Board Members

Olof Johansson

Senior Vice President, Environment and Sustainable Development
Sveaskog

Olof Johansson is Senior Vice President, Environment and Sustainable Development at Sveaskog in Sweden. A forest company wholly owned by the Swedish state, Sveaskog is Sweden’s largest forest owner with 4.1 million hectares of land, corresponding to 14% of the country’s total forest area. The core business is forestry and timber sales. Prior to working with […]

Olof Johansson is Senior Vice President, Environment and Sustainable Development at Sveaskog in Sweden. A forest company wholly owned by the Swedish state, Sveaskog is Sweden’s largest forest owner with 4.1 million hectares of land, corresponding to 14% of the country’s total forest area. The core business is forestry and timber sales.

Prior to working with Sveaskog, Mr. Johansson was Consultant on Education and Training at the National Environmental Board, Sweden from 1984-87. He was Ecologist at Domänverket (National Forest Service) from 1988-93, Senior Ecologist at AssiDomän from 1994-2001 and from 2002 held various positions at Sveaskog. 

He has authored numerous publications and books on management of forests, wetlands, and meadows in Sweden. Mr. Johansson has also served as Chair of the Board of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). He is currently Chair of the Board of Forest Trends as well as of Sveaskog Timber.

Country: Sweden

Sergey Tsyplenkov

Director
Greenpeace Russia

Sergey has been Director of Greenpeace Russia since 1998. From 1993 – 1998 he was a head of its Forest Program. Sergey was a member of and participated in the activities of the World Bank’s CEO’s Forum on Forests from 1998-2000. In 1999 he joined the Board of Directors of the NGO Forest Trends based […]

Sergey has been Director of Greenpeace Russia since 1998. From 1993 – 1998 he was a head of its Forest Program. Sergey was a member of and participated in the activities of the World Bank’s CEO’s Forum on Forests from 1998-2000. In 1999 he joined the Board of Directors of the NGO Forest Trends based in Washington, D.C. where he currently is Vice Chair. He has been a member of the Council of Biodiversity Conservation Center in Moscow since 1999 and a member of initiator group and member of Federal Head-quarter of first All-Russian environmental referendum since 2000. Between 2005 and 2007, Sergey was one of the initiators of the Civil G8 process in Russia and in 2006 he was member of “National Working Group Civil G8. In 2009 he joined the Presidential Council for Human Rights and Civil Society Development where he is still an active member.

Sergey has authored more than 35 articles and papers on hydrology and meteorology as well as forest, forestry and forest ecology. He has been a participating member of fifteen oceanography, geographical, environmental and forestry expeditions in the Atlantic Ocean, Baltic and Black sea as well as expeditions to around Russia from the Kola Peninsula in the North to Baikal Lake and the Russian Far East. Sergey holds a BA and MA degrees from Moscow State University’s School of Geography.

Country: Russia

Mark Bierbower

Senior Counsel
Hunton & Williams LLP

Mark Bierbower is a Senior Counsel with Hunton & Williams LLP.  For over 35 years, his practice focused on commercial and administrative litigation, and Congressional oversight. Mark’s trial, administrative and appellate experience includes contracts, insurance, environmental, telecommunications, business torts, product liability, tax controversies, ERISA, securities, financial institutions, employment, real estate, franchise, health care, advertising and […]

Mark Bierbower is a Senior Counsel with Hunton & Williams LLP.  For over 35 years, his practice focused on commercial and administrative litigation, and Congressional oversight. Mark’s trial, administrative and appellate experience includes contracts, insurance, environmental, telecommunications, business torts, product liability, tax controversies, ERISA, securities, financial institutions, employment, real estate, franchise, health care, advertising and marketing, electric restructuring, oil and gas, and public utilities. He also has considerable experience in ethics and private investigations and temporary and preliminary relief.

Mark has tried cases successfully on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 corporations, trade associations and trusts. He is admitted to practice before State and Federal District Courts in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland; the U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Court of Federal Claims; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Third, Fourth and Sixth Circuits; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Country: United States

John Begley

Manager & Board Member
Columbia Pulp

John Begley has over 40 years of experience in the Pulp and Paper Industry. Over the past 15 years, he was the CEO of Power Townsend, Grays Harbor, and Harbor Paper. John has experience in leading manufacturing organizations, especially continuous process operations, with a proven record of successful leadership in turnarounds, strategic planning and the […]

John Begley has over 40 years of experience in the Pulp and Paper Industry. Over the past 15 years, he was the CEO of Power Townsend, Grays Harbor, and Harbor Paper. John has experience in leading manufacturing organizations, especially continuous process operations, with a proven record of successful leadership in turnarounds, strategic planning and the implementation of those plans. He has been effective at driving growth, building and managing cross-functional teams, and implementing cultural change while being recognized for creating strong customer loyalty and retention within a highly competitive industry. As President and CEO at Port Townsend Paper Corporation, John increased annual sales through internal growth and acquisition from $120 million to $260 million. He also refocused the company’s sales and marketing program from an Asian focus to US and Canadian markets while increasing paper mill production by 70% with little capital expenditure.

John started his career in the paper industry at Weyerhaeuser Company with his most recent position being Director of Strategic Planning. In this position, he coordinated and led multiple cross-functional teams to study various strategic global opportunities and participated in specific Senior Management team sponsored projects.

Country: United States

David Brand

Founder and CEO
New Forests Pty Limited

David Brand has over 35 years’ experience in business management, investment management, science, public policy, public administration, and international affairs working with a wide range of public and private sector organisations in the forestry sector of Canada and Australia. He is founder and CEO of international investment management business New Forests and also is an […]

David Brand has over 35 years’ experience in business management, investment management, science, public policy, public administration, and international affairs working with a wide range of public and private sector organisations in the forestry sector of Canada and Australia. He is founder and CEO of international investment management business New Forests and also is an Executive Director and Chair of the Investment Committees and Management Committees of the firm. He is currently Chair of sawmilling business Timberlink Australia New Zealand, Chair of Tasmanian forestry business Forico, a Director of Forest Trends, and a Trustee of Bangkok-based Inter-governmental organization The Centre for People and Forests. He has published widely on the international forestry sector and speaks at a range of conferences on forests, climate change and responsible investment.

Country: Australia

Richard Burrett

Partner
Earth Capital Partners

Richard Burrett is a Partner at Earth Capital Partners – a company specializing in investments that address the challenges of sustainable development. He has spent over 30 years involved in international finance. As Global Head of Project Finance at ABN AMRO he was instrumental in the creation of the Equator Principles, a market-recognized standard for […]

Richard Burrett is a Partner at Earth Capital Partners – a company specializing in investments that address the challenges of sustainable development. He has spent over 30 years involved in international finance. As Global Head of Project Finance at ABN AMRO he was instrumental in the creation of the Equator Principles, a market-recognized standard for managing environmental and social risk issues in project financing and went on to become Global Head of Sustainability. Richard is a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Senior Adviser to the Earth Security Group. He is a FMO nominated non-Exec Board Director of Union Bank of Nigeria and former Co-Chair of the UNEP Financial Initiative.

Country: United Kingdom

Sally Collins

Owner
Sally Collins, LLC.

Sally Collins has spent more than 35 years in natural resource management. She worked for the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management in Wilderness, Environmental Planning. and Energy Minerals policy in Colorado, as a land use planner for the Siuslaw National Forest, and as the Forest Supervisor for the Deschutes National Forest in Bend, OR. […]

Sally Collins has spent more than 35 years in natural resource management. She worked for the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management in Wilderness, Environmental Planning. and Energy Minerals policy in Colorado, as a land use planner for the Siuslaw National Forest, and as the Forest Supervisor for the Deschutes National Forest in Bend, OR. In 2000, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she served as Associate Chief for the U.S. Forest Service for 13 years. In 2008, she was selected as the first Director of the USDA Office of Environmental Markets, working for the Secretary of Agriculture to promote markets for ecosystem services provided by farms, forests, and ranches across the country. She left the federal government in 2010 and has been consulting for various organizations on international forestry, climate change, and environmental markets. She has chaired the Lyons, CO Watershed and Flood Recovery Board since the 2013 catastrophic flood that destroyed 20% of the town’s infrastructure.

She received her BS from the University of Colorado and her Master’s from the University of Wyoming in Political Science and Natural Resource Management.

Country: United States

Linda Coady

Chief Sustainability Officer
Enbridge

Linda Coady is a subject matter expert on corporate sustainability, with a track record of helping to solve issues with complex social, environmental and economic interdependencies. She is Chief Sustainability Officer for Enbridge, with responsibility for the company’s social and environmental performance at an enterprise-wide level. Prior to joining Enbridge in 2013, she was Vice-President […]

Linda Coady is a subject matter expert on corporate sustainability, with a track record of helping to solve issues with complex social, environmental and economic interdependencies. She is Chief Sustainability Officer for Enbridge, with responsibility for the company’s social and environmental performance at an enterprise-wide level.

Prior to joining Enbridge in 2013, she was Vice-President of Sustainability for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. She is also a former Vice-President of World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada), and a former Vice-President of Weyerhaeuser Canada.

Ms. Coady’s work on sustainable development has been recognized with awards from Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, the Ecological Society of America, the YWCA, and the Globe Foundation for Business and Environment. From 2010-2012 she was a Distinguished Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She has consulted locally and globally on sustainability issues in the forestry, mining, shipping and sport industries, as well as in the environmental conservation sector.

Country: Canada

Martha Isabel “Pati“ Ruiz Corzo

Founder
Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda IAP

Martha “Pati” Ruiz Corzo is a recognized leader for building a bottom-up civil conservation movement in central Mexico. Located in the Sierra Gorda Mountains, Pati and her husband began organizing concerned citizens for a regional rescue program based on environmental education, economic development, forestry management, and community development specifically directed to women who are the […]

Martha “Pati” Ruiz Corzo is a recognized leader for building a bottom-up civil conservation movement in central Mexico. Located in the Sierra Gorda Mountains, Pati and her husband began organizing concerned citizens for a regional rescue program based on environmental education, economic development, forestry management, and community development specifically directed to women who are the heads of household in the rural extreme poverty communities due to high rates of migration of working age men to the USA.

Through Pati’s leadership, Sierra Gorda became the first natural protected area in the country to be designated in response to a bottom-up consensus. Then-president Ernesto Zedillo designated her as the federal director of the new Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in order to guarantee the involvement of the local communities which number over 600 with a population of 100,000 in a surface area of 1 million acres.

As a social entrepreneur recognized by the Ashoka: Innovators for the Public since 1996, the Schwab foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the World Economic Forum since 2001, and the Rolex Prize for Enterprise in 2002, and on-going accompaniment of this initiative in the region since 1987, Pati is the leader of a widespread  grassroots movement for almost 20 years, defending the integrity of this mega-diverse region and actively implementing alternatives for social and economic development towards regional sustainable development.

Country: Mexico

Randy Hayes

Executive Director
Foundation Earth

Randy Hayes is Executive Director at Foundation Earth, a new organization rethinking a human order that works within the planet’s life support systems. As a former filmmaker and Rainforest Action Network founder, he is a veteran of many high-visibility corporate accountability campaigns and has advocated for the rights of Indigenous peoples. He served seven years as […]

Randy Hayes is Executive Director at Foundation Earth, a new organization rethinking a human order that works within the planet’s life support systems. As a former filmmaker and Rainforest Action Network founder, he is a veteran of many high-visibility corporate accountability campaigns and has advocated for the rights of Indigenous peoples. He served seven years as President of The City of San Francisco Commission on the Environment, and as Director of Sustainability in the office of Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown (now governor). As a wilderness lover, Hayes has explored the High Sierras, the Canadian Rockies and the rainforests of the Amazon, Central America, Congo, Southeast Asia, Borneo, and Australia. He is a special advisor to the World Future Council. He has been described in the Wall Street Journal as “an environmental pit bull.” Hayes also spent four years working at the International Forum on Globalization, a San Francisco-based think tank tasked with analyzing the cultural, social, political, and environmental impacts of economic globalization. Randy sits on about eight non-profit Boards of Directors and numerous Boards of Advisors. He guest lectures in Green MBA programs at Presidio School of Management and Bard.

Hayes holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning from San Francisco State University (Inducted in Alumni Hall of Fame scheduled May 2010). His master’s thesis, the award-winning film “The Four Corners,” won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award for Best Student Documentary in 1983. He contributed to Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is Possible, published in 2004. Not satisfied with short-term thinking, his 500-year plan offers a vision of a sustainable society and how to get there. His corporate campaign activist peers honored Hayes in 2008 with an Individual Achievement Award, given by the Business Ethics Network. His current focus is a strategy to halt the 6th Great Extinction – Nature Needs Half and how do we rebuild post-collapse since humanity doesn’t seem able to solve its serious assault on the planet’s life support systems.

Country: United States

Hans Hoogeveen

Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN Organisations for Food and Agriculture

Hans Hoogeveen serves as Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN Organizations for Food and Agriculture. Before that, he was the Director General for Agriculture and Nature Management at the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs. Over the course of the last two decades, Dr. Hoogeveen served in numerous international functions, including as Chair of […]

Hans Hoogeveen serves as Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN Organizations for Food and Agriculture. Before that, he was the Director General for Agriculture and Nature Management at the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs. Over the course of the last two decades, Dr. Hoogeveen served in numerous international functions, including as Chair of the Bureau of the Seventh Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests, which, under his leadership, adopted in 2007 a landmark international instrument on forests. Dr. Hoogeveen serves on several boards, including Forest Trends and Yale University’s Governance, Environment, and Markets Initiative. He is Professor of Practice in Natural Resource Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, as well as lead lecturer in European Policy at the Netherlands School for Public Government. (more…)

Country: Netherlands

Miguel Serediuk Milano

Chairman, Board of Directors
Instituto LIFE

Miguel is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Instituto LIFE (Brazil), Director of Permian Global in Brazil, and also owner and director of consulting firm Milano Consultoria & Planejamento. A former professor of Universidade Federal do Parana and visiting professor at Colorado State University, he is also member of the governing boards of […]

Miguel is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Instituto LIFE (Brazil), Director of Permian Global in Brazil, and also owner and director of consulting firm Milano Consultoria & Planejamento. A former professor of Universidade Federal do Parana and visiting professor at Colorado State University, he is also member of the governing boards of FUNBIO (the Brazilian Fund of Biodiversity), Fundo Vale, Fundação Neotropica do Brasil, and environmental news website Associacao O Eco.

Miguel holds a bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering and master’s and doctoral degrees in Forest Science, all from the Universidade Federal do Paraná. Miguel’s main areas of work include natural resources conservation and protected areas management, land and open space planning and management, urban forestry, and sustainability more broadly. As a coordinator, consultant, or member of technical teams he worked on over 35 projects dealing with those issues, including projects for the World Bank, FAO, UNDP, GTZ, and Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (Germany). He has also authored or co-authored more than 80 published papers, and advised close to 30 Msc Thesis and Doctorate dissertations while a professor at Universidade Federal d Parana (1981-2004).

Country: Brazil

Harris Sherman

Former Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment, US Department of Agriculture

Harris Sherman represents clients in a wide range of natural resource issues including energy (both renewable and nonrenewable), water development, water quality, public lands, Native American projects, outdoor recreation and skiing, forestry, mining, and agriculture. He has pioneered methods to streamline environmental review and permitting processes at the federal, state and local levels. He also […]

Harris Sherman represents clients in a wide range of natural resource issues including energy (both renewable and nonrenewable), water development, water quality, public lands, Native American projects, outdoor recreation and skiing, forestry, mining, and agriculture. He has pioneered methods to streamline environmental review and permitting processes at the federal, state and local levels. He also has played a central role in major infrastructure and real estate projects throughout the country. Mr. Sherman was the head of the firm’s Denver Office from 1980 until 2000.

Country: United States

John Tobin-de la Puente


The Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) and the Cornell S.C. Johnson College of Business, Cornell University

John Tobin is Professor of Practice of Corporate Sustainability at Cornell University, where he teaches, does research, and manages external engagement in the area of sustainable finance. Prior to that he was Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainability at Credit Suisse, where he had broad responsibility for managing environmental and social matters at the […]

John Tobin is Professor of Practice of Corporate Sustainability at Cornell University, where he teaches, does research, and manages external engagement in the area of sustainable finance. Prior to that he was Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainability at Credit Suisse, where he had broad responsibility for managing environmental and social matters at the bank. Dr. Tobin obtained his B.S. in Biology from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and holds a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University as well as a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Among other appointments, Dr. Tobin is co-founder and member of the steering committee of the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC).

Country: United States

Bettina von Hagen

Chief Executive Officer
Ecotrust

Bettina helped launch Ecotrust Forests and joined Ecotrust Forest Management as CEO in 2008. Bettina has spent the past 15 years working to promote economic viability, social equity, and environmental health in the Pacific Northwest with a particular focus on forestry. A former vice president of Ecotrust’s Natural Capital Fund and commercial banker, Bettina has […]

Bettina helped launch Ecotrust Forests and joined Ecotrust Forest Management as CEO in 2008. Bettina has spent the past 15 years working to promote economic viability, social equity, and environmental health in the Pacific Northwest with a particular focus on forestry. A former vice president of Ecotrust’s Natural Capital Fund and commercial banker, Bettina has over 20 years of experience in banking, impact investing, and fund management. She also has significant expertise in emerging markets in ecosystem services, particularly the forest carbon market, where she is involved in developing markets and protocols for high-quality forest carbon projects at the state, regional, and federal levels.

Previously, Bettina was Vice President at Ecotrust for forestry programs and for the Natural Capital Fund, a fund which invests in key businesses and initiatives in the conservation economy. Prior to joining Ecotrust in 1993, she was a vice president and commercial lender at First Interstate Bank of Oregon. Bettina has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of the Pacific. She currently serves on the boards of the Climate Trust, Forest Trends, and the VCS Association.

Country: United States

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal

Climate Chief
WWF

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal is a lawyer with 27 years of experience in the fields of environmental law and policy. In 2011 he was named Minister of State for Environment, the position he now occupies in addition of being named President of COP20. In 1986 he founded the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, one of the most […]

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal is a lawyer with 27 years of experience in the fields of environmental law and policy. In 2011 he was named Minister of State for Environment, the position he now occupies in addition of being named President of COP20.

In 1986 he founded the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, one of the most recognized organizations of environmental law in the region, where he served as Executive Director for 20 years. Throughout his career, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal has participated in the development of environmental policy frameworks in many countries of the Region, as an advisor to decision makers and also many project initiatives, plus he has managed some organizations and in turn is a recognized leader in environmental management issues in many countries. He is the author of papers regarding his specialty and has written many articles in various environmental magazines. He is a professor and lecturer in environmental law, environmental management and natural resources.

In his role as Minister he is responsible for proposing and defining the environmental policies of the country, including biodiversity and climate change policies. He is also in charge of implementing the environmental legislation of the country and its enforcement policies.

Country: Peru

Michael Jenkins

Founding President and CEO
Forest Trends

Michael Jenkins is the founding President and CEO of Forest Trends. From 1989-1999, he was the Associate Director for the Global Security and Sustainability Program of the MacArthur Foundation. In 1998, Michael was in a joint appointment as a Senior Forestry Advisor to the World Bank. Before entering the MacArthur Foundation, he worked for three […]

Michael Jenkins is the founding President and CEO of Forest Trends. From 1989-1999, he was the Associate Director for the Global Security and Sustainability Program of the MacArthur Foundation. In 1998, Michael was in a joint appointment as a Senior Forestry Advisor to the World Bank. Before entering the MacArthur Foundation, he worked for three years as an agro-forester in Haiti with the USAID Agroforestry Outreach Program. Previous to that, he was a technical advisor for a Washington-based development organization, Appropriate Technology International. In the late 1970s, Michael was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay working in agriculture, apiculture, and forestry projects. He has traveled and worked throughout Latin America, Asia and parts of Africa, and speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese, Creole, and Guaraní.

Michael holds a Master’s of Forest Science from Yale University and has contributed to and authored numerous books/publications, including The Business of Sustainable Forestry: Strategies for an Industry in Transition and Capital Markets and Sustainable Forestry: Opportunities for Investment.

In 2010 he received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and in 2015 the Social Entrepreneur Award from the Schwab Foundation. Also in 2015, Forest Trends was awarded the 2015 Award for Creative and Effective Institutions from the MacArthur Foundation.

Country: United States