Senior Project Manager
Paulien is a Master graduate in environmental engineering from the university of KU Leuven (BE). She obtained her second Master’s degree, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in Sustainable Territorial Development, which took her to universities in Padova (IT), Leuven (BE), Paris (FR), and Campo Grande (BR). She previously worked with the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development in South-Korea, and with the Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas in Brazil. During her academic and professional career, she carried out research on Payments for Ecosystem Services, solar hydrogen production, public participation of small-scale farmers, climate adaptation, and sustainable development in general.
At Proforest, she is involved in workstreams on responsible sourcing policy and implementation across commodities, including beef and soy, globally and in Brazil; climate change mitigation and human rights due diligence in sugarcane production; company collaboration within the CGF Forest Positive Coalition; and more. She is the Climate Focal Point for Proforest Brazil. She is based in Brasília and speaks fluent English, Portuguese, French and Dutch.