Board of Trustees
COLIN MOORE is currently the REDD Technical Advisor to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Lao PDR program, a position he has held since 2010. In this capacity, Colin supports all WCS’s REDD related work in Lao PDR, including developing project based REDD activities, building government capacity on REDD and supporting WCS’s broader REDD policy work in S.E. Asia. Prior to joining WCS, he worked for three years at EcoSecurities – a private carbon credit aggregator and project developer – where he focused on identifying and developing forest carbon projects for both the Clean Development Mechanism and voluntary carbon markets.
Colin’s interest in community empowerment and community based natural resource management developed while serving for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a remote village in northern Senegal. His particular professional interests lie in using market-based mechanisms to achieve conservation objectives. Colin has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London and a BSc in Science of Earth Systems from Cornell University, USA. In his leisure time, Colin enjoys off-road motorbiking and football.
DAVID J. GANZ is the Chief of Party for Winrock International’s Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) Program that works across six countries in Southeast Asia to identify the most economical and effective ways to manage their land and forests. David’s background in forest science, policy and community development has provided him with a unique mixture of social, ecological and economic perspectives which he brings to the leadership role of the LEAF program.
David has over 19 years’ experience on large-scale natural resource management and biomass energy projects. He has worked for The Nature Conservancy, FAO, and the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) managing a variety of projects in Southwestern China and Southeast Asia. As a manager, scientist and convener, David has worked to integrate forest carbon opportunities into sustainable livelihoods, climate change adaptation, renewable energy and community forestry development activities. He has published more than 40 technical papers in fields such as forest carbon science and management, fire science, ecosystem services, forest health, silviculture and community forestry.
David has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. in Forestry from Yale. He is also a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources. David enjoys tennis, skiing and hiking with his family. On a cold winter day, he enjoys a good aged gruyere, a piece of bread and a nice glass of wine. Now that he lives in Bangkok, Thailand, those delicacies have been replaced by a spicy bowl of noodles and a cold beer.
ERNIE S. GUIANG has more than 30 years of experience as a natural resources management professional in Asia specializing in environmental governance systems for integrated ecosystems management that address issues on climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable financing. He has worked in the Philippines, Viet Nam, and Thailand as NRM advisor and team leader for various donor-funded projects. He has worked with government research and development institutions; international donor and development agencies such as USAID, Ford Foundation, FAO/UN and World Bank; and consulting firms such as Development Alternatives and Winrock International.
Ernie holds a Ph.D. degree in forest ecology/agroforestry from Michigan State University, USA; a Master’s degree in business administration from La Salle University in Manila, Philippines; and a Master’s degree in forestry economics and Bachelor’s degree in forestry from the College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines Los Baños. Ernie loves driving to see new places, fixing old cars, cooking native foods, listening to music and reading biographies and stories.
JUAN M. PULHIN is Professor, Dean and UP Scientist III of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR), University of the Philippines Los Baños. He was a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo in 2007 and 2010. He has about 30 years of experience in natural resource-related education, research and development at the national and international levels and has authored/co-authored about a 100 technical publications dealing with various aspects of community-based forest management, forest governance, forest rehabilitation, tenure reform, forestry education and climate change.
John is a recipient/co-recipient of numerous national and international awards, foremost of which is the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Award shared by the members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. He is the lone Filipino Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report to be released in 2014. John holds a PhD in Geographical Sciences from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies of the Australian National University, and Masters and Bachelors degrees in Forestry from the University of the Philippines Los Baños.
MARLEA P. MUÑEZ completed her Bachelor of Science in Forestry at the University of Philippines Los Baños, and directly joined the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippines. At DENR, she organized and strengthened peoples’ organizations in community forestry areas, and contributed substantially to the institutionalization of Community Based Forest Management in the Philippines as well as the enhancement of DENR’s Gender and Development (GAD) policies. After DENR, Marlea worked in a research institution “Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC)”. Here she spearheaded the first review of the community forestry program and also undertook legislative work, aiding the drafting of the Sustainable Forest Management Bill of the Philippines.
Subsequently, Marlea made significant contributions to the National Community Based-Forest Management (CBFM) Strategic Plan completed in 2007. She takes part in various national and international sessions and initiatives on community forestry and climate change and forestry. Marlea, as President of Women’s Initiatives for Society, Culture, and Environment (WISE) was a co-founder of CoDe REDD Philippines, and now works independent of the network in achieving pro-community and pro-conservation REDD+.
Beyond forestry, Marlea has been involved in volunteer work on women’s rights and education and supports scholarships for children and youth at school and college levels. She actively participated in the legislative work that resulted in the enactment of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Acts.
UNNA CHOKKALINGAM Ex-officio Board Member