Thinking beyond the canopy

Keynote speakers

Bård Vegar Solhjell
Minister of the Environment, Norway

Bård Vegar Solhjell currently serves as the Norwegian Minister of the Environment. He holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from the Universities of Oslo and Bergen, with emphasis on Sociology, Comparative Politics and History of Ideas. Solhjell previously served as the Minister of Education (K–12) from 2007-2009, as a political adviser for the Socialist Left Party and as a state secretary at the Prime Minister's office.

Carlos Klink
Brazilian National Secretary on Climate Change and Environmental Quality

Carlos Klink is the National Secretary for Climate Change and Environmental Quality with the Brazilian Ministry of Environment and has over 20 years of experience working with land-use issues in the Amazon and Cerrado ecosystems of Brazil. Klink also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Ecology at University of Brasilia, working on the conservation of tropical ecosystems, land use and climate change. From 2009-2012, Klink was a Senior Program Officer at the International Finance Corporation, where he coordinated the Brazilian Amazon Initiative. Before joining IFC, Klink was the Agriculture Team Leader for the Nature Conservancy in Brazil, where he coordinated company strategies on agribusiness (soy, livestock, ethanol, forest) and conservation across ecosystems, working with corporations, financial institutions, trade forums, academia and NGOs. He has also consulted with the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility and served on the board of Brazilian NGOs, governmental institutions and international scientific committees. Klink obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University.

Panellists and moderators

Daniel Nepstad
International Program Director for IPAM (Amazon Environmental Research Institute)

Daniel Nepstad is a scientist and policy analyst who specializes in low-emission rural development and the impacts of climate change and land use on tropical forests. He conducts research, policy analysis, and capacity-building on the emerging forest carbon framework, and on the linkage between REDD and the transformation of agricultural commodity markets. His forest carbon work focuses on state/province-level REDD processes (Acre, Mato Grosso, California, Chiapas, and others) that are developing jurisdiction-wide REDD programs and compliance markets, the Brazilian national process that is developing a low-emission rural development model, and international processes (UNFCCC and others). He is a member of the REDD Offset Working group (ROW) that is developing recommendations for the agreement that will link California's AB32 (cap-and-trade) with the REDD programs of Acre and Chiapas states; was a founding Board member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and Alianca da Terra; and serves as a Board member of Forest Trends.

Heru Prasetyo
Deputy Head, President's Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4); Member of REDD+ Task Force.

Heru Prasetyo holds the post of Deputy Head of Planning and International Relations, in Indonesia's President's Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight. He is also a member for the REDD+ Task Force. Prior to this he was Director for International Relations of the Executing Agency for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Aceh-Nias (2005 – 2009). Heru has extensive private sector experience, having been a consultant for more than 15 years, and served as Country Managing Director for Indonesia at Accenture in 2002 (1974 – 2002).

José Joaquín Campos A.
Director General of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), Costa Rica

Since 2008, Jose Joaquin Campos has been director general of CATIE, an international organization for research, education and technical cooperation based in Costa Rica, overseeing some 100 research and development projects in 17 countries in Latin America. Campos has worked with international NGOs on integrated conservation and development projects, is an adjunct professor at Laval University in Canada and is a member of External Advisory Group (forestry) of the World Bank. His participation on boards and committees include the board of directors of the Iberoamerican Network of Model Forests (serving as chairman), the board of the International Network of Model Forests, and the Committee on Ecosystem Management of IUCN, among others. Campos has 30 years of professional experience and has published more than 100 publications. A Costa Rican, he graduated in forestry from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He obtained a M.Sc. from CATIE, Costa Rica, in management of natural resources and a D. Phil. in forest sciences from the University of Oxford, U.K.)

Carlos Nobre
Director of the Center for Earth System Science, National Institute for Space Research of Brazil

Carlos Nobre is Chair of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme Scientific Committee, Director of the Center for Earth System Science and Senior Scientist at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) of Brazil, Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Research Network on Global Climate Change (Rede CLIMA), and Scientific Director of the National Institute for Climate Change Research. Nobre is also a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing Countries (TWAS). His research interests include tropical meteorology, climate modeling, global environmental change, and biosphere-atmosphere interactions in Amazonia.

Frances Seymour
Director General, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Frances Seymour is Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), an international research organization with headquarters in Bogor, Indonesia and offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America. At CIFOR, she led the formulation and initial implementation of a new strategy for the organization focused on six priority research domains. She is a co-author of the CIFOR report Do Trees Grow on Money? and contributor to Moving Ahead with REDD and Realizing REDD+. Prior to CIFOR, Ms. Seymour founded and directed the Institutions and Governance Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington, DC.  At WRI, she guided the launch of The Access Initiative, a global civil society coalition promoting citizen involvement in environment-related decisions.  She also co-authored and contributed to WRI publications critically examining the role of public and private international financial institutions in promoting sustainable development.  Previously, she served as Director of Development Assistance Policy at World Wildlife Fund, and spent five years in Indonesia with the Ford Foundation, where her grant-making focused on community forestry and human rights. Frances holds a masters degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a B.S. in Zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ruth DeFries
Professor of Sustainable Development at Columbia University

Ruth DeFries currently holds the position of Denning Professor of Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Her research examines human transformation of the landscape and its consequences for climate, biogeochemical cycling, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services that make our planet habitable. The work is based on the premise that land use change involves tradeoffs between human necessities such as food and unintended environmental consequences such as greenhouse gas emissions and habitat loss. DeFries examines land use changes over broad scales through the lens of satellite observations. Previously, Dr. DeFries was professor in the Geography Department at the University of Maryland, staff at the National Research Council with the Committee on Global Change and taught at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. She was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2006 and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008, is a fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, and received a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award in 2007. Dr. DeFries received her Ph.D. in 1980 from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Bariki Kaale
Chairperson of Tanzania Specialist Organisation on Community Forestry and Biodiversity Conservation

Bariki Kaale is a natural resources management specialist with extensive professional working experience of over 30 years on policy, technical and political economy of natural resources management in Tanzania and in all member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Currently he is the chairperson of Tanzania Specialist Organisation on Community Forestry and Biodiversity Conservation (TASONABI), an NGO specialising in natural resource management and community development, through integrated interdisciplinary analysis and participatory programmes.  Kaale is a member of the Rural Energy Agency (REA) Energy Working Group, which is exploring the need and opportunities to intensify funding of forestry programmes as pre-requisite input for sustainable energy, water, food and climate change in Tanzania. Prior to this Kaale was UNDP-Tanzania's Energy and Environment Specialist responsible for formulating participatory forestry and energy project proposals and SADC's Regional Technical Advisor on Energy and Forestry.

Freddie Kwesiga
African Development Bank representative for Zambia

Freddie Kwesiga has vast experience in Africa's agricultural sector. Kwesiga has previously served as the African Development Bank's Division Chief for Agriculture and Agro-industries Department in West and Central Africa; and acted as coordinator of the Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Programme, working to add value and improve the impact of agricultural research in Africa by orienting it towards innovation systems approaches. Prior to this, Kwesiga was a principal scientist and regional coordinator for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)'s programmes in southern Africa. Kwesiga has authored/co-authored approximately 100 research publications and is a member of the United Nations Millennium Task Force on Hunger.

Louis Verchot
Principal Scientist, Forests and Environment Programme, Center for International Forestry Research

Louis Verchot began his international career as forester in Burkina Faso and in Senegal, working on community-based tree planting, forest management, soil conservation and technical training of national forestry staff. Prior to joining CIFOR, Verchot held positions at the Woods Hole Research Center, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry. Most of this work focused on developing a better understanding of the nitrogen and carbon cycles in forests to understand how forests and land-cover change are related to environmental problems such as water pollution, acid rain and climate change.

Mingsarn Kaosa-ard
Former Director of the Social Research Institute and Professor of Economics, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Mingsarn Kaosa-ard held the position of Professor of Economics, Chiang Mai University, Thailand and Director of its Social Research Institute from 2001 to 2009. Kaosa-ard has served with UNESCAP and with the Thailand Development Research Institute as its Research Director of Sectoral Economics Programme, and as Vice President of the Natural Resources and Environment Programme Her research has focused on environmental planning and water resources management; Mekong basin management (natural resources and environment); integrated development of sustainable tourism in the Mekong Basin, sustainable agriculture, trade and investments, and trade competitiveness (in trade, development and agriculture).

Renata Marson Teixeira de Andrade
Professor of Environmental Planning and Management, The Catholic University of Brasília

Renata Marson Teixeira de Andrade is a Professor at the Graduate Program on Environmental Planning and Management and Undergraduate Program on Environmental and Civil Engineering, at the Universidade Católica de Brasília, Brazil. Marson is currently a coordinator of the Biofuels and Climate Change Governance Group/ Universidade Católica de Brasília, working in partnership with the Energy Biosciences Institute/University of California at Berkeley, and participates in the ICARUS – Initiative on Climate Change Adaptation Research and Understanding through Social Sciences. She has been serving as consultant for CGIAR and CIFOR/ICRAF projects on biofuels in Brazil. Her research interests include green governance, climate change and energy in Brazil.

David Ellison
Senior Researcher, Institute for World Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

David Ellison is Senior Researcher at the Institute of World Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest, Hungary). His work focuses broadly on the science, politics and policy of climate. He is currently involved in a multi-year Swedish project, Future Forests, and works closely together with Swedish colleagues at the University of Agricultural Sciences (Umea and Uppsala, Sweden).

Silval da Cunha Barbosa
Governor of Mato Grosso, Brazil

The Governor of Mato Grosso, Silval Barbosa, was born on April 26, 1961 in Borrazópolis, State of Paraná. Son of Antônio da Cunha Barbosa and Joana da Cunha Barbosa, is married to Roseli Barbosa and they have three children: Rodrigo, Carla and Ricardo. Governor Silval Barbosa came to Mato Grosso state in 1977 and located in the northern region of the State, where he participated in the colonization process of cities such as Matupá, Guarantã do Norte, Itaúba, Marcelândia and Novo Mundo. Governor Silval graduated from law school and was a businessman until he was elected into his first public position as the Mayor of Matupá City (1993 to 1996). In 1998, he was elected as State Congressman for Mato Grosso and was reelected in 2002.Governor Silval Barbosa became the First-Secretary of the Legislative House in Mato Grosso in 2003 and was nominated in 2004 to be the president of the Board of Directors of the Legislative Assembly where he served from 2005 to 2006.In 2006, Silval Barbosa was elected as vice-governor of the State and on March 31st 2010, he assumed his position as Governor of Mato Grosso.

José Luis Aguirre Pastor
Regional President of Madre de Dios, Peru


Camilo Capiberibe
Governor of Amapá, Brazil