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Proforest Initiative trustees

Our trustees help Proforest achieve the implementation of our strategic plan and ensure efficient management of the organisation.


Proforest Initiative trustees. Left to right: Ishmael Doodo, Dr Ines Smyth , Dr Roger Cooper, Emily Fripp, Mario Abreu

Dr Roger Cooper (chair)

Roger has worked in the forestry sector for 45 years starting as a forest economist with the New Zealand Forest Service. He then moved to Bangor University where he was a senior lecturer in forest products and also served as Head of School. Since retiring from the university he has worked with Forestry Commission Wales and chairs its Woodland Strategy Advisory Panel and is a member of the FCW National Committee. From 1996–2000 Roger was a member of the SGS Qualifor Certification Council and since 2009 has chaired the UK Woodland Assurance Standard’s Interpretation Panel. He is a trustee of Coed Cymru cyf and has served as a trustee of the Proforest Initiative since 2010.

Ishmael Doodo

Ish is Country Strategic Advisor to the Office of the Assistant Secretary General/ Regional Director for UNDP Africa. He joined the UNDP in 2008 through the LEAD programme and has served in various management capacities in both programmes and operational areas in Liberia and Tanzania. Ish is well acquainted with the work of the Proforest Initiative, having worked as project manager at Proforest from 2004 to 2008. Previously, he was a Norman and Ivy Lloyd African Scholar at Linacre College, Oxford University where gained his graduate degree in Environmental Change and Management with special focus on policy and governance regimes affecting sustainable use of natural resources for human development. Ish pioneers a Pan-African Youth initiative aimed at preparing future leaders for various political, economic spheres in Africa. He joined the Proforest Initiative Board of Trustees in 2013.

Mario Abreu

Mario is the Vice President (Environment) at Tetra Pak. He has been a member of Tetra Pak’s Environment Management Team since 2003, leading on Tetra Pak’s strategic priority to Drive Environment Excellence. He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Science-Based Targets Initiative. Between 2005 and 2013 Mario was a member of the board of The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE); he represented Tetra Pak in the development of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative; and was an elected member of the board of directors of the Forest Stewardship Council between 2006 and 2012. Mario is Brazilian and joined Tetra Pak in 1999 in Canada, before which he held several commercial and technical roles in the paper machinery industry. He joined the Proforest Initiative Board of Trustees in 2015.

Emily Fripp

Emily is the Founder and Director of Efeca and has worked for more than 20 years in the field of natural resource economics. She specialises in the sustainable use and trade of natural resources (in particular timber and agricultural commodities), economic valuation and payments for ecosystem services (PES), supporting policy dialogue (EU FLEG(T), REDD, REDD+ and EU policies), and managing large, complex, global programmes. She joined the Proforest Initiative Board of Trustees in 2016.

Dr Ines Smyth

Ines Smyth is an expert in gender and women's rights. Before becoming a development practitioner, Ines was a lecturer and researcher at various academic institutions, including the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and the London School of Economics. Ines was a Senior Gender Advisor at Oxfam GB for nearly 20 years, developing and implementing the policies, strategies and plans through which Oxfam contributed to the realisation of women's rights.

Ines is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Gender and Development network and of the Gender Rights ANd Development (GRAND) network, as well as  AWID (the Association for Women's Rights in Development). A concern for women's rights has been a constant in her professional and personal life.

Dr Mary Hobley

Mary is an independent consultant providing advice and support on programme design, appraisal, review, evaluation and policy-related research to bilateral, multilateral donors and NGOs. She studied forestry at Bangor, University of Wales and completed a doctorate at the Australian National University, Canberra in 1990. Today, Mary operates from the macro to micro policy level to understand social and political dynamics, working with women and men, community organisations, national governments, local governments, private sector, non-government organisations and civil society. She also works with organisations to review and advise on restructuring strategies, structures and systems. Formerly she has served as a trustee of CIFOR, a peer reviewer for the International Foundation for Science a member of the DFID Forestry Research Programme Advisory Committee, and a panel member for the Darwin Initiative Expert Committee. She joined the Proforest Initiative Board of Trustees in 2018.