Meet the 2018 WFI Fellows
Meet This Year’s Fellows!
WFI’s team of International Fellows is selectively chosen from the forestry profession around the globe. In a program unique to the industry, these Fellows serve six month Fellowships at WFI, using a wide range of skills, expertise and language abilities to complete a primary 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.
Jeen Bunnik is a procurement forester for Houthandel Bunnik, a family-owned business established in the Netherlands in 1900. As the fifth generation-owner, Jeen serves as the liaison between procurement and Houthandel Bunnik’s internal and external timber product manufacturing. He is responsible for the procurement of logs and dimensional lumber originating from Northwest European temperate forests that go to domestic, European, and export markets. Jeen holds dual Bachelors degrees in Business Administration and Forestry and an Engineering degree in International Timber Trade. With five years of work experience, Jeen comes to WFI to gain insight into the impact of forestry policy, including forestry practices on timber procurement and log extraction, in the Pacific Northwest. Contact:
Meei-ru Jeng is an associate researcher at the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute in Taipei, Taiwan. She has extensive knowledge in eco-informatics and information management, especially in system planning. Meei-ru has served as primary project coordinator for the International Long-Term Ecological Research Network, coordinating workshops and trainings. In recent years, Meei-ru has further sharpened her information management skills and worked to develop a platform for streaming sensing networks, making the data openly available and accessible to the public. Meei-ru is now taking these coordination and management skills to a lead investigator level on a Biochar Materials and Application program. She comes to WFI to study and understand the flow of raw materials from collection to re-use under a Biochar framework. Contact:
Li Xuejiao is a program officer at the Chinese Academy of Forestry based in Beijing, China. She obtained her Master’s degree in ecology at Beijing Normal University and is now working on forestry international cooperation. At WFI, she aims to learn about international cooperation models involving various forest stakeholders and to analyze best practices for forestry international cooperation management in the Pacific Northwest. She will then integrate the lessons learned during her Fellowship into her work in China. Contact:
Thammarat Mettanurak has been managing his family business, a retail store for construction materials, in Thailand for over a decade. Because lumber is the most profitable product in his family-run business, Thammarat chose to obtain a Master’s degree in Wood Science and Forest Products at Virginia Tech. Over the last ten years, the demand for Thai dimensional lumber has declined due to its relatively high price as well as decreased availability from Thailand’s neighboring countries. This trend has negatively impacted his company’s bottom line. Traveling a great distance to WFI, Thammarat hopes to gain insight into the possibility of introducing Pacific Northwest lumber into the Thai market. Contact:
Tuan Manh Phan is a legal and institutional policy consultant from Vietnam. He has an MBA (2013), law (1998) and mechanical engineering (1983) degrees, and professional certificates in climate change and policy advisory. In recent years, Tuan has been deeply involved in designing policy frameworks and legislative tools in environmental protection, climate change adaptation, and biodiversity conservation, including the promotion of payments for forest ecosystem services (PFES). At WFI, Tuan’s goal is to learn the promotion of PFES with a focus on carbon. Contact: