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Tasso Azevedo

Forest and Climate Change Consultant/Social Entrepreneur/Former Director General of the Brazilian Forest Service

Tasso Azevedo was founder and Director of Imaflora (the largest sustainable forest and agriculture certifier in Latin America), Director of the National Forest Program at the Ministry of Environment, Secretary General of the National Forest Commission and First Chief & Director General of the Brazilian Forest Service.

Alessandro Baccini

Assistant Scientist, Woods Hole Research Institute

Alessandro Baccini is a remote sensing scientist whose interests focus on the use of satellite data for the monitoring of forest carbon, land cover, land cover change and the effects of environmental change on the terrestrial carbon cycle at the regional and global scale.

Mary Barton-Dock

Director, Climate Policy and Finance, World Bank

Mary Barton-Dock oversees the Bank's environment and climate change strategies, particularly for mainstreaming environmental objectives and climate actions in lending and non-lending operations. She provides leadership to the global environment agenda both internally within the Bank and externally with key stakeholders.

Juergen Blaser

Professor for International Forestry and Climate Change at the Bern University of Applied Sciences – School of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences

Juergen Blaser has worked in natural resource management since 1981. He co-authored ITTO's Guidelines for Forest Restoration (2003), the revised Criteria and Indicators (2005) and the revision of the Guidelines on Sustainable Forest Management in 2012. He was one of the lead authors of the State of Tropical Forest Management Reports of 2006 and 2011.

Deborah Bossio

Soils Research Area Director, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Deborah Bossio has a solid background in soil science (with emphasis on soil fertility, sustainable agriculture, soil ecology, nutrient cycling and soil carbon dynamics), a keen interest in ecosystem services and agriculture's environmental impacts and a clear understanding of the close links between soil and water management.

Doug Boucher

Director of Climate Research and Analysis, Union of Concerned Scientists

Doug Boucher coordinates the work of scientists, economists and other analysts in the Climate and Energy Program. The Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative, which he directs, works with governments, businesses and consumers to reduce tropical deforestation and the global warming pollution associated with land use.

Hans Brattskar

Director General and Special Envoy for Climate Change, Ministry of the Environment, Norway

Hans Brattskar has extensive experience in international relations and development cooperation. He has served as Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka; Special Advisor for Peace Building Operations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Minister Counselor and Security Council Coordinator at the Norwegian Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Sandra Brown

Director and Chief Scientist, Ecosystem Services Unit, Winrock International

Sandra Brown is a specialist in the role of land use and land cover change in the global carbon cycle and climate change, the impacts of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems and the present and potential role of terrestrial ecosystems for mitigation of climate change.

Herman Humberto Rosa Chavez

Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador

Herman Humberto Rosa Chavez studied electrical and electronic engineering at the Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh, Scotland; obtained a degree in economics from the Jose Simeon Cañas Central American University (UCA) in El Salvador; and earned a Master's degree in political economy from the National University of Costa Rica (UNA). Former appointments include serving as Director of PRISMA.

Stephen Crooks

Director, Climate Change Services ESA PWA, Co-Chair International Blue Carbon Working Group

Steve Crooks is a wetland scientist, restoration practitioner and geomorphologist specialising in coastal wetland systems and their response to human impacts and climate change. He is a member of the IPCC National Guidelines for GHG Inventories Wetlands Supplement Working Group and the Verified Carbon Standard Wetlands Technical Working Group.

Tim Christophersen

Senior Programme Officer, Forests and Climate Change, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Tim Christophersen is a forest engineer and coordinates the work of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on forests and climate change, and UNEP's activities within the UN-REDD Programme. He has published extensively on issues related to forest biodiversity and sustainable forest management, including forest financing.

Simon Eggleston

Head, Technical Support Unit, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme

Simon Eggleston managed the production of the IPCC 2006 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. Earlier, Simon developed and managed the UK's National Atmospheric Emission Inventory (NAEI) for 15 years, covering emissions of local and regional air pollutants, as well as greenhouse gases.

Jane Feehan

Natural Resources Specialist, European Investment Bank

Jane Feehan, a biologist and forest engineer by training, works on the Bank's operations in the forestry, fisheries and rural development sectors, both within and outside Europe. Through loans, direct investment and funds, EIB finances both public and private sector activities in afforestation and reforestation, forest rehabilitation and protection, and forest industries.

Phil Franks

Coordinator, Poverty Environment and Climate Change Network for CARE International

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Phil Franks has previously lived in Malawi, Uganda and Nigeria, working with environment-related programmes in all four countries. His key areas of expertise are forest management and conservation, social safeguards on REDD, and climate change and development.

Rebecca Garcia

Congresswoman for the State of the Amazonas at the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil

In addition to her role as a Congresswoman, Rebecca Garcia is the Vice-Leader of the Federal Government in the Chamber of Deputies, Vice-Chair of the Environment and Sustainable Development Commission and a member of the Permanent Mixed Commission on Climate Change. She is the author of the REDD+ Law Project presently under consideration by the Chamber of Deputies.

Barry Gardiner

Vice-President of GLOBE International, Member of Parliament from the UK

Barry Gardiner has been the Member of Parliament for Brent North since 1997. He held a number of ministerial posts between 2004 and 2010, serving as the country's first Minister for Biodiversity. He was later appointed as the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Forestry.

Michael Hailu

Director, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

An Ethiopian national, Michael Hailu has over 25 years of professional experience working in Africa and Asia in communications and knowledge management in agriculture and related areas. Prior to joining CTA, he worked as Director of Information for the Center for International Forestry Research in Indonesia.

Nancy Harris

Senior Program Associate, Ecosystem Services Unit, Winrock International

Nancy Harris is a carbon specialist with over seven years of experience in climate change and land use and is an expert in the analysis and assessment of changes in carbon stocks and flows in the land use and forestry sector. She has provided technical assistance on carbon sequestration and emission avoidance projects, and helped develop the Voluntary Carbon Standard for avoided emissions projects.

Martin Herold

Professor, Laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing, Wageningen University

In addition to his role at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Martin Herold is a Senior Associate with CIFOR. His research focuses on large area land and forest monitoring and assessments, including approaches to measurement, reporting and verification related to REDD+.

Rosana Higa

Researcher, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)

Rosana Higa has 12 years of experience in climate change research and is currently a researcher at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa). She holds a Ph.D. in Forestry from Paraná Federal University.

Peter Holmgren

Director General, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Prior to becoming CIFOR's Director General in September 2012, Peter Holmgren led the Climate, Energy and Tenure division at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). At FAO, he took the lead in setting up the UN-REDD programme and coordinated FAO's preparations for Rio+20.

Wu Hongbo

Under-Secretary-General for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Mr. Wu Hongbo was appointed Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs on 1 August 2012. Prior to this, since 2009, Mr. Wu served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Federal Republic of Germany. His prior diplomatic postings also included Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

Joseph Ipalaka

Member of the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Member of GLOBE DRC

Joseph Ipalaka currently sits in the Environment and Natural Resources Commission and was previously Chair of the International Affairs Commission. He has formerly acted as Director of the Permanent Inventory and Forest Management Service and Secretary General of Environment, Conservation of Nature, Water and Forests at the Ministry of Environment.

Naoko Ishii

Chief Executive Officer, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Prior to joining the GEF, Naoko Ishii was Deputy Vice Minister of Finance for Japan, where she was responsible for international financial and development policies, as well as its global policy for issues such as climate change and biodiversity. She has also served with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and previously taught sustainable development and environment at Keio University.

Bianca Jagger

Ambassador, Plant a Pledge Campaign

Bianca Jagger is Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador and Member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council of Amnesty International. For over three decades, Bianca has been a voice for the most vulnerable members of society. She is the recipient of numerous international awards.

Steven Johnson

Communications Manager, ITTO

Steve Johnson, a Canadian, obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He subsequently lectured in forest management and economics at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Since joining ITTO in 1990, he has held a variety of senior positions.

Ephraim Kamuntu

Minister for Water and the Environment, Uganda

Prior to becoming Uganda's Minister for Water and the Environment, Ephraim Kamuntu spent his career in the private sector as the Managing Director of Nile Bank and as an economics professor at Makarere University. He has also held other official positions as Minister of Tourism.

Donald Kanak

Senior Fellow, Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems; Chairman, Prudential Corporation Asia

In addition to his role with Prudential, Donald Kanak has also been non-executive Chariman of Eastspring Investments, (the Asia Regional Asset Management Headquarters of Prudential) since February 2012. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Law School Program of International Financial Systems.

Valerie Kapos

Tropical Forest Ecologist, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Valerie Kapos is a tropical forest ecologist with extensive field experience in Latin America and the Caribbean. At UNEP-WCMC her work has focused on development and use of biodiversity indicators to support international and national policy and decision making. Most recently she has worked on the links between biodiversity and climate change policy, including REDD+.

Boone Kauffman

Research Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University

J. Boone Kauffman, a Senior Associate with the Center for International Forestry Research in Indonesia, focuses on interactions of land use, climate change mitigation and carbon dynamics in freshwater and coastal wetland ecosystems. His research activities revolve around participation in carbon markets (mitigation), as well as restoration and climate change adaptation activities.

Mohamed Radwan Khowlie

Environmental Consultant, Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute, Qatar Foundation

A geologist and geochemist, Mohamed Radwan Khowlie has taught at the American University of Beirut–Lebanon. His experience includes working as an engineering geologist for a consulting firm in London, and establishing and directing Lebanon's National Centre for Remote Sensing. He currently focuses on such themes as land degradation and climate change.

Niels Elers Koch

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

Niels Elers Koch chaired the organising committee for the Copenhagen Climate Change Congress in March 2009 in Denmark, which assembled some 2,500 participants from 80 countries. In his latest publications, he focuses on forest research management in an era of globalisation and realising the environmental benefits of forests.

Justin Lee

Ambassador for Climate Change, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Australia

Justin Lee, a career diplomat, joined the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in April 2012. He was previously Australia's High Commissioner to Bangladesh and also served overseas at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta and at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby.

Michael Lesnick

Co-founder and Senior Partner, Meridian Institute

Michael Lesnick has more than 25 years of experience designing and facilitating collaborative processes, assessing strategies and planning activities. He has worked domestically and internationally across a range of issues, including environmental quality, science and technology policy, agriculture, disaster resilience, natural resource management, energy and climate change.

Stewart Maginnis

Global Director, Nature Based Solutions, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Stewart Maginnis has 22 years of forest conservation and management experience, 13 of which have been field-based. An agriculturalist by training, he also holds an M.Sc. in Forestry and Land Use from the University of Oxford and has been a study fellow at the University of Manchester.

Kuntoro Mangkusubroto

Head of President's Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4), Indonesia

In his current role with UKP4, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto (M.Sc.) oversees the progress of the country's national priorities as implemented by Line Ministries and other government agencies. He also chairs the Taskforce for Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

Maŕia Isabel Ortiz Mantilla

Secretary Commission on Environment and Natural Resources, Mexican Chamber of Deputies

Before becoming a legislator, Maŕia Isabel Ortiz Mantilla was Environment Director at the Ministry of Environment and Public Services of the State of Puebla, Mexico. She has promoted programmes for ecological planning of the territory with the participation of civil society, as well as public policies that encourage the increased use of renewable energies.

Gustavo Mozzer

Researcher on Climate Change for the Secretariat of International Affairs, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)

Gustavo Mozzer, a biologist and ecologist, focuses primarily on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and policy issues related to climate change. In addition to a role as a technical negotiator, he represents the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in the Executive Committee for the implementation of the Brazilian Policy on Climate Change.

Daniel Murdiyarso

Senior Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Daniel Murdiyarso, a Professor at the Department of Geophysics and Meteorology, Bogor Agricultural University, has published widely in areas relating to land use change and biogeochemical cycles, climate change mitigation and adaptation. He was a Technical Adviser for the World Bank on the development of BioCarbon Fund and Forest Carbon Partnership Facilities (FCPF).

Robert Nasi

Director, CGIAR Consortium Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Governance, Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR)

Robert Nasi was appointed director of CGIAR Consortium Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Governance, Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR) in August 2011 but has been with CIFOR since August 1999, where he has held various research and management positions. His research has focused on the ecology and management of tropical forests.

Henry Neufeldt

Head of Climate Change Unit, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Henry Neufeldt was previously a Senior Research Coordinator in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Director of the ADAM Project (Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Climate Change). He is particularly interested in questions related to the governance, financial feasibility and scalability of biocarbon projects, measurement and modeling of greenhouse gas fluxes from complex agro-ecosystems.

Isildha Nhantumbo

Senior Researcher, Natural Resources Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Isildha Nhantumbo, who has 23 years of forestry experience, currently focuses on how REDD+ can contribute to reducing emissions while meeting the needs of forest- dependent people. This research includes looking at the economics of pro-poor REDD+ and assessing the involvement of the private sector in REDD+.

Thierry Nowaczyk

Product Environment Manager, Airbus

Thierry Nowaczyk is in charge of environmental issues and policies impacting Airbus products, as well as representing Airbus in various aerospace international panels and bodies. In his previous role, he was responsible for the Airbus Environment Reduction Plan, a project setting strong objectives to reduce the impact of Airbus manufacturing by 2020.

John Parrotta

Senior Research Scientist and Policy Analyst, US Forest Service

Over the past 30 years, John Parrotta has researched tropical forest ecology, silviculture, forest restoration and traditional uses of forest biodiversity. From 2005 to 2010, he led IUFRO's Task Force on Traditional Forest Knowledge. Since 2011, he has chaired the IUFRO-led GFEP Expert Panel on Biodiversity, Forest Management and REDD+.

Jim Penman OBE

Chair, Methods and Guidance Advisory Group of the Global Forest Observations Initiative

Jim Penman has over 30 years' experience in science, energy and the environment, both in university research and consultancy, and from 1990 to 2012 for the UK government. He remains a member of the Task Force Bureau for the IPCC Greenhouse Gas Inventory Programme and is closely associated with the development of good practice guidance.

Heru Prasetyo

Heru Prasetyo, Member of the National REDD+ Task Force; Deputy I (Planning and International Relations), President's Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4)

Heru Prasetyo is Deputy Head of Planning and International Relations in the President's Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4) and acts as Secretary of the National REDD+ Task Force. His responsibilities include developing a national framework on climate change mitigation in forestry, agriculture and natural resources in Indonesia.

Jurgenne Primavera

Technical Adviser, Ecosystem-based Adaptation Program in the Verde Island Passage Philippines, Conservation International, and Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, Chief Mangrove Scientific Advisor, Zoological Society of London

Mangrove/environmental warrior Jurgenne Primavera is Scientist Emerita, SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department, Philippines. She relaxes by exploring the fauna of her front yard nursery with two grandchildren, restoring a mini-forest of native trees and protecting a 20-year-old rehabilitated forest in Iloilo, Philippines.

Eduardo Rojas-Briales

Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department of FAO, Chair, Collaborative Partnership on Forests

Eduardo Rojas-Briales 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. From 2004 until 2010, he was the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Agronomy of the Polytechnic University of Valencia and Chair of the Professional Board of Foresters in the Region of Valencia.

Tony Simons

Director General of World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Tony Simons has worked for 27 years on issues at the tropical agriculture/forestry interface – in the private sector (Shell Forestry), academia (University of Oxford), official development assistance (ODA/DFID) and research (CGIAR). He holds degrees from Massey University (NZ) and Cambridge University (UK), as well as an Honorary Professorship in Tropical Forestry at the University of Copenhagen.

Will Steffen

Executive Director, Climate Change Institute, Australian National University

Will Steffen is a climate and global change researcher at the Australian National University, and a guest researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate and Earth System science, with an emphasis on incorporation of human processes in Earth System modeling and analysis, and on sustainability and climate change.

Andreas Tveteraas

Senior Adviser, Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative

Andreas Tveteraas is the acting deputy director of The Government of Norway International Climate and Forestry Initiative, within the Ministry of Environment. In addition, he is responsible for monitoring and reporting systems for emissions and contact with relevant research institutions.

Tony La Viña

Dean, Ateneo School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University

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.

George Wamukoya

Climate Change Advisor for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)

George Wamukoya, a lawyer with experience in international environmental negotiations, is based in Lusaka, Zambia.

Matthew Wyatt

Head, Climate and Environment Department, Department for International Development, UK

Matthew Wyatt leads the Department for International Development's (DfID) Climate and Environment Department. He has 25 years' experience of working on development issues with DfID, the European Commission and the UN

Daniel Zarin

Director of Programs, Climate and Land Use Alliance

Before joining CLUA and ClimateWorks, Daniel Zarin served on the faculty at the University of Florida and The University of New Hampshire. His research focused on forest ecology, natural resource management and environmental policy in the Amazon Basin.