Meet the WFI Alumni
Alumni Network – We are the World!
The WFI experience is an important stepping stone for many Fellows in their career advancement. Over 130 Fellows from more than 40 countries have participated in the WFI Fellowship, with a growing network of alumni around the world. WFI fellows have gone on to greater career challenges and successes in varied fields within the forestry profession.
WFI Friends and Alumni Fund
WFI has started a Friends and Alumni Fund! Lithuanian alumnus Nerijus Miskinus prompted the creation of this fund by giving a generous donation to WFI in January, 2013. Since that initial gift, other alumni and friends of WFI have donated and the fund is steadily growing. The Friends and Alumni Fund is used to sponsor Fellows for 6-month programs at WFI.
Thanks to everyone who has generously donated to the fund thus far. Your contributions go to the very good cause of supporting a Fellowship for someone who otherwise would not have this opportunity. And, as many of you know, this is a unique, once in a lifetime experience.
Please join us in supporting future Fellows to WFI. Any amount is appreciated—it doesn’t take much to make a big difference.
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Where Are They Now?
About a third of our alumni are currently in management or marketing positions at forest products companies such as Enso (France), Klabin (Brazil), Western Forest Products (Canada), Marbut (Australia), Forestal Lautaro (Chile) and Sumitomo Forestry (Japan). Another third are in forestry non-governmental organizations, or government bureaus including CIFOR (Indonesia), Institute of Scien-Tech Information (China), Institute of Geography (Russia), and EFI (Finland). A quarter of alumni have gone on to consulting practices such as Jaakko Poyry (US), A.T. Kearney (Denmark), and Fortech (Australia). The remainder are pursuing advanced degrees in forestry.
Andres completed a six month Fellowship in March 2013. He has an Industrial Engineering degree from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile – Santiago, Chile and has been working for Chilean company Woodtech Measurement Solutions since October of 2010 as a Software Engineer. During his Fellowship, Andres studied the various manual log scaling methods used in the PNW. His company makes digital log-scaling equipment and the knoweldge gained from his research at WFI will help him better serve the needs of his current and future customers.
Mario worked as both a Fellow and as a Program Manager at WFI. In 2009 he founded Angel Business & Consulting LLC to provide consulting services for the forest product and renewable energy industries. Mario assists companies doing business in both Latin America and North America to make informed decisions based upon research, analysis and recommendations. He works on many projects related to lumber, plywood & veneer, OSB, MDF and particleboard production and sales as well as projects related to bioenergy and wood fiber supply & demand. He is a regular writer for Lignum, the most important magazine for the Chilean forest industry. During his years at WFI he spoke at conferences in Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S.
Kwangho Baek was a Fellow for 18 months from Jan. 2011 to June 2012. He is an officer in the International Cooperation Division of the Korean Forest Service in Daejeon, Korea. While at WFI he studied biomass policies and incentive programs used in the U.S. and researched how Korea might further become involved in the biomass industry. Kwangho returned to Korea to resume his work with the Korean Forest Service.
Luke has 16 years experience as an Environmental Advisor and Consultant for construction, energy and resources, oil and gas projects. He is currently an environmental consultant at B2B Environmental Surveys based in Brisbane, Australia, where he conducts research and development of aerial imaging, environmental surveys and data-driven GIS innovations. Previously he was an environmental advisor at QGC, a senior environmental scientist at Unidel Group, and an environmental advisor at Powerlink Queensland.
Dr. Sue Baker finished her one-year Fellowship in January 2011. Her project at WFI was a study of variable retention silviculture methods and practices in the greater Pacific Northwest. Sue was supported jointly by Forest and Wood Products Australia and the Gottstein Trust. Sue is currently a Research Fellow at University of Tasmania, looking at the impacts of forest management practices on ground-active beetles. She is also 2012 Fulbright Post-doctoral scholar.
After spending a couple of years traveling around the world selling wood products, Alex recently spent 12 months working in the forest (logging, selling and buying timber). Alex is currently the Operation Director for Battistella Ind. e Com. Ltda in Rio Negrhinho, Brazil. During his Fellowship in 1994-1995, Alexandre authored the “Brazil Country Report” and participated in a Weyerhaeuser training program.
Kati spent her six-month fellowship at WFI researching the discourse that led to the adoption and implementation of the Northwest Forest Plan. The focus of her study was on the course of scientific debate amongst policy advisors, biological scientists, and communities impacted by the plan. She also looked at external factors influencing the creation of this management plan such as funding, political requirements, and public expectations and how all these affected the scientific discourse.
Li-Wan Chang finished her 6 month Fellowship porgram in November 2013. Li-Wan is a research assistant at the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute in Taipei. Here she does reserach on forest stand dynamics in response to natural distrubances. She also manages the Institute’s extensive library and helps the organization with internationa cooperations. At WFI Li-Wan studied the similarities between forest health and management issues between the US and Taiwan. She concluded that while many things are similar, public perception of forestry and forestry issues is very different between the two and that perception plays a major role in how forests are ultimately managed.
During her Fellowship in 2007-2008, Mariane conducted a trade study on Brazilian moulding and millwork. Since 2011 she has worked for KLABIN S/A in Parana State, Brazil where she is responsible for forest protection, pest and disease monitoring and environmental zoning. KLABIN S/A is the largest paper company in Brazil.
Jes is currently the President and CEO of Osram Sylvania Inc. He is the former President and Regional Managing Director for Grundfos North America. Grundfos is a global leader in pumps and pumping systems. During his Fellowship in 1994-1995 Jes researched various projects for Star Shipping, and completed work for WFI clients such as researching pricing for special forest products. After his Fellowship Jes completed a Masters degree in Forestry and an MBA at the London Business School.
Branislav completed a five-month Fellowship in October, 2013. Branislav is a research assistant at the Univeristy of Banja Luka where he researches seedling technology and forest genetics. Branislav came to WFI supported by the WFI Friends and Alumni Fund and studied technology transfer of forest genetics in light of climate change. He visited the science of assisted migration and developed ideas on how Bosnia could implement this science to conserve several at-risk forest tree species in Bosnia. Branislav returned home to begin his PhD work and continues serving as a research assistant at the university.
Igor is a Senior Research Scientist at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences at the V.N. Sukachev Institute of Forest. Igor works in forest biometrics, forest inventory and remote sensing. During his Fellowship in 2001, Igor co-authered a manuscript on Forest Policy in Siberia, titled: “Siberian Expectations: An Overview of Regional Forest Policy and Sustainable Forest Management, which can be downloaded from WFI’s Special Reports page.
Dr. Gustavo Daniluk is a Professor at the University of Republic (Universidad de la Republica) in Montevideo, where he teaches harvesting and forest certification. Additionally, Gustavo works for SGS Qualifor as an FSC forest auditor in Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and Panama. During his fellowship in 2001-2002 Gustavo developed a Best Management Practices Manual for Uruguay.
Ke Dong finished a very successful 18-month fellowship in October 2010. Her project of learning about payments for ecosystem services was complemented by practical work experience regarding FSC certification in China. She returned to China to put her new knowledge to work in the natural resource and conservation sectors.
During his Fellowship in 1999, Moacyr researched the importance of Eucalyptus solid and engineered wood products in the US market. He has worked in plantations management at various forestry companies, including Klabin, Veracel Celulose, and Stora Enso in China. He is currently Director of Forestry in a joint venture between Stora Enso and the Chilean company Arauco in Montes del Plata, Uruguay.
Dr. Marguerite Forest spent a three-month summer sabbatical at WFI in 2013. Her research focused on the development of interactive web maps using GIS to track and place all participants in the WFI Fellowship Program, the World Forestry Center’s International Educators Institute, and other group programs. Her web maps will be available on the WFI website soon and will be a lovely visual display of program participants and will allow for better communication among alumni of these programs.
Blair Freeman served as the Australian forest industry representative at WFI in 1997/98. Since then Blair has worked in forest sector consulting in Australia and across the broader Asia Pacific region. His main areas of focus are forest policy, strategic planning, forest resource management and sustainable development. In 2014, Blair joined the Indufor Group and he is now leading Indufor’s work on strategy and sustainability consulting in the Asia Pacific region, based in Melbourne.
Cristhian finished a six-month fellowship in the fall of 2012. He studied marketing strategies of small forestry businesses and family forestland owners. From his research he developed a general marketing plan that can be implemented by small forestry companies and one that he hopes will help communites in Bolivia sell their wood products. Cristhain is a Project Officer for the Canadian-based company Co2Impact in LaPaz, Bolivia. His Fellowship was sponsored by the International Tropical Timber Organization.
Tateki is currently a consultant at Spacevision Research Institute Inc. in Osaka. His work involves forest products marketing and development of forest and agricultural area. Tateki has completed research involving the market adaptation and competitiveness of Japanese wood industries. During his Fellowship in 2001-2002 Tateki worked as an Information Specialist and conducted research on US wood supply for the Japanese housing market.
Roslyn was at WFI on a 12-month Fellowship supported jointly by the J.W. Gottstein Memorial Trust and Forest & Wood Products Australia. She completed research on the visual implications of plantation forestry in Austrailia. This research touched on the social and political issues of plantation forestry as well as the practical components of silviculture and management. During her fellowship at WFI she produced a visual management guide that will help field managers aesthetically plan their plantations.
Dr. Ning Hou is a professor of forest economics at Beijing Forestry University in Beijing, China. She completed a one year Fellowship in April 2012. While at WFI, Ning researched carbon sequestration in western forests and explored markets for forest carbon in the United States. Ning resumed her teaching duties upon return to China and continues to teach several classes every semester.
Rainer Hummel works as a Forest Practices District Manager for the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). His office is in the hamlet of Husum on the White Salmon River, but his territory covers the southeast region of the state. Rainer and his wife, Susan, live nearby on property along the aptly named Rattlesnake Creek where they manage farm and forest. Rainer’s education in forestry has allowed him to work in many settings and with a wide array of subjects in natural as well as social sciences. After graduating with a M.Sc. in Forest Sciences from the University of Freiburg in Germany, Rainer spent a year at the World Forest Institute in Portland, OR in the international fellowship program. Subsequent project work for private sector clients led to job offers, permanent residency, and eventual citizenship. After several years working in both the US and Germany as account manager with domestic and international clients in the forest products industry, Rainer changed pace in 2006. He accepted an offer to return to his Alma Mater in the Black Forest as program manager for a newly created masters course in environmental governance for a three-year term. The Pacific Northwest had never lost its allure, however, and when we moved back we made our home in the Columbia River Gorge. Rainer’s work with private forest owners in the area eventually led to the opportunity to work for DNR in forest practices. When not busy with land management, Rainer enjoys running, backcountry skiing, and climbing trees. On December 6th, he has been known to help St. Nikolaus visit bilingual children in the greater Portland area to celebrate the holiday season.
After her WFI Fellowship in 1995-1996, Claire became a portfolio analyst and account manager for Hancock Timber Resource Group, one of the world’s largest timberland investment management organizations. She is currently an Analyst with Equity Research Associates in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Prior to joining ERA Forest Products Research, she was a member of RBC’s top-ranked capital markets forest products research team, where she focused on North American paper and forest products companies. Claire holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of British Columbia and Laval University, and an MBA from the University of British Columbia. She is a registered professional forester with the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals, a CFA charterholder, and a member of the Vancouver Society of Financial Analysts.
Nobutaka works as a Researcher for Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd. at their Tsukuba Research Institute. An architect by training, he researches ergonomic solutions for special users of wooden homes, such as the elderly and disabled. Nobutaka researched green building design and techniques during his Fellowship in 2002-2003.
Sudiyah Istichomah completed a six month Fellowship in November 2014. Sudiyah is a researcher from Bogor, Indonesia, now working for FORCI Development, an organization under Forestry Faculty of Bogor Agricultural University that focuses on natural resources management in Indonesia. During her WFI Fellowship, Sudiyah looked at models of public involvement and stakeholder engagement in river management, especially focused on the Willamette River.
Mikko is a Manager in Sales and Sourcing at Yara, sourcing pyrite, sulphur and sulfuric acid to Yara Upstream plants in Finland, France, and Netherlands. He previously worked at Dynea Oy and Indufor Oy. During his Fellowship in 2001-2002 Mikko conducted a study on the forest industry’s reaction to environmental protection laws in the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s.
In Chul worked for Eagon Industrial Co., in Chile, as a General Manager for over 13 years. He has also managed plywood and MDF mills in Uruguay for Urupanel and ply and sawmills in Chile for Forestal Tromen SA. He is currently Managing Director of Jung & Cho Limitada in Santiago, Chile, which offers strategies to improve plywood manufacturing processes and business development.
Aigar Kallas finished his 6 month Fellowship in November 2013. Aigar is the Managing Director and Chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian State Forest Management Center. His work at WFI was focused on developing techniques for assessing benchmarks in forest management practices at government agenices in the US. His goals was to develop a comprehensive methodology for perfomance assessment of public forestry organziations worldwide.
Kenji is a Researcher for Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd. in their Research Institute. He is an architect and is involved in a variety of research related to the aesthetic value of trees and housing design and construction, including ergonomics and Japanese life-styles. He is also currently a postgraduate student at Tokyo Institute of Technology in the Department of Architecture. During his Fellowship in 200-2001 Kenji researched wood usage for the interior design of houses in the Pacific Northwest as well as the benefits of wood as a building material.
Krystina Kny completed a six-month Fellowship in December 2014. She is from Melbourne, Australia and works for VicForests as their Manager of Operational Performance. Krystina is responsible for the management of VicForests’ Sustainable Forest Management System and maintaining compliance against relevant certification schemes and regulatory requirements. She has worked in both tree farming and native forestry in Australia and during her six month Fellowship Krystina completed a project on Social Acceptance of Working Native Forests, contrasting Victoria, Australia and the Pacific Northwest
Dr. Chao-Nien “Carol” Koh is from Taiwan where she has worked at Taiwan Forestry Research Institute for more than twenty years. She has spent most of her working time with birds. She has conducted bird biodiversity surveys in natural forests, plantations, preserves and afforested units. Recently, she turned her focus to birds in urban areas. Some of her research has demonstrated that birds in the urban ecosystem have difficulties in raising their babies compared to those in the mountains. This has prompted her to develop educational materials for the public on how to help the birds and their habitats in the neighborhoods around the city of Taipei. Carol is interested in developing more advanced protection programs for the urban birds in Taiwan. With Portland’s long history of preserving wild birds, Carol hopes to learn from organizations such from the Audubon Society which has programs on backyard habitat certification, cats and wildlife, reducing bird hazards and bird planting for wildlife, etc. Carol will be here through December 2015 and will bring her experiences back to Taiwan and to share with people in the city government and the NGOs such as Wild Bird Society of Taipei.
Vijay spent his 6-month Fellowship studying the business demand for watershed service markets in Oregon. He interviewed buyers of watershed services in both the regulated and voluntary markets and ascertained motives for purchase into these services and the general perceptions of the buyers during this process. Vijay has spent several years studying payments for ecosystem services and will continue to work in this field in upcoming projects.
Namgon works for Eagon Ltd., a luxury Korean building products supplier and builder. He has worked for Eagon for 12 years, beginning in the flooring factory and he is now the Team Manger of the Management Support Team, and is responsible for accounting, financing, labor affairs and strategic planning. During his Fellowship in 2008 he searched for products to introduce to the Korean building market, including wood and non-wood products
Phil completed his Ph.D in 2008. He is currently for PF Olsen as a Technical Services Manager, supervising a team of technical experts covering spatial information, resource modeling, forestry systems, fire, silviculture and research. PF Olsen has been operating for over 35 years in New Zealand and recently decided to expand their operations into Australia. They manage forests (plantation or native) for investors, with no forest ownership themselves. During his one-year Fellowship in 2003-2004, Phil sought to understand the biological, economic and environmental factors facing industrial forest managers in the Pacific Northwest (PNW), and to examine the decision support systems that various forest managers adopt.
Ms. Sarita Lama is from Siraha, the Eastern plains area of Nepal. She has over ten years working experience in the field of forestry in the various mid-hill districts of Nepal through various national and international non-governmental organizations. Her involvement was mostly in implementing and managing community forestry program mainly focused on benefiting the poor, women and marginalized households. Sarita aims to provide service for social empowerment and to build ecosystem resilience of the disastrous and precarious condition of southern and outer hills of Nepal, known as ‘Chure’. She joined WFI in April for a six month program with the expectation of learning a broader concept of private, public and community involvement in forestry practices and forest management in the US. She hopes to bring this knowledge and good practices from the US for Chure hills management in Nepal.
Seol Woong Lee, an architect by training, works in the marketing division of EAGON Inc. His primary responsibility is developing new wood-based products and planning new business opportunities. During his six-month Fellowship in 2006, Lee explored wooden housing facilities for seniors, including retirement and assisted living communities. By 2026, Korean society is expected to become super-aged society in which over 20% of the population will be above 65 years of age. Therefore, the development of facilities and dedicated housing for seniors has become a key issue in Korea.
Xiaoqiong Liang completed her six-month Fellowship in October, 2013. As a research assistant for the Chinese Academy of Forestry in Beijing, Xiaoqiong worked on policy development of the new forest certification scheme being implemented in China, the CFCC, or Chinese Forest Certification. With CFCC applying for endorsement by the larger certification body PEFC, Xiaoqong came to WFI to study how the implementation of CFCC would affect US trade of forest products with China. Specifically, she looked at FSC-certified companies in the US and how much they export to China and assessed their level of knowledge regarding China’s new forest certifcation and what it might mean for them and their business.
David manages 1000 hectares of forestland in the Taimali research center, under the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute. The center is located in southeast Taiwan. It is one of six research centers which belongs to TFRI. During his Fellowship in 2005, David explored avenues other than logging to generate income from forestland, such as carbon sequestration projects and ecosystem services.
Dr. Yu-jen Lin has worked as a scientific researcher at the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute since 1998. His research projects involve carbon sequestration estimation of the economic trees and bamboos in Taiwan and charcoal production utilizing bamboo and forest biomass residues. During his ten-month fellowship at WFI, Yu-jen did extensive research on the technologies and processes of woody biomass utilization in the West. He focused on production mechanisms that he could apply towards Taiwan’s forest resources, specifically the potential for bamboo to be used for the production of wood pellets. Yu-jen’s fellowship was sponsored by the Harry Merlo Foundation and National Science Council of Taiwan, and supported by the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute.
Bonnie, formerly from the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI) in Taipei City, is now an Associate Professor at the Department of Forestry, National Chung Hsing University, In Taichung, Taiwan. During her Fellowship in 2003 Bonnie researched watershed management and associated research techniques.
Dr. Qingxin Liu is from Beijing, China. Since 2012 he has been working in the Division of Science and Technology Management at the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF). With science and technology systems reform in China, he is interested in learning more about effective management of forest scientific research projects in the Pacific Northwest. He will study the development of public forestry project management during his time here at WFI, which will be from June through November, 2015. He aims to carry out a comparative study on the research management systems in US and China and to bring knowledge of good experiences and practices from the US to China.
Cristopher completed a one-year Fellowship in 2007, sponsored through a joint funding project with the USDA Forest Service’s International Programs and the Chiles Foundation. Cristopher worked with several groups involved in the management of the Monarch Butterfly Reserve – including WWF-MEXICO the Mexican Fund to the Nature Conservation, USAID, and CONANP – to develop his WFI research project. He investigated ecotourism activities in the Reserve and surveyed visitors to develop a market study of tourist demand. He also gave ecotourism guide trainings to local ejido members.
I-Chun Lu completed a five-month fellowship in 2010 researching methods and technologies used in environmental education in the Pacific Northwest. She returned home in October and resumed her work for the Taiwan Forest Research Institute. I-Chun is an assistant researcher in the Botanical Division of TFRI. She was previously stationed in Taipei, but will resumes her duties at a new work station in Yi-lan county.
Meijuan Luo works for Fujian Academy of Forestry in Fuzhou City, China as a researcher engaging in forest silviculture and ecology. She was at the WFI for a 6-month Fellowship sponsored by World Forest Institute & Fujian Fumin Foundation. She has a Master’s degree in forestry from Fujian Agriculture and Forest University. While working full-time at Fujian Academy of Forestry, Meijuan is concurrently enrolled in a PhD program at the Chinese Academy of Forestry. Her research project at WFI was on the topic of forest ecological service compensation. She studied the mechanisms of compensation of forest ecosystem services and the ways to motivate people to protect the environment in the Pacific Northwest . The objective of this research was to help Fujian Province establish its own forest ecological compensation mechanisms.
Dr. Ma is a professor of Silviculture at SW Forestry University in Kunming, China. He took a short four-month sabbatical to come to WFI and study ecosystem management in the US. Ma was at WFI from September through December, 2011. Ma returned to his university with some new ideas about habitat conservation and some practical tools for implementation.
Zengwang Ma is a researcher at the Hebei Academy of Forestry Science. In 2006-2007 the Hebei Provincial government sponsored Ma for a 12-month Fellowship. Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, has been overlogged, resulting in desertification, flooding and landslides. Consequently the government has imposed logging restrictions, and they are now faced with the task of finding alternative revenue sources through sustainable forest development. In his work, Zengwang studies silviculture and reforestation.
Dr. Ali Malekghasemi completed an 18-month Fellowship program in July 2103. Ali is a professor of forestry in Tehran. While at WFI he investigated metrics for monitorng urban forest health. In comparisons of two different neighborhoods in Portland, Ali determined that basal area per capita was the most important index in styudying the relationship between street trees and socio-economic issues in different neighborhoods.
Ms. Stuty Maskey is from Kathmandu, Nepal. There she worked for a national forestry program, working closely with forestry stakeholders – government agencies, community groups, civil society and private sector. She believes that forestry in Nepal can be used as a vehicle to create jobs and contribute to a new forest-based green economy through enterprise development and commercial management. Her academic background is in Economics and Public Policy, and although not a trained ‘forester’, she understands that forest resources in Nepal are widely untapped. At WFI, she aims to learn about Policies, Practices and Processes for forest management in the Pacific Northwest, with specific focus in the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program.
Milan Mataruga completed a year-long fellowhip, ending in September 2009, where he studied and gained practical experience in forest genetic resources of the the Pacific Northwest. For many years he served as a Professor in the Faculty of Forestry, University of Banja Luka in Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. More recently he was appointed a Vice Rector for science, research and development at University of Banja Luka. His previous research has centered around seedling growth and production, including work on seed orchards, physiological and genetic seed research, drought resistant seedlings, preservation of biodiversity, afforestation and reforestation.
Networking from the Business & Computer institute (BCI) – London, United Kingdom. He is currently pursuing a BBA Marketing degree with the Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) – South Africa. Tendayi is employed as General Manager overseeing business development for Cheermart Timbers – a private company in Zimbabwe. While at WFI, Tendayi conducted an in-depth study of the business development models and practices of forest products industries in the Pacific Northwest. In particular, Tendayi studied sawmill business solutions in order to make better business & management decisions back home.
Lee is the North Coast Marketing Improvement Manager for State Forests of New South Wales. Lee works with internal and external parties to improve the delivery of timber products to the market and to be more responsive to markets demands and to foster relationships with partners in the distribution chain for hardwood products. During his Fellowship in 2001-2002 Lee researched North American timber markets and authored the WFI Special Report – North American Timber Markets: Production, Consumption, Preferences and Opportunities for Australian Native Timber.
Mr. Robert Martin Mijol is from Sabah, Malaysia. He has been working with the Sabah Forestry Department since 2007 and currently assists the District Forestry Officer, based in Ulu Segama-Malua Forest Reserves. He joined WFI in May for a six month program to explore the potential of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) within forest reserves in Sabah to contribute towards conservation and rural livelihoods; and to learn PES policies and practices in the US Pacific Northwest, and how it can be adopted in Sabah. He hopes to gain a better understanding of how PES works in the US and use the knowledge to share and expand the idea into government policy and legislation back home.
Nerijus Miskinis is a Ph.D. forestry student at the Lithuanian University of Agriculture. Nerijus was WFI’s first Lithuanian and first non-Russian eastern European Fellow in 2007. His 12-month Fellowship was being sponsored by the Shelk Foundation. Nerijus explored the forestry business in the Pacific Northwest in order to take lessons learned back to apply in Lithuania.
Aline Moreira’s professional background is in environmental resource management and social welfare. Aline finished her year-long WFI Fellowship at the end of May 2010 with the successful completion of new curriculum for the Project Learning Tree book ‘Global Connections: Forest of the World’. Her project was sponsored by the American Forest Foundation. Aline hopes to continue her work in environmental education and continue to bridge the gaps between the social and educational needs of communities.
After finishing her Fellowship in 1994-1995, Rita joined CIFOR as IUFRO Liaison Officer in 1995-1999 and worked as a Research Assistant on the Non-Timber Forest Products issue from 2000 to 2002. She holds a Master’s Degree in Rural Sociology from Bogor Agricultural University. She is currently a Coordinator for Integrated River Basin Management with TELAPAK, an advocacy NGO in Bogor, Indonesia.
During his Fellowship in 2000 to 2001 Roger was sponsored by Jaakko Poyry and examined global forests and their role in the sustainable satisfaction of human needs. Roger is currently the Forestry Chief Operating Officer at UK-based FIM Services Ltd, an alternative investment manager specialising in real asset investments, specifically forestry and renewable energy. Prior to joining FIM, Roger was Director of Investment Forestry at IWC, an international timberland investment advisor with commitments of USD 3.5 billion on behalf of institutional investors. Roger holds an MSc in Forest Economics.
Patrice Taah Ngalla is currently working for the World Wildlife Fund’s Central Africa Regional Programme Office as a GIS/Remote Sensing Specialist. Patrice provides advanced customized GIS and remote sensing work to support conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources in southeast Cameroon. During his Fellowship in 2005, Patrice explored different options and procedures in GIS & remote sensing that can be integrated with forest inventories in order to provide decision support information for sustainable forest use and management.
During his Fellowship in 2004, Mikkel researched the risks and return issues related to forestland investment in the Pacific Northwest. He is the author of WFI Special Report “Managing Risk in the Evolving World of Timberland Investments.” He then went to work for Danish timberland investment advisor the International Woodland Company in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2015, he joined BTG Pactual’s Timberland Investment Group, a timberland investment organization based in the US.
Richard O’Hanlon is a forest ecologist and mycologist from Ireland. He completed a six month Fellowship in July, 2012. His research focused on the difference in macrofungal communities between the native Sitka spruce forests here in the Pacific Northwest and the non-native Sitka spruce forests of Ireland and Britian. Richard’s Fellowship was sponsored in part by the Council for Forest Research and Development (COFORD). More information on his research can be found on his website www.rohanlon.org.
In 1996, Claudio completed a one-year Fellowship as the Brazilian representative at WFI. Claudio graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in Curitiba, Parana in 1981. He received his M.B.A. in Economic Engineering in 1990. Claudio has worked in forest product companies in operations and projects for panels, sawmill, pulp and paper. He has worked for Global Forest Partners in their South American operations, for consulting firm Pöyry, and in 2016 returned to Klabin, the largest paper company in Brazil.
During his Fellowship in 2006, Kyungtae explored green building and wood markets developments in the US. He was then posted to Chile, where he managed Eagon Lautaro S.A. in Lautaro, as a commercial manager. Eagon Lautaro manufactures Radiata Pine plywood and veneer and is involved in forestation and harvest. Their headquarters, Eagon Industrial is one of the major integrated specialty wood product manufacturers and importers in Korea. In 2016 Kyungtae was posted to Seattle, WA, which primarily sells the plywood produced at their Chilean mill to US markets.
As a project manager at the Centre for Social Development, Enkeleda Pjetri is in charge of planning and managing the implementation of project activities related to informing and empowering young people on active citizenship, democracy, environment, sustainable development of natural resources and other community related issues. With a background on Forest Engineer and with an MSc in Forest Policy and Economics, and several years of experience in working with local NGO in Albania as well as working as a consultant in the forestry and environmental field, she has a relevant experience with non-governmental sector and the forest and environment one.
As a Community Solutions program fellow, hosted by the World Forest Institute she hopes to have the possibility to widen her knowledge on forestry and environment community related issues, sustainable development of natural resources etc; learn how the nonprofit sector works in the US; and aims to widen her professional network as well as friendship ones, by exchanging experience and information. All of this would be used in her return to her home country Albania, where best practices learned and experience gained will be applied locally.
Matthew is an infrastructure forester at Forests New South Wales with responsibilities for road construction and maintenance, and has worked in other operational roles including fire, recreation, weed control and fertilizing. During his Fellowship from 2007-2008 Matthew investigated the use of integrated field data management systems. Matt was sponsored by the Gottstein Trust and the Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation.
Mr. Jagdish Poudel finished his one year WFI Fellowship in March 2011. He surveyed small woodland/forestland owners abut their perceptions and knowledge of carbon markets and carbon credit systems. He spent his year here learning about mechanisms of carbon trading and frameworks for successful models. He returned to Nepal to work on on a REDD+ pilot project for a year befor eretuning to the state to work on his PhD at Auburn University in Alabama. His current research focuses on forest carbon as well as other ecosystem services.
Eduardo is a Forest Engineer based in Brazil. His fellowship at WFI in 1997 – 1998 was focused on international wood markets, and he organized the Brazil Moulding and Millwork Conference at the World Forestry Center in 1997. Eduardo has skills in environmental issues and climate change. He has worked on environmental conservation, and forest production with small and medium land owners. Most recently, he is involved with Environmental Licensing, Permaculture, Agroforestry and Low Carbon Economy.
Anne was one of WFI’s earliest Fellows in 1993. After her fellowship she worked many years as a consultant for the Poyry Group, an engineering and consulting firm serving customers in the energy and environment sectors, advising energy companies on renewable energy investments across North America. She also held a sales and outreach role at Green Mountain Energy, one of the largest wind energy project developers and energy marketers in the USA, educating consumers about clean choices and home energy saving strategies. Anne is a BPI Certified Energy Auditor and Business Energy Professional. She studied Business at Cornell University and has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Helsinki, Finland.
Mr. Rantanen is a consultant at Indufor Oy, based in Finland. He has extensive experience in international wood products industry with a strong background in forestry. He has worked in demanding sales roles in wood products, plywood and softwood lumber industry throughout his career and has wide international knowledge of primary and secondary wood products in Europe and Asia, especially in Japanese markets when he was an export sales manager at UPM-Kymmene. Most recently he has been involved in the wood procurement operations. He is fluent in Finnish and English. Jaakko Rantanen holds a master’s degree in forest economics (M.Sc. For.) from the University of Helsinki.
Sari currently works at the Finnish Standards Association SFS as a technical advisor. Her main field is environmental management. Prior to SFS, Sari was a lead auditor of sustainable forest management and chain-of-custody of forest products at Inspecta. Sari was one of WFI’s first Fellows, in 1992-1993.
Gabriel Salako finished a 7-month Fellowship in November 2011. Gabriel came to WFI to conduct a feasibility study on the use of Pacific Northwest conifer species in the development of softwood plantations in NE Nigeria. The Mambilla Plateau of NE Nigeria has climatic conditions similar to that of the Pacific Northwest and Gabriel was successful in indentifying several species that have climatic and ecological requirements as that found on the plateau. He returned to Nigeria in hopes of starting some field trials with these species.Gabriel is currently a facult member and head of unit on the Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology at Kwara State University in Malete.
Mr. Miguel Sanchez Fajardo is from La Paz, Bolivia. Miguel is an agronomist by training and has worked at the National Institute of Agrarian Reform and as a teacher at the Public University of EI Alto UPEA. He is interested in learning about best practices in forest nursery operations. He plans to take a close look at seed management in particular and optimal growing conditions for nursery stock. He will be at WFI for six months, from April – Sept. 2015.
Jon Bingen Sande completed a one-year Fellowship in 2000-2001 and researched the globalization of the forest industry. He holds a Master of Forestry degree from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Marketing Strategy from the same university. He is currently an associate professor in marketing at the Department of Marketing, at the Norwegian School of Management, BI. His research centers around marketing and distribution channels, governance and inter-organizational relationships.
Tim Sanders from Australia finished his 6 month Fellowship in October. Tim came here to study what forest management agencies were doing in preparation or in response to climate change. He completed a very thorough synthesis of the adaptive management strategies and schools of thought in the Pacific Northwest, complete with site visits and interviews of public and private agencies. A copy of his report and final presentation can be found elsewhere on our website. Tim returned home to resume his work with VicForests in Melbourne where he hopes to implement some of the findings from his study here into their future management plans.
Tony Scherl is a Fire Officer with Forests New South Wales Fire Management unit. Tony has worked for the Forests NSW for over 10 years, in a range of positions from forest field worker to forester. During his Fellowship from 2004-2005, Tony examined measures the US has taken regarding the problems of re-introducing prescribed fire and active fuel management into the landscape, as well as ways Australian forests can benefit from the US experience.
During his Fellowship in 1996-1997, Andreas conducted a Parr Lumber study, tracked trends in the world panel market, and organized a ‘Global Forest Monitoring Workshop’ for IUFRO. The IUFRO workshop and the following work lead to the establishment of the IUFRO Global Forest Information Service
Vera completed her 6-month Fellowship program in December 2010. She came to WFI to study post-fire forest management and to learn how forest management agencies in the U.S. respond to fires. Vera was engaged in learning about the practical response to fires in an effort to develop risk assessment and response models for dealing with forest fires in Portugal.
Hwa-guang is a government officer serving at Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI) as an assistant researcher. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in forestry from National Taiwan University, both specializing in forest products technology. His work at TFRI includes forestry extension education, publications, technology consultation services, etc. Hwa-guang spent his 6-month Fellowship in 2012 studying extension education platforms that are used by various agencies and organizations to educate about forest ecosystem degradation and global climate change. He made comparisons with platforms in Taiwan and returned to his position at TFRI with recommendations on how to improve Taiwan’s environmental education outreach.
Canadian Fellow Khurram Sheikh finished his program in late August 2011. Here for six months, Khurram focused his research on learning about the practical management of invasive species control in the urban environment. Interviews with city, county and state land managers along with site visits all helped inform Khurram of the latest issues and management techniques for the top invaders of our region. He returned to Toronto in hopes of putting his new found knowledge to work back home.
Mr Shen Gui is a professor and the deputy secretary-general of the Chinese Society of Forestry. His background is in wood processing, and he has wroked for the China National forestry Product industry Association and the China Furniture Association. In recent years, he has focused more on education. Mr. Shen completed a six-month fellowship in 2009 where he continued in research into public education of forestry and forestry issues.
Sandra is currently Marketing & Business development Deputy Manager at Australis Seafoods based in Puerto Varas, Chile. Prior to this she was a regional director at the Chilean Exports Promotion Agency (PROCHILE). During her Fellowship in 2001, Sandra conducted market studies on with forest issues and compiled and managed forest products statistics information used to create a data mart prototype.
WFI Board members and staff were saddened to hear of the recent death of Roland Simpson on October 22, 2004. Roland was a Fellow in 1998 and more recently worked as a forester with Forests of New South Wales in their Investment Services Division. Roland died as a result of injuries sustained in a BASE jumping mishap in China. Roland’s ever-optimistic attitude and broad smile will surely be missed both here in Portland as well as in Australia.
Mr Daisuke Tajima completed a short four-month fellowship program in the summer of 2010. Daisuke researched the business of small forestland ownership. His family owns forestland in Japan and he focused his research on learning about practices surrounding the livlihood and sustainability of family forestlands. He also focused on global trends affecting small-scale forestry. Daisuke completed his Fellowship prior to his last year of school at Keio University.
Deepak is a senior development specialist with nearly 3 decades of experience working in rural development and environment, including extension, capacity building, planning and monitoring, in Nepal and other countries in South, Central and South-East Asia. He currently heads a non profit organization in Nepal called Search-Nepal. During his Fellowship from 2007-2008, Deepak spent 12 months researching comparative environmental legislation in order to identify good policy case studies that balance population, environment and development.
Elvis Tata finished a six month Fellowship in March 2012. Elvis is a high school geography teacher from Douala, Cameroon. He came to WFI to learn how business and government in the United States use GIS to help manage their natural resources. Elvis interviewed people from public and private industry and learned how GIS is integral to their daily and long-term operations. Elvis returned to Cameroon to resume his teaching duties and develop proposals to ingrate GIS into school curriculum.
Michael gained international expertise in sustainable forest management and certification and forest industry policy as Australia’s inaugural Fellow at the World forest Institute in 1996. Michael has 17 years experience within the Australian and international forest industry. Following graduation from the Australian National University with a B.Sc. Forestry (1990), he has worked in a number of Australian states and has expertise in processing, business analysis, harvesting and haulage, forest management and also policy and political representation. Currently Michael is Operations Manager for Midway Pty. Ltd., a plantation development and export woodchip company in Victoria. He is responsible for the processing and export of around 1 million tonnes pa. of woodchip. Michael has completed his Graduate Diploma of Business at the University of Tasmania (1992) and Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and investment at the Securities Institute of Australia.
Wai Wai Than completed a 6-month Fellowship in March 2015. She is a Senior Researcher in the Forest Protection Section at the Forest Research Institute in Yezin, Maynmar. She is also the national contact for the Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network (APFISN-FAO) in her country. During her six-month Fellowship Ms. Than studied the pathways of invasive speciesinvasion, how to detect them at the ports, quarantine laws and documentation systems, risk assessment, andawareness and public participation in those activities. Wai was funded in part by a fellowship award she received from the International Tropical Timber Association.
Nathan Trushell is a Regional Manager with VicForests, responsible for overseeing business operations throughout the West Gippsland Region of Victoria, Australia. During his six-month Fellowship from 2007-2008, Nathan explored opportunities and potential strategies to promote and brand forest industries.
John completed a WFI Fellowship in 2006-2007 and studied North American approaches to growth and yield modeling, and harvest scheduling approaches in uneven-aged mixed species forests. After the Fellowship John returned to the USA, and worked as a Forestry Management Analyst with Washington State DNR; a Forest Economist with RISI’s international timber group; and 6 years with TIMO GreenWood Resources Inc, initially as a Financial Analyst then as Director of Resource Planning & Analysis, including 2 years based in China. In 2016 John returned to New Zealand and has established a forestry consultancy company, IFIM Consulting Ltd. He specializes in providing a wide range of technical forestry services including investment analyses, resource assessments, growth and yield modeling, forest modeling, and valuations.
Dr. Vincent Upton completed a six month Fellowship in November 2014. Vincent is a researcher from Ireland who works in the rural economy and development program in Teagasc, the Irish agriculture and food development authority. Vincent trained as a forester in University College Dublin before working with a number of private and public forest management and research organizations. His research focuses on the economics and valuation of forests and forest ecosystem services and he examined public preferences and values for afforestation while completing his PhD from University College Dublin. During his 6 month WFI fellowship, Vincent focused his research on how forest policy and management in the Pacific Northwest account for ecosystem services.
Jasjit Walia is from the Indian Forest Service where he is the CEO of Ecotourism for his region, Himachal Pradesh. Jasjit was the first Indian to participate in WFI’s Fellowship program in 2005-2006. Jasjit researched environmental services, which he feels holds great promise for his Himalayan State of Himachal Pradesh in northern India.
Rene is an Associate Professor at Colegio de Postgraduados in Texcoco, Mexico. In his work, Rene teaches postgraduates and does research on forest management and geomatics. During his Fellowship in 1994-1995, Rene worked as a country Information Specialist and conducted research for WFI clients. He also authored the WFI’s Mexico Country Report. After his Fellowship, Rene completed a Ph.D. in Forest Management and GIS at Colorado State University.
Guangyu is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is currently involved in several China-Canada related research projects on integrated watershed management, climate change mitigation and adaption, and the development of China’s national sustainable forest management system and forest certification. The research project “The Development of China’s Forestry Sector and its Implications for Canada” with Canadian International Council will provide several strategies for the Canadian forestry industry to promote wood products to China, and how to integrate with China in the international market. Jason was a Fellow in 1997-1998.
Ms. Lanhui Wang is a faculty member in the Department of Statistics, School of Economics and Management, at Beijing Forestry University. She has been teaching there since July 2002 and lectures on statistics and econometrics, forecasting, and decision-making in economics. Ms. Wang completed her one-year fellowship at the WFI from 2008-2009, where she studied forecasting for timber consumption and the wood products trade in China.
Ms. Lanhui Wang is a faculty member in the Department of Statistics, School of Economics and Management, at Beijing Forestry University. She has been teaching there since July 2002 and lectures on statistics and econometrics, forecasting, and decision-making in economics. Ms. Wang completed her one-year fellowship at the WFI from 2008-2009, where she studied forecasting for timber consumption and the wood products trade in China.
Xiaoli Wang is a forestland and forest tenure administration officer at the State Forestry Administration in Beijing, China. Since 1997 she has worked making national policies, dealing with forest tenure conflicts across the provincial boundary, and training and supervising officials on implementing law, polices and regulations on forest land and forest tenure administration. During her fellowship in 2005-2006, Xiaoli conducted research sponsored by INBAR on policy recommendations for developing forestland and bamboo resource tenures systems in Africa and Asia.
Chia-Chen Wu is a research assistant with the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute in Taipei. He came to WFI for a 10-month Fellowship in 2011 to look into traditional and modern methods of tree breeding. Visiting dozens of tree breeding operations and interviewing many laboratories, Chia-Chen came away with knowledge of how U.S. forestry and forestry-related organizations use molecular biology in their tree breeding programs.
Dr. Shouxin Xie completed a year-long fellowship at WFI in December 2009. Dr. Xie joined WFI from the China State Forestry Administration in Beijing, where he is the Division Director for the Department of Forest Resource Management. Dr. Xie supervises and manages forest harvest issues across China, and is a key player in making forest policy for the country, including establishing forest harvest levels, policy implementation, harvest auditing, and stopping illegal harvest. During his fellowhip, Dr. Xie studied many different aspects of sustainable forest management systems in the U.S. Dr. Xie learned various perspectives on forest policy and management in the Pacific Northwest that he takes home for recommendation to China’s forestry sector.
Min-chung “Galy” Yang (Taiwan) is an IT specialist who has provided data solutions for a variety of forestry, agricultural agencies, and NGOs. He was the Research and Development Manager for Achieve Made international Limited for a number of years, before moving to Shenzhen, China, where he works for Ayla Networks.
Zoe completed a six month Fellowship in November 2014. Zoe is from Taipei, Taiwan and works for the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute. She is an assistant research fellow in the Division of Wood Cellulose, responsible for managing the Forest Products Chemistry Laboratory. Her research interest is in wood and paper chemistry, chemical utilization of non-wood forest products, fungal secondary metabolites, and prevention of paper microbial degradation. During her six month Fellowship, Zoe studied the production of essential oils from forest products and how that related to sustainable forest management.
Yanping is the Chinese Academy of Forestry’s Chief Expert on Forest Cultivation. During his Fellowship in 2005, Dr. Zhang researched the seedling industry, as China has ambitious plans to reforest and afforest large areas for both commercial wood products and soil protection. Dr. Zhang was the first Chinese Fellow to come through a joint-cooperation agreement with the Department of International Cooperation at the Chinese Academy of Forestry.
Dr. Linsen Zhao is a professor in Landscape Architecture at the Southwest Forestry College in Kunming, Yunnan, China. Linsen’s background is in silviculture, however, he has been working in urban forestry since 2001. During his Fellowship in 2008, Linsen researched social issues related to urban forestry, and was particularly interested in public participation in planning, planting and maintaining urban forests.
Dr. Min Zhao is an Associate Professor at Shanghai Normal University, in Shanghai, China. Her major research revolves around the impact of global climate change on terrestrial ecosystems, with an emphasis on forest carbon cycles. She completed a one year Fellowship from 2008-2009 conducting research on methods for estimating forest carbon cycles for urban forests and urban forest functions.