Executive Director of Amigos da Terra - Chamber 4 - Environmental
Forest Engineer with a Masters degree in Forest Science from ESALQ / USP, Mauro has over twenty years of experience working with various NGOs and at the Brazilian Federal Government. His focus has been on the development of the forest sector and its products, working in partnership with companies and governments. He has comprehensive experience working with voluntary certification schemes and is a founding member of the FSC-Brazil where he co-ordinated the working group of the first Brazilian standard for Amazon dry land forest recognised by FSC International. His key areas of interest are landscape planning, focusing on alternatives for sustainable land use for agricultural production and forest management whilst respecting protected areas and traditional communities.
In 2016 he was appointed the Executive Director of Amigos da Terra – Amazônia Brasileira, a founding member of the RSB.
Kenya Forestry Research Institute - KEFRI (Kenya) - Chamber 5 - UN, Governments and Research
Meshack has been employed by KEFRI since 1990 and is now a Principal Research Officer charged with problem analysis, project development and management, science writing, formulation of policy briefs, information dissemination, monitoring and evaluation, training, partnerships and networking.
Centre for Empowerment and Development (Nepal) - Chamber 3 - Social
Laxman Neupane, is the Manager for the Centre for Empowerment and Development (CED) Nepal based in Bhaisepati, Lalitpur, Nepal. He joined CED Nepal in 2013 working for the Governance, Human Development and Sustainability Program, and promotes sustainable smallholder biofuels in Nepal.
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