Doris Capistrano

Vice Chair

Doris Capistrano has extensive international experience in natural resources and development policy, teaching and research, 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, Netherlands 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 was previously 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 Co-Chair of the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) Working Group on Sub-Global Assessments and member of the MA Technical Panel. She has also served on several international technical advisory bodies, including the science committee of DIVERSITAS, the steering committee of the FAO National Forest Programme Facility, and the World Bank’s external advisory group on forest strategy. Dr. Capistrano has a PhD in food and resource economics from the University of Florida, USA.
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