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.
Ina Porras (Chair)
Ina Porras joined the Plan Vivo Board in January 2012 and brings a wealth of experience in markets for environmental services to tackle rural poverty. She also has a specialisation in watershed management activities. She currently works as a senior researcher in the Sustainable Markets Group at IIED in Edinburgh. Her previous research roles include working with the University of Massachusetts and the Tropical Science Center in Costa Rica.
Jessica joined the board in 2010. She is the Director of Forestry at the American Carbon Registry (ACR), and has more than twelve years’ experience with forest carbon project development. Jessica has a history of involvement with Plan Vivo, having worked for Energy for Sustainable Development in Edinburgh. She was involved in the development of Plan Vivo projects in Mexico, Uganda and Mozambique. Prior to joining ACR, Jessica held posts including VP of Environmental Markets at Equator LLC and Head of US Project Implementation at EcoSecurities.
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. 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 in conservation policy for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Scotland, focusing on how Scotland can meet its climate change and energy targets in harmony with nature. Previously Alexa 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.
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.
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 recently published Community Forestry in South-east Asia (2006).