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
International Forestry Expert
John HudsonJohn 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.
Nawitka Capital Advisors Ltd
Don RobertsDon 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.
Private Sector Accountability Expert
Jean AdenJean 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 PandeyMember, Executive Committee
Global Alliance of Community Forestry
Ghan Shyam PandeyGhan 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.
Southeast Asia Regional Center for Graduate Study & Research in Agriculture
Doris CapistranoBio coming soon!
World Agroforestry Center
Ujjwal PradhanUjjwal 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.
Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education)
Victoria Tauli-CorpuzVictoria 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.
Rights and Resources Group
Andy WhitePrior 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.
Salvadoran Research Program on Development and Environment
Susan KandelSusan 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.
Centre for Environment and Development