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Our team

The Proforest team is international, multilingual and has a broad variety of backgrounds, ranging from industry and academia to NGOs. This allows us to work comfortably in many types of organisations and cultures.

Our technical team

Dr Ruth Nussbaum

Co-founder and Director

Dr Ruth NussbaumRuth has been working with responsible production and sourcing of natural resources for more than two decades. Her experience includes advising industry, governments and NGOs on practical implementation of responsible practices, developing international and national policies, standards and safeguards, running a global forest certification programme and writing a range of guides and books. She has worked in more than 40 countries and has vast experience of developing, interpreting and implementing policies and processes for delivering sustainable management and natural resources.

Neil Judd

Co-founder and Director

Neil JuddNeil Judd is a co-founder and director of Proforest. Neil has extensive experience of delivering practical solutions to sustainability requirements and has over 25 years’ experience of working with corporate clients in the food, agriculture, forestry and biofuels sectors. His background includes extensive involvement in sustainability certification and the responsible management of natural resources.

Neil specialises in responsible sourcing, and leads Proforest’s development and delivery of responsible sourcing strategy and implementation to a range of corporate clients. His experience also includes managing the largest global forest certification programme and playing a leading role in the development of sustainable palm oil certification.

Abraham Baffoe

Africa Regional Director

Abraham BaffoeAbraham has more than 18 years’ experience working on natural resource management, specialising in sustainable forest management, certification and forest policy. His experience involves managing community forestry projects, developing and implementing forest certification programmes and providing support to sustainability standard setting and policy implementation. As the Forest Programme Leader at the WWF West Africa Forest Office, he coordinated several forestry projects and provided technical support to the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT)/Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) process. He has also provided training and technical support to companies on forest certification for the Global Forest and Trade Network.

Abraham has led several HCV and baseline assessments for forestry, rubber, coffee and palm oil operations. These include new plantation developments in several countries in Africa including Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia. Abraham is an RSPO approved team leader for HVC assessment.

Surin Suksuwan

Southeast Asia Regional Director


Surin has more than 14 years’ experience in natural resource management and biodiversity conservation, with a particular interest in protected area planning and management, forest landscape management and plant conservation. He has been involved in initiatives related to HCV development and palm oil certification.

Surin is based in the Southeast Asia Office in Kuala Lumpur. Apart from English, Surin is proficient in Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia. He has an MSc in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants from the University of Edinburgh and is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas.

Daniel Arancibia

Latin America Co-director

Daniel ArancibiaDaniel is a Peruvian forester with fifteen years of international experience in forest-based solutions, market linkages and landscape approaches to sustainable development. He has a strong track record of managing international multidisciplinary teams, effective donor engagement and resource mobilisation. He has worked for WWF and the Forest Stewardship Council in Mexico, Germany, Panama, USA and Peru. Daniel is also a peer reviewer for the High Conservation Value Resource Network (HCV RN) Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS).

Daniel is based in Colombia and speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese. After his degree in forestry sciences, he received an MBA from the Universidad del Pacífico in Peru and specialised in GIS at CATIE (Costa Rica) and ESRI (USA), and on ISO auditing in Mexico and USA. 

Isabella Freire Vitali

Latin America Co-director

Isabella Freire VitaliIsabella has a wide range of experience in corporate engagement, policy analysis, project design and management, strategic planning, responsible sourcing of agricultural commodities, standard development and process facilitation. Her experiences also include sustainability issues in different sectors in Brazil and Latin America, negotiation and establishment of cross sector partnerships.

Isabella currently is Brazil Manager at Proforest. Previously she led WWF UK’s Livestock and Soy Programme, engaging with companies in the supply chain to reduce the impacts of these sectors on natural habitats. She also worked with Conservation International in Brazil, focusing on corporate engagement.

Isabella holds an MPhil in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge and a BA in International Relations from the University of Brasilia. She speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish and Hungarian.

Sandra Charity

Interim Brazil Country Director

Sandra CharitySandra is a Brazilian conservation professional with 30 years’ experience in the strategic planning, design and implementation of large, complex conservation programmes and strategies in over 10 developing countries, focused on forests and freshwater management and conservation, wildlife management, commodity supply chains, protected areas, environmental impact assessment and capacity building. She has worked in government agencies including the Brazilian Forest Institute/National Parks Department and the Energy Company of São Paulo (CESP), as well as non-governmental organisations including Funatura and WWF. Sandra was head of WWF-UK’s Forests programme and team for 8 years which focused on forest governance, timber trade, REDD+, commodities as drivers of deforestation, and capacity building. She later worked as deputy leader of WWF’s Living Amazon Initiative for over 3 years. More recently she has been working as an independent consultant on various assignments, including the development of conservation plans for Amazon freshwater ecosystems and for jaguars, and an illegal wildlife trade assessment.

Sandra has an MSc in Conservation & Wildlife Management from the University of London and a BA in Veterinary Science from the University of São Paulo. She is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish, and a board member of two environmental charities. Her Proforest role involves working in both Brazil and the UK.

Tony Hill

Director  Smallholder Support Programme

Tony HillTony has a background in forestry, with diverse experience spanning 25 years in rural livelihoods, small business development and social mobilisation. He has worked for international NGOs, bilateral aid agencies and host government institutions across Africa, South Asia and small island territories. Operating at the interface of socioeconomic development and sustainable natural resource management, he has led the delivery of programmes to develop local forest enterprise, decentralised governance of forest resources, sustainable farming and agroforestry systems, better management of watersheds and conservation of fragile ecosystems.

Dawn Robinson

Director – Social Responsibility and Human Rights

Dawn Robinson

Dawn has over 20 years of professional experience in rural development, natural resource management and responsible sourcing of agricultural and forestry products. This has included working with private sector, civil society and government on responsible sourcing of forestry, soy, cotton, sugarcane and palm oil. She has many years of field work experience including community forestry, participatory land use planning and sustainability standards verifications at agricultural commodity production and processing sites. She has a particular interest in multi-stakeholder processes, smallholder participation in responsible supply chains, and local community engagement processes.

Within Proforest she coordinates work on labour conditions, human rights, gender, and community relations – key elements in the delivery of the responsible sourcing of agricultural and forest products.

She has considerable experience in projects in Latin America, where she lived and worked for over 10 years. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Sophie Higman

Director - Programmes

Sophie Higman

Sophie provides oversight and strategic direction for Proforest’s grant-funded programmes to support sustainable agricultural commodity production and sourcing. She is also the programme lead for the Production Landscapes Programme, which collaborates with companies and other stakeholders throughout the supply chain to provide guidance on how supply chain companies can deliver on their sustainability commitments at a scale that goes beyond their own direct supply base.

With a background in forest management, Sophie has worked in a wide range of positions in natural resource management for more than 20 years. She worked in Honduras and Guyana on forestry projects before spending several years as an FSC Lead Auditor. She initially joined Proforest in 2000 and worked on the development and testing of a range of standards and sustainability initiatives. She has co-written two books on sustainable forestry and smallholder agriculture in Latin America.

Sophie has a MSc in Forestry and a BA in Zoology from the University of Oxford. She speaks English, Spanish and French.


Abi Ismarrahman

Senior Programme Manager

Abi has 13 years of experience in the fields of humanitarian assistance, development cooperation and environmental management. He developed his research and analytical skills through his work with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and had had extensive programmes management experience through his service at multilateral organisations (WFP and UNFPA) and donor agencies (Sida and DFID).

Before joining Proforest, Abi had spent 5 years working as a Programme Manager for DFID, where he employed his expertise in facilitating engagement at various levels to deliver the Multi-stakeholder Forestry Programme (MFP) that was aimed at tackling deforestation through continued improvement of forest governance. This programme supported Indonesia to become the first country in the world to issue FLEGT Licences in November 2016. Abi holds a B.Sc degree in Forest Management from the Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia.

Afua Serwah Akoto Prempeh

Senior Project Manager 

Afua Serwah Akoto Prempeh Afua Serwah Akoto Prempeh is a Senior Project Manager based in the Africa Regional Office of Proforest where she leads and supports the implementation of programmes and projects. She has over six years’ experience working in natural resources management, multi stakeholder initiatives, rural revitalization, environmental policy, environmental education and in the conduct of strategic environmental assessments. Afua has worked with public institutions and rural communities.

She holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Gloucestershire in the UK, a BSc in Natural Resources Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, and a Certificate in Policies, Strategies and Support Systems for Rural Revitalization from the Weitz Centre for Development Studies in Israel. Afua is an RSPO lead auditor.

Her experience includes working with various stakeholders such as private entities, public institutions and communities (rural and urban) during consultation processes for strategic environmental assessments, environmental impact assessments and in resolving conflicts that arise from the exploitation of natural resources. She played an advisory role as a member of the various technical review committees in the Environmental Protection Agency. Afua speaks English and Twi.

Anna Bexell

Deputy Director – Responsible Sourcing

Anna BexellAnna has 15 years of experience with sustainable commodity production and sourcing within both the private sector and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

As Senior Advisor at UNDP’s Green Commodities Programme, Anna was engaged in setting up the Indonesian Palm Oil Platform, IPOP, with the Indonesian government, as well as supporting coffee programmes in Ethiopia and a national cocoa platform in Ghana.

Prior to joining the UNDP, Anna initiated the sustainable cotton strategy at the Swedish home furnishing retailer IKEA, which led to her being closely involved in the creation and development of the Better Cotton Initiative. In addition, her project for sustainable raw materials in Ikea's candles led to the development of the company's sustainable palm oil strategy.

Before joining IKEA, Anna worked for the Finnish forest products company UPM-Kymmene. She has a master's of Science in Forestry from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Andry Rakotovololona

Senior Project Manager

Andry RakotovololonaAndry has over 15 years’ experience in international forestry practice. This includes forest management and chain of custody certification, forest governance and economics, supply chain management, procurement policies and practices, and legality and enforcement in the forest sector. She has worked extensively with the public and private sectors in roles that range from strategy development to practical fieldwork in the UK, Madagascar and France. Prior to joining Proforest, she worked in production and quality manager roles for a number of timber companies in Europe.

Andry works on projects in the forest and agricultural commodities sectors. She is widely involved in supply chain management projects. This involves providing services for responsible sourcing in forest product supply chains; ensuring full traceability to legal and sustainable sources across different countries; implementing due diligence systems to meet international forest product trade regulations, and risk assessment and mitigation. 

Andry is Malagasy and speaks fluent English, French and Malagasy.

Annelise Guedes Lemes

Project Manager

Annelise Guedes LemesAnnelise is currently a Project Manager at Proforest Brazil. Previously, she worked at the IUCN’s Brazil Country Office, as a Project and Finance Assistant, where she assisted forest and landscape restoration projects and was the focal point on gender in forest and landscape restoration. Among her responsibilities, she oversaw the project’s finances and expenditure and successfully organized two events, one of which focused on gender in forest and landscape restoration.

Annelise holds an MSc in Natural Resources and Environment, with a concentration on sustainable systems and corporate social responsibility, from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina. She speaks Portuguese and English fluently and has working proficiency in French and Spanish.

Aristotle Boaitey

Project Manager

Aristotle Boaitey imagesAristotle has a background in sustainability processes for natural resources management. He holds a BSc in Forest Resources Technology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, as well as an MSc in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation for Natural Resources Management from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. His MSc research focused on using a GIS-based approach for the assessment of ecological quality in cocoa landscapes.

He has four years' experience providing structured training and technical support to forest-based industries and stakeholders on trade regulations and sustainable management. He has developed procedures and policies for wood processing companies in Ghana, leading to successful FSC Controlled Wood and Chain of Custody certification. He speaks English, French and Akan.

Armand Yevide

Senior Project Manager

Armand YevideArmand’s background encompasses: agronomy; natural resources management (especially ecology, forestry and agroforestry); species distribution modelling under climate change scenarios; long-term ecosystem monitoring; and social network analysis. He has worked as consultant for the Institut National de la Statistique et de l'Analyse Economique (INSAE) on the dynamic of cash crop chains (cashew, sugar cane, pineapple and tobacco) in Benin. Additionally, he has more than 5 years of experience teaching undergraduate students in many private and public universities in Benin.

Armand holds a PhD in Natural Resources Management and spent about 2 years as post doctor at the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) working for the United Nations Environment Programme-International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP) under the Chinese Academy of Science’s International Young Scientist Programme. His scientific publications include the ecology, dynamic, productivity and tree growth modelling of natural and man-made forests, ethnobotany, biodiversity and ecosystem monitoring network with a special focus on Africa. Armand is fluent in French and English, and has basic communication skill in Chinese. He is currently a Project Manager in the Proforest Africa regional office.

Augustus Asamoah

Principal Project Manager

Dr Augustus Asamoah leads on coordinating programmes and their implementation in Proforest's Africa regional office. Augustus is a conservation ecologist with 18 years' experience in biodiversity, environmental conservation and tropical forest ecology and management. As one of the few qualified and functional field ornithologists in Ghana, he was instrumental in the rediscovery of the globally threatened White-necked Picathartes in Ghana and is largely credited with the current knowledge on the species in Ghana. Prior to joining Proforest, he worked for 4 years as the Forestry Management and Conservation Specialist on the UNDP/Ghana Cocoa Board Environmental Sustainability and Policy for Cocoa Production in Ghana project, providing technical expertise on forestry and environmental sustainability issues in the cocoa landscape in Ghana. He previously worked with the Ghana Wildlife Society for more than 10 years before joining the UNDP.

Augustus has a PhD in Biodiversity Management from the University of Ghana, MRes from the University of York, UK and BSc in Natural Resources Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.

Bella Sosa

Senior Project Manager

Bella SosaBella has more than 15 years’ experience in the environmental field. She has worked for various NGOs, government agencies and consulting companies in the areas of sustainability, climate change, renewable energy management and sustainable palm oil initiatives in Central America. Before joining Proforest, Bella worked with SNV (Netherlands Development Organisation) on projects focusing on adoption of best management practices (BMP) for different commodities such as coffee, palm oil, and livestock.

Bella is based in Honduras and speaks English and Spanish. She has a BA in Animal Science, a BA in Environmental Engineering and a master's degree in Local Development. 

Bilge Daldeniz

Programme Director, International Programmes

Bilge DaldenizBilge has substantial knowledge of agricultural commodity, biofuel and forestry standards (e.g. RSPO, FSC, RSB, RA/SAN) and worked with the standard-setting organisation Ecotourism Australia. She spent four years carrying out research at the Centre for Tourism in Islands and Coastal Areas, University of Kent (CENTICA) and six years leading multicountry research at an international consultancy. She has extensive experience in international development, including earthquake relief in Turkey, education projects in Senegal, study semesters in Togo and Mexico, and fieldwork in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.

At Proforest, Bilge is the Programme Director for our International Programmes, which encompasses our International Training and our Support to Sustainability Initiatives programmes. Her technical work centres on the development and delivery of training, facilitation of multistakeholder processes and direct support on sustainable production to agricultural commodity companies. Bilge speaks English, French, Spanish and German, and holds a BA in Politics and an MRes in Environment and Development from Lancaster University.

Claudio Ausili

Data Manager

Claudio has a background in the management and exploration of spatial and non-spatial datasets, encompassing both natural and artificial land features. He has gained experience developing IT processes in and for the public sector, as well as delivering information services to customers through data, statistics and cartography. The results of a number of his works have been published or recognised in governmental policies. He has carried out analysis and administered datasets on issues such as environmental risk, landscape change and land tenure in the UK and Italy.

Claudio has an MSc in Geoinformation Technology and Cartography from the University of Glasgow and a Bachelor’s degree in Forest and Environmental Sciences from Marche Polytechnic University. He speaks English, Italian and basic French.

Daniela Espejo

Project Manager

Daniela has an Engineer's degree in Agroecology with 6 years of experience in the development of projects related to the sustainable use of natural resources, agroecological transformation of agricultural production systems, restoration projects and reforestation in productive lands using Agroforestry and Silvopastoral Systems. She has implemented international environmental and social sustainability practices and standards in the agricultural sector (Rainforest Alliance Certified, RSPO, BPA) and sustainable rural tourism.

Her experience with multi-stakeholder initiatives (public and private sector, civil society organizations) has focused on the value chains of palm oil and livestock for beef and dairy. His expertise in Geographic Information Systems is applied to the projects where she is involved.

Erin Logan

Deputy Director – Responsible Sourcing

Erin 2017

Erin has worked in a range of environmental fields, including ecological assessment, environmental aspects of chemical risk assessment and environmental exposure assessment.

Her work at Proforest focuses on agricultural commodities and she has significant experience working with clients on supply chain management and mapping. She is the Proforest lead on biofuels and also works on the sustainable production and responsible sourcing of a range of agricultural commodities, including palm oil, sugarcane, rubber and soya. This involves interacting with sustainability initiatives, NGOs and the private sector. Erin has worked on the development of production and chain of custody certification standards for a range of agricultural commodities, including ensuring compliance with EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) sustainability criteria.

Erin has a BSc (Hons) in Geography and Biology and an MSc in Conservation Ecology. 

Please note: Erin is on leave until 2020 

Esteban Figueroa

Senior Project Manager

estebanEsteban is an expert on strengthening the value chains of agricultural, livestock and forest commodities. His experience includes responsible supply chain project management, coordinating multidisciplinary teams, training and technical assistance, implementing sustainable systems, verification and monitoring, and financial consultancy.

Esteban has implemented and helped develop a range of large-scale projects in Mexico including: reducing GHG emissions and carbon capture; sustainable production of palm oil, sugar cane and coffee; strengthening value chains for other agricultural products, implementing animal welfare systems; and sustainable production of forest species. He has also worked with standards such as: Rainforest Alliance, RSPO, FSC, Global GAP, Bonsucro, Organic and other national standards.

As project manager in Mexico his role is to build institutional relations with key actors and stakeholders in responsible sourcing of agricultural commodities, generating new projects and supporting Proforest initiatives globally.

Helena Tetteh

Project Manager

Helena Tetteh

Helena Tetteh passionate about the environment and holds a BSC Natural Resources Management and an MPhil Environmental Science from the University of Ghana. During her studies she specialized in solid waste management and her first paper on the potential health hazard associated with waste scavenging in Ghana was published in a prestigious environmental journal. 

Her professional experience includes an environmental management role at the Environmental Protection Agency, which included environmental impact assessment and compliance, environmental audit and assessment, legal compliance, environmental education, and environmental quality management with particular emphasis in effluent quality analysis. 

She lives in Ghana and speaks English.

Hoe Ying Xuen 

Assistant Project Manager

Ying Xuen graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor degree in Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Human Ecology. During her studies, she specialized in natural resource management. Prior to joining Proforest, she was involved in a wide range of initiatives such as urban woodlands restoration, forest recreation and park management, and education reform. She also completed a three-month internship program in Proforest's Southeast Asia office, assisting on the development of capacity building report for 3 national parks in Malaysia. She has also been involved in sugarcane mill and plantation assessment as well as rubber traceability program.

Ying Xuen speaks English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin and other Chinese dialects such as Cantonese and Teochew. 

Intan Ningsih

Project Manager

Intan has studied forestry both in her bachelor and master’s degree. Her studies have focused on issues related to forest policy, forest management, and social forestry. She wrote her master’s thesis on certification schemes for forest ecosystem services. Intan’s professional background includes managing projects related to agriculture-forestry commodities, as well as auditing experience. Outside of work, Intan likes to spend her time developing her photography skills and creative writing through her personal blog.

Jane Lino

Deputy Director - Projects

Jane Lino imageJane is a sustainable agricultural and forest production specialist, with strong experience in stakeholder communications, development and evaluation of projects, and facilitation of teams and processes. She has collaborated with government agencies, public and private companies, foundations, non-governmental organisations, and representative bodies. Jane has also had a wide experience in different levels, from strategic planning to field activities and from directors to smallholder farmers.

Jane is based in the Latin America Office in Brasilia and speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish. She holds an MSc in Soil Science from the University of São Paulo, and a degree in Ecology from the Universidade Estadual de São Paulo. Prior to joining Proforest, Jan served as a consultant for sustainable supply chains, strategic planning, sustainability certification schemes, and Payment for Ecosystem Services.

James Akossah

Assistant Project Manager

James has a background in forest and nature management with a special interest in conservation, natural resource conflicts and stakeholder engagement. He has a dual MSc in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management from University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Bangor University, UK, and a BSc degree in Forest Resources Technology with specialisation in social forestry from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). James worked as a teaching and research assistant at KNUST and also with the Ghana Forest Services Division of Ghana prior to pursuing his MSc degree. 

James Parker

Principal Project Manager

James has about 25 years of experience working in natural resources management in Africa and the Caribbean. His work has primarily covered developmental issues related to forestry, wetlands, land use, natural resources conflict management, eco and bio tourism development and forest-dependent livelihoods. His experiences range from working with regulators, owners and users of natural resources to sustainably manage them through projects and programmes interventions. James’ experience also covers research-policy interface, developing and facilitating multi-stakeholder processes, capacity building, project formulation and management and organizational development.

Prior to joining Proforest, he worked with Tropenbos International for 10 years as the National Project Coordinator for a EU Sponsored Project on developing alternatives for illegal logging and inclusion of domestic market issues into the FLEGT-VPA processes in Ghana, Liberia and Cameroon.  He previously worked with Ghana Wildlife Society as a project coordinator, the University of Science and Technology as a part-time lecturer and Wetlands International as capacity building consultant in East Africa.       

James holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences and a first degree in Natural Resources Management.

Jasmine Arnould

Project Manager

Jasmine Arnould

Jasmine has a background in research and social sciences, with a focus on forest-risk commodities and agricultural policy. At the Rainforest Alliance, she created a policy brief for Zero Deforestation and a benchmark of food and forestry certifications. She later wrote her Master’s thesis on land rights in the rainforests of Indonesia, exploring how customary forest communities are affected by the nation’s complex politico-legal structure. Jasmine holds an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews, and an MSc in Environment, Politics and Development from SOAS. She is fluent in French and English

Jayashree Kanniah

Senior Project Manager

Jayashree KanniahJayashree has over 10 years’ experience in environmental, social and humanitarian initiatives and specialises in forest certification, sustainable livelihood programmes for the poor in the Asia Pacific region and food security issues. She has implemented projects in a broad range of countries in Southeast Asia. Before joining Proforest, Jaya worked with WWF-Malaysia and Forest Sustainability (Malaysia) where she coordinated the development of FSC National Standards for Malaysia. She has considerable experience in facilitating multistakeholder processes.

Jaya is based in Proforest’s Southeast Asia Office in Kuala Lumpur and speaks English, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia and Tamil. She has an MSc in Postharvest Physiology and a BSc in Bioindustry from Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Jhon Infante-Betancour

Project Manager

JhonJhon is a Colombian biologist with ten years of experience in biodiversity conservation, ecological restoration, HCV and ecosystem services assessments, often involving the use of GIS tools.

He holds an MSc in Biology from the National University of Colombia and is an alumnus of Proforest's own HCV ALS courses, as well as participating in HCV assessments. Jhon has coordinated several interesting projects that include the delimitation of Paramo ecosystem in Boyaca, Colombia, and the technical proposal for the creation of a new protected area in that ecosystem.

John Amonoo

Senior Project Manager

John Amonoo staff picJohn has over 17 years’ experience in natural resource management, specializing in agroforestry, sustainable forest management and capacity building. His expertise also includes project development and facilitation of multistakeholder linkages. He has designed and facilitated capacity building programmes for over a thousand beneficiaries. He has also assisted community groups to adapt to climate change by helping them engage in sustainable income generating livelihood activities such as forest plantation, agroforestry, bamboo plantation, charcoal production, sustainable cocoa farming, grass-cutter rearing, and bee-keeping. John has a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Natural Resources Management as well as a M.Sc. in Agroforestry from KNUST, Ghana. He is currently the National Vice-president of the Ghana Institute of Foresters. He speaks English, Fante, Twi and basic French.

Jose Alejandro Moreno

Senior Project Manager


Jose has experience in corporate social responsibility and supply chain sustainability. He has provided consultancy on sustainability strategies in Brazil and Colombia, and educational projects for sustainability in Finland. Specifically, he has worked on projects related to socio-environmental standards (Bonsucro, RSPO, RTRS) and calculating and mitigating carbon and ecological footprints.

He has a degree in International Business Management from Rosario University and a specialization in environmental management from the America University in Colombia. Additionally, he holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Development from Uppsala University in Sweden. Jose is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Justin Dupre-Harbord

Project Manager

Justin has a background in natural resource management and sustainable development. He has experience working with a wide range of stakeholders on various resource management issues, including research conducted in Colombia on the conflicting use of water between large mining companies and indigenous communities. He previously worked for the International Water Management Institute, where he researched and wrote about Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) and business models for reusing liquid and solid waste as compost and/or energy. Prior to this, he worked for two years in communications and publishing at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, producing and disseminating a wide range of communications materials on environmental and development policy.

Justin speaks English, French and Spanish, and holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in International Development, Economics and Political Science from McGill University in Canada. 

Katie Fensome

Senior Project Manager

Katie staff picKatie has a background in conservation biology and sustainable development, with a focus on landscape ecology and forest monitoring. She has experience using geographical information systems to monitor deforestation and forest configuration in Malaysia, Ethiopia and Brazil, and has conducted research on insect-pollinator conservation in the UK. Before coming to Proforest, Katie worked for the Bruno Manser Fonds (BMF) where she developed an illegal deforestation monitoring programme in collaboration with the indigenous Penan monitoring team, and The Forest Trust (TFT) where she supported responsible sourcing programmes for timber, pulp and paper and stone. Katie has a degree in Human Sciences (BSc) from the University of Sussex and a master's degree in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University.

Langlang Tata Buana 

Principal Project Manager 

Langlang Tata Buana image

Langlang Tata Buana has expertise in providing auditing and consulting services (including training) for organizations wishing to pursue certification on sustainability standards such as FSC, RSPO, CCBA, and GRI. Prior to joining Proforest, he managed auditing services which required him to travel extensively in the Asia Pacific region including Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. He has led assembly team of experts on several High Conservation Value Assessment projects in Indonesia. He also has skills in natural resource management, certification, silviculture, soil science, climate change, chain of custody, legality verification, and carbon.

Laura Bachellerie

Project Manager

Laura BachellerieLaura has a background in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. She studied at the Paris-Sorbonne University, and has a good command of Geographic Information System and HCS methodology.  She has experience in the sustainable sourcing and production of natural rubber, and has worked Southeast Asia to implement industry initiatives along the whole natural rubber supply chain. She has also collaborated on a plantation project in Indonesia involving a community partnership program. 

Ligia Baracat

Project Manager

Ligia has a background in Social Anthropology and experience in ethnographic research. After writing her master's thesis on the climate change mitigation policy, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), she spent five months eliciting local level perspectives of this policy in the region of Acre, Brazil. She is interested in participatory methodologies, rights-based approaches to forest management and the process of granting and obtaining legitimate Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). Ligia studied her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, an MA in the Social Anthropology of Development at SOAS, London and has more recently been inspired by the STEPS pathways approach, forwarded by the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. Ligia has family in Britain and Brazil.

Louis Defo

Senior Project Manager 

Louis Defo staff bio pic

Louis has more than 13 years’ experience working on conservation and natural resource management, covering areas such as: sustainable forest management, forest certification, community-based natural resource management (forest and wildlife), protected area planning and management, transboundary cooperation for forest and wildlife management, advocacy and facilitation in the framework of conservation initiatives, indigenous peoples' rights and conservation, environmental and social impact assessment, climate change, REDD+ and payment for environmental service (PES).

He is a social scientist by training and holds a master's degree in Rural Geography (University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon) and a PhD in Environment and Development (University of Leiden, Netherlands). Prior to joining Proforest, he was Project Manager at WWF Cameroon Programme Office. 

Marcelo Posonski

Deputy Director - Projects

Marcelo PosonskiMarcelo has more than ten years’ experience in the socio-environmental field. Previously he worked for Pöyry Silviconsult, where, among other areas, he supported companies seeking FSC certification. He subsequently joined the LIFE Institute to help develop the LIFE Certification System for business and biodiversity. This included the development of its standards, the definition of its policies and procedures, the coordination of field tests and the training of auditors.

Marcelo is based in the Latin America Office and speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish. Marcelo has a BA in Forestry Engineering and a master's degree in Forestry Sciences, as well as a postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management.

Marina Guyot

Senior Project Manager

Marina Guyot

Marina has a wide experience in sustainability at Brazilian agricultural landscape, among different commodities and kind of actors, from the field to the strategic level. She has experience with certification' audits and consultancy, trainings, research, development and evaluation of projects.

Marina holds an PhD in Applied Ecology from the University of São Paulo (with a period at University of California – Berkeley), a MSc in Agroecology and Rural Development from the Federal University of São Carlos and BA in Agronomy from the University of São Paulo.

Previously she has collaborated with WWF Brazil at the CFA (Collaboration for Forest and Agriculture) and at Cerrado Initiative, UNDP on the Agricultural Development in Brazilian Northeast, Ecossistemas Consultancy, Imaflora NGO, among other consultancies.

She is based in the Latin America Office in Brazil and speaks Portuguese and English.

Melissa Chin

Principal Project Manager

Melissa has over 10 years’ experience in natural resource management, sustainable development and climate change. Prior to joining Proforest, she worked with organisations such as RSPO and WWF-Malaysia where she has been heavily involved in project management, policy analysis, standards development as well as training and awareness raising. She is also familiar with stakeholder engagement having worked closely with multi-national companies, non-governmental organisations, government agencies, smallholders, development agencies and certification bodies.

She is based in the Southeast Asia Office in Kuala Lumpur. Melissa speaks English, Bahasa Malaysia and Cantonese. She holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters in Environmental Science, Policy and Management.

Michael Ceruti

Project Manager

Michael has a background in ecology and sustainable development, with a focus on tropical forest and peatland conservation, sustainable management and restoration. He worked for the United Nations REDD+ Programme (UNORCID) in Indonesia where he conducted multi-stakeholder engagement activities, interviews and field assessments on the environmental, social and economic impacts of forest-risk commodities like pulp and paper and palm oil plantations. Prior to joining Proforest, he supported multinational companies and stakeholders on the implementation of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along with various other Corporate Social Responsibility projects at CSR Europe, in Belgium. In addition to this, he worked as a project manager for AISEC engaged in promoting the circular economy paradigm to companies, governmental institutions and civil society.

Michael holds a BSc in Ecology from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and a MSc in Sustainable Development from Uppsala University in Sweden. One of his greatest interests are Golden Eagles which he has been studying and monitoring in the central region of Italy over the last 9 years.

Mike Senior

Principal Project Manager

Mike SeniorMike has a background in applied tropical forest ecology and conservation biology, and has carried out extensive fieldwork in forest and oil palm environments in Latin America and Malaysian Borneo. His experience covers biodiversity monitoring, landscape conservation and sustainable agricultural and forestry policy, with a particular focus on the palm oil sector and the HCV approach. Mike has also worked on REDD+ and community-based monitoring of ecosystem services.

Mike has a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Tropical Forest Ecology from the University of York.

Mooi-See Tor

Southeast Asia Deputy Regional Director

Mooi-See TorMooi-See is a trained forester specialising in tropical forests management, wildlife management and forest policy. She has worked in Southeast Asia, East Asia and Europe for more than 10 years. Her experience includes forest management and supply chain (CoC) auditing and support, policy advocacy, standard development, legality verification, HCV and community forestry analysis. She has worked for both NGOs and consultancies in implementing forestry standards such as FSC and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)/Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).

Mooi-See is based in the Southeast Asia Office in Kuala Lumpur, working in the forestry and agricultural commodities sectors. She is Malaysian and speaks fluent English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa Indonesia.

Nadia Goodman

Principal Project Manager

Nadia GoodmanNadia brings a range of experience in coordination, capacity development, organisational development, technical assistance, research design and project management. Her specialist technical knowledge includes social development and food security.  She has experience working with multilateral and bilateral agencies focusing on poverty alleviation programmes. She has previously focused on the facilitation of high-level policy development and programme implementation in African, Asian and Latin American countries. Nadia holds a PhD in Urban Development from Oxford Brookes University, UK focusing on the community inclusion in conservation and management of a historic town. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese (mother tongue).

Nana Darko Cobbina

Director of Africa Regional Programmes

Nana Darko CobbinaNana has eight years’ experience in the natural resources management sector, and currently coordinates our programme work in Africa. He previously worked with Care International, Christian Aid and Friends of the Earth, leading a number of forestry projects.

An FSC, RSPO and HCV Lead Assessor, he has carried out forest management, chain of custody and HCV assessments in several countries in the region and coordinates the provision of technical support to forestry and oil palm companies seeking to achieve and maintain RSPO and FSC certification. Nana has broad experience in forest governance processes as well as in coordinating practical capacity support to natural resource management practitioners including government, company and civil society actors through the Africa Practitioners’ Network

Nur Razanah Ahmad

Project Executive


Razanah studied at Universiti Putra Malaysia and holds Bachelor’s degree of Forestry Science. Her major was Forest Management and she is very passionate about biodiversity and environmental conservation. She conducted biodiversity assessments in Peninsular Malaysia during her final year thesis. Her study focused on the tree composition, tree species diversity and factors contributing to the current biodiversity status of her study sites. The findings were used as part of forest management plans and rehabilitation strategies for local authorities. Prior to joining Proforest, she completed four months industrial training in Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia. She worked with a number of departments including the Forest Enforcement Unit, Forest Management Unit, and State Silviculture Centre. During the period of training, she was involved in an internal audit for a licensed logging area, inspection of confirming licensed area’s borderline, logging identification program and on-site forest enforcement work. She also completed a four-month's internship in the Proforest SEA office. She assisted on the development of the High Conservation Value Malaysia Toolkit, specifically on the Malaysian National Interpretation for the Identification of HCVs. She has also been involved in palm oil mill and plantation assessments as well as palm oil traceability programs.

She speaks English and Bahasa Malaysia and some basic Bahasa Indonesia.

Oliver Kumaran

Senior Project Manager 

Oliver Kumaran Oliver is experienced in sustainability strategy and reporting with a focus on traceability. He has led the development of palm oil-related sourcing strategy and written a comprehensive sustainability report for a major palm oil company. He has wide field experience in palm oil mill and plantation assessments in Indonesia and Malaysia with expertise in carbon mitigation projects, RSPO, GRI and ISO standards. Oliver has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and is fluent in English and Malay. 

Pavithra Ramani

Deputy Director – Responsible Sourcing

Pavithra Ramani

Pavithra has a background in economics, biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of agricultural commodities. She has worked in a wide range of environmental and social fields across Latin America, Africa and Asia in the areas of biodiversity and conservation, labour, smallholder development, sustainable production and responsible sourcing of agriculture commodities. Pav is also the Proforest focal point on palm oil.

She coordinates and leads on several projects globally, related to both sustainable production and responsible sourcing of palm oil. In addition to this, she coordinates the work of CORE (a consortium consisting of Proforest, Daemeter Consulting and Rainforest Alliance) and is responsible for ensuring alignment across site verification activities at Proforest.

Her extensive experience includes providing close support to companies to meet the requirements of a range of sustainability standards that include RSPO, FSC, Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards, supporting companies with the implementation of their responsible palm oil sourcing commitments, development of tools for undertaking site assessments (eg. labour) and actively supporting sustainability initiatives, including RSPO, for which she facilitates meetings and working groups.

Pav has an MSc from Oxford University and also holds a BA from the University of Virginia in Economics and Environmental Sciences. She speaks English, Bahasa Indonesia and French.

Pedro Amaral

Deputy Director - Projects

Pedro Amaral

Pedro has a wide experience advising some of the biggest Latin American private companies on their climate change and sustainability strategies. Prior to joining Proforest, he worked as climate change and sustainability manager at ICF International, a global consulting and technology firm, leading a range of projects developed by multidisciplinary and international teams.

Pedro has worked in a varied spectrum of sectors, including energy, agriculture, forestry, biofuels, pulp and paper, mining, steel, oil and gas, chemical, transportation, financial, telecommunication, waste management and cement. His work experience encompasses projects developed in Brazil, the US, the UK, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru and Mexico.

He holds an MSc in Energy Planning with emphasis on Environmental Planning from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a B.Sc. degree in Agricultural Engineering from the São Paulo State University. Pedro is based in Brazil and speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish. 

Pedro Zanetti

Project Analyst

Pedro Zanetti has an M.Sc. in Sustainable Development Practices and a Bachelor in Forestry from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro. He has over five years of experience conducting socio-environmental projects at different scales and sectors. His previous position was as a sustainable production manager, managing the organic production as well as the ecological restoration of degraded areas of a group of farms. He has also worked with the government sector managing a protected area at the local level, and with Conservation International conducting the logistics to monitor a Payment for Ecological Services (PES) program in Brazil. Pedro has a strong interest in project management and international cooperation for development, having taken courses in Germany and the Netherlands. During his undergraduate studies, he studied in the Netherlands for a year with a  scholarship from the Brazilian government. He is fluent in Portuguese and English.

Zanetti is from Niterói, right across the bay from Rio de Janeiro and has just moved to Brasília with his partner. He loves the outdoors and sports in general, from cycling and hiking to football. He is also an enthusiast for agroforestry systems.

Rifat Aldina

Assistant Project Manager

Rifat has a background in forestry and environmental policy. His university thesis focused on analysing the underlying and proximate causes of deforestation in Sumatra, Indonesia, in which he used econometrics to assess how the fluctuation of prices of commodities affects forest loss. He has also been involved in designing a peripheral area-based concept for European Bioeconomy 2040 under collaboration between Wageningen University and Bioeconomy Federation, the Netherlands.

Rifat has a great interest in resource management and conservation, and possesses a BSc in Forestry from Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia and MSc in Forest and Nature Conservation with minor in Natural Resource Economics from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He speaks Bahasa Indonesia, English and Bahasa Malaysia.

Rosa Elba Zamora 

Project Manager

Rosa has been working planning and implementing capacity building programs with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility to increase social impacts in businesses managing natural resources. She has considerable exposure in stakeholder engagement & building partnerships. Further experience in research & analysis in emerging markets about social & environmental impacts in livelihoods.

Rosa is based in Mexico and she holds a MSc in Environmental Change and International Development from the University of Sheffield and a Bachelor degree in International Relations

Sebastiaan de Smedt

Principal Project Manager

Sebastiaan De SmedtSebastiaan is based in Proforest’s UK office and focuses on High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments. Sebastiaan has extensive experience in sustainable forestry and natural resources management in an international context. Before joining Proforest, Sebastiaan held several field- and office-based management positions in the private forestry sector.

Sebastiaan holds a PhD degree in Forestry and Natural Resources Management and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Dutch (mother tongue).

Shinta Puspitasari

Senior Project Manager

Shinta has experience working on various ecological research and environmental sustainability projects, both in the UK and Indonesia. In Indonesia, she helped found the environmental organisation PEKA Indonesia, and has worked closely with the Ministry of Forestry and Environment, local government, local universities and NGOs. She has also worked with rural and urban communities in developing community-based environmental education. In the UK, she supported Oxford University Centre for the Environment (OUCE) in the development of an environmental policy for the illegal wildlife trade in Indonesia.

Shinta holds a PhD in Environmental Science from University College London (UCL), where her research focused on ecological changes on small tropical islands caused by habitat modification, anthropogenic activities and climate change. Shinta is a Postgraduate Fellow at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS with IBG), a member Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), International Biogeography Society (IBS), Anglo-Indonesian Society, and Indonesian Entomology Society. She lives in Oxford with her husband and daughter.

Silvia Castro-Torres

Assistant Project Manager

Silvia Castro-TorresSilvia has an interdisciplinary background in environmental sciences and policy, with a focus on managing the integration of socio-economic and environmental sustainability in production landscapes. 

She studied MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at the University of Oxford, and BSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia and UC Berkeley. Prior to her Master’s, she worked for the non-profit Banana Link, focusing on the sustainability of tropical fruit supply chains. She participated in multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the World Banana Forum hosted by FAO, and EUROBAN, specialising in labour rights, gender equity, and capacity-building strategies for small-scale banana producers and trade unions in Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. For her MSc thesis, she researched how to better achieve improved livelihoods and biodiversity conservation outcomes in protected areas in the Canary Islands, working with the local government and rural communities. She is originally from this Spanish archipelago.

Smita Jairam

Project Manager

Smita holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering, specialising in Water Resources, from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked as a Technical Manager in a Malaysian social enterprise focusing on environmentally sustainable practices with oil palm growers, from smallholders to independent estates. Her scope of work included conducting gap assessments to standards such as RSPO, MSPO and ISCC, supporting SEIA-HCV assessments and conducting management workshops with growers. Smita has over 10 years’ experience as a Quality Engineer in automotive and aerospace manufacturing before switching careers to Sustainability and Environmental Management.

She is very passionate about the outdoors and waste management. She enjoys rock climbing and is an avid SCUBA diver, and volunteers with local and regional marine conservation projects in her leisure time.

She is based in Kuala Lumpur and speaks English, Bahasa Malaysia and Tamil.

Stephen Doso

Project Manager

Stephen is based at the Proforest Africa Regional Office and has over 7 year’s professional experience in environmental and natural resources management and consultancy. Prior to joining Proforest, Stephen worked as an Environmental Consultant with SAL Consult Limited where he undertook numerous assignments for national, private and international organisations spanning various sectors including agriculture, forestry, mining and telecommunications. He has extensive experience in environmental and social impact assessment, environmental and social management plans, safeguards implementation, and environmental auditing and monitoring. He has also worked with the Ghana Rubber Estates Limited and the Forest Services Division of Ghana.

Stephen holds a M.Sc. in Sustainable Environmental Management from the University of Greenwich, UK and a B.Sc. in Natural Resources Management (Agroforestry option) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. He also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Management Tools for Climate Change from the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Suryna Ali 

Principal Project Manager

Suryna has more than 20 years' experience working on issues relating to environmental conservation, social inclusion and economic development. She has rendered her services to the World Bank, IUCN, UNDP as well as the Malaysian Government and private companies in Malaysia. Suryna has served in various capacities as legal researcher, advisor, trainer and project consultant and has advocated and formulated policies and laws on biodiversity conservation. Suryna also has experience in the recording and application of Traditional Knowledge as well as Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) protocols for forest communities and commercial prospectors. She has worked on projects across Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and West African countries, and has started various rural development programs for a regional development agency in Malaysia including women's entrepreneurship programs and stakeholder management for fiscal incentives.

Suryna received her legal training from the International Islamic University and earned her Master’s degree in International Environmental Law & Policy from the University of Cambridge. She speaks English, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin and Hokkien. Suryna possesses a particular curiosity about the world and is always excited to learn new things.

Veronique Bovee

Deputy Director – Responsible Sourcing

Veronique BoveeVeronique has a background in climate change and worked for 10 years on the Kyoto flexible mechanisms for EcoSecurities. She established and was Director of their Dutch and Malaysian offices. Subsequently she worked for WWF in Gabon on REDD+ in the Congo Basin and public–private partnerships in Gabon. She was responsible for setting up the palm oil programme for WWF Gabon.

Veronique is fluent in Dutch, English and French, and holds a master's in Law and Environmental Studies.

Yana Doncheva

Project Manager

Yana has recently conducted research among oil palm smallholders in Sabah, Malaysia. As part of her master thesis research she explored the impact of RSPO certification on small growers' livelihoods. This research further triggered her interest in sustainable supply chains and resource management. Her previous background falls in the realms of sustainable development, social sustainability, corporate social responsibility and the NGO sector. She combines her diverse experiences with the basis of social science background. 

Yana holds an MA in Sustainable Development with Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh. Recently she finished her joint MSc Agris Mundus (University of Copenhagen and University College Cork) in Food chains and Sustainable Development in Agriculture. She is originally from Bulgaria.

Our support team

Hannelie Watkins

Finance Director

Hannelie WatkinsHannelie has a background in financial accounting and has experience across various sectors, including charitable, NHS, treasury management and manufacturing.

She is a qualified accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.


Le Chen

Group Operations Director

Le 2017Le provides coordination of the operations functions globally and supports operations and office management staff in the different Proforest offices. Le has a background in operations and finance management within the climate change and sustainability sectors, including 12 years at EcoSecurities where she held the position of Head of China Operations. She holds an MSc with Distinction in International Management and is ACCA qualified. Originally from China, Le speaks English and Mandarin.

 Alexandra Gallo Zuluaga

Administrative Coordinator, Colombia Office

Alexandra provides administrative support to the regional technical staff and supports Proforest’s administration management in Colombia. She got her bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages and worked in the educative sector teaching English as a foreign language. She moved to London to pursue her master’s degree in International business and while being there she got a vast experience working with international multidisciplinary teams as well as a solid foundation in planning, implementing and coordinating processes. She possesses a strategic business analysis skill and a strong understanding of the international business practices. Alexandra speaks Spanish as well as fluent English and basic French. 


Cristina Mateos Arribas

Senior Finance Manager  Programmes

Cristina Mateos ArribasCristina has extensive experience in finance management, business development and internal audit in both non-profit and commercial organisations. Before joining Proforest, Cristina worked at Oxfam GB in Oxford, and previously as Head of Finance and Operations for the NGO FSG and LA Fitness in Spain. Cristina has a great understanding of the finance planning and reporting cycles in complex, international organisations and non-profit operations involving multiple countries, donors and currencies.

Cristina is originally from Spain, and joined Proforest in 2014. She speaks Spanish and English. She has an advanced degree in Economics and Business Administration and a master's degree in Tax Consultancy.

Ellen Griffiths

Programmes & Projects Communications Manager

Ellen is Proforest's Programmes&Projects Communications Manager, previously Strategic Projects Manager at Global Canopy. Prior to that she worked for an Islamic art charity, The Barakat Trust, and is an Honorary Friend of that organisation. She has 20 years’ experience in marketing, PR and operations in enterprises ranging from 1990s tech start-up MathEngine to a large American ISP before choosing to move to the non-profit sector with Mencap and the University of Oxford's Wainwright Fund (mostly Egyptology, but essentially near-eastern archaeology). Ellen has benefited from many voluntary experiences in France, America and Russia, the latter involving living in and renovating the Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg during the White Nights. She has a degree from the University of Oxford in French and History (St. Hilda's College) and also a postgraduate diploma in French and Art History. Ellen is a kickboxing brown belt.

Eva Guisuraga San Miguel  

Office Administrator, UK

Eva has a degree in Business Management from the University of Oviedo in Spain. While in Spain she worked in sales and marketing and also volunteered with a number of non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Proforest, Eva worked in customer services for market leaders in retail. She speaks Spanish and English.

Haironnisa Hanifa

Office Manager, Kuala Lumpur Office

NishaOver the last 24 years, Nisha has gained extensive experience across a range of sectors including oil and gas, telecommunications and financial banking sector. Her role with Proforest Malaysia, involves executing daily administrative, finance, IT and HR support for technical staff.

Nisha has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Olympia College, Malaysia. She is a Malaysian and is fluent in English and Malay.

Henning Thiel

Operations Manager

Henning 2017 Prior to joining Proforest, Henning worked in market leading global organisations involved in climate change policy, carbon finance, corporate sustainability and supply chain risk management. His expertise spans business process analysis, system implementation, organisational change management and human resource development. He holds a master's in Business Administration and International Management.

James Cox

IT Support Officer

Before working at Proforest, James worked for several managed service providers which ranged from small business and other charities; to large colleges. He has a foundation degree in Computer Science from Oxford Brookes.



Janka Folkova

Oxford Office Manager and Group Health and Safety Coordinator

Janka FolkovaJanka has a wide array of diverse duties, ensuring the office runs efficiently. She manages Proforest's administrative activities, and supports technical office staff and Communications team. Janka speaks Slovak, as well as fluent English and Czech. She has a degree in Marketing Management.

Juan Yearwood

Finance and Operations Manager (Brazil)

Juan has 20 years of experience working in finance, administration and operations, including working with the UN Environment Programme as a financial analyst, FCO as an analyst for governance administration and operations, as well as working in risk and HSE management with the British Embassy in Brazil. He also has experience working as a consultant in the banking and real estate industry for legal networks in the USA and Panama and for the international department at the Central Bank of Brazil.

Juan has a degree in Business Management, specializing in Accounting. Additional to his native Spanish, Juan also speaks English and Portuguese.

Outside of work, Juan enjoys travelling, learning about new cultures and history. He loves the beach, is into water sports, fishing and also likes to try his hand at culinary experiments. 

Junia Monteiro

Travel and Events Coordinator 

Junia MonteiroJunia has a background in leisure management and she leads on Proforest's event and travel management. Her duties encompass coordinating Proforest's presence at international events, such as the RSPO annual roundtable in Southeast Asia, and managing internal workshops, conferences and events. She also supports on visa applications and other travel logistical support.

Junia is Brazilian and speaks fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Kwame Boakye Agyeman

Office Administrator, Africa Office

Kwame Boakye AgyemanKwame’s role is to provide administrative support to the regional technical staff and manage Proforest’s administration in Ghana. He has several years’ experience in administration and management, including event organisation and management.

Kwame holds a Diploma in Administrative Management and a Diploma in Marketing and is fluent in Spanish.

Libby Hayward

Communications Manager 


Libby manages the communications team, which supports the whole organisation, including the regional offices, from its base in Oxford. She is also responsible for developing and delivering the Proforest Group's communications strategy. Prior to joining Proforest she spent nearly five years at Oxfam, where she focused on digital engagement with policy and research audiences and helped to create the Oxfam Policy & Practice website and blog.

Mawuse Agblobi

Finance and Operations Manager

Mawuse Agblobi Mawuse has extensive experience in financial management, human resources, operations and external audit. Prior to joining Proforest, she was the Business Services Manager of Oxfam in Ghana. She also worked with Vodafone Ghana and PricewaterhouseCoopers in the United Kingdom and in Ghana.

Mawuse is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana. She holds an MBA Finance from the University of Manchester, UK and a BSc Administration degree from the University of Ghana.

Maisie Fulham

Finance Assistant

Prior to joining Proforest, Maisie studied accountancy at Abingdon and Witney college. She completed her fast track AAT level 2 in accounting in 2014 and is now studying an AAT level 3 diploma in Accountancy and Business. 


Marco Giovannetti

Finance Manager

Marco has wide finance experience including management accounting, change management, financial accounting and external audit. He started his career at a firm of chartered accountants, has worked in international financial services firms in multi currency environments and has charity experience. Originally from London, Marco now lives in Gloucestershire.

He is a qualified accountant, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has an MA in International Studies.

Nana Abena Boateng

Finance and Administration Officer

Prior to working at Proforest, Nana worked as an accounts and administrative officer at the Enterprise Development Centre- a governmental initiative established to provide professional support services to small and medium sized businesses in the oil and gas industry. She has over 2 years practical experience in finance and administration. She has previously interned and worked at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and Fairnet Systems Limited respectively. Nana holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Professional Studies Accra and is currently studying at the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG) towards her professional accounting qualification. She is fluent in English and some Ghanaian languages.

Nathalia Gomez Ortiz

Administration and Finance Manager


Before joining Proforest, Nathalia worked for six years in the administrative area of a logistic company in Cali-Colombia. She recently finished her studies as a Public accountant from Minuto de Dios University. Additionally, Nathalia holds a diploma in Tax Management from the same university.  


Nick Sibanda

Management Accountant

Nick SibandaNick is part of the UK Finance Team. Before joining Proforest he worked in Accounts Payable for an Oxford-based logistics company. Prior to this he worked in Accounts Receivable for a global supply management company, also based in Oxford.

Nick studied marketing at the National University of Science and Technology aka NUST in Zimbabwe. While in Zimbabwe he worked in sales and marketing and also as a school teacher. He moved to the UK fourteen years ago to pursue a master's degree in IT. Nick is currently studying towards an ACCA. He speaks English and two native Zimbabwean languages, Shona and Ndebele.


Paul Watkinson

Senior Finance Assistant

Before joining Proforest, Paul worked for market leaders in retail, support services and nanotechnology coatings, gaining valuable finance experience along the way. He is also a part-qualified ACCA accountant looking to complete the qualification in the near future.

Miriam Tiorkor Morden

Senior Finance Officer

Prior to joining Proforest, Miriam was the Regional Finance and Admin Officer for Fairtrade Africa-West Africa Network where she was directly in charge of financial and grant management, admin and Human Resource functions. She also worked with ActionAid Ghana, Ghana Armed forces and Barclays Bank in different capacities.

Miriam is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Coast and is currently finalising her thesis for the award of an MSc in Accounting and Financial Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Rhiannon Murgatroyd

Grants Manager and Gender Coordinator

Rhiannon Murgatroyd

Rhiannon has a master's degree in Environmentalism and Society from Oxford Brookes University and a BA in Anthropology and has researched the history of the recent land crisis in Zimbabwe. She also has a background in teaching English as a foreign language and editing, most recently for the United Nations Environment Programme. Rhiannon manages the large grants for Proforest and is responsible for overseeing the development of the organisational gender strategy as one of the gender coordinators.

Rhiannon has lived and worked in a number of countries including Spain, Turkey, USA and Zimbabwe. She is based in the Oxford office. 

Marcin Nowicki

Finance Assistant


Prior to joining Proforest Marcin worked in the hospitality sector for many years. In 2014 he moved into an accounts department which helped him develop new skills. In 2017 Marcin completed AAT Level 2 at Kaplan London Bridge and he has experience with credit control, accounts payable and accounts receivable. Marcin is currently studying towards AAT Level 3 at Abingdon and Witney College and he speaks English and Polish. In his spare time he enjoys gym, cinema, traveling, socialising and sky diving.

Sally Dunne


Sally DunneAs part of the Proforest communications team, Sally is responsible for designing publications and promotional materials for international audiences, as well as creating animations, illustrations, diagrams, infographics and maps. She has a degree in illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. Prior to joining Proforest she spent a year working in Germany. She speaks German and English.

Jayden Woo

Assistant Finance Manager

Prior joining Proforest, Jayden work as a Senior Account Executive for a manufacturing-based company in Malaysia and was responsible in preparing full set of accounts and analysing data. Jayden gained the knowledge in creating excel coding for automation through his experience. He completed bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting in Sheffield Hallam College and currently pursuing CIMA. Jayden speaks English, Malay, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

Sally Young

Senior Internal Communications Officer

Sally supports internal communications and knowledge management across Proforest. She has led on communication and engagement initiatives across a range of channels within higher education and not for profit sectors. She has a degree in sustainable design and technology.


Valdaglênia Farias

Office Administrator, Latin America Office (Brazil)

Valdaglênia FariasValda’s principal role is further developing the Latin America Office and providing administrative support. She has 25 years’ experience in several different administrative roles with NGOs and government. She worked at TNC for four years, where her biggest challenge was finding a new office and organising the smooth relocation of 25 employees.

She is finalising her qualification to become a chartered certified accountant.