of state, the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland

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Olgierd Dziekoński, since October 2010, has been the secretary of state at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Wroclaw University of Technology. He was deputy mayor of the City of Warsaw in 1990-1994 and 1999-2000. He was actively involved in the creation of local self-government in Warsaw after the democratic breakthrough in 1990. He then took the role of undersecretary of state in the Ministry of Infrastructure (2000-2001 and 2007-2010). He is the founder and was the president of the governmental foundation called Municipal Development Agency (1994-1999), which supported self-governments in Poland. He was hired as a UE expert for local and regional development and self-government initiatives in the UE countries and Syria (2001-2002 and 2006-2007). He has also been manager for development at RTI Poland in 2002-2006. He is a member of numerous professional organizations.

Nathalie Eddy

Coordinator, Global Gender and Climate Alliance

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Ms. Eddy started working on international climate policy over 15 years ago.  She worked for the UNFCCC on CDM / JI issues (back when it was AIJ), coordinated USCAN for several years, and helped launch an initiative to bring the first indigenous peoples delegation to the UNFCCC negotiations.  She focused much of her climate work on public participation and transparency issues, which led to her position with WRI serving as Senior Associate with The Access Initiative (TAI).  Ms. Eddy conducted research and led trainings on environmental governance, working primarily in Africa and South Asia, and facilitating trainings worldwide.

Niels Elers Koch

President of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Director General of Forest and Landscape Denmark, University of Copenhagen

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Niels Elers Koch worked almost ten years in the Ministry for Environment of Denmark as head of section, head of department and forest supervisor. Moreover, he has worked as a part-time lecturer at KVL for 12 years, as guest professor at two American universities and carried out research into and written a doctoral dissertation on the importance of forests for outdoor life.

Jane Feehan

Natural Resources Specialist with the European Investment Bank (EIB)

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Jane Feehan (PhD) is a Natural Resources Specialist with the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU’s long-term lending bank based in Luxembourg. A biologist and forest engineer by training, she works on the Bank’s operations in the forestry, agriculture and rural development sectors, both within the EU and around the world. Jane has been with EIB since 2008, prior to which she worked with the European Environment Agency and the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. The EIB’s investments range from direct loan support to major public and private sector projects, to indirect support to thousands of smaller projects via local partners, and more recently via microfinance and equity participation in funds.

Tim Forsyth

Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Professor Tim Forsyth is from the Department of International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science. He has published widely in the areas of local adaptation strategies; the governance of environmental science and risk; and the development of new multi-actor, multi-level partnerships for environmental governance in the context of South East Asia.

Magnus Fridh

Forest inventory and economic forest management planning

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Mr. Fridh has 30 years of experience working with forest inventory and economic forest management planning. He has been working with strategic forest planning including forecasting timber yield and possible cut at national and regional level as well as forest management level. He has been involved with FAO with the international NFMA, National Forest Monitoring and Assessment with connection to REDD. He has been working professionally abroad in Iran, Russia, Ethiopia, Macedonia and Turkey. He has been a member of the steering group of the Heureka research programme, developing analysis and planning tools for sustainable multi-purpose forestry.

Jessica Fries

Executive Chairman of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S), established by The Prince of Wales

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Anja Gassner

Co-leader Research Methods Group, World Agroforestry Center

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Anja Gassner joined the World Agroforestry Centre in 2010 to lead the research methods group that helps ensure the Centre’s science quality. Her group assists in the design of research projects and in the management and analysis of data. Previously Anja ran a sustainable land management consultancy in Sabah, Borneo and lectured in statistics at the University of Malaysia. She also worked for several years in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in Germany. Anja Gassner has a PhD in Precision Farming from the University of Braunschweig, Germany and a Masters in Environmental Geochemistry from the University of Capetown, South Africa.

Maria Fernanda Gebara

Researcher and professor at the Center for Law and the Environment, the Getulio Vargas Foundation, and consultant to the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

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Fernanda has been working with climate change and forests since 2004, mainly in Brazil. She is a Phd candidate at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ) in institutions, markets and regulation and has a master degree in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics (LSE). She is currently a researcher and professor at the Center for Law and the Environment at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV/RJ) and a consultant to the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Fernanda has worked as a visiting researcher at the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests (OCTF), at the University of Oxford, and as a consultant for various institutions such as The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Ministry of Environment in Brazil (MMA). She is also the latin-america civil society representative of the Forest Investment Program (FIP). Her main research topics are: climate change, political and economic instruments and incentives for forest conservation, reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+), benefit-sharing, safeguards and participatory forest management.

Jaboury Ghazoul

Professor of Ecosystem Management, ETH Zurich

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After receiving his PhD in 1993 from the University of St Andrews, Jaboury Ghazoul spent a formative year in Vietnam leading forest biodiversity assessments with the Vietnamese Ministry of Forestry. In 1995 he returned to the Natural History Museum as a postdoctoral scientist to run a Centre for International Forestry Research project addressing logging impacts on tree reproduction in Thailand. He was appointed Lecturer in Tropical Forest Ecology at Imperial College London in 1998, and Senior Lecturer in 2003. In October 2005 he moved to ETH Zurich, Switzerland, as Professor of Ecosystem Management where his research has focused on ecological processes relevant to plant reproduction, tree genetics, ecosystem services, forest conservation and crop production, particularly in the context of land use change in tropical forested landscape mosaics. Jaboury also served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biotropica from 2006 to 2013.


Renata Giedych

Associate professor at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland

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Dr Renata Giedych, landscape architect and urban planner, is an associate professor at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW in Poland. She teaches physical and landscape planning. During her scientific activities, she focused on the legal basis of landscape planning, management and protection. Currently she is working on the different forms of nature conservation in cities. She is editor-in-chief of Annals of Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Series Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. She also practices as a planner at municipal and regional level. She is a member of the Polish Town Planners Chamber.

Bernard Giraud

Co-founder of the Livelihoods Fund, a mutual fund with Danone and other investors

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Bernard Giraud is the co-founder of the Livelihoods Fund, a mutual fund with Danone and other investors. He is also President of Livelihoods Venture. In his former position of Vice-President of Sustainability and Shared Value Creation of Danone, he developed an ambitious carbon reduction and offset policy.

Elwyn Grainger Jones

Director, Environment and Climate Division, IFAD

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Elwyn Grainger Jones joined the International Fund for Agricultural Development in September of 2009 to set up and lead IFAD’s Environment and Climate Division.  He started his career as an Overseas Development Institute fellow in Guyana in 1993, having studied economics at the London School of Economics and the University of Warwick.  He then joined DFID, holding various positions, including working on South East Asia and leading the trade policy team.

Piotr Grygier

Director of the Regional Directorate of State Forests in Poznan

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Piotr Grygier has a Master of Forest Sciences. Since 1974 he has been an employee of Polish State Forests and has held different positions. Since 1992 he has been the director of the Regional Directorate of SF in Poznan. He was also the vice president of the Union of European Foresters from 2005 until 2013.

Wiesław Gryn

President of Zamojskie Towarzystwo Rolnicze – the Zamość Agricultural Society

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Wiesław Gryn graduated from the Agricultural Technical College in 1978. Together with his parents, he run a family farm of 28 hectares. In 1988 he took over the farm as the sixth generation of farmers since 1785. The farm has gradually expanded and its current size is nearly 600 hectares. In 1996 he started co-organizing Zamojskie Towarzystwo Rolnicze – the Zamość Agricultural Society, which he has led as president since 2000. The organization represents 80 farmers, with about 15,000 ha of agricultural production collectively. Since 2002 Wieslaw’s farm has co-operated with the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation in Puławy. The institute does research on various tillage systems including the Strip-Tillage, different wheat, corn and rapeseed varieties as well as the use of fertiliser and trace element deep placement.

Krystyna Gurbiel

Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

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Since 1990, Krystyna has been involved in the implementation of the European Union policies and funding in Poland. She has headed government institutions responsible for management of EU programmes supporting SME promotion and regional development, including the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development. She was the Undersecretary of State in the Office of the Committee of European Integration, which is responsible for foreign assistance coordination, and the Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Economy and Labour, which is responsible for coordination of EU cooperation and EU Structural Funds. She has conducted evaluations of EU funded programmes and is presently Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, which is responsible for EU and international cooperation.

Jeannette Gurung

Executive Director, Women organizing for change in agriculture and natural resource management (WOCAN)

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Jeannette Gurung is a forester and gender and development expert, and the founder and Executive Director of WOCAN. She has published widely on issues related to gender and natural resource management, and served as Gender Expert of the Program Advisory Committee of the CGIAR Participatory Research and Gender Analysis Program, member of the Steering Committee of The Forest Dialogue and President of the Adelboden Bureau for Mountain Development.

Sepo Hachigonta

Manager of Climate Change Initiatives, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

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Sepo is responsible for managing the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network’s (FANRPAN’s) climate change initiatives on adaptation and mitigation. It involves co-ordination, influencing and facilitating policy research, analysis and dialogue at national, regional and global levels in order to develop the FANR sector through networking, capacity building, building linkages between research and policy and generation of information for the benefit of all stakeholders on the continent. Sepo has authored and co-authored numerous research papers in major international peer-reviewed journals on regional agriculture and climate change. Up until 2010, Sepo was based at the Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG) based at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where he obtained an MSc and a PhD in Environmental Science. While at UCT, Sepo’s research interest was on how to better use climate information for impact assessment.

Michael Hailu

Director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, (CTA), a joint EU-ACP organization

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Mr Hailu is the Director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, (CTA), a joint EU-ACP organization, based in the Netherlands. Mr. Hailu has over 25 years of experience in agricultural research and development in Africa and Asia. He has provided demonstrated leadership in designing and implementing strategies for institutional change and transformation.

Iain Henderson

UNEP Finance Initiative

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Iain joined UNEP Finance Initiative in Geneva in June 2012 to work on REDD+ and Sustainable Land Use. Prior to this, he spent 2 years in Hong Kong as the Carbon Finance Fellow in WWF’s Forest & Climate Initiative. Iain spent the first 11 years of his career in Investment Banking. He held a number of structuring, sales and risk management roles at UBS and Deutsche Bank in London, dealing with corporate, institutional and private banking clients in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities division. He has also worked for Liquid Capital Securities on their Climate and Energy desk.

Martin Herold

Professor for Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing, Wageningen University (the Netherlands)

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Martin Herold (martin.herold@wur.nl) is Professor for Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing at Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and co-chair of the GOFC-GOLD land cover team. His research focuses on large area land and forest monitoring and assessments; including approaches to REDD+ monitoring and MRV.

Hans Rudolf Herren

President of Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development and the Millennium Institute

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Dr. Herren is one of the leading scientists worldwide in biological pest control. He has lived and researched in Africa for over 25 years. Dr. Herren has been awarded many accolades for his research for the welfare of humanity. He was awarded the World Food Prize in 1995 for his work in devising effective organic control methods for the devastating cassava pest that is credited with saving millions of people in Africa from starving to death. With the award money he created the Biovision Foundation to combat hunger and poverty through the application of ecological methods. In 2005 Dr. Herren officially took over presidency of the Millennium Institute in Washington DC which supports the governments of developing countries by providing resources for sustainable development. Dr. Herren is also the co-chair of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development IAASTD, known best for its ground-breaking report published in 2008.

Margot Hill-Clarvis

Associate at the Earth Security Initiative

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Margot Hill is an associate at the Earth Security Initiative, leading research on key resource security issues for public and private finance and policy stakeholders. She also holds a position at the University of Geneva, as the Scientific Lead on their Sustainable Finance programme. Margot Hill holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Geneva, an MSc from Imperial College London, and a B.A. Hons from the University of Cambridge. She has previously held positions at the United Nations Environment Programme-Finance Initiative, ESG information provider Asset4-Thompson Reuters, and Xchanging-Financial Services in the banking and insurance sector.

Thomas Hofer

Team Leader, Watershed Management and Mountains Forestry Department, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and Coordinator, Mountain Partnership Secretariat

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Thomas Hofer is a Swiss Geographer who implemented his masters and PhD studies in the Himalayan Region. In 1997 and 1998 he worked as Watershed Management Advisor at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu. Since 1998 he has been based at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome responsible for the program on watershed management, sustainable mountain development and forest hydrology. His portfolio includes the technical support to field projects, the coordination of conceptual activities and the support to international processes. Since August 2012 he has also acted as the Coordinator of the Mountain Partnership Secretariat.

Peter Holmgren

Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

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Dr. Peter Holmgren is the Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Prior to CIFOR, he led the Climate, Energy and Tenure division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, developing the profile and coordination of FAO’s climate change work and contributions of FAO to the UNFCCC process.

Simo Honkanen

Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Neste Oil

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Xiaoting Hou

Manager, The Forests Dialogue

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Ms. Hou received her B.A. in Environment Science and Accounting from Fudan University, China; and her M.A in Environment Management from Yale University. She has broad interests and research background in a variety of sustainable development issues ranging from industrial ecology and wetland conservation to the impact of climate change on developing countries. In between her studies, Ms. Hou has held various positions with local government NGOs and business consulting companies in China which built the foundation for her strong program management and stakeholder engagement skills. She has been leading TFD’s Forests and Climate Change Initiative since 2009 and currently she is managing all TFD’s initiatives including Food, Fuel, Fiber and Forests (4Fs) as well as its finance.

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Coordinator of the Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad (AFPAT), member of the Executive Committee of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC)


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Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an indigenous woman from Mbororo pastoralist community of Chad, She is a coordinator of the Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad (AFPAT), a community based organization. Hindou is a member of the Executive Committee of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC), in which she is a representative of the Congo Basin Region, with a background in indigenous peoples’ rights and environment protection with the three Rio Conventions (biodiversity, climate change and desertification) with multiple responsibilities. She has written many publications, consultations, articles and documents n these areas. Hindou is expert in adaptation and mitigation of indigenous peoples to climate change, and traditional knowledge on the adaptation of pastoralists in Africa. She is also a policy board member of the United Nations- Indigenous Peoples Partnership (UNIPP) and a member of Reseau Climat & Development and RPP Chad National committee. She is the chair of recruitment and Deputy Rep of the Pan-African Alliance Climate Justice (PACJA).

Abdulai Jalloh

Head of Natural Resources Management Programme, West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF / WECARD)

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Dr Abdulai Jalloh has more than 25 years of agricultural research for development experience as member and leader of multidisciplinary research teams and institutions. He was Director of the Sierra Leone Institute of Agricultural Research from 1999 – 2008 and Deputy Director General of the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute from 2008 – 2009. In 2009, Dr Jalloh joined the West and Central African (WCA) Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF / WECARD) comprising the National Agricultural Research Systems of 22 countries in WCA. He heads CORAF/WECARD’s Natural Resources Management Programme that addresses a range of priority issues involving soils, water, biodiversity as well as climate change with regards to agricultural development in the region.

Emilia Janeczko

Assistant Professor, the Department of Forest Utilization, Faculty of Forestry at Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland

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Emilia Janeczko, Ph.D., is a landscape architect who specializes in forestry. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest Utilization at the Faculty of Forestry at Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland. Her research interests concern: forest landscape planning, tourism and recreation development and social needs and preferences regarding recreation in forest.


Andy Jarvis

Leader of the Decision and Policy Analysis Program, the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), and Theme Leader for the Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS),

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Dr. Andy Jarvis is the Leader of the Decision and Policy Analysis Program in the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and is a Theme Leader for the Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and is based in Cali, Colombia. He has a PhD in Geography from King’s College London, having studied the micro-scale distribution of diversity in tropical tree species in the Amazon and the Andes. Andy has 10 years experience of cutting edge scientific research in developing countries to support the goals of alleviating poverty and protecting essential ecosystem services. His research has focused on the use of spatial analysis and environmental modeling to address issues such as agricultural biodiversity conservation, adaptation to climate change, and maintenance of ecosystem services.

Robert Jordan

Independent consultant specializing in ecological and people-centered approaches to food security, climate change and sustainable development; background in horticulture

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He specializes in developing outcome orientated multi-organizational networks and initiatives and identifying strategic collaborations that can accelerate change. He is passionate about identifying innovative policies, initiatives and technologies and helping to share them with the world. Robert has worked at the international level since 2009 including four years as advocacy manager at IFOAM where he established their international advocacy program covering the most important agriculture related international policy processes.

Uta Maria Jungermann

Associate, Forest Solutions at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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Prior to joining the WBCSD in Geneva, Uta completed a Master of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University in New York City. During her studies she focused in particular on forest related sustainability issues. Uta gained extensive business experience in the hotel and tourism industry, as well as the financial sector. Born and raised in Germany, she has also lived and worked in the US, Switzerland and Spain. At the WBCSD, Uta is the project associate for the Forest Solutions Group, a group of 25 global companies along the forests products value chain, aiming to bring more of the world’s forests under sustainable management. In this role, she coordinates the group’s various work streams ranging from building capacity in sustainable procurement of wood and paper-based products, to raising awareness about the carbon benefits of forests and forest products. Together with the Forest Solution Group Uta is also strongly engaged with The Forests Dialogue in project streams such as 4Fs (Food, fuel, fiber and forests).

Minister Stanislaw Kalemba

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Poland

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H.E. Stanislaw Kalemba is the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Poland. He is responsible for food safety. His responsibilities also include plant and animal breeding. His competences focus on the development of rural areas, including direct payments.

Before becoming Minister, he has been active in the Parliamentary Committees for Local Self-Government, Agriculture and European Union Affairs. In the Agriculture Committees he performed the function of the President and Deputy President, and before Poland joined the European Union, he was the Deputy President of the European Integration Committee.

Agnes Kalibata

Minister of Agriculture, Rwanda

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Agnes Kalibata read bio-chemistry at Makerere University, Kampala. She went on to complete a master’s degree in agriculture. Later, Kalibata joined the University of Massachusetts in the United States where she completed a PhD in crop protection. Before joining the ministry of agriculture as secretary general in 2005, Kalibata worked for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Uganda.

Robert Kibugi

Lecturer on Environmental Law, University of Nairobi

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Dr. Robert Kibugi is a Kenyan environmental lawyer who holds Doctor of Laws (LL.D) degree from the University of Ottawa. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and Master of Laws (LL.M – environmental law) from the University of Nairobi. Dr. Kibugi is currently a Lecturer in Environmental Law at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP), University of Nairobi where he teaches post-graduate classes at the Masters level and Ph.D seminars.

Selam Kidane Abebe

Environmental law expert/negotiation team member, the Environmental Protection Authority of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopoia

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Selam Kidane is an Environmental Law Expert/Negotiation team member in the Environmental Protection Authority of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopoia. She holds an LLB degree from Mekelle University, College of Law and Governance. Ms.Abebe took environmental law courses in her studies and wrote her senior thesis on the Enforcement of Multilateral Environmental Agreements. Currently, she is working on her LLM degree on International Economic Law focused on analyzing the theme of green economy. She is also coordinating and overseeing the implementation of a national Strategy on climate change named Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy of Ethiopia. Ms. Abebe is a member of the negotiating team from the UNFCCC. Before joining the Environmental Protection Authority, she briefly worked for the English weekly Newspaper Addis Fortune as a court reporter and legal analyst on environmental and trade negotiation.

Stephen King’uyu

Kenyan National Climate Change Action Plan Coordinator, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

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Mr. Stephen King’uyu is a climate scientist and coordinator of the National Climate Change Action Plan at Kenya’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. He is a Steering Committee member of the LEDS Global Partnership and the Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) and a resource person for the World Bank Institute (WBI) Africa Regional Climate Change training events. Mr. King’uyu holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Romano Kiome

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture of Kenya

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At the beginning of his career, Romano obtained a master’s degree in soil and water management at the University of Wageningen, in the Netherlands, followed by a PhD from the University of East Anglia. His main research work is in computerized modeling of crop production for decision making in soil and water management regimes, and prediction of sustainable land use systems. He has over 48 publications in journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and reports. He was also appointed as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, and as the host country representative to the ILRI Board by the Kenya Government in 2004. He is a member of the board of trustees of four international agricultural research (CGIAR) organizations and has been a member/or chair of twelve technical advisory committees at national, regional and international levels.

Gabrielle Kissinger

Principal, Lexeme Consulting

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Gabrielle Kissinger is active in consulting services and her research focus is on reducing GHG emissions from land-use in the agriculture and forestry sectors, policy and government affairs, innovative financing for sustainable land management and private sector engagement.  Gabrielle Kissinger has worked for 20 years at the interface between government policy, markets and land use pressures, from local to national and international scales, and with a range of companies, investors, major donors and NGOs.  She holds a M.A. in natural resources management and environmental policy from Tufts University, and B.A.’s in philosophy and political science from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Daniela Kleinschmitt

Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Products, Head of Forest Policy Unit

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Ms. Kleinschmitt’s research includes policy and communication studies at the different political levels, from the local to the global. One of her main conceptual interests is devoted to governance and the role of communication as part of deliberation and expression of participation.

Minister Marcin Korolec

Polish Minister of Environment and President of the UNFCCC COP19

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H.E. Minister Marcin Korolec is the Polish Minister of Environment and President of the UNFCCC COP19. He is a lawyer, career civil servant and negotiator. His aim is to achieve a balance between the needs of the environment and the economy, in order to seamlessly unite environmental protection and economic growth. He sees environmental protection as an interdisciplinary field, having a direct influence on many other policy areas and being strongly influenced by international arrangements and standards.

Raffaela Kozar

Senior Manager, EcoAgriculture Partners

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Raffaela Kozar is a Senior Program Manager for the Landscapes and Leaders Program at EcoAgriculture Partners and a Co-leader of the Landscape Strengthening Working Group for the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature (LPFN) Initiative. She specializes in capacity development and institutional strengthening for sustainable development at the sub-national level. At EcoAgriculture, Raffaela’s work focuses on strengthening landscape initiatives and demonstrating the on-the-ground effectiveness of landscape management approaches through multi-stakeholder landscape facilitation, assessment, planning, capacity development and technical assistance services. Prior to her work at EcoAgriculture Partners, Raffaela was the coordinator for the Community Development and Local Government Sector of the Millennium Villages Project at the Earth Institute where she was based in both New York and Bamako, Mali. Raffaela was a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi where she supported agroforestry practices and alternative livelihoods in communities adjacent to protected areas. She holds a Master of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Policy and Analysis from Boston University.

Andreas Kratz

Director – Strategy and Standards

Fairtrade International

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Rachel Kyte

Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank

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Rachel Kyte is Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank. She has overall responsibilities for the organization’s global work in agriculture, infrastructure, urban development, environment, disaster risk management, and social development. Ms. Kyte is responsible for driving the World Bank’s leadership on inclusive green growth and climate change.

Tony La Viña

Dean, Ateneo School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University; REDD+ facilitator and UNFCCC negotiator for the Philippines

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Tony La Viña has been a negotiator for the Philippines in the UNFCCC negotiations since 1995. Prior to becoming the dean of the Ateneo School of Government, he was a senior fellow and biological resources programme director at the World Resources Institute and the Undersecretary of Environment and Natural Resources in the Philippines.

Lars Laestadius

Senior Associate at the World Resources Institute

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Lars Laestadius, a Senior Associate at the World Resources Institute, leads research to restore 150 million hectares of degraded forests and landscapes through the Bonn Challenge. Prior to joining WRI in 1998, Lars coordinated forests and forestry products research at the COST Secretariat in the European Commission. He has also been an Assistant Dean for Forest Research at the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences and conducted forestry research in Sweden and the United States. Lars received his PhD in Industrial Forestry Operations from Virginia Tech in 1990 and his Forestry Degree from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 1981.

Gernot Laganda

Climate Change Adaptation Specialist at International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)


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Gernot Laganda started his career as a researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey in California. In 1999, he joined the Austrian Bureau for International Research and Technology Cooperation, where he was responsible for the appraisal and transfer of environmental technologies. After spending three years working with an Austrian NGO and the United Nations Development Programme in Afghanistan and sub-Saharan Africa, Gernot joined the newly established Austrian Development Agency to coordinate its global Disaster Management and Humanitarian portfolio. In 2007, Gernot joined the Asia/Pacific Center of the United Nations Development Programme to advise vulnerable countries on the design and implementation of climate risk management strategies and climate change adaptation programmes. He joined the International Fund for Agricultural Development in 2012 to coordinate IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP). Gernot holds a Masters of Engineering degree in Applied Geosciences from the Austrian University of Leoben, a Masters of Arts degree in Public Policy from the University of York (UK), a postgraduate Diploma in Disaster Management from the University of South Africa and a postgraduate Certificate in International Development Cooperation from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Andrey Laletin

Founder and Board member of Friends of the Siberian Forests in Russia, and Chairman of the Board of the Global Forest Coalition

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Dr. Andrey Laletin is founder and Board member of Friends of the Siberian Forests in Russia and Chairman of the Board of the Global Forest Coalition.

Agnieszka E Latawiec

Research director, International Institute for Sustainability, Brazil, assistant professor at the Opole University of Technology, Poland, and research associate at the University of East Anglia, UK

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Agnes Leina

Executive Director of Il’laramatak Community Concerns (ICC)

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Agnes Leina is the Executive Director of Il’laramatak Community Concerns (ICC), a group that promotes the human rights of pastoralist communities in northern and southern Kenya, with a special emphasis on women and girls. Agnes Leina is an Indigenous woman from Kenya with links to the Masai, Samburu, Turkana, Somali, Borana and Rendele peoples.

Andre Frederick Leu

President of International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) and Chair of the Organic Federation of Australia (OFA),

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Andre Leu is Chair of the Organic Federation of Australia (OFA), the peak body for the Australian Organic sector. Its role is to develop the Australian organic sector into a major component of Australian agriculture that delivers benefits to consumers, producers and the Australian environment. Andre is a tertiary qualified adult educator, with university degrees in Communications and Education. Andre conducts workshops on organic production in Australia and other countries and teaches horticulture and environmental subjects. He has over 39 years of experience in all areas of organic agriculture from growing, pest control, weed management, marketing, post harvest, transport, grower organizations, developing new crops and education in Australia and in many other countries. He has an extensive knowledge of farming and environmental systems across Asia, Europe, North America, South America and North Africa from 30 years of visiting and working these countries. He has written and published extensively on many areas of organic agriculture including climate change, the environment, and the health benefits organic agronomy. Andre and his wife own an organic tropical fruit orchard, in Daintree, Queensland that supplies quality controlled fruit to a range of markets from local to international.

Crispino Lobo

Co-founder of WOTR (the Watershed Organization Trust), heads the Sampada Trust, a microfinance and entrepreneurship development centre

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Crispino Lobo is an alumnus of the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, India, and of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA. Crispino has five academic degrees covering the fields of philosophy, theology, psychology, economics and public administration. He is well known in development circles for his knowledge and achievements in the fields of natural resource management, participatory watershed development and integrated water resources management. He co-founded WOTR (the Watershed Organization Trust), and now heads the Sampada Trust, a microfinance and entrepreneurship development centre.

Bruno Locatelli

Scientist, Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) and Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

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Bruno Locatelli has a background in environmental sciences (Master degree in science and technology, 1993; Forest Engineer degree, 1995; Master degree in hydrology, 1995; Doctoral degree in environmental sciences, 2000). His interest for forests and climate change started in 1993 with a work on carbon quantification with CIRAD. Later he conducted research on mechanisms for forests and mitigation (Clean Development Mechanism, Payment for Ecosystem Services) especially between 2002 to 2007 when he was with CIRAD and CATIE in Costa Rica. In 2005, his activities shifted from mitigation to adaptation. He is now working on forests and adaptation to climate change with CIRAD and CIFOR and is based in Indonesia.

Enrique Muñoz López

Coordinator of Spatial Analysis, Biological Corridors Department, the National Commission Biodiversity.

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Enrique Muñoz López earned his Bachelor’s degree in Geography in 1992 and MA in Geography in 2009 from the School of Geography at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He worked as a specialist in geographic information systems from 1991-1995 at a consulting firm in environmental impact projects and watershed diagnosis in Mexico. From 1995-2012 he served as chief manager of geographic information systems of the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity. He has participated in various geographical events, such as the selection of areas of importance for biodiversity conservation, in the regionalization of Terrestrial Ecoregions of Mexico and some projects related to GIS and remote sensing for conservation natural resources and watershed management. From some of his publications, the most recent is the participation in “Spatial Analysis of Species Richness” and “Historical Locations Geo-Referencing Biological Collections” in Biodiversitas, national magazine. Since March 2012 to date, he serves as the Coordinator of Spatial Analysis in Biological Corridors Department at the National Commission Biodiversity.

Simone Lovera

Executive director of the Global Forest Coalition

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Simone Lovera is executive director of the Global Forest Coalition, a worldwide coalition of Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations and NGOs from 39 countries promoting rights-based, socially just and effective forest conservation policies. She also works as forest campaigner for Sobrevivencia/Friends of the Earth-Paraguay.


Minister Kuntoro Mangkusubroto

Head of President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4) in Indonesia; Head of the National Commission on the post-2015 Development Agenda

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Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto is the Head of President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4) in Indonesia. This unit is responsible for overseeing the progress of the country’s National Priorities as implemented by Line Ministries and other government agencies, resolving bottlenecks in implementation. Most notably, he has also led the Presidential Taskforce against Judicial Mafia and the National Taskforce for Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). Dr. Mangkusubroto is also the Head of the National Commission on the post-2015 Development Agenda. As Head of the National REDD+ Task Force, Dr. Mangkusubroto led the USD 1 billion Indonesian-Norwegian Climate and Forest Partnership to help catalyze a transition to climate friendly sustainable management of forest resources and green economic development in Indonesia. Although the Task Force has completed its mandate recently, President Yudhoyono has assigned Dr. Mangkusubroto to continue to lead the process and oversee the operationalization of the newly created National REDD+ Agency.

Mark Manis

Senior policy advisor for the Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of Negotiations and Agreements, U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Mr. Mark Manis has been employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture since 1977.  Currently Mr. Manis is Senior Policy Advisor for the Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of Negotiations and Agreements. He is responsible for representing the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a variety of climate change matters, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations. From 1977 to 2001 Mr. Manis worked for the Food Safety and Inspection Service.  While with the Food Safety and Inspection Service he held the following positions: Director Labor Management Division, Director Import Inspection Division, and Director International Policy Division. Mr. Manis holds a BA, with honors, in political science from Hobart College; an MA in political science from the University of Chicago, and a JD from the American University Washington College of Law.

Rebecca Mant

Senior Programme Officer, Climate Change and Biodiversity Programme at UNEP-WCMC.

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Rebecca Mant is currently a Senior Programme Officer within the Climate Change and Biodiversity Programme at UNEP-WCMC. She is working with partners in many countries and in international organizations on analysis of the potential impacts of climate change mitigation and adaptation policies. Her work includes supporting REDD+ planning to achieve multiple benefits; including through developing methods to assess the biodiversity impacts of modelled land use change under different REDD+ scenarios. She completed her PhD at Cambridge University.

Nur Masripatin

Director of the Centre for Standardization and Environment, Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia.

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Dr. Nur Masripatin is the Director of the Centre for Standardization and Environment, Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia. She has engaged in climate change negotiations and has been the REDD+ Lead Negotiator in UNFCCC meetings for the past few years. She is currently the Coordinator of ASEAN Regional Knowledge Network on Forest and Climate Change (ARKN-FCC), and the Coordinator of Safeguards Information System (SIS-REDD+) development in Indonesia. Before taking up the current assignment she held multiple leadership roles in the Forestry Research and Development Agency as the Director of some the R & D Centres. She was also the Lead Author of Indonesia REDD+ Readiness Strategy and the FCPF –REDD+ Readiness Plan.


Richard McNally

SNV REDD+ Global Co-ordinator

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During the past 15 years he has been managing and co-ordinating projects, primarily in Asia. His current responsibilities include developing the SNV REDD+ strategy and co-ordinating SNV’s REDD+ portfolio across Asia and Africa. This portfolio includes 9 projects and 40 staff, covering activities in Vietnam, Lao PDR, Indonesia, DRC and Ghana. Richard is a member of the World Bank FCPF Technical Advisory Panel and was the lead consultant in the development of Vietnam’s Readiness Preparation Plan.

Alexandre Meybeck

Senior Policy Officer on Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change, FAO

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J.P Mishra

Planning Commission, National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture(NMSA) , National Initiatives on Climate Resilient Agriculture(NICRA) India

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Dr. Mishra is working as Agriculture Adviser for the Planning Commission of the Government of India since November, 2012. Previously he has served as Principal Scientist in ICAR; Officer on Special Duty to the Agriculture Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner in the Ministry of Agriculture, involved in policy planning and implementation of programmes including the National Food Security Mission and National Initiatives on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA). He earned his Doctorate Degree in Agronomy in 1993.

Daniel Murdiyarso

Principal scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

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Daniel Murdiyarso is currently holding a position as principal scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). He received his first degree in Forestry from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia. His PhD was obtained in 1985 from the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK. He is a Professor at the Department of Geophysics and Meteorology, IPB. His research works are related to land-use change and biogeochemical cycles, climate change mitigation and adaptation. He has published a large number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters on these areas. Dr Murdiyarso played an extensive role in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning IPCC when he was a Convening Lead Author of the IPCC Third Assessment Report and the IPCC Special Report on Land-use, Land-use Change and Forestry. Recently he served as Review Editor of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. In 2000 he served the Government of Indonesia as Deputy Minister of Environment for two years, during which he was also the National Focal Point of the UNFCCC and CBD. Since 2002 Professor Murdiyarso is a member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences.

Kureeba David Mutsitsa

Expert in forest policy, the National Association of Professional Environmentalists, Uganda

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Kureeba David Mutsitsa is an expert in forest policy working for the National Association of Professional Environmentalists in Uganda.

Esther Mwangi

Senior scientist, the Forests and Governance Program, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

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Esther Mwangi is a senior scientist in the Forests and Governance Programme of CIFOR. Her areas of research interest include the dynamics of property rights to land and natural resources, multilevel linkages in resource governance, gender, policy implementation and strategies for linking knowledge to action. Mwangi’s current research portfolio includes research on the impacts of biofuels expansion, especially on the factors that determine the effectiveness of community and civil society organising in response to large-scale land acquisitions. She is also researching the factors that enhance or impede women’s (and men’s) management and decision-making in forestry at multiple levels of governance. Her most recent project is concerned with understanding the interface between land and forest tenure and land use planning, and how cross-level coordination might be strengthened to improve community participation. Her work is mainly in East Africa, Indonesia and Nicaragua. Mwangi is a citizen of Kenya and has a bachelor’s degree in education (botany, zoology) from Kenyatta University, a Master of Philosophy in environmental studies from Moi University and a PhD in public policy from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Shahid Naeem

Director of Science, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC)

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Shahid earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1990 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, the University of Copenhagen and the Imperial College of London. He served on the faculties of the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington before joining Columbia University in 2003. With over one hundred publications to his name, Naeem’s research includes studies of plants, animals and microorganisms in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. He co-chaired the 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Biodiversity Synthesis Report and leads two research coordinating networks funded by the National Foundation for Science. Now a member of the recently formed Earth Institute Faculty, he co-leads a consortium that includes the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Botanical Garden, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Wildlife Trust, and his teaching and research will contribute significantly to making biodiversity an important part of the Earth Institute’s overall mission to achieve sustainable development. He has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the Buell and Mercer awards from the Ecological Society of America and an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship in 2001.

Andrea Nájera Acevedo

Manager of Strategic Ecosystems Conservation, National Forests Institute (INAB)

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Andrea Nájera Acevedo, born in Guatemala City in 1980, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Universidad delValle de Gutemala, a Master’s of Science in Ecology and a Master’s of Scinece in Political Science from Universidad de Chile. Her Master’s degrees’ thesis themes were: Bird Conservation In Commercial Plantations and  Linking Science And Policy: Biodiversity Policies For Conservation In Guatemala. Andrea served as a coordinator of conservation in the semiarid region of Eastern Guatemala at Foundation Defensores de la Naturaleza and a coordinator of NISP (National Implementation Support Partnership of the CBD) at National Protected Areas Council. She also held a Conservation Biology profesor position at University del Valle de Guatemala and today she is a manager of Strategic Ecosystems Conservation at National Forests Institute (INAB).

Robert Nasi

Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

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Robert Nasi joined CIFOR in August 1999 and holds several research and management positions in the organization (principal scientist, biodiversity programme leader, programme director). He is currently, since August 2011, the Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. His particular research interests include the sustainable use of forest products and multiple-use management of tropical forests. His scientific work aims to integrate social and biological sciences for better management of tropical forests, more sustainable livelihoods and better designed forest policies.

Henry Neufeldt

Head of the Climate Change Unit at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya

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Henry Neufeldt is Head of the Climate Change Unit at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya. The unit focuses on climate impacts, adaptation, mitigation, food security and sustainable development in the context of agroforestry systems. He is particularly interested in questions related to the governance, economics and scalability of biocarbon projects and climate-smart agriculture; quantitative benefits of improved NRM to adapt to climate shocks; and measurement and modeling of GHG fluxes from complex agro-ecosystems. He is also the ICRAF focal point for the CGIAR Research Programs on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and Forest, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA).

Peter Newton

Scientist, International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) research network, CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), University of Michigan, USA

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Peter Newton is an interdisciplinary scientist who works in tropical forest and agricultural landscapes, principally in Brazil. He received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Cambridge, UK, and both his MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation and his PhD in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia, also in the UK. His PhD examined mechanisms that aimed to achieve conservation and development objectives in Amazonian reserves. He currently jointly leads a research collaboration between the University of Michigan and CCAFS that studies innovative supply-chain interventions in the palm oil and cattle sectors.

Gian L. Nicolay

Africa coordinator, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL), Switzerland

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Gian L. Nicolay is the Africa coordinator of FiBL, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, based in Switzerland. Gian is a trained agronomist and sociologist and has worked as a professional for FAO, NGOs and as a consultant over 24 years on agriculture and rural development projects especially in Africa and Haiti. He joined FiBL in 2009. He carries out his work on food and agriculture systems from an action-research perspective. His interest is in understanding the social system realities of food security, climate smart agriculture and food systems as well as rural development dynamics in order to develop in a participatory manner with partner institutions, integrated research for development methodologies and tailored-made programs and operations.

Minister Ville Niinistö

Minister of Environment, Finland

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Ville Matti Niinistö (born July 30, 1976) is a Finnish politician. He is a member of the parliament, current chairperson of the Green League, incumbent Minister of the Environment and a member of the city council of Turku. Niinistö has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Turku. Before being elected to the parliament in 2007 he worked as a doctorate student in political history (Finnish foreign policy) at the University of Turku in Finland.

Dieter Nill

Advisor and technical coordinator for the sector project Sustainable Agriculture of GIZ (German Development Cooperation)

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Dieter Nill holds an MSc in Agronomy and a PhD in Soil Science. He has worked for more than 20 years as freelance consultant and for consultancies. Since 2012 he works as advisor and technical coordinator for the sector project Sustainable Agriculture of GIZ. He has specialized in natural resource management, agriculture, agrobiodiversity and water management and contributed to a wide range of publications, documents and brochures.

Alojzy Z. Nowak

Vice-Rector for Research and Liaison of the University of Warsaw

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Kofi Delali Nutsukpo

Deputy director, Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana

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Mr Nutsukpo is the Deputy Director of Environment, Land and Water Management for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Ghana. He holds a Master of Philosophy Degree in Soil Science from the University of Ghana and has, for the past 20 years, been involved in promoting improved land and environmental (including climate change) management within the food and agriculture sector in Ghana. He contributed to the Ghana Chapter of the IFPRI report “West African Agriculture

and Climate Change – A Comprehensive Analysis”.

Anthony Nyong

Manager, Compliance and Safeguards Division, the African Development Bank.

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Prof Anthony Nyong obtained a PhD from McMaster University, Canada and a Graduate Business Degree from the University of Oxford. He presently manages the Compliance and Safeguards Division at the African Development Bank. He is responsible for developing and leading the strategic orientation of the Bank’s interventions on environment, climate change and sustainable development. He has over twenty five years of experience in research, administration and project management. Before joining the Bank, he was a Senior Specialist at the International Development Research Centre of Canada. Prior to that, Anthony was a Professor of Climate Change. He was a coordinating lead author for the chapter on Africa in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report, and also served on the Panel’s Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis. Prof. Nyong serves on the Boards of the Applied Center for Climate and Earth Systems Science, CSIR, South Africa and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development at the Independent University, Bangladesh. He has also served on several scientific and technical panels. He is a Chartered Geographer, Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and the Royal Geographical Society.

Michael Obersteiner

Leader of the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program at IIASA


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Michael Obersteiner is leader of the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program at IIASA. He joined IIASA’s Forestry Program (FOR) in 1993 and has been leading the Group on Global Land-Use Modeling and Environmental Economics since 2001. His background includes the fields of global terrestrial ecosystems and economics, specializing in REDD and REDD+ modeling as well as policy assessments with particular expertise on the tropical forest zones of South America, Africa and Asia. He completed graduate studies both in Austria (BOKU University and Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna) and abroad (Columbia University, New York and Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk). He is author of over 230 scientific papers and consultancy reports.

Tomasz Okruszko

Professor and head of division of Hydrology and Water Resources, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Warsaw University of Life Sciences

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Tomasz Okruszko is a head of Division of Hydrology and Water Resources and Professor at Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He is also appointed as a guest professor at Antwerp  University. His main fields of expertise are integrated water resources management and wetland hydrology. He is a chairman of Global Water Partnership in Poland and chairman of  Biebrza National Park scientific board. He is also a member of Water Management Committee of Polish Academy of Sciences.

Geoff Orme-Evans

Environment and Climate Change Specialist at Humane Society International.

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Geoff Orme-Evans is the Environment and Climate Change Specialist at Humane Society International. He leads the efforts of HSI to address and mitigate the animal agriculture sector’s contribution to climate change. Evans fulfills this role through research and writing, publishing, policy planning, strategic planning, and advocacy and outreach to policy makers, government representatives, NGOs, and others. Before joining HSI, he was an associate at the San Francisco law firm Evans & Page, focusing on animal law. Evans received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2006, with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law.

Agnes Otzelberger

Climate change adaptation and gender coordinator, Care International

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Agnes works to develop and strengthen CARE2s climate change adaptation work and to enhance integration of social and gender equity into CARE’s global climate change programming and advocacy. In her current role, Agnes works closely with the Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa, and represents CARE in the Global Gender and Climate Alliance.

Rajendra Kumar Pachauri

Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

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Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri is the Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific intergovernmental body that provides decision-makers and the public with an objective source of information about climate change. He is also Director General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), a major independent research organisation providing knowledge on energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and the conservation of natural resources. Dr Pachauri is a prominent researcher on environmental subjects, recognised internationally for his efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

Christine Padoch

Director, Forests & Livelihoods Research, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

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Christine Padoch is an anthropologist and currently the Director of the Forests and Livelihoods Programme. She has spent more than 35 years carrying out research on smallholder patterns of forest management, agriculture, and agroforestry in the humid tropics, principally in Amazonia and Southeast Asia. She recently came to CIFOR from the New York Botanical Garden where she was the Matthew Calbraith Perry Curator of Economic Botany. Christine Padoch holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University.

Neil Palmer

Communications and Outreach Manager, IWMI

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Marcin Pałys

Rector of the University of Warsaw

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Marcin Pałys is the 44th Rector of the University of Warsaw and Professor at the Faculty of Chemistry. He is also Vice-president of the Conference of Rectors of Universities in Poland. Prior to becoming Rector, Professor Pałys served as Vice-rector for Development and Financial Policy from 2008 to 2012, and Vice-Dean for Finances at the Faculty of Chemistry from 2005 to 2008. As Vice-rector Professor Pałys facilitated strategic planning and initiatives such as development of UW Centre of New Technologies and UW Biological and Chemical Research Centre. He was also responsible for University’s budgetary policy. Marcin Pałys graduated from the University of Warsaw (M.Sc. in 1987) and received his doctoral degree at the University of Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands, 1992). He became Professor in 2010.

Professor Pałys’s field of expertise covers inorganic and physical chemistry, in particular: transport phenomena in electrochemical systems, chemical processes modelling and supramolecular systems.

Piotr Paschalis-Jakubowicz

Head of the Department of Forest Utilization, the Warsaw University of Life Sciences

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Head of the Department of Forest Utilization at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. The author and co-author of over 300 publications, including over 200 original scientific articles and 8 books. Lecturer and visiting professor at several universities in Europe and USA. Member of the Advisory Board to the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN).

Naya Sharma Paudel

Environmental and Governance Specialist, ForestAction, Nepal

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Naya Sharma Paudel has over two decades of research and development experiences on environmental governance, policy process and civic movements. His research and publications are focused on forest policy and governance, participatory resources management, nature conservation and livelihoods. In recent years he is increasingly involved in studying political ecology of climate change, REDD and forest governance.  His policy engagement Nepal’s forest governance involves strategic policy analysis, networking and facilitating policy dialogue.

Tumusiime Rhoda Peace

Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union Commission

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H.E Mrs. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace is Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union Commission a position she has held since 2008. Prior to that she served in the Government of Uganda as Commissioner for Agricultural Planning and previously as Commissioner for Gender. She holds a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manchester in the U.K., and a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture from Makerere University in Uganda. Her current portfolio covers crop agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry, water, land, environment, climate change and climate services, and disaster risk reduction, for which she coordinates continental policy harmonisation, partnership building, resource mobilisation and advocacy.

Belynda Petrie

CEO, OneWorld Sustainable Investments

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Belynda is an expert and leading figure in regional and international climate change adaptation and mitigation, energy, socioeconomic development and human security. She has led several medium- to large-scale projects, including the Southern African Regional Climate Change Programme (RCCP) funded by the UK’s Department for International Development. She has been instrumental in facilitating the shaping of a science-policy-institutional–finance dialogue, which has become the RCCP framework in developing practicable responses to key climate change issues. Other key projects include leading the analysis, research and writing of a book for the COP 17 President, titled Women Adapt to Climate Change and a synthesies study on gender and climate change in southern Africa for the Heinrich Boell Foundation. Key to Belynda and OneWorld’s approach, is ensuring that gender iussues are integral to key strategies and projects such as the development of Uganda’s water resources climate change vulnerability assessment and strategy, the internationally acclaimed Western Cape Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (South Africa), and the Ibhubesi Gas Field development project (west coast of South Africa).

Gill Petrokofsky

Oxford University/ CIFOR Senior Associate – Evidence Based Forestry

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Gill’s research focusses on the quality of evidence for science-policy dialogue and for constructing relevant research agendas. Other sectors have well-established procedures for using systematic, evidence-informed approaches to science-policy dialogue. These include Health Care (Cochrane Collaboration), Social Welfare (Campbell Collaboration),  and Environmental Conservation (Collaboration for Environmental Evidence – CEE). Her research aims to draw on their experiences to examine the potential for establishing a similar ‘collaboration without walls’ to prioritize and produce systematic reviews and improve the quality of the natural resources science that informs policy.

Marina Piatto

Climate and Agriculture Initiative, Imaflora, São Paulo, Brazil

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Since 2005, Ms. Piatto has been working at Imaflora, a Brazilian NGO, in the field of Agriculture and Climate Projects. Her work involves the certification of farms based on good agriculture practices, environmental conservation and human rights under the Sustainable Agriculture Network, Rainforest Alliance seal. She is also involved in projects related to low carbon agriculture and REDD+ safeguards in the Amazon rainforest. Marina has a degree in Agronomic Engineering from São Paulo State University in Brazil and holds a Masters degree in Tropical Agriculture from Bonn University in Germany. At the University of California she spent a year as a Humphrey fellow from the Fulbright Program.


Edward Pierzgalski

Professor in Environmental Science, Warsaw University of Life Sciences

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Edward Pierzgalski is a Professor in Environmental Science with emphasis on water resources management in rural areas and environment protection at Warsaw University of Life Sciences. He worked for four years as an expert in the field of soil and water conservation in Libya and Iraq. He is a well recognized scientist in irrigation, drainage, erosion control as well as in environmental protection related to agricultural and forestry. His research achievements include more than 100 scientific papers, several monographs and patents, about 20 scientific grants and over 80 designs, expertise and opinions. Edward serves on several scientific committees and boards, e.g. as chairman of the Committee of Environmental Engineering and Land Reclamation of the Polish Academy of Science, and vice-president of the European Forestry Commission/FAO the Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds.

Helena Nery Alves Pinto

Environmental Consultant, São Paulo, Brazil



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Helena works as an environmental consultant, focusing on economic incentives for tropical forest conservation. Together with the University of Michigan and CCAFS, Helena has been developing a study that aims to understand how the Brazilian institutional context influences the development of the Sustainable Agriculture Network cattle certification program. Helena has a degree in Biology from São Paulo University and holds a Masters degree in Applied Ecology and Conservation from the University of East Anglia (UK). During the Masters, Helena’s studies focused on the impacts of a Payment for Ecosystem Services program on traditional communities in the Brazilian Amazon.

Martin Poulsen

Partner, Moringa Partnership

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Martin Poulsen is a Partner at Moringa Partnership. From 2009-2011 Martin served as Chief Private Equity Officer at the African Development Bank. Previously, between 2003 and 2009, he led the European Investment Bank (EIB) private equity investment activities in sub-Saharan Africa and in the European renewable energy field. From 1997-2002, he was a member of the team that established Kennet Capital, one of Europe’s leading early-stage technology venture capital firms. Immediately before this, he worked for the Commonwealth Development Corporation as a project manager in Côte d’Ivoire (rubber factory design and construction) and Swaziland (project management of sugar refinery construction). His early career was in change management consultancy for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Martin previously served as a member of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) Africa Council. He has a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering and a first class Bachelor’s degree in General Engineering from Cambridge University. He is a fluent speaker of English, French, Dutch and German.

Heru Prasetyo

Deputy Head of Planning and International Relations, Indonesia’s President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight

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Heru Prasetyo holds the post of Deputy Head of Planning and International Relations, in Indonesia’s President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight. He was also a member for the REDD+ Task Force. Prior to this he was Director for International Relations of the Executing Agency for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Aceh-Nias (2005 – 2009). Heru has extensive private sector experience, having been a consultant for more than 15 years, and served as Country Managing Director for Indonesia at Accenture in 2002 (1974 – 2002).

Gabriel Quijandria

Vice Minister of Environment, Peru

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Hanta Rabetaliana

President at World Mountain People Association

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Adrian Rimmer

CEO, Goldstandard Foundation

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Adrian Rimmer represents the Gold Standard Foundation, a CSO observer on the SREP Sub-committee. Adrian has been CEO of The Gold Standard Foundation since July 2010, joining from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), where he was Director of New Energy Technologies in the Global Banking & Markets division. At RBS, Adrian advised corporate and investor clients on clean technology and carbon markets internationally. He also led the development of innovative financing structures for Energy Performance Contracts to catalyse the market for energy efficiency in commercial buildings. Prior to RBS, Adrian led ABN AMRO’s ‘Eco-Markets’ business, which brought together the bank’s environmental finance capabilities to help clients manage the financial risks and investment opportunities arising from the move towards a sustainable, low carbon economy. Adrian also sat on the investment committee for the bank’s €200 million eco-investment proprietary fund and the ABN AMRO Group Sustainability Council. The bank was named Sustainable Bank of the Year in 2007 by the Financial Times and IFC. Adrian is a non-executive director of Sustainable Commercial Solutions, an advisory firm for commercial property owners and investors. in the disbursement of the world’s largest fund to address climate change.

Dorcas Robinson

Climate Change Resource and Partnerships Coordinator with CARE’s Poverty, Climate Change and Environment Network, PECCN

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Dorcas Robinson is a social scientist with programming, research and advocacy expertise in rights-based approaches to social and economic development. She has worked with CARE USA for 12 years, in roles that have included development of the CARE collaboration with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University, and of the CARE-WWF Alliance with a focus on sustainable and just food systems.

Eduardo Rojas Briales

Assistant Director-General and Head of the Forestry Department, FAO

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Since 1997 Eduardo Rojas-Briales has been on a number of international boards and panels, amongst others, the EFI Scientific Advisory Board from 1998 to 2002. He is a member of the Forest Science and Technology Research Group of the Polytechnic University of Valencia and of the IUFRO Forest Legislation Working Group. In February 2013, Mr Rojas-Briales was nominated UN Commissioner-General for EXPO 2015 by Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Kazimierz Rykowski

Professor of forestry in the Forest Research Institute

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Kazimierz Rykowski – professor of forestry in the Forest Research Institute, specialist in the forest phytopathology, biological methods of forest protection and forest ecology. Lately focused on the anthropogenic deformation of forest ecosystem, forest decline, stability and restoration of natural structure and functions of forest ecosystem in the conditions of human pressure. Busy with sustainable forest management  (SFM) and its criteria and indicators  as well as with impacts of climatic changes on forest and forestry in the aspects of adaptation to the climatic changes as well as in the context of  biological diversity and nature protection. He is active in the field of forest policy on global (CSD, IPF/IFF, UNFF, CBD, FCCC), regional (President of the European Forestry Commission of the  FAO (1992-1994), member of the GCC of  MCPFE – Forest Europe) and chairman of the Steering Committee of the V Conference in Warsaw – 2007), and on local level (coordinator of Polish National Forest Program). The former head of the Department of Ecology and Scientific Director of the Forest Research Institute in Warsaw, V-chairman of the Scientific Board of European Forest Institute in Joensuu (1993-1997), member of the World Commission on Forest and Sustainable Development (WCFSD), member of Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, member of Polish and foreign scientific societies and committees.  He is an author, coordinator and organizer of numerous  research programs, author of more than 200 publications, articles, studies, books and many reports and presentations given during local / country and international conferences and seminars. Since 2007 he is the member of Society of Artist – Polish Applied Arts and author of individual exhibitions of painting and sculpture

Catalina Santamaria

Programme Officer Forests, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

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Vanda Santos

Knowledge Sharing Officer, CIFOR

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Vanda Ferreira dos Santos is the Knowledge Sharing Officer at CIFOR. She holds a PhD in Information Management, has more than 20 years’ experience on knowledge management with focus on forestry of which the last 10 years have been in increasingly responsible roles in international assignments within the UN System. She coordinates the promotion of knowledge sharing throughout CIFOR.

Antti Savilaakso

Director of Responsible Investment & Gover nance at Nordea, the largest financial group in Northern Europe

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Antti Savilaakso has previsouly worked with ESG analysis and corporate engagement at Responsible Research in Singapore, Dexia Asset Management in Brussels and ABN AMRO Asset Management in Amsterdam.

Carlos Alberto de Mattos Scaramuzza

Director, Biodiversity Conservation Department, the Brazilian Ministry of Environment

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Carlos Alberto de Mattos Scaramuzza: crazy about orchids since childhood; B.Sc. in Biology, 1986, and Ph.D. in Ecology, University of São Paulo, Brazil, 2006. He has more than 25 years of professional experience related to biodiversity conservation in public policies. His main background encompasses the development of linkages between technical and scientific research and biodiversity conservation on the ground, as well as conservation programs and project management more broadly. His major areas of expertise are: conservation biology; landscape, vegetation (subtropical grasslands, neotropical savanna and rainforests) and community ecology; land use and land cover dynamics; and use of ecological modeling, remote sensing and geographical information system tools. He was part of the WWF-Brazil team from 2003-2012, as Landscape Ecology Lab Coordinator and Thematic and Regional Programs Director. Last May, he joined the Secretary of Biodiversity and Forest in the Brazilian Ministry of Environment as Director of the Biodiversity Conservation Department, responsible for national public policies development related to sustainable use and  systematic conservation planning of species and ecosystems.

Sara J. Scherr

The Founder and President of EcoAgriculture Partners

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Dr. Sara J. Scherr is the Founder and President of EcoAgriculture Partners, a non-profit that works with agricultural communities around the world to develop eco-agriculture landscapes that enhance rural livelihoods, have sustainable and productive agricultural systems, and conserve or enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Anika Schroeder

Climate Change and Development Officer, MISEREOR

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Anika is the climate change and development officer at MISEREOR, the German catholic Development Organization. Her main concern is to bridge the gap between international, national and on the ground activities to make adaptation work for the most vulnerable communities. Based on more than 50 years’ experience in rural development MISEREOR is sure: The first and foremost entry point to build resilience is to acknowledge the rights, capacities and knowledge of local farming communities.

Matthias Schwoerer

Head of the European and International Forest Policy Division, German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

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Mr Matthias Schwoerer, as head of the European and International Forest Policy Division, is working with the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. He has been an advisor on national and international forest policy for more than 20 years. He has been engaged, inter alia, in the MCPFE or Forest Europe process since its inception, was EU chief negotiator at UNFF for the Forest Instrument in 2007 and is now German chief negotiator for the European forest convention. At national level he was leading the National Forest Program (2000 – 2007).

His Royal Highness Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso

Kingdom of Lesotho

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His Royal Highness Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of the Kingdom of Lesotho is the younger brother of Lesotho’s king, Letsie III, and son of the southern African country’s late King Moshoeshoe II (1938–1996) and the late Queen ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso (1941–2003). He is the current Lesotho High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. In April 2006, he and Prince Harry of Wales formed a charity called Sentebale to support organizations working with Lesotho’s disadvantaged young people and children, particularly those orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS.

Maria Helena Semedo

Deputy Director General, Natural Resources of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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Ms. Semedo is a national of Cape-Verde. She holds an M.Sc. in Economics from the “Instituto Superior de Economia”, Lisbon, Portugal.  Between 1993 and  2001, she served as the Minister for Fisheries, Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Minister for Marine Affairs; and lastly and  Minister for Tourism, Transportation and Marine Affairs of Cape-Verde.   She was a Member of Parliament from 2001 to 2003 .  Regional roles that Ms. Semedo played during the period of 1993 to 1998  included Coordinator of the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in Sahel (CILSS), Chairperson of the Ministerial Conference on Fisheries Cooperation among African States bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Chairperson of the Ministerial Conference on Fisheries Cooperation among African States bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Ms. Semedo joined FAO in 2003.  Prior to her current appointment, she served as FAOs  Representative in Niger, the  Regional Representative for Africa and Subregional Coordinator for West Africa, and  the Assistant Director-General/Regional Representative for Africa.

Seth Shames

Senior Manager, EcoAgriculture Partners Policy Program

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Seth Shames analyzes and advocates for policies and financial mechanisms to support integrated agricultural landscape management. His areas of work have included payments for ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes, climate-smart agriculture, the integration of agricultural issues into the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, environment and development policies in East Africa, eco-labeling of agricultural products and sustainable biofuels production.

Eklabya Sharma

Director Programme Operations, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

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Dr Eklabya Sharma, Director Programme Operations at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), is an ecologist with over 30 years of experience in developing, managing, and implementing programmes mainly on sustainable natural resource management in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.

Lindiwe Sibanda

Chief Executive Officer, FANPRAN (Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network)

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Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda has been the chief executive officer and head of mission of the Africa-wide Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) since 2004. Dr Sibanda led the development of the strategy and business plans that FANRPAN is currently implementing (2007-2015). She is currently coordinating policy research and advocacy programs within the African continent, all aimed at making Africa a food-secure region. Her portfolio includes policy research and advocacy programmes on food policies, agricultural productivity and markets, rural livelihoods and climate change.

Tony Simons

Director General, World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF)

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Tony has worked for 28 years on issues at the tropical agriculture/forestry interface in more than 40 developing countries. This has spanned the private sector (Shell Forestry), academia (University of Oxford), official development assistance (ODA/DFID) and research (CGIAR). He holds a Bachelors degree from Massey University, NZ as well as Masters and Doctoral degrees from Cambridge University, UK. In 2009, he was made an Honorary Professorship in Tropical Forestry at the University of Copenhagen. Tony is a Board member of Africa Centre Technology Studies, Plant Resources of Tropical Africa, Livelihood Fund and DCM International Imaging. He is also the Leader of IUFRO Forest and Water Task Force. He has published over 100 research papers and has sat on several journal editorial boards. He is passionate about the innovative and profitable change that the private sector can bring to development and landscape transformations.