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Meet our 2020 cohort of International Fellows!!
WFI’s team of International Fellows is selectively chosen from the natural resources/forestry professions from around the globe. In a program unique to the forest sector, these Fellows serve six-month Fellowships at WFI, using a wide range of skills, expertise, and language abilities to complete an independent project. Fellows participate in the program through the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Exchange Visitor Program. The purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program is to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges. The WFI Fellows learn about sustainable forestry in Oregon and carry that knowledge forward globally, promoting best practices when they return home.
Name: Zishan Wang
Hometown: Beijing, China
Current Position: Project Officer in Division of International Cooperation, Chinese Academy of Forestry
Area of Interest: Stakeholder partnerships
Why they are interested in the Fellowship Program: The International Fellowship will give me the chance to build a network with universities, academic institutions, local governments, local communities, private landowners, and forest-related enterprises and NGOs. Thus, I will be able to explore different examples of stakeholder cooperation, which will give me a deeper understanding of forestry organization.
Name: Lakmini Senadheera
Hometown: Kurunegala, Sri Lanka
Current Position: Head of sustainability assurance and advisory services, The Sustainable Future Group Ltd.
Area of Interest: Carbon markets
Why they are interested in the Fellowship Program: Participating in the International Fellowship will be important in identifying upcoming concepts in valuing the environmental services that will play a vital role in conservation. Further, this will be a great opportunity for me to build a global network of peers that share similar interest in sustainable natural resource management and wants to exchange knowledge drawn from our real-life work experiences.
Name: Juan Quiroga
Hometown: San Pedro de la Paz, Chile
Current Position: Forestry researcher, Bioforest S.A.
Area of Interest: Best forestry management practices
Why they are interested in the Fellowship Program: I believe that participating in the International Fellowship will help me with my future research, since I will have access to a large network of contacts from universities and forestry agencies that focus on various forestry issues. In this way, I will gain more knowledge and learn about the cultural, educational, and technical experiences of others.
Name: Huan-Yu Lin
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Current Position: Assistant Researcher, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute
Area of Interest: Climate change adaptation strategy
Why they are interested in the Fellowship Program: The Pacific Northwest region is well-known for its expertise in climate-vegetation research. As an International Fellow, I will not only spare no effort to learn, discuss, and collaborate with experts to strengthen my research capability, I will also be willing to share my experience with other Fellows.
Name: Mabel Nabunya
Hometown: Kampala, Uganda
Current Position: Carbon finance specialist, Uganda Carbon Bureau
Area of Interest: Multi-benefit forests
Why they are interested in the Fellowship Program: Through the International Fellowship, I will devise solutions to one of the most consequential problems for the forestry sector in Uganda: how to promote the use of native tree species and how to target benefits beyond timber harvesting.
Name: Hai Tran
Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam
Current Position: Strategic planning consultant, World Wildlife Fund
Area of Interest: Landscape conservation
Why they are interested in the Fellowship Program: Through research and exposure to the dynamic conservation community, forest lovers, and forestry practitioners in the Fellowship program and the Pacific Northwest, I am looking forward to finding answers to a holistic forestry model as well as to kindle my passion for conserving forests where people and nature live in harmony.
Name: Oluwayemisi Olokeogun
Hometown: Ibadan, Nigeria
Current Position: Lecturer, Federal College of Forestry
Area of Interest: Urban forestry
Why they are interested in the Fellowship Program: I am convinced beyond doubt that joining the International Fellowship will offer me the privilege of learning how the US successfully manages their urban forests, particularly the approaches involved in establishing Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis plots.
Name: Dorcas Awortwe
Hometown: Elimina-Bantuma, Ghana
Current Position: Senior project officer, Central Region Development Commission
Area of Interest: Sustainable forest management
Why they are interested in the Fellowship Program: Sustainable forest management through agroforestry is required to increase climate change resilience in rural Ghana. Participating in the International Fellowship will provide me with the opportunity to learn and enhance my capacity on how communities, forest plantation owners, and other stakeholders are engaged, mobilized, and managed for sustainable forestry.
Host an International Fellow / Rent a Room in Your House
Enrich your life by exchanging your culture and learning from another in your home. Rent a room to an International Fellow for 6 months. Fellows are responsible for their own meals and cooking. Housing located close to public transportation is preferred, with a commute no longer than 50 mins to the World Forestry Center by the Oregon Zoo.
Host a Study Tour
Host a group of international professionals at your organization, share your knowledge, and showcase your experience and ideas to other parts of the world.
Check out the 2019 Fellowship Study Tours to learn about the latest organizations that hosted us and what we learned from them.
Sponsor a Fellow
The International Fellowship Program serves as a catalyst of best practices knowledge-transfer to professionals in forestry and natural resource management from around the world. Help fund a fellowship. A full six month program costs $10,000. Every year we raise funds for 8 fellowships. Contribute at the level that you can.
Attend the yearly Fellow’s Events
Every year in early May the World Forestry Center hosts a Meet and Greet reception for our incoming fellows’ cohort. This event is intended to introduce the year’s cohort of fellows to the community and allow both, fellows and community members, to connect early on in the fellows time in the Pacific NW This event sparks in community members:
- housing fellows
- building friendships with fellows (hiking, dinners …)
- learning more about fellow’s countries of origin, cultures, natural resources realities…
- volunteering with organizations related to their projects
- learning about stakeholder organization located in the PNW
- interest in visiting and interviewing specific stakeholders
… and sooo many other potential partnerships!! If you are interested in attending our next Fellows Meet and Greet, please email Shadia Duery,Fellowship Program Manager, for more information.
Every year in September the World Forestry Center hosts an evening event for fellows to present their fellowship project findings to the community. These 10-minute presentations are PowerPoint formatted and crafted for the general public. Attendees range from to the natural resources stakeholders that exchanged information with them, people hosted in their homes, and/or befriended them over their 6-months in town. If you were not able to attend to them this year, enjoy the presentations on video.
Check out our news and events page to find out what’s happening at the World Forestry Center and World Forest Institute.