Board of Trustees
All amendments to the Standards must be approved by the Plan Vivo Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Their expertise includes forest ecology and conservation, environmental management, international development, business administration, finance, climate change and environmental sustainability, bio-energy and project management. The Board of Trustees meets six to eight times a year on average.
Julian Gayfer (Chair)
Julian Gayfer is a management consultant with a background in NRM. In his role as Director of IOD Parc, based in Edinburgh (UK), he is currently Project Director of the Joint Evaluation of the Paris Declaration. Previously, Julian has focused on strengthening the M&E function and Performance Management Systems of bilateral agencies including DFID, AusAid and SDC and recently led an evaluation of the decentralisation of the African Development Bank. Prior to this, Julian was an Advisor and Programme Manager with DFID, working mainly in the arena of rural livelihoods and the environment, and has broad experience of working across Asia and Africa.
Charlie has been involved in environmental management and communication for about twenty years, as a consultant, project developer and marketer of carbon credits. His involvement with Plan Vivo began in 2000 when he joined the Carbon Neutral Company and sold carbon offset Certificates. In 2008, he established Climate Futures, providing consultancy and communication support to researchers, businesses and communities in Africa and Europe on agroforestry, climate adaptation and carbon reduction. More recently, he has also assumed the role of ‘Director Corporate Risks & Opportunities’ at the organisation SouthPole. Charlie has a forestry MSc and a diploma in journalism. He joined the board in March 2014.
Emily is the Managing Director of Efeca and has worked for 19 years in the field of natural resource economics, specialising in sustainable use and trade of natural resources in particular timber and related forest products, agricultural commodities and ecosystem services. This includes supporting policy dialogue (EU Timber Regulation, FLEGT Action Plan and REDD+); monitoring impacts on trade patterns and markets; working with private sector, communities and local governments; and managing complex global programmes. Emily joined the Board in March 2014.
Alexa works as a researcher for the Scottish Parliament, specialising in environmental issues. Previously Alexa worked for RSPB, focusing on how Scotland could meet its climate change and energy targets. She started her environmental career working with Plan Vivo, coordinating the Plan Vivo Foundation from its inception in 2008 until 2013, and developing the 2008 and 2013 versions of the Plan Vivo Standard. She has an honours degree in Scots Law, and an MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh. She joined the Board in 2015.
Dhanush works as Global Policy Engagement Manager for the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) based in Oxford. His focus is on linking CCAFS science with global policy processes and partners. He has previously worked for the private sector, NGOs, and the UN system, in China, India, Thailand, and the UK and was Coordinator of the Plan Vivo Foundation Secretariat from 2012-2014. He holds Masters degrees in Business Administration and Carbon Management. He joined the board in 2016.
Stephen Porter is currently the Managing Director of Natura Capital and a Teaching Fellow in Climate Change at the University of Edinburgh, whilst also studying for a PhD in the climate change mitigation potential of tackling global food waste. Previously Stephen held senior roles in global asset managers and investment consultancies as a Chartered Financial Analyst. These included serving as Vice President of Franklin Templeton Investments, and as a research analyst for Russell Investments and Standard & Poor’s.
Dr Mark Poffenberger is co-founder and former Executive Director of Community Forestry Intl., founder and former Executive Director of Asia Forest Network, and has previously worked for the Ford Foundation as the Program Officer in New Delhi. Mark specializes in NRM with an emphasis on community forestry, yet draws on agro-ecology, anthropology, forest practice, public administration, land use planning, and economics. He has 20 years of in-country experience in Nepal, India, and Indonesia. Mark has conducted research and implemented development programs working with government agencies, universities, NGOs, bilateral donors, and multinational development banks. He has written numerous articles addressing CFM issues and has published Community Forestry in South-east Asia (2006).