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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.

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.

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.

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.

Richard Smith

Associate Director

Richard SmithRichard has more than 14 years’ experience working in international organisations that apply science to support sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. He has managed, led and assessed international programmes, and worked on capacity development, governance and advocacy. Richard enjoys working with a wide range of stakeholders and people with diverse expertise and backgrounds.

Richard provides oversight and strategic development for Proforest’s non-profit programmes that support sustainable commodity production through the management of High Conservation Values, smallholder access to supply chains, training and standards.


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 Analyst

Annelise Guedes LemesAnnelise is currently a Project Analyst 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

Assistant 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

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

Assistant Project Manager

Daniela has a degree in Agroecological Engineering and experience of working with rural agricultural communities and sustainable agricultural production. She has four years’ experience in implementing sustainable production practices with different national and international standards (including Rainforest Alliance, Global GAP and BPA), as well as forest restoration and reforestation strategies with agricultural producers. She is currently completing a specialization in Geographic Information Systems, a topic which has led her to carry out interesting restoration projects in Colombia.

Ellen Brown

Senior Project Manager

Ellen Brown

Ellen has more than 10 years’ experience in the environment sector, including six years living and working in rural Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo and Tanzania. Her professional experience includes biodiversity conservation, forest governance, sustainable production and participatory land use planning. At Proforest, Ellen’s work focuses on the use of the High Conservation Value approach, social and environmental impact assessment and sustainable production.

Ellen speaks English, French and Swahili, and holds master's degrees in Environmental Management and Anthropology from Yale University and University College London.

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.

Esteban Figueroa

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.

Fia Molander

Project Manager 

Fia Molander

Fia is part of Proforest’s Responsible Sourcing team supporting clients with supply chain mapping, data management and implementation of policy commitments. She has also been involved in the SHARP Partnership supporting the development of tools and approaches for companies to engage with smallholders in their supply bases.

Fia has previously conducted research on natural resource use in Zanzibar and worked on agroforestry-projects and sustainable farm enterprise development in Rwanda and Uganda. She holds a MSc in natural resource management and a BSc in Ecology from Stockholm University. She speaks English and Swedish (mother tongue). 


Mohd Fiqri Bahari

Field Coordinator

Fiqri BahariFiqri has a background in the palm oil industry, and has always been passionate about bringing sustainability practices in agriculture. Prior to joining Proforest, he spent more than two years working for a leading oil palm industry company, stationed in Lahad Datu, Sabah. During this time, he was assigned to take responsibilities as a sustainability coordinator, to ensure that requirements under RSPO, ISCC and CoGAP certifications are met. Fiqri specialises in managing oil palm plantation operations as well protecting labour welfare.

Currently, Fiqri is based at Proforest Southeast Asia’s Field Office in Benut, Johor, Malaysia, as the Field Coordinator for an oil palm smallholder improvement project. Fiqri holds a BSc in Plantation and Agrotechnology; and a Diploma in Planting Industry Management. Apart from English, he also proficient in Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia.

Hoo Boon Han

Senior Project Manager

Hoo Boon Han photoBoon Han has more than 10 years of experience in the environmental and sustainability fields. He has previously worked for certification and consulting companies in the areas of sustainability, traceability, climate change, renewable energy management and sustainable palm oil. As a certified RSPO Principles & Criteria and Supply Chain lead auditor, he has been involved in a number of audits in different countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.

Boon Han is based in the Southeast Asia Office in Malaysia and speaks fluent English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin. He holds a Master of Technology (Environmental Management) from Universiti Malaya and a Bachelor of Science Forestry (Hons) in International Tropical Forestry from Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

Helena Tetteh

Assistant 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.

Jane Lino

Senior Project Manager

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 organizations, 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.

Jasmine Arnould

Assistant Project Manager

Jasmine Arnould

Jasmine has a background in research and social sciences, and has always held a special passion for forest conservation. Prior to pursuing a master's degree, Jasmine interned at the Rainforest Alliance, where 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. 

Jayashree Kanniah

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.

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.

Jonathan Escolar

Senior Project Manager

Jonathan EscolarJonathan has a blend of experience in tropical forest ecology, conservation of biodiversity, and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. Before joining Proforest he spent three and a half years at Earthwatch Institute working with corporate partners on their agricultural operations and supply chains, and managing research projects in Brazil and India. His prior experience includes three years in Ecuador and Peru as a field biologist and environmental consultant. There, his projects included exploring the political viability of biodiversity offsets in Ecuador, the development of waste recycling systems with rural communities, and biological monitoring in the Amazon.

Jonathan has a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and an MSc in Environmental Social Science. He speaks Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese. At Proforest he works primarily on responsible sourcing of agricultural commodities.

Justin Dupre-Harbord

Assistant 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

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 

Senior Project Manager

Langlang Tata Buana imageLanglang 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

Assistant 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. 

Liliana Dávila

Project Manager

Liliana Davila

Lili has over 10 years of international experience in environmental policy and economics, project management and capacity development on REDD+, climate adaptation, sustainable land use management, ecosystem services and sustainable consumption and production. She has worked for international NGOs, bilateral aid agencies, government institutions, development consultancies and multilateral organizations.

As part of her work for WWF-Mexico, Lili supported the Mexican government on its REDD+ national strategy, through a multi-stakeholder approach. At UNEP-ROLAC, she assisted small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to adopt corporate social responsibility practices under the UN Global Compact Initiative. She has provided technical assistance through international development projects in Argentina, Colombia, India, Mexico, Panamá and Vanuatu.

Lili is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese, and holds master's degrees in Environmental Management from Yale University and in Business Administration from Los Andes University.

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

Senior Project Manager

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.

Michael Abedi-Lartey

Principal Project Manager

Michael Abedi-LarteyMichael is based in our Africa Regional Office where he co-leads on our Africa legality and responsible commodity supply chains programme, as well as in HCV/HCS assessment. His broad interests cover environmental systems analysis and management, protected areas management, remote sensing/GIS, project planning/implementation, law enforcement, team-building, community participation, land use planning, and institutional capacity-building. He also has a keen interest in species (primates and bats) and habitat conservation, with a long-term focus on landscape restoration.

Michael specializes in conservation and natural resources management, with over 21 years of extensive experience in several countries in West Africa, including Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia Togo and Burkina Faso. After obtaining a BSc in Natural Resources Management (KNUST, Ghana) in 1994, he held various technical and senior management positions over the next 12 years with the Ghana Wildlife Department (Forestry Commission), including running a zoo, national park, the national bio-monitoring unit, and monitoring and evaluation.

Michael joined the Liberia Country Office of Fauna & Flora International in 2006 as Chief Technical Advisor in the country’s post-conflict Protected Areas management and in HCV and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for oil palm development.

Since 2012, he has been a PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and University of Konstanz (Germany), researching on the role of fruit bats in forest regeneration in Afro-tropical landscapes. He also has an MSc in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (Twente, The Netherlands).

Mike Senior

Senior 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.

Mohamad Rizal Bin Mohamad

Assistant Field Coordinator


Rizal is currently the Assistant Field Coordinator at Proforest Southeast Asia’s Field Office in Benut, Johor, Malaysia. He did his internship at Felda Sg. Sibol, Felda Technoplant Pengeli Timur Kulaijaya Johor, Espek Plantation Sdn Bhd, Lembaga Kemajuan Johor Tenggara (KEJORA) and Unit Pengurusan Ladang UiTM Jengka Pahang.

Rizal holds a BSc in Plantation and Agrotechnology and ac Diploma in Planting Industry Management from University Teknologi Mara (UiTM). During his studies he specialized in plantation and agriculture management. He speaks English and Bahasa Malaysia.

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

Senior 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

RaraRazanah studied at Universiti Putra Malaysia and holds Bachelor’s degree in Forestry Science. Her major was in Forest Management and she is very passionate about biodiversity and environmental conservation. Prior to her role at Proforest, she assisted in the development of the High Conservation Value (HCV) Malaysia Toolkit, specifically on the Malaysian National Interpretation for Identification of HCVs.  She has also previously been involved in palm oil mill and plantation assessments, as well as palm oil traceability programs. 

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

Oliver Kumaran

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

Senior Project Manager

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. 

Roni Djeison Ansolin 

Project Analyst


Roni works as a Project Analyst in the Proforest Brazil office. He is currently finishing a master's in Forestry Science with an emphasis on Forestry Policy and Economics from the Federal University of Parana. His master's research was conducted in partnership with the Université du Québec à Montréal and Embrapa, a highly respected agricultural research body in Brazil. This research analysed the economics of a crop-livestock-forest integration system in the Center-West region of Brazil and helped define strategic areas to implement such systems in other regions. Furthermore, during his undergraduate studies he focused on natural resources and participated in studies for the description and conservation of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Previously, he worked with a producer cooperative as an agronomics technician responsible for rural extension. 

Roni has a B.Sc. degree in Forest Engineering from the Santa Catarina State University with split-site period at University of West Hungary, and a postgraduate diploma in Sustainable Regional Development from the University of West Santa Catarina. Roni speaks Portuguese, English and has working proficiency in French.

Sebastiaan de Smedt

Senior 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).

Sophie Higman

Principal Project Manager

Sophie Higman

Sophie has worked in a wide range of positions related to natural resource management for more than 20 years. With a background in forest management, Sophie 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. For the past ten years, Sophie has worked with a wide range of organisations involved in forest management, agricultural research and development, and supply chains, helping them bring together ideas and lessons from their work and communicate these to a wide audience.

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

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.

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.

 Alina-Maria Militaru

Senior Finance Assistant

alina staff picAlina has extensive finance knowledge, holding a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Banking, as well as a master's degree in Corporate Finance. Prior to joining Proforest, Alina worked as a tax advisor on corporate and international taxation with Deloitte. She is currently studying towards her ACCA qualification. Originally from Romania, she speaks Romanian and English.

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.

Haironnisa Hanifa

Office Manager, Kuala Lumpur Office


Over 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.

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.

Jose Alejandro Moreno

Office Manager, Latin America Office (Colombia)


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.

A large part of his sustainability consultancy experience was in positions of management, where he gained valuable experience in topics related to strategy, marketing, finance and communication.

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

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.

Kenneth Acheampong

Management Accountant

Ken AcheampongPrior to joining Proforest, Ken worked in the Accounts Payable Department of Amey PLC. He also worked with KBM Chartered Certified Accountants.

Originally from Ghana, Ken has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ghana, where he read Sociology and Economics. He is currently completing his studies to become a Chartered Certified Accountant. Ken speaks English, Twi and Ga.

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.

Louise Denham

Communications Officer


Louise has a BA in Human Geography with French from Aberystwyth University and an MSc in Sustainable Development in Practice from the University of the West of England. During her studies she specialised in sustainable food and farming systems. 

Prior to joining Proforest Louise worked for Travel West in Bristol, advising businesses and communities on sustainable transport. She has also volunteered on permaculture farms in France and Spain. She is a keen cyclist and has completed a number of cycle tours across Western Europe. She speaks English and French.

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

Administrative and Financial Assistant


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.

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. 

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.

Sonia Menendez Toral

Office Administrator

Sonia Toral bio picBefore joining Proforest, Sonia worked in customer service in Oxford for four years. Prior to moving to the UK, she gained administrative experience working for the Spanish government as an Administrator and Archivist. Sonia has a degree in History of Art from the University of Oviedo in Spain.


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.