FT Fellows: Helping Forest Trends Stay Global and Nimble Since 2000

Forests Oct 19, 2015
Will Tucker

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Partnership is at the heart of Forest Trends’ mission; it’s “in our DNA.” Since Forest Trends was founded in 1998, the organization has strived to remain at once small, global, and nimble – able to respond quickly to emerging opportunities and challenges in the conservation arena. Our versatility in large part depends on our ability to forge partnerships with key actors in business, government, civil society, and elsewhere. Forest Trends connects actors who might appear “unlikely allies,” fostering constructive relationships that serve the larger purpose of preserving the natural infrastructure of this planet. In keeping with that model of partnership, Forest Trends has built an FT Fellows program as a way to promote collaboration, thought leadership, and idea-sharing across a global network.

To date, the program has engaged over 30 internationally recognized leaders over the last 15 years whose interests and expertise align with the Forest Trends mission. Some of these fellows have gone on to join our board of directors, become leaders of our initiatives, or continue working with Forest Trends on the ground as key implementation partners.

Our most recent 2015 class of Forest Trends fellows have distinguished backgrounds working internationally in government ministries, development banks, the renewable energy sector, the forest industry, and public health, among other areas.

2015 FT Fellows

Fernando Momiy is President of the Board of the National Superintendent of Water and Sanitation Services of Peru (SUNASS). He has also held positions at the Supervising Agency for Investment in Public Use Transport Infrastructure (OSITRAN), the Ministry of Transport and Communications, and the Private Investment Promotion Agency (ProInversión).

Sally Ericsson served as Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy and Science at the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2009 to 2014. She is a natural resource conservation and climate consultant with extensive experience working in the United States government.

Ken Chomitz spent over 20 years in various roles within the World Bank Group and brings extensive expertise in data analysis and evaluation across issues in climate change, environment, and development. He is one of the authors of the forthcoming World Development Report 2016: The Internet and Development.

Asmeen Khan is a Senior Environmental Specialist at the World Bank, where she has held various positions focused primarily on Asian topics for more than a decade. She has led and worked on a number of conservation and development projects in Indonesia, India, and elsewhere.

Bruno Mariani is the Founding Partner and CEO of Symbiosis Investimentos e Part. Ltda., a Brazilian investment and operation company focused on promoting sustainable practices in the timber industry. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Board of the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (Funbio).

Amy Margerum Berg is the Executive Vice President of Development and Operations at The Aspen Institute, where she is responsible for development, governance, finance, conference center operations, and regional community outreach programming. Prior to joining The Aspen Institute, she served as the City Manager of Aspen, Colorado.

Victor Galarreta is the Technical Secretary of Consejo Interregional Amazónico-Perú (CIAM), an interregional coordinating board that brings together Peru’s regional governments of Amazonas, Loreto, Madre de Dios, San Martin and Ucayali, with an emphasis on environmental initiatives.

Lyndon Haviland, MPH, DrPH has more than 25 years of experience in domestic and international public health issues, and has led various public health campaigns, initiatives and organizations. She is a former member of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and served as Senior Project Leader for the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

Our fellows act as ambassadors who can highlight the most urgent conservation and climate challenges in their circles, as well as promote market-based solutions that support sustainability. Importantly, they also contribute new ideas, expertise, and perspectives that help Forest Trends work effectively in its future partnerships.

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