Ewald Rametsteiner
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Ewald Rametsteiner currently heads the Forest Governance Team of FAO’s Forestry Department and leads FAO’s C&I project. With regard to C&I for SFM, he was member of FAO’s Advisory Group on Forest Resources Assessments advising on FRA 2005 and 2010 and a coordinating lead author of FAO FRA 2010 and FAO’s State of the World’s Forests 2014. He led the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Monitoring Sustainable Forest Management (2005-2009) as well as the first revision of the C&I for SFM of FOREST EUROPE (2001-2003). Ewald Rametsteiner holds a PhD on forest policy and economics from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna, Austria.


Thang Hooi Chiew

Thang Hooi Chiew is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Malaysian Timber Council and a Member of the Governing Council of the Commonwealth Forestry Association, UK. He was a member of the Expert Panel of the EU FAO FLEGT Program in 2013 and 2014.   He was appointed by ITTO from February 2008 to April 2011 as the Regional Coordinator for Asia to oversee the Asian component of Phase I of the ITTO-CITES Program which was jointly implemented with the CITES Secretariat; and was reappointed again by ITTO in April 2012 to oversee the Phase II of the Program on “CITES Implementation for Tree Species and Trade/Market Transparency (TMT)”.

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He has undertaken a number of consultancies for the German International Co-operation including the development of the “ASEAN Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Management of Tropical Forests, 2007”; the “Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting Format for Sustainable Forest Management in ASEAN, 2007”; the “Linkages Between the ASEAN Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Management of Tropical Forests and the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (IPF)/Intergovernmental Forum on Forests (IFF) Proposals for Action”; and the Manual for Assessing Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) Implementation in ASEAN Member States, as well as the Chairperson of the “ASEAN Regional Knowledge Network on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG)” from 2008-2010. In April 2005 Thang Hooi Chiew retired from the Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia, as the Deputy Director-General of Forestry.






Bharati Pathak
General Secretary of FECOFUN

Bharati Pathak is the General Secretary of the Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN). Ms Pathak was born in the rural village of Makawanpur in Namtar Village Development Committee Ward No 9, Gopirang. She was involved in community forestry and women empowerment since her student life. Ms Pathak holds a Masters Degree in Rural Development. She is also a founding chairperson of a women empowerment NGO called ASHMITA Nepal.  Currently she undertakes the crucial role of organizational development, policy advocacy, multi stakeholders dialogue and networking in FECOFUN.


Dato 'Nor Akhirrudin Mahmud
Deputy Director General of Forestry (Policy and Planning)
Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia

Dato 'Nor Akhirrudin Mahmud graduated from University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Kuala Lumpur with BSc (Forestry) in 1982 and joined the Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia the same year. His first posting was as Technical Corporation Officer at the Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia Headquarters, Kuala Lumpur. Since then, he had resumed several positions at the Federal and State Level in Peninsular Malaysia as officers, and also as the State Director of Forestry for the state of Selangor and Terengganu. In 1996, he obtained his Master of Forestry form University of New Brunswick, Canada focusing in the field of GIS and Remote Sensing application in forest management practices.


Vu Tan Phuong
Viet Nam Academy of Forest Sciences

Dr Vu Tan Phuong has been working for Viet Nam Academy of Forest Sciences since 1994. He obtained his university degree in 1994, a master of forestry in 2002 from Viet Nam Forestry University and PhD from Viet Nam Academy of Forest Sciences in 2012. Dr. Phuong has had a long career in forest environment research. Much of his work has been dedicated to environmental impacts assessment, forest biomass and carbon stock estimation, GHG accounting in LULUCF and climate change. Currently, Dr Phuong is a Director of Postgraduate Training and International Cooperation Department of VAFS and is a Coordinator of a Technical Working Team to promote the development of the Vietnam Forest Certification Scheme. He is also a member of National Working Team to prepare the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions for Viet Nam.


Maria Palenova
All-Russian Research Institute for Silviculture and Mechanization of Forestry

Maria Palenova is Head of the International Support Sector of the Department of Analytical Research of Forest Management and Forest Use, All-Russian Research Institute for Silviculture and Mechanization of Forestry (VNIILM). From 2008-2009 and 2014-2015 she was Head of the Working Group on Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests ("Montreal Process"). Maria Palenova gained a PhD of Biological Science (Ecology) at Moscow State Pedagogical University. She joined the All-Russian Research Institute for Silviculture and Mechanization of Forestry (VNIILM) in 2003. Maria has been involved in the preparation of  annual reports of the state of forest resources of the Russian Federation, Russian Federation's National report on Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Forest Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests – Montreal process (2003, 2008, 2009), 1st National Report “The state of forest genetic resources of the Russian Federation” (2012)






Aimi Lee Abdullah
European Forest Institute

Aimi Lee Abdullah has worked at the Kuala Lumpur/Asia office of the European Forest Institute FLEGT Facility since its inception in October 2009. For the past five years, she has been involved in communicating and disseminating information (in Southeast Asia, as well as China and  India) focusing on issues pertinent to the effective implementation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan, and in particular the VPA processes in the region. This includes information on the EU Timber Regulation on due diligence, and other market and legislative requirements of key consumer countries, and how regional trade can meet these requirements. Prior to joining the EFI FLEGT Facility, she worked at the Malaysian Timber Council, after retiring from the civil service.


Tomasz Juszczak
United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat

Tomasz Juszczak graduated in 1999 from University of Life Sciences in Poznan (Poland) with a Master Degree in Forest Ecology. Since that time he has worked on forest related issues, including monitoring and assessment, governance, forest and water interactions;
Mr. Juszczak has occupied posts  in various national and international organizations including Forest Europe, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Currently he is working for the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat (UNFFS) based in New York where, inter alia, he is responsible for “Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting” on forests.


Filiberto A. Pollisco Jr.
ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

Filiberto Pollisco is Policy & Programme Development Specialist in the Program Development & Implementation Unit, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity. He has worked as an Assistant Director / Supervising Science Research Specialist for the Agricultural Resources Management Research Division, PCARRD, Department of Science and Technology, Philippines and as a consultant in various projects in EIA and development projects in protected areas, coastal zones / mangrove ecosystems, ecotourism and watershed management.  He has a PhD in Forestry, University of the Philippines, Los Banos.  Related website: Biodiversity Indicators Partnership


Ir. Basoeki Karyaatmadja
Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia

Ir. Basoeki Karyaatmadja is Senior Advisor to the Minister for Forest Security Affairs,  Ministry of Environment and Forestry, in Indonesia.  He has a Master of Science (M.Sc), Forest Resources Economic, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA and a degree of Engineer (Ir.), Forestry, Bogor Agricultural Institute, Bogor, Indonesia.

Related website: Indonesian C&I for SFM http://www.dephut.go.id/





Rowena Soriaga
Environmental Science for Social Change

Rowena Soriaga has been working with natural resource management and rural development concerns over the past 21 years, mainly through the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) and Asia Forest Network (AFN).  In ESSC, she has been involved in the design and implementation of projects focused on community forest management, assisted natural regeneration, ecosystem services, watershed integration, disaster risk reduction, and youth capacity building. She currently serves ESSC as Program Development Specialist and Adviser to AFN where she is contributing to a regional study on forests and droughts. Her academic background is in business economics and development management.


Dennis Neilson

Dennis Neilson is Director of DANA Limited; a New Zealand based international forest industry advisory, publication, conference and industry tour organising/hosting company. He spent 25 years working for a major forest products firm Fletcher Challenge in forest land acquisition, management, harvest, transportation and shipping, wood marketing and forest finance roles before founding DANA in 1992.  DANA closely follows developments, trends and transactions in the forest investment industry and has authored/co-authored several multi-client reviews.  Dennis Neilson has a BForSci degree in Forest Management from University of Canterbury (1972); and a Masters in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University (USA) in 1978.

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DANA Website -- www.dana.co.nz
2012 International Tree Farm Economics Review: Co-authored by Dennis Neilson, published by RISI -- http://www.risiinfo.com/risi-store/do/product/detail/2012-global-tree-farm-economics-review.html
2014 International Timberlands  Ownership Database Review: Co-authored by Dennis Neilson, published by RISI  -- http://www.dana.co.nz/data/pubbr_62.pdf
2015 South East Asian Regional Timber Supply and Market Outlook:  Published by RISI -- http://www.risiinfo.com/risi-store/do/product/detail/2015-southeast-asia-timber-study.html?source=PR2015
2015 International Pulpwood Trade Review: Co-authored by Dennis Neilson, published by RISI  -- www.risi.com/IPTR15
2015 International Timberland Investment Conference in New York:  Co-organised by DANA -- http://events.risiinfo.com/investment-conference/
DANA Wellington New Zealand Forest Industry Sector Conference in August 2015 -- http://dananz2015.com/
Melbourne Australia Forest Industry Sector Review in August 2015 -- http://danamelbourne2015.com/
Africa Timberland Investment Conference in Durban South Africa in September 2015 -- http://dana.longviewafrica.com/
Latin America Timberland Investment Conference  in Rio de Janeiro in October 2015 -- http://danariotimberland2015.com/
World Forestry Centre Global Log Trade Conference in Portland OR, USA in December 2015 --  http://logtradetrends.worldforestry.org/


Isabelita Austria
Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines

Isabelita V. Austria is the Chief of the Community Forestry Section in the Forest Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines. She is a graduate of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines, Los Baňos. She served as the country’s ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) Leader from 2011 to 2014. She facilitated the development of local-level system of monitoring market information for social forestry products in Atimonan, Quezon - with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations; criteria and indicators for the model forest in Ulot watershed in Samar- with support from the Regional Model Forest Network (RMFN) - Asia ; and monitoring of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management by Communities in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya- with support from the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). 


David Gritten
Senior Program Officer, Capacity Development and Technical Services Unit and Coordinator of Research and Analysis at RECOFTC  

David Gritten (D.Sc. Agriculture and Forestry) has over 15 years of experience working for development (Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in China), research (in China, Finland and Spain) and capacity development organisations (RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests). He is currently Senior Program Officer, Capacity Development and Technical Services Unit and Coordinator of Research and Analysis at RECOFTC. David’s work focuses on developing the capacity of community forestry stakeholders to ensure that forest peoples are able to sustainably manage the forests around them, this includes them making an equitable living from these forests. Publications: Fundamentals of viable community forestry business models, Predicting future conflict under REDD+ implementation


Siti Syaliza Mustapha
MTCC Forest Manager

Siti is responsible for the implementation of the forest management standards under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS). Prior to joining MTCC, Siti served as the Director of Public and Corporate Affairs at the Malaysian Timber Council. She has served as a member of the national standard development committees and played several roles in the negotiation between the European Union and Malaysia for a Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) from 2006-2012, particularly in the development of Malaysia’s Timber Legality Assurance System as well as the national coordinator for the Malaysia-EU Capacity Building Programme (2010-2012). She has served as the Chairman of the ITTO Technical Committee on Economic Information and Market Intelligence, a member of the Expert Panel in the development of ITTO/IUCN Guidelines for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in tropical timber production forests as well as a member of the ITTO Expert Panel on Technical Appraisal of Project Proposals (2012-2014).


Christian Sloth
NEPCon Forest Legality Programme Manager

Drawing on more than 10 years of international experience, Christian leads NEPCon’s efforts to provide business solutions for responsible sourcing and supply chain management on par with new legislation and market requirements.  Christian manages NEPCon’s legality programme and is responsible for developing standards and procedures for providing services related to timber legality and responsible sourcing of timber and paper products. He has worked in many regions of the world and spent 8 years based in Southeast Asia working with forestry and forest certification. Christian joined NEPCon in 2011. Website www.nepcon.net


last updated:  Wednesday, June 3, 2015