Youth in landscapes



The Youth in Landscapes Initiative unites young innovators (aged 18 – 35) to develop real-world solutions to land use challenges in partnership with organisations working on the ground.

Meet our team

  • MKovacevic

    Michelle Kovacevic

    Michelle is a science communicator and has experience organizing capacity building programs for youth, journalists and researchers while working for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

  • Florent

    Florent Kaiser

    Florent is a young, passionate forester who is keen to overcome barriers between youth and older professionals to ensure a smooth transfer of knowledge, skills and innovative problem solving.

  • javier

    Javier Rodriguez

    Javier Rodriguez is a Co-Founder & Sustainable Water Management Specialist at Global AgroEcology Alliance (GAEA).

  • sarahdh1

    Sarah Dickson-Hoyle

    Sarah Dickson-Hoyle is the mentorship coordinator and former CIFOR Liaison Officer with the International Forestry Students Association, and works as an ecological consultant with Eco Logical Australia.

  • Marina

    Marina Cherbonnier

    Marina Cherbonnier is Web and Communications manager with Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD).

  • wenyu1

    Wen-Yu Weng

    Wen-Yu Weng is a masters student at the London School of Economics, runs the Taiwan Debate Union and volunteers with Development in Action.

  • mona bzogh

    Mona Zoghbi

    Mona Zoghbi is a freelance consultant working with UNESCO and UNDP on integrating climate change and sustainability education into the curriculum and organizing training workshops for youth, teachers, NGOs and practitioners in the Arab region. She’s also an MIT Climate CoLab Fellow.

  • Marina

    Abby Waldorf

    Abby is a communications and engagement specialist for the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems. Abby organised the 2014 Dragon¹s Den at the Global Landscapes Forum.

  • Noor1

    Noor Nasir

    Noor Nasir is a Master’s student at Lund University studying environment and sustainability science.

  • Natalia

    Natalia Cisneros

    Natalia Cisneros is the current Vice-President of the International Forestry Students' Association and works with the communications team at the Center for International Forestry Research.

  • enricka1

    Enricka Julien

    Enricka Julien works in the livestock sector, created the blog Ebites and is reading for a Post Graduate Diploma in Land Administration.

  • sekar

    Sekar Ayu Woro Yunita

    Sekar Ayu Woro Yunita is an undergraduate forestry student at Universitas Gadjah Mada and is the Asia-Pacific Regional Representative for the International Forestry Students Association.

  • gabrielle

    Gabrielle Schittecatte

    Gabrielle Schittecatte is working on a trans-national and global climate change policy network project as well as the Flexible Learning Initiative. She just finished her thesis defense at the University of British Columbia.

  • hannah

    Hannah Smith

    Hannah Smith is a PhD candidate in Natural Resources and Society at the University of Idaho in the United States. She is a cofounder of Shift Leadership which engages mid-level managers of organizations and youth in the climate change conversation. She also designs and delivers leadership education courses with the Center for Creative Leadership.

  • Myriam Perez

    Myriam Perez

    Myriam Perez works with the Agropolis Foundation where she supports researchers applying for new project funding. She also works with SupAgro, fostering better linkages between educational programmes and the needs of the job market as well as being is YPARD’s France representative.

  • Kim Nicholas

    Kim Nicholas

    Kim Nicholas is an Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund University in Sweden, researching sustainable agriculture and climate change. @KA_Nicholas