The Governance of the Rights and Resources Initiative is conducted by the Board of Directors of the Rights and Resources Group (RRG), the coordinating mechanism of RRI.

The Board also receives input on governance from regular meetings of the RRI partners, which often take place simultaneously with meetings of the Board.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John Hudson

Chair

International Forestry Expert

Biography

John Hudson

John Hudson is Chair of the Board of Directors of RRI. He is a British forester who retired as Senior Forestry Adviser at the UK Department for International Development in 2010. His career in international development has been focused on forests, natural resources management, rural livelihoods and related aspects of governance and trade. Prior to working out of London for DFID John lived and worked in Central America, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Nepal. His work for DFID took him to many parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America. John is a Trustee of the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and serves on the Governing Council of the Commonwealth Forestry Association and the Programme Committee of WWF-UK.

Don Roberts

Treasurer

Nawitka Capital Advisors Ltd

Biography

Don Roberts

Don Roberts is CEO of Nawitka Capital Advisors Ltd, a firm which provides advice on strategic direction and raising capital for companies in the Renewable Energy, Clean Technology & Forest Products Industries. Prior to starting Nawitka in 2013, Mr. Roberts was a Vice-Chair of Wholesale Banking, and Managing Director in Investment Banking with CIBC World Markets Inc. In addition to his work with Nawitka Ltd., Don is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Forest Resource Management at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), and he serves in an advisory capacity for a range of government, industry, and NGO groups.

Jean Aden

Secretary

Private Sector Accountability Expert

Biography

Jean Aden

Jean Aden is a private sector accountability expert, with a focus on Asia.  She was previously World Bank staff, working on environmental safeguards in Asia, and she established and directed the Office of Accountability, an independent accountability mechanism at the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation.  She served as a volunteer in Indonesia under the auspices of Volunteers in Asia.  She has taught at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, Universitas Airlangga and Universitas Sriwijaya in Indonesia, and the International Center of Excellence at Yangon University in Myanmar.  She earned a B.A. at Stanford University, an M.A. at the University of California at Berkeley, and her Ph.D. at Cornell University.  She has served on the Board of the Rights and Resources Initiative since 2011.

Ghan Shyam Pandey

Member, Executive Committee

Global Alliance of Community Forestry

Biography

Ghan Shyam Pandey

Ghan Shyam Pandey is Coordinator for the Global Alliance of Community Forestry (GACF), a global umbrella network of federations, associations, and networks of community forestry with an emphasis on local, familial and indigenous land rights.  He is also a member of the Executive Committee of RRI’s Board of Directors.

Doris Capistrano


Southeast Asia Regional Center for Graduate Study & Research in Agriculture

Biography

Doris Capistrano

Bio coming soon!

Ujjwal Pradhan


World Agroforestry Center

Biography

Ujjwal Pradhan

Ujjwal Pradhan is Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator for the World Agroforestry Centre, a research and advocacy organization headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. He is responsible for leading scientific teams, mobilizing resources and building partnerships, as well as managerial oversight and reporting for the Centre’s operations in Indonesia, The Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and China. Ujjwal previously worked for the Ford Foundation as a Program Officer; in the field of environment and development in Indonesia, and in water resources development and policy as well as environmental justice in India. He has a PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University in the USA and served on the International Steering Committee of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)’s interim Science Council. At present, he serves on the Boards of both Rights and Resources and RECOFTC (also known as The Centre for People and Forests) in Bangkok.  

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz


Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education)

Biography

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She is a social development consultant, indigenous consultant, civic leader, human rights expert, public servant and an advocate for women’s rights in the Philippines.  She is the founder and executive director of Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples' International Center for Policy Research and Education), based in the Philippines, as well as a member of the RRI Board of Directors.

Andy White


Rights and Resources Group

Biography

Andy White

Prior to helping create and establish RRI, Andy served as Senior Director of Programs at Forest Trends and Natural Resource Management Specialist at the World Bank, as well as worked as a consultant to the International Food Policy Institute, Save the Children Federation and the Inter-American Foundation.  He has worked extensively in Haiti, Mexico and China and supervises policy research, advocacy and policy engagement Asia, Latin America and Africa.  His research and publications have focused on forest tenure and policy, forest industry and trade, as well as the role of forests, communities and institutions in climate change.  Andy has a PhD in Forest Economics, an MA in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota, and a BS in Forestry from Humboldt State University. Andy is also the President of the Rights and Resources Group, the nonprofit coordinating mechanism of RRI based in Washington, DC.

Susan Kandel


Salvadoran Research Program on Development and Environment

Biography

Susan Kandel

Susan Kandel is the Executive Director of the Salvadoran Research Program on Development and Environment (PRISMA). Before assuming the position of Executive Director, she served as a Senior Researcher and Member of Directing Team of the Foundation for more than a decade. She has published on topics of rural territorial management and governance; migration and rural livelihoods; compensation for ecosystem services; institutions for natural resource management (property rights, collective action and social capital); climate change and human rights.   Ms. Kandel has a Masters in Planning focused on Regional and International Development from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and an undergraduate degree in Sociology, with post-graduate studies in Sustainable Environmental Management from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to working with PRISMA, Ms. Kandel had participated in and coordinated several research projects. For more than a decade, she served as the Director of Human Rights Department of El Rescate, a Central American Refugee Center based in Los Angeles, California.

Samuel Nguiffo


Centre for Environment and Development

Biography

Samuel Nguiffo

Samuel Nguiffo is a Cameroonian lawyer working on community rights/tenure in Cameroon and Congo basin. He is the Secretary General of the Center for Environment and Development in Yaoundé, which he created in 1995 with the specific aim of realizing sustainable management of Central Africa’s forests. Samuel was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1999 for his efforts to protect the tropical rainforests of Central Africa.

To learn more about governance of the Rights and Resources Initiative, see the Memorandum of Understanding signed by all Partners and the note on RRI Institutional and Business Arrangements.