The Forest Trends Fellows Program was born in 2000. Its goal was to leverage our unique global network of partners to support our mission to build an economic engine behind conservation. Fast-forward twenty years, and the Fellows program has become a critical way we form flexible, mutually beneficial collaborations with internationally recognized leaders and experts in conservation, climate policy, technology, and finance.

To date, Forest Trends has engaged more than 30 leaders through this program. Fellows have gone on to join the Forest Trends Board of Directors, contribute as thought leaders on our initiative teams, join our staff, or become key implementation partners around the world. Still others accompany us on special field visits to the Amazon and Mekong, help us promote our work, or remain steady collaborators and co-authors on papers and reports. They are an extraordinary group of change makers and visionaries, including community leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, scientists, lawyers, and financiers.

As we enter a new decade, Forest Trends seeks to expand our Fellows program to meet the climate challenges our world is facing, at the speed and scale at which we need to find solutions. Twenty years of experience has taught us that bringing together the most creative, entrepreneurial minds in the field is the way to make a powerful impact.

Recent Fellows Include

Clark Binkley

Founder, International Forestry Investment Advisors
Clark Binkley has been involved in forestry for over forty years, first as an academic at Yale University and the University of British Columbia, and then in the timberland investment business as Chief Investment Officer for both the Hancock Timber Resource Group and GreenWood Resources. In...

Clark Binkley has been involved in forestry for over forty years, first as an academic at Yale University and the University of British Columbia, and then in the timberland investment business as Chief Investment Officer for both the Hancock Timber Resource Group and GreenWood Resources. In 2005, he founded International Forestry Investment Advisors (IFIA) to develop and implement innovative, socially responsible high-return timberland investment strategies.

Sally Ericsson

Strategic Consultant, Climate Change & Natural Resource Conservation Policy
Sally Ericsson is a strategic consultant for non-profit organizations on climate change and natural resource conservation policies. Sally oversaw energy, climate, conservation, and environmental policy for two US presidents – working at the White House Office of Management and Budget during...

Sally Ericsson is a strategic consultant for non-profit organizations on climate change and natural resource conservation policies. Sally oversaw energy, climate, conservation, and environmental policy for two US presidents – working at the White House Office of Management and Budget during the Obama administration and natural resource policies at the White House Council on Environmental Quality during the Clinton administration. She also held leadership positions on Capitol Hill and at climate organizations.

Bruno Mariani

Founding Partner & CEO of Symbiosis Investimentos e Part. S.A.
Bruno Mariani is Founding Partner and CEO of Symbiosis Investimentos e Part. S.A., a privately-owned Brazilian reforestation company focused on rare Atlantic Forest tree species. Bruno was also the Chairman of the Board of Funbio –The Brazilian Biodiversity Fund. Prior to that, he was managing...

Bruno Mariani is Founding Partner and CEO of Symbiosis Investimentos e Part. S.A., a privately-owned Brazilian reforestation company focused on rare Atlantic Forest tree species. Bruno was also the Chairman of the Board of Funbio –The Brazilian Biodiversity Fund. Prior to that, he was managing director of BBM Bank S.A. for twenty years.

Susan McIntire

Trustee, Denver Museum of Nature & Science & Fellow, Aspen Institute Mexico
Susan McIntire has experience in international and domestic sales and management, primarily with IBM, and in the finance, engineering, and manufacturing industries. She has served on a wide range of philanthropic boards and is currently a Trustee at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, on...

Susan McIntire has experience in international and domestic sales and management, primarily with IBM, and in the finance, engineering, and manufacturing industries. She has served on a wide range of philanthropic boards and is currently a Trustee at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, on the board of the Biennial of the Americas, and a fellow at the Aspen Institute Mexico.

Jim Salzman

Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, UCLA School of Law & Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Jim Salzman is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, with joint appointments at the UCLA School of Law and the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. He is a leading international authority on the laws and institutions supporting payments for ecosystem...

Jim Salzman is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, with joint appointments at the UCLA School of Law and the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. He is a leading international authority on the laws and institutions supporting payments for ecosystem services.

Sudip Thakor

Founder & Managing Partner, Pumori Capital
Sudip Thakor is a senior financial and investment executive with 25 years of international experience in sourcing, structuring, and investing in private debt and equity transactions. Sudip founded Pumori Capital in 2014, an Investment and Advisory boutique focusing on impact and emerging market...

Sudip Thakor is a senior financial and investment executive with 25 years of international experience in sourcing, structuring, and investing in private debt and equity transactions. Sudip founded Pumori Capital in 2014, an Investment and Advisory boutique focusing on impact and emerging market transactions and serves as Managing Partner. Prior to founding Pumori Capital, Sudip held several leadership positions at Credit Suisse, including Managing Director of Emerging Markets Products, contributor to the Asset Management Operating Committee, co-lead of Emerging Markets and High Grade Credit Businesses, and leader of the Global Structuring Group. Sudip has an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from Cornell University.

Holt Thrasher

Founder, Synovia Capital
Holt Thrasher is Founder of Synovia Capital, where he currently focuses on investing in the information technology sector supporting advanced ecosystem data analytics. Holt is an active conservationist and currently serves as Trustee and Treasurer of the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation,...

Holt Thrasher is Founder of Synovia Capital, where he currently focuses on investing in the information technology sector supporting advanced ecosystem data analytics. Holt is an active conservationist and currently serves as Trustee and Treasurer of the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation, an advisory board member of the Lincoln Land Institutes Center for Geospatial Solutions, a member of the President’s Council of Ceres, and board Chair of Mongabay. He was formerly Chairman of the National Audubon Society and Audubon Connecticut. Holt has a BA from Colby College and an MBA from the International Institute of Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland.

2021 Fellows Brochure

Previous Fellows

John Begley, CEO, Port Townsend Paper, USA 

David Brand, President, New Forests, Australia 

Jim Brumm, General Counsel, Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan 

Al Cho, Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, Xylem Inc., USA 

Paul Fuge, President, Sylvania Certified, LLC, USA 

Victor Galarreta, Technical Secretary of the Interregional Amazon-Peru Council (CIAM), Peru 

Victor Luis Gonzales, President of Windmar Renewables, LLC, Puerto Rico 

David Gordon, Associate Director, Pacific Environment, USA 

Victoria Hale, Founder, Medicines 360, Institute for One World Health, USA 

Lyndon Haviland, Leader, Facilitator, Storyteller, Social Entrepreneur, USA

Asmeen KhanPractice Manager, Governance Global Practice, The World Bank Group, South Africa 

Arvind Khare, Executive Director, Rights and Resources Institute, USA 

Fernando Moimy Hada, Director, National Supterintendency of Sanitation Services (SUNASS), Peru 

Mario MonzoniAssistant Coordinator, School of Business Administration of São Paulo, Brazil 

Ole PetenyaLecturer, Maasai Mara University; Secretary, Shombole Community Trust, Kenya 

Carlos Muñoz Pina, Director, World Resources Institute, Mexico 

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Global Leader of Climate and Energy, WWF, USA

Pati Ruiz CorzoDirector General, Grupo Sierra Gorda, Mexico 

Sara Scherr, Director, EcoAgriculture Partners, USA 

Tod Sedgwick, Chairman of the Board, Io Energy, USA 

John Spears, World Bank/WWF Alliance Coordinator, The World Bank Group, USA 

Changjun Sun, Director, Research Center for Ecological and Environmental Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China 

Kerry ten Kate, Director, Investment Responsibility, Insight Investment, London, United Kingdom 

David Tepper, CEOThe Earth Partners, United Kingdom 

Wouter VeeningFormer Policy Director, Netherlands Committee for the IUCN, Netherlands 

Kim Yeadon, NSW Parliament Member, Australian Government