Doris Capistrano

Board Chair

Doris Capistrano has extensive international experience in natural resources and development policy, research and teaching, ecosystems assessment, technical cooperation, capacity building and grant-making. She is Senior Fellow of the Southeast Asia Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and a Fellow of the Washington DC-based Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). She was Senior Advisor to SDC/ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change from 2011-2020. Previously she was a visiting professor in Forest and Conservation Policy at Wageningen University, and Director of Forests and Governance of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Before joining CIFOR, Dr. Capistrano served as Ford Foundation’s Deputy Representative for India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka following a posting as program officer for rural poverty, resources and environment in Bangladesh. She was a MacArthur Foundation post-doctoral fellow in Tropical Conservation and Development at the Center for Latin American Studies of the University of Florida and a faculty member of the College of Development Economics and Management at the University of the Philippines at Los Banos. Dr. Capistrano has been involved in a number of international initiatives, including serving as member of the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) Technical Panel and Co-Chair of the MA Working Group on Sub-Global Assessments. She has also served on international technical advisory bodies, including the steering committee of the UN FAO National Forest Programme Facility and the World Bank’s external advisory group on forest strategy. Dr. Capistrano was Chair of the founding Board of Directors of RRI and of the Board of Trustees of The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC). She has a PhD in food and resource economics from the University of Florida, USA.