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Michael Jenkins - President and CEO

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Michael Jenkins is the founding President and CEO of Forest Trends. From 1989-1999, he was the Associate Director for the Global Security and Sustainability Program of the MacArthur Foundation. In 1998, Michael was in a joint appointment as a Senior Forestry Advisor to the World Bank. Before entering the MacArthur Foundation, he worked for three years as an agro-forester in Haiti with the USAID Agroforestry Outreach Program. Previous to that, he was a technical advisor for a Washington-based development organization, Appropriate Technology International. In the late 1970s, Michael was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay working in agriculture, apiculture, and forestry projects. He has traveled and worked throughout Latin America, Asia and parts of Africa, and speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese, Creole, and Guaraní. 

Michael holds a Master's of Forest Science from Yale University and has contributed to and authored numerous books/publications, including The Business of Sustainable Forestry: Strategies for an Industry in Transition and Capital Markets and Sustainable Forestry: Opportunities for Investment

In 2010 he received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and in 2015 the Social Entrepreneur Award from the Schwab Foundation. Also in 2015, Forest Trends was awarded the 2015 Award for Creative and Effective Institutions from the MacArthur Foundation.

Tundi Spring Agardy - Director, Coastal and Marine Initiative

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Tundi is an internationally renowned expert in marine conservation, with extensive field and policy experience in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, North America, and the Pacific. Tundi specializes in coastal planning and assessment, marine protected areas, fisheries management and ocean zoning, and has published widely in these fields. She founded Sound Seas in 2001 as an independent group working at the nexus of policy and science to promote marine conservation. At Forest Trends, she is heading up the MARES initiative – a program looking to protect Marine Ecosystem Services through Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) markets. Tundi works with international think tanks, foundations, multilaterals, museums and academic institutions, environmental groups, and consortia with interest in solving local and regional coastal and marine conservation problems. She completed her undergraduate work at Wellesley and Dartmouth Colleges and then received her Ph.D. in biological sciences and Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and was postdoctoral fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She has served as Senior Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund and began Conservation International's Global Marine Program, which she oversaw as Senior Director. She also led the coastal portion of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment – a 3-year global analysis released in 2005 that represents the consensus of over a thousand scientists on the state of the world's ecosystems.

Rebecca Asare - West Africa Coordinator, Katoomba Incubator

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Rebecca is the Coordinator of the West Africa Katoomba Incubator.  She brings ten years of research and work experience on agroforestry, community-based natural resource management, and conservation in Africa.  Prior to joining the Incubator, Rebecca completed her doctoral thesis on the biophysical and social dynamics driving cocoa farm establishment and shade management in Ghana.   She has conducted policy and social research with the World Agroforestry Centre on agroforestry in buffer zones across the continent, and worked with WWF on a community conservation project in Cote d’Ivoire.  Rebecca served as a rural water and sanitation specialist with the U.S. Peace Corps in Cote d’Ivoire.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Colgate University, in Hamilton, NY.  She received her Master’s in Environmental Science from Yale University, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and earned a Ph.D. in Social Ecology from Yale University, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Since 2009, Rebecca has been spearheading efforts to develop community-based forest and agricultural carbon projects in multiple countries in West Africa.

Naomi Basik Treanor - Program Manager, Forest Policy, Trade, and Initiative

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LogoNaomi Basik Treanor is a Manager with the Forest Trade and Finance Program. Her work focuses on developing strategies to combat illegal deforestation and associated trade through targeted research and outreach. Prior to joining Forest Trends, Naomi spent four years with the Rights and Resources Initiative, where she coordinated locally-driven efforts to advance forest tenure and policy reforms on behalf of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in Asia. During her time at RRI, Naomi also supported the development of a coalition-wide Gender Justice strategy. She received an MA in International Development Studies at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs as well as a BA in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College. Her Masters' coursework focused on participatory solutions to a wide array of resource governance and environmental justice issues, and brought her to Malawi as a consultant with The Hunger Project. Naomi has lived in Japan and briefly in Vietnam, and speaks Japanese. 

Genevieve Bennett - Senior Associate, Ecosystem Marketplace

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Genevieve Bennett is a Senior Associate at Ecosystem Marketplace, contributing market tracking and analysis to both the water and biodiversity programs. She is the lead author of "Charting New Waters: State of Watershed Payments 2012," a co-author of the "State of Biodiversity Markets 2011" report, and has written on water and biodiversity finance for Ecosystem Marketplace as well as Environmental Finance magazine and The Little Biodiversity Finance Book. Prior to joining Ecosystem Marketplace, she managed a demand assessment project for the Willamette Partnership in Oregon, modeling how risk and uncertainty affect demand for environmental credits in the Willamette marketplace. Genevieve has also held positions at the United Nations, the NYU School of Public Service, the Breakthrough Institute, and as a lecturer with the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program. She holds an MS in Environmental Policy & Regulation from the London School of Economics and a BA from New York University.

Beto Borges - Director, Communities Initiative

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Beto was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where he obtained an AA degree in industrial chemistry from Escola Técnica Oswaldo Cruz and worked as an ecotourism guide in the Atlantic rainforest, while pursuing nature photography and rock climbing. Beto holds a Bachelor's of Science in Conservation and Resources Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA in Strategic Leadership from the Dominican University of California. His previous work experience includes being Director of the Brazil Program of the Rainforest Action Network, promoting forest policies, community economic development and indigenous land demarcation in the Amazon region. He also worked for Aguirre International, evaluating environmental programs for AmeriCorp-USA during President Clinton's administration and was the Manager of Sustainable Harvesting at Shaman Pharmaceuticals, developing ethnobotanical drugs from rainforest medicinal plants. As the Executive Director of Adopt-A-Watershed, he worked on watershed conservation through place-based learning methodologies. Beto also was a Program Officer with the Goldman Environmental Foundation, selecting finalists for the Goldman Environmental Prize and evaluating project proposals for funding. Beto has also consulted for Aveda Cosmetics, Conservation International, Instituto Terra, Occupational Knowledge International, and Wildlife Conservation Network, among others. He was co-chair of Grantmakers Without Borders and currently sits on the board of the Global Greengrants Fund, Earth Island Institute, and the Environmental Law Defenders Center. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Kerstin Canby - Director, Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative

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Kerstin is the Director of Forest Trends' Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance Program, where she oversees the REDDX Initiative as well as the Forest Law and Governance workprogram. Her work focuses on the legislative, financial, and demand-side approaches which promote global trade and markets for legal timber, working intensively with governments from China, Vietnam, US and EU Member States. Increasingly, this work is highlighting illegal land use / conversion, the role of conversion timber in the global sourcing of wood fiber, and agricultural supply chains from legal or zero deforestation zones. The REDDX Initiative tracks international and national public finance for REDD+ and works with national partners and national REDD+ Focal Points to use the data for improved donor coordination, national gaps and needs analysis, and the development of national registrations and jurisdictional REDD+ programs. A significant portion of her time is spent on the China/East Asia region.

Prior to joining Forest Trends, Kerstin worked at the World Bank with the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Programs, coordinating the Africa FLEG ministerial process, providing training to local NGOs interested in developing independent monitoring networks, and developing forestry, protected areas and wetlands restoration World Bank loans and GEF grants. She has advised governments and stakeholders on REDD+ donor programs and FLEGT initiatives in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Kerstin has worked with the US Forest Service in Oregon (economic and land management analysis) and was the co-founder of an environmental education program in Durham, North Carolina. Kerstin holds a BA and Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University's School of Forest and Environmental Sciences, where she focused on economics, forestry, wetlands, and coastal ecosystems.

Peter Canine - Director of Finance

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Peter is the Director of Finance for Forest Trends. He brings over twenty years of experience in non-profit accounting and financial management with proficiencies in process improvement, grant compliance, budgeting, A133 audits, and accounting systems design and implementation. He has been a C-level executive or consulted for U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Southeastern University, American Association of State Colleges & Universities, International Association of Chiefs of Police and KPMG. He holds a BS in Finance from Wilkes College, is a CPA (Maryland), a member of the AICPA, MACPA, and serves on the MACPA Not-for-Profit committee.

Jan Cassin - Director, Water Initiative

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Jan is an ecologist with expertise in terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems.  Her career has emphasized applied research and practice in a wide range of water resource management issues – including integrated watershed management, environmental flows assessment, ecosystem services quantification, and innovative financial mechanisms such as wetland banking, and investments in watershed services (IWS). Jan directs Forest Trends' work on investments in watershed services, and she has also worked with Forest Trends' Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme to support and promote the use of best practices in biodiversity offsets and biodiversity conservation around the world.  Prior to joining Forest Trends, Jan received her Doctorate at the University of Michigan and worked for eleven years as a senior project manager and ecologist for Parametrix (a Seattle-based engineering and environmental consulting firm), and for nine years as a biologist for The Nature Conservancy.  Jan developed recommendations to the Puget Sound Partnership on the use of innovative financial mechanisms for the recovery of the Puget Sound ecosystem, worked with the Puget Sound Restoration Fund to establish a payments for services pilot for nitrogen removal by shellfish in Puget Sound, assisted BC Hydro develop performance measures for their long term environmental goal, and led studies evaluating impacts of flow alteration on aquatic ecosystems for King County. Jan has traveled extensively in Central and South America, has proficiency in Spanish, and enjoys photography, travel, kayaking, and hiking.

Meryl Cohen - Program Manager, Communities Initiative

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Meryl Cohen is a Manager with the Communities Initiative. Her work focuses on developing strategies to conserve forests by supporting indigenous and local communities in improving their territorial management and promoting their Life Plans as a tool for engagement with governments and private companies. Meryl brings a background in program and grants management and has worked to build the capacity of organizations, having held various positions with several distinct types of organizations, including the Rights and Resources Initiative, Conservation International, and the International Monetary Fund. She received an MA in International Development and a BA in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Through her work with RRI, she is familiar with the complexities and opportunities of working to support the land tenure rights and livelihoods of indigenous and other traditional forest communities in Latin America. She also helped to build fundraising capacity with local community organizations in Bolivia and Ecuador.


Ben Dappen - Senior Web Developer

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Ben has worked with Forest Trends since November 2000 as Webmaster and IT Associate, and also provides design and publishing support. He also serves as a web developer for a number of Forest Trends' partners, including the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and Ecoagriculture Partners. Ben graduated from Reed College in 2004 with a History degree.

Susan Dobbertin - Senior Administrative Associate

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Susan joined the administrative team at Forest Trends in July 2008. Prior to joining Forest Trends, Susan's experience with wildlife management and invasive species include internships and biological technician positions with the Central Pine Barrens Commission, the Nature Conservancy, Fire Island National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the SCA. She studied conservation biology at Warren Wilson College and graduated with honors in 2005 with a BS in Biology and Environmental Studies.

Stephen Donofrio - Senior Advisor to Supply Change

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Stephen is Senior Advisor to Supply Change, an initiative of Forest Trends that enables users to track progress toward private sector commitments to remove deforestation from commodity supply chains, where he is responsible for overall initiative strategy development, relationship creation, management of partners and collaborators, stakeholder coordination, corporate engagement, public speaking, and report writing. In addition, Stephen is Principal & Founder of Greenpoint Innovations, a purposed-based company that integrates innovative technologies, the arts, and in-depth subject-matter expertise to contribute to a sustainable, resilient, and prosperous future. Previously, Stephen was Vice President of CDP North America (Carbon Disclosure Project) - where he managed the region's corporate disclosure program, partnerships and innovation, and CDP Canada. Stephen was earlier Economist at Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) - where he administered the Offsets Program, managed member and partner accounts, and provided research and analysis of environmental markets, regulations, policies, and programs.

Rupert Edwards - Senior Finance and Carbon Advisor, Public Private Co-Finance Initiative

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Rupert Edwards is Senior Advisor, Public Private Finance Initiative. He provides thought leadership on topics related to REDD+, climate finance and investment, carbon markets, and valuing environmental benefits. He was formerly a Managing Director of Climate Change Capital (2004-11), where roles included Head of Portfolio Management, Carbon Finance, and where he invested in low- carbon projects in developing countries on behalf of major institutional investor clients. From 1988 to 2002, he worked in financial markets for US bank JPMorgan, including as Head of European Government Bond trading. Rupert has also acted as a consultant to the World Bank, and has authored and contributed to a number of papers on topics such as investment and climate change. He is often invited to participate as an expert on environmental finance issues, including with the US State Department, UK government, OECD, United Nations and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, as well as with government ministries in forest countries such as Brazil and Peru and with other NGOs. Rupert has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London and an MA in History from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Melissa Gallant - Associate, Ecosystem Marketplace

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Melissa Gallant is an Associate with Ecosystem Marketplace, where she contributes to tracking markets and producing reports on areas including carbon, forestry, water, biodiversity, agriculture and market-based financial mechanisms. Prior to joining Forest Trends, she worked at Columbia University's Earth Institute and Tetra Tech's International Development Services division on environment-related international development projects. She has lived overseas for several years, spending time in China, Belgium and Uganda, and speaks Mandarin and conversational French. She holds an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a BA from Wellesley College.

Gena Gammie - Associate Director, Water Initiative

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Gena Gammie is Associate Director of Forest Trends' Water Initiative, which aims to scale up incentives and other economic tools that recognize the value of nature and upstream communities in assuring secure, safe water. In this role Gena works collaboratively with civil society, government, and professional associations to systematically address barriers to realizing effective watershed investments and leads Forest Trends' work on analyses and tools for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of green infrastructure, with the aim of promoting performance-based investments in green infrastructure by mainstream water resources managers. Gena brings to this role experience on forest carbon project development and analysis in Forest Trends' Katoomba Incubator, climate policy analysis with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and strategic communication at McKinsey & Company's Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice. Gena holds an MSc with Distinction in Environmental Policy & Regulation from the London School of Economics, where her dissertation focused on multi-stakeholder platforms for cooperative water resources management.

Kelley Hamrick - Senior Associate, Ecosystem Marketplace

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Kelley is a Senior Associate at Ecosystem Marketplace. She was the lead analyst and author of the State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2015 report and has contributed to both the State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets and State of the Forest Carbon Markets reports in years past. Concurrently, Kelley manages the annual contract with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves' Results Reports, from survey conception to final analysis and writing. Other contributions include a case study to the REDD+ Partnership report on forestry public-private partnerships; analytical and content support to the voluntary forest carbon market projections for the REDD Desk's Market Analysis tool; and analysis of the North American voluntary and compliance carbon markets, presented at this year's Navigating the American Carbon World conference.

Prior to joining Forest Trends, Kelley has interned at the U.S. Embassy Copenhagen's Environment, Science, Technology and Health Regional Hub, the U.S. Department of State's Office of Environment and Conservation, and the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Frank Hicks - Senior Advisor

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Frank Hicks is a Senior Advisor at Forest Trends. In this role, Frank is responsible for providing strategic advice to several Forest Trends initiatives, notably for the Water Initiative in Mexico, Peru, Ghana, and for potential expansion into other parts of Africa, the Coastal and Marine Initiative in Mexico and the Maldives, and the Communities Initiative in Peru. Frank also works as a consultant for a number of other sustainable development and conservation organizations and impact investors. Previously Frank worked with Bio-Logical Capital and prior to that he was the Director of the Business Development Facility at Forest Trends. He has also worked as the Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Rainforest Alliance and as a Vice President with Organic Commodity Products, an organic chocolate company, both based in San José, Costa Rica. Before that Frank was a Program Manager for TechnoServe in Ghana, the Regional Representative based in the Philippines for the Biodiversity Conservation Network and a Program Officer with the Ford Foundation based in Nigeria and New York City. Frank is also a former board member of Root Capital and EcoEnterprises Fund and currently serves as a member of EcoEnterprises Fund's impact committee.  In addition, he is on several technical working groups of the Climate Bond Initiative. Frank earned a master's degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, with a focus on international development, and a bachelor's degree from Stanford University in Human Biology.

Kerry ten Kate - Director, Business and Biodiversity Offset Program

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Kerry ten Kate directs Forest Trends' Biodiversity Initiative and is also the Director of the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP): a consortium of over 70 companies, banks, government agencies and NGOs working for no net loss of biodiversity in the context of development projects.  Formerly a barrister practising in London, Kerry served on the Secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 (the "Rio Earth Summit") then founded the consultancy Environmental Strategies.  She was Director of Investor Responsibility at asset manager Insight Investment and policy adviser and head of the CBD Unit at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kerry has written over 100 articles for publications including Science and International Affairs, broadcast for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, and is a member of the UK's Natural Capital Committee.  She's a member of IUCN's Species Survival Commission, a Conservation Fellow at the Zoological Society of London and a member of the Aldersgate Group.

Jonathan Leonard - Associate, Ecosystem Marketplace

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Jonathan Leonard is an Associate with the Supply Change project which tracks corporate commitments to reduce deforestation in their supply chains. As a primary researcher and current events monitor he analyzes trends and developments in soft commodity markets; tweaking the platform to provide the most useful information to businesses, NGOs, and financial institutions seeking to stem deforestation. Jonathan comes to Forest Trends with a background in natural resource security from The New School and a life goal of mitigating the social and environmental impacts of commodity development projects.

Patrick Maguire - Program Manager, Business and Biodiversity Offset Program

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Patrick is the Program Manager of Forest Trends' Business and Biodiversity Offset Program (BBOP). Patrick has ten years of experience managing diverse international conservation and development programs. Previous work included managing community forestry-based enterprises in Nepal for the World Wildlife Fund; helping to establish the Conservation Finance Alliance and overseeing the development of a guide on innovative conservation financing while at The Nature Conservancy; and serving as a consultant to USAID's Biodiversity and Forestry Team with Chemonics Inc. Patrick received his Master of International Relations and Resource and Environmental Management from Boston University. As BBOP Program Manager, Patrick's responsibilities include coordinating the work of the BBOP Secretariat, liaising with pilot projects, helping develop biodiversity offset methodologies and the BBOP toolkit, developing funding proposals, budget management, and coordinating program meetings.

Deborah L. McKay - Director of Operations

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Deborah is Director of Operations at Forest Trends. She manages the grants administration process, is responsible for drafting and approving contracts and agreements that define consultant and  partner organizational relationships. She supports the organization's donor outreach and fundraising efforts, and contributes to major grants management activities. Deborah  is also responsible for HR functions and is Assistant Secretary to the FT Board of Directors . Prior to joining Forest Trends, Deborah worked for the World Bank in the office of the Executive Director representing Italy, Portugal, Malta, and Albania. She managed stores for The Timberland Company and ran a commercial department for United Colors of Benetton in Washington, D.C. She speaks Portuguese and Italian fluently, and Spanish and French proficiently. Deborah holds a BA History from the University of São Paulo, in São Paulo, Brazil.

Marigold Norman - Senior Advisor, Forest Policy, Trade, and Initiative

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Marigold Norman is a Senior Advisor to the Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance Program providing strategic advice and support to the Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange (TREE), an initiative seeking to enable robust and consistent enforcement of demand-side timber regulations.

Marigold has ten years of experience in environment and development issues, including working as Policy Lead for the UK's timber procurement policy and efforts to promote forest governance reform at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Most recently, Marigold has led research on REDD+, agriculture and land use finance effectiveness at the Oversees Development Institute. Through this work, Marigold has advised and published reports on the state of agriculture and forest finance for the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation and the UNFCCC's Standing Committee on Finance. She has also led UNREDD and UNEP Finance Initiative research seeking to demystify private REDD+ finance. More recently, Marigold has advised the UK and UNDP on how they can more effectively work with national governments across Africa to incentivize private finance for climate compatible agriculture development.

Marigold has also worked extensively with national governments and stakeholders in key tropical forest countries including through establishing Forest Trends' REDDX initiative to follow REDD+ finance from pledge to expenditure on the ground. Marigold holds an MSc in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA from the University of Cambridge.

Jacob Olander - Director, Katoomba Incubator

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Jacob has lived and worked in Latin America since for 20 years developing initiatives aiming to create economic benefits for communities, businesses and organizations engaged in biodiversity conservation. In 1995 he co-founded EcoDecisión, a firm specializing in conservation finance and payment for ecosystem services. Based in Quito, Ecuador, Jacob manages the Katoomba Incubator. The Incubator mobilizes targeted technical, business, financial, and marketing support to promising PES projects with strong community and biodiversity benefits.

Dang Viet Quang - Program Analyst, Forest Policy, Trade, and Initiative

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Dang Viet Quang is a native of Vietnam. He focuses on forest production, timber trade flows, legal frameworks, and many other issues as they relate to the REDD+ and FLEGT VPA initiatives.
He has a PhD from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. His PhD dissertation focused on the relationship between humankind and the natural environment.

Nguyen Vinh Quang - Program Analyst, Forest Policy, Trade, and Initiative

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Quang joined Forest Trends in July 2013 as a Program Analyst for the Forest Trade and Finance Program. He is based in Vietnam where he focuses on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, sustainable forest management, and enhancement and maintenance of carbon stocks (REDD+), and Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES). Most recently Quang worked for the REDD+ Program of the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) in Vietnam, focusing on integration of multiple benefits into REDD+. He also has extensive experience working on climate change, natural (forest) resource management and conservation, forest policy and tenure. Quang holds a Ph.D in Forest Sciences from Kyushu University in Japan (2008), an M.Sc. in Social Development from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines (2003), and a BA in Business Administration from Hanoi National Economics University in Vietnam (1997).

Max Rahimi - System Administrator

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Max supports Forest Trends' IT infrastructure. He is responsible for effective provisioning, installation/configuration, operation, and maintenance of systems hardware and software and related infrastructure.  Prior to working at Forest Trends, Max was a Systems Support Specialist at Sirius XM Satellite Radio in Washington, D.C.

Michael Richards - Natural Resources Economist

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Michael is a natural resources economist with over 35 years research and development experience in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Based in the UK, his work for Forest Trends since 2007 has included supporting the development of community level carbon projects, developing an impact assessment methodology for multiple-benefit carbon projects, and leading an applied research study on the livelihood impacts of proposed national forest law enforcement and governance programs. His previous experience includes 8 years as a Research Fellow with the UK Overseas Development Institute, and long-term assignments in Ghana, Honduras, Malawi, Mexico and Sri Lanka working in smallholder agriculture, forestry and rural development. He has worked extensively on policy, institutional and methodology issues around payments for ecosystem services, community forestry and sustainable forestry management. He has a PhD from the University of Glamorgan, an MSc in Agricultural Economics from London University, and a BA in Land Economy from Cambridge University. 

Philip Rothrock - Associate, Ecosystem Marketplace

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Philip is a Program Associate with Forest Trends' Supply Change project where he researches corporate sustainability commitments on commodity driven deforestation, and contributes to project analysis, newsletters and reports. Previously, he has researched palm oil supply chain sustainability with the Zoological Society of London in Indonesia and with the Gibbs Land Use and Environment Lab in Madison, Wisconsin. Philip has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Dickinson College and a Master's in Environmental Conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jade Saunders - Senior Policy Analyst, Forest Trade and Finance Program

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Jade Saunders is currently a Senior Policy Analyst at Forest Trends. She has been an Associate Fellow of the Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House since 2002, working extensively on forest governance. Between 2007 and 2010 she was a policy analyst in the European Forestry Institute's (EFI) FLEGT Facility, responsible for policy analysis and strategic advice and support on governance and trade matters to the European Commission in the negotiation and implementation of FLEGT VPAs (a series of bilateral trade/aid agreements between the EU and timber-producing developing countries). Jade has also worked on environment, development and trade issues in a number of other sectors including global textile supply chains, natural resources and conflict, marine governance, the trade in illegal ozone-depleting substances, sustainable tourism in least developed states and climate change. She has degrees in international history and politics (BA, University of Leeds), and social anthropology (MSc, University College London).

Brian Schaap - Program Manager, Public-Private Finance Initiative

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Brian is Program Manager of the Public-Private Finance Initiative, working with a wide range of investors and institutions to design innovative financial structures for enhancing investment in conservation. Prior to this, Brian was a Senior Associate with the Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance Program, working primarily with African and Asian country partners to identify and report international and national REDD+ financing arrangements, and supporting enforcement of timber import legality statutes in the USA, Europe, and Australia through Forest Trends’ Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange (TREE) Initiative. As a graduate student at the University of Michigan prior to joining Forest Trends, Brian’s thesis research investigated the national-level policies and localized impacts of the REDD+ pilot process in Tanzania, relying on interviews with forest dependent communities, national government officials, and international donors. Before beginning his graduate studies, Brian worked for an international relief and development organization as an agricultural project technician in rural Tanzania, and also as an AmeriCorps service worker assisting refugees recently resettled to the United States.

Lina Scott - Administrative Associate, Forest Policy, Trade, and Initiative

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As an Administrative Associate, Lina helps manage Forest Trade and Finance's many contracts, edits publications and reports, and provides event planning support. Prior to joining Forest Trends, she worked for several non-profits in the D.C. area. Most recently, she worked for the Alice Ferguson Foundation as a program assistant for the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in English and also minored in Environmental Science.

Gustavo A. Silva-Chávez - Program Manager, Program Analyst, Forest Policy, Trade, and Initiative

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Gustavo A. Silva-Chávez is Program Manager of Forest Trade and Finance Program's REDD+ Expenditure Tracking Initiative (REDDX). He has spent over a decade working on international climate change issues related to the UN Climate negotiations, including efforts to create a post-2020 global climate regime. He has also worked on US climate legislation at the federal and state level. His main areas of expertise are forest issues, including REDD, land use change, and agricultural policies, including commodity roundtables. Gustavo has also worked on domestic greenhouse gas activities, including the federal 1605(b) voluntary greenhouse gas reporting program, and corporate greenhouse gas accounting and reporting for the private sector. Prior to coming to Forest Trends, Gustavo worked at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) for over 11 years, where he was a climate and forests specialist and the REDD+ project manager in the international climate program. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1998 with a BA in political science and a minor in economics, and in 2000 received an MPP in international climate policy.

Xiufang Sun - Senior Policy Analyst, Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative

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Xiufang works with Forest Trends as an Analyst, based out of Beijing, China. She holds an MS in Forest Products Marketing and Management from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an MA of Engineering in Management from Jilin University of Technology in Changchun, Jilin Province in China. Most recently Xiufang held the position of Agricultural Specialist in the Agricultural Affairs Office (USDA/FAS) in the United States Embassy in Beijing. Her responsibilities included market analysis reporting for China's forestry and forest products, tracking market and policy changes for other commodities assigned, facilitating negotiations between the U.S. and Chinese officials for trade conflicts in the agricultural sector (including forest products)and serving as interpreter for such negotiations when needed. In addition, Xiufang has worked as a consultant to the WWF China Program. She has prepared and delivered numerous presentations on hardwood use in China's furniture industry and on potentials for exporting forest products in China. Her research has been published in various publications including the Journal of Forestry and the Forest Products Journal.

David Tepper - Director, Public-Private Co-Finance Initiative

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David Tepper is the Director of the Public-Private Co-Finance Initiative. David started his career at Merrill Lynch where he spent twelve years working on corporate finance and acquisition transactions in Europe and the US.  He now is one of the leading investors in the carbon markets and was responsible for the carbon finance team that managed over $1billion for Climate Change Capital from 2005 to 2007 and during that time invested over $800m in carbon reduction projects. Over the last few years he has been focused on using carbon finance to accelerate land restoration, conservation and sustainable land use around the world. David  is an expert on structuring private sector finance with emerging climate change regulatory and voluntary markets. He advises governments, multi-laterals project developers, and private investors on the design of terrestrial carbon finance opportunities. David is developing public private sector mechanisms and financial architecture in the emerging REDD markets and is also the Managing Partner of The Earth Partners www.theearthpartners.com, a North American-based ecological developer, using carbon finance to facilitate landscape-level restoration.  The Earth Partners has developed a soil quantification methodology and has been testing the method and its applications on low carbon farming and land restoration projects at the landscape level on a number of projects around the world. David also advises billionaire family offices on investment opportunties in  sustainable land use and carbon markets.

Anne Thiel - Communications Manager

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Anne supports Forest Trends' internal and external communications activities. She returned to Forest Trends in 2010 in the capacity of Communications Associate, a position she also held from 2003 to 2005. From 2006 to 2009 Anne worked with Sustainable Finance Ltd., where she managed the company's US operations. Prior to joining Forest Trends in 2003, Anne worked at the World Resources Institute as executive assistant, development coordinator, and project management associate. Anne holds a Ph.D. in German Studies from Georgetown University.


Phuc Xuan To - Senior Policy Analyst, Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative

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Phuc is the Southeast Asia Analyst for the Forest Trade and Finance Program, based in Hanoi, Vietnam. He received his doctoral degree in Geography at Humboldt University in Berlin in 2007, where he also worked as a junior researcher at the Junior Research Group on Post-socialist Land Relations. His dissertation examines the political economy of the forest sector in Vietnam, with particular attention given to the dynamics of access and control over forestland and forest resources. From 2007 to 2009, Phuc was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Anthropology Department at the University of Toronto, where he was involved in a research project entitled "The Challenges of Agrarian Transitions in Southeast Asia" (ChATSEA). Currently, in addition to his work with Forest Trends, Phuc continues to work with ChATSEA and serves as a Research Fellow at the Asia Institute at the University of Toronto.

Amrei von Hase - Science Coordinator, Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme

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Amrei is an ecologist with specific expertise in landscape and conservation planning, impact assessment, biodiversity management, and best practice in biodiversity offsetting. Her current position is as Scientific Advisor for Forest Trends' Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme, where she has been leading the development of best practice guidance on biodiversity management and offset design based on experience with private and public sector projects and partnerships across the world (including in Africa, East Asia, Latin America, and Europe). This work also includes close engagement with environmental and social safeguard policies and performance standards in the finance sector (e.g., International Finance Corporation, Equator Banks).

Amrei has a Doctorate in Ecology and Conservation Biology (University of Cape Town). She has worked with the Botanical Society of South Africa and as an independent environmental consultant, providing scientific and biodiversity planning and conservation expertise, and managing projects for various clients in the non-governmental and government sector in South Africa.

Nikia Wilson - Senior Accountant

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Nikia is the Senior Accountant for Forest Trends that works with our diverse program team for our contract/ grant financial reporting needs, assisting with complex audit requirements and other accounting procedures. With over ten years of accounting experience which includes budgeting, financial analysis and business management, her background spans both corporate and non-profit organizations. She has worked with the Washington, D.C. non-profit, American Rivers and more recently was the Senior Accountant for a subsidiary of JP Morgan Chase. She has worked under grants and contracts with agencies such as the Department of Environmental Protection, The World Bank (U.S. and abroad) and IMF. She holds a Bachelors' of Science degree in Accounting and obtaining her Masters' degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. 

Steve Zwick - Editor, Ecosystem Marketplace

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Steve Zwick is the Managing Editor of the Ecosystem Marketplace. Before joining the Ecosystem Marketplace, Steve was a contributing writer to the site, as well as to several other magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. He also hosts the current affairs program Newslink on Deutsche Welle Radio, and has been short-listed twice for the World Leadership Forum's Business Journalist of the Year Award. He attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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