Founding Members

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Dr. Victor Kwame Agyeman (Ghana)
Member of Governing Council

Director, Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, FORIG (2007-); Coordinator, West African Node of the Global Fire Monitoring Centre (GFMC) and Global Wild-land Fire Network (2006-); Member, Plant Resources of Tropical Africa (PROTA) Board of Trustees (2007-); Member, Ghana’s Representative at the United Nations (UN) for the negotiations for an International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) (2005-2006); Ghana’s Representative at the FAO Committee on Forests (COFO) in Rome, Italy (2005); Member, Panels of Experts of the International Tropical Timber Organisation, ITTO (1996, 2000, 2003, 2005); Member, Panels of Experts of the United Nations Forum on Forests, UNFF (2006); Project Manager, National Plantation Development Programme, Ghana Government (2000–2003).

Prof. Stephan A. Agong (Kenya)
Founder Member

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Maseno University, Kenya (2007-); Executive Director, African Academy of Science, Nairobi (2005-2007); Formerly: Professor of Horticulture, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Head Dept. of Horticulture, Director Institute for Energy and Environmental Technology, and Acting Dean Faculty of Agriculture - all at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya; Member of International Society of Horticultural Science; Founding Chairman and Patron Horticultural Association of Kenya,  African Crop Science Society; International Council of the Society for Sustainable Agriculture and Resource Management; National Horticultural Research Centre Advisory Committee; Agricultural Society of Kenya; Secretary-General of Plant Breeders Association of Kenya; Crop Science Society of Kenya; DAAD Scholars Association of Kenya; Fellow of Matsumai International Foundation and New York Academy of Science.

Mr. Foday Bojang (Gambia)
Founder Member and Member of Governing Council-Observer (FAO)

Senior Forestry Officer, FAO Regional Office for Africa (2009 to date); Head of Division for Environment and Natural Resources in the Commission of the African Union (AU) (1998 to2008); Mr. Bojang's portfolio covers disaster reduction, climate change and development in Africa, land degradation and desertification control, obsolete chemicals and hazardous wastes management, water resources and forestry, amongst others; Formerly Assistant Director (1984-1992) and Director (1992-1998) of Forestry in the Forest Service of the Gambia Government.

Dr. Edouard Bonkoungou (Burkina Faso)
Founder Member and Member of Governing Council

Director, Centre de formation et d’études en environnement et développement durable (Cfedd), Burkina Faso, a community-based adult training centre on forestry, environment  and rural development; Regional Vice Chair, West Africa, IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management; Member of Steering Committee, CIFOR project on Dry Forests in West Africa; Former Regional Coordinator, ICRAF Regional Office for the semi-arid lands of West Africa (1990-2000); Former African representative on the Executive Board of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) (1990-1995); Former Director of Forestry Research (1980-1990) and former Director General of Scientific Research (1982-1984) in Burkina Faso.

Prof. Lidia R. A. Brito (Mozambique) 
Founder Member and former Member of Governing Council

Director for Science Policies and Sustainable development at UNESCO in Paris(2009 to date) Assistant Professor of Wood Technology at Faculty of Agronomy and Forest Engineering, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique; Former Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology; Vice-Chan-cellor (Academics) and Head of Department of Forestry at Eduardo Mondlane University; Member of the Council of the United Nations University (UNU); Member of the Governing and Executive Boards of IHE-UNESCO in Delft (2004 to date); Member of the Board of Trustees of SciDev (2006 to date); Member of the Advisory Board for Carbon Fund for Community Development (CFCD) (2002–2005); Member of the High Level Group UNESCO-NEPAD (2002–2006); Member of the Advisory Board for GeSci, Dublin (2006 to date); Member of the Review Panel of the ESSP (2007–2008).

Mrs. Anna Chileshe Masinja (Zambia) 
Member of Governing Council

Director Forestry Department, Zambia; Formerly Principal Zambia Forestry College; Served in various capacities within the Forestry Research Division; Chaired the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (AFWC); Member of the Zambia Forest and Forest Industries Corporation (ZAFFICO) Board of Directors and Chair of its Technical Sub-Committee; Member of the Technical Support Team (TST) of the Africa Group at the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF);  Chair of the Technical Sub-Committee of the UNIDO funded Project on Production of Biofuel in Zambia; Member of the Advisory Group  of the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); Zambian Focal Point for the UNFF.

Dr. Demel Teketay (Ethiopia) 
Member of Executive Committee and Governing Council 

Regional Director Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) African Regional Office (2003 to date); Formerly Director General Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organisation (EARO) ( 2002-2003); Director of Forestry Research EARO (1998-2002); Assistant Professor of Forest Vegetation Ecology, Alemaya University of Agriculture and Wondo Genet College of Forestry (1990-2003); Member of several International, Regional, Sub-regional and National professional associations and networks; extensive publications in journals, books and proceedings.

Dr. Oscar Eyog Matig (Cameroon) 
Member of Governing Council

Coordinator of the Sub-Saharan Africa Forest Genetic Resources Network (SAFORGEN) of Bioversity International (formerly IPGRI) (1999 to date); Forestry Research Coordinator in the Sahelian and humid zones of Cameroon (1990-2000); Member of AFORNET Technical Committee; Consultant to the SFM in Africa project on “Wood Production in West and Central Africa”; Member of WOTRO International Technical Committee (2005-2006).

Mr. Peter Gondo (Zimbabwe) 
Member of Governing Council

Deputy Director of the Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources (SAFIRE) (2002 to date); Team Leader, Regional Working Group on Community-based Enterprises of Southern Africa, CBNRM (2007-); Research and Technical Services Coordinator SAFIRE (1999, 2001); Member of Zimbabwe’s delegation to IPF/IFF/UNFF (1995-2000); Divisional Manager Forestry Extension Services of the Forestry Commission Zimbabwe (1995–1999); Head Forest Mapping and Inventory (1988–1994); Board member Speciality Foods of Africa; Board Member African Biodiversity Company; Member Biodiversity Working Group Zimbabwe; Member National Committee on Sustainable Development Zimbabwe.

Dr. Abdelazim Mirghani Ibrahim (Sudan) 
Member Governing Council

General Manager of the Forests National Corporation (FNC) (1999 to 2011); Chief of the Technical Affairs Sector, FNC (1998-1999); Tree Breeder for the National Tree Seed Centre, FNC, Agricultural Research Corporation (1997-1998); Member of the Tropical Research Group of the University of Helsinki, Finland (1991-1997); Research Scientist Forestry Research Centre (1988–1990); Co-investigator for FAO/IBPGR Project on Conservation and Improvement of Genetic Resources of Arid and Semi-Arid Land Species for Improvement of Rural Living (1984-1985); Member of Boards of Directors and Management Councils for a number of Sudanese Universities & Institutions; Member of Consultative Councils for the Ministers of: Agriculture & Forests, Environment & Physical Development and Energy & Mining; Chair of the 17th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (CoFo 2005– 2007); Vice Chair of the 16th Session (CoFo 2001-2003); Chair of the National Steering Committees and National Coordinator for a number of Internationally Supported Forestry Projects.

Dr. Alice A. Kaudia (Kenya)
Founder Member

Environment Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources-Kenya (2008-) Regional Director Eastern Africa, the World Conservation Union – IUCN (2005-2007); Member of National Steering Committee for Kenya Environmental Policy Formulation and Chair Environmental Governance Task Force (July 2007 to June 2008); Board Member Women Organised for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (WOCAN) (2004 to date); Focal Point Major Group “Women” at UNFF (2004–2007); Founder and Associate Director of Science Products Centre (1999 to date); Technical Advisor, Forestry Curriculum Development and Community Participation for SAVCOR/INDUFOR Company of Finland, posted to Zambia (2003-2005); Assistant Director, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) and Coordinator of  AFORNET Eastern African Node (1998-2003); Consultant to various organisations and institutions, e.g. Development Researcher Network (Italy) for EU, IPGRI, ICRAF, Sida, FAO, and CARE International (Kenya).

Ms. Afsa Kemitale (Uganda)
Founder Member and Member of  Governing Council-Observer (UNFF)

Forest Affairs Officer, UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat, New York (2003–present); Observer, Steering Committee on the project Lessons Learnt on Sustainable Forest Management in Africa phases I and II (2003–present); Resource Management Consultant, Programme on Forests (PROFOR), World Bank, Washington D.C. (2001–2002); Programme Officer, Programme on Forests, UNDP, New York (1996–2001).

Dr. Iba Kone (Côte d’Ivoire) 
Founder Member and former Member of Governing Council

Coordinator, African Forest Research Network (AFORNET) at AAS (1998-2011); Member of the Board of FORNESSA; Member of the Ivorian Association of Agriculture and Forestry; Member of the Ivorian Association of Sciences; Formerly: Member of Board of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO); Deputy-Director at the Directorate of Education and Training of the Ministry of Water and Forestry (Cote d’Ivoire); Programme Officer of Capacity Building in Forestry Research in Africa (CBFR) and Capacity Building in Soil and Water Management in Africa (SWM) at the  AAS.

Prof. Godwin Kowero (Tanzania) 
Founder Member, Secretary to Governing Council and Executive Committee

Executive Secretary, African Forest Forum (2007-present); Project Leader, Sustainable Forest Management in Africa (SFM II), Nairobi, Kenya (2006–present); Member of Steering Committee of the National Forest Programme Facility (NFP), FAO, Rome (2002–); Member of Advisory Board of the World Bank’s PROFOR (2007-); Chairman, Technical Committee and Member of AFORNET Board; Vice-Chairman, Steering Committee on project Lessons Learnt on Sustainable Forest Management in Africa (2003–2005); Regional Coordinator, CIFOR Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa (1998–2005); Senior Scientist, CIFOR, Indonesia (1995–1998); Former professor of forest economics and policy, Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), Moi University (Kenya) and Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique) (1987–1994); Chairman, Board of Directors, Tanzania Wood Industry Corporation (1990–1991).

Mr. Simona Frank Kufakwandi (Zambia) 
Founder member

Resident Representative Malawi, African Development Bank (AfDB) (2007-); Acting Manager, Operational Policies and Procedures, AfDB, Tunis (2006–2007); Principal Policy Analyst, AfDB (1998–2006); Senior Forestry Officer, AfDB (1992–1997); Member of the Executive Committee, Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) (2004–2007); Formerly: Managing Director, Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation (1987–1992); Member Board of Directors, EW Tarrys (Zambia) Ltd (1987–1992); Member Board of Directors, Zambia International Trade Fair (1987–1992); Manager Plantations, Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation (1985–1987); Conservator, Plantations, Industrial Plantations Division, (1980–1984); Principal, Zambia Forest College (1976-1977).

Mr. Michel Lavèrdiere (Canada) 
Founder Member

Freelance consultant, Forestry Officer, FAO Sub-regional Office for Eastern  Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Previously Forest Affairs Expert, Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests, New York; Regional Forestry Officer, FAO Regional Office for Africa, Accra, Ghana; FAO and CIDA assignments in Southern and West Africa.

Dr. Bjorn Lundgren (Sweden) 
Founder Member and Member of Governing Council

Chairman Committee on International Forest Issues of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA); Chairman of the Steering Committee on project “Lessons Learnt on Sustainable Forest Management in Africa” (2003-2005); Director, International Foundation for Science (IFS), Stockholm (1992-2000);  Director General, the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), Nairobi (1981-1991); Chairman of the Board of the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU/INRA), Accra, Ghana (1996-2002); Member of Boards of Trustees of CATIE, Costa Rica (2002-2007), and the African Forest Research Network (AFORNET), Kenya (2000- to date).

Mr. Sébastien Malélé Mbala (DR Congo) 
Founder Member and Vice Chair of Executive Committee and Vice Chair of Governing Council

Directeur Chef de Service, Service Permanent d'Inven-taire et d'Amenagement Forestiers, SPIAF (2008-); Directeur de la Gestion Forestière (2005–2007); Doctorant à l'ERAIFT; Chef, Division Aménagement Forestier au SPIAF (1983–2004); Coordonnateur national du projet de foresterie communautaire en RDC (2005–2007); Coordonnateur national du Projet sous régional FAO Contribution des produits forestiers non ligneux à la sécurité alimentaire en Afrique Centrale (2005–); Coordonnateur national du Projet FAO Appui à la relance du secteur forestier de la RDC (2003–2005); Point Focal RDC du Forum des Nations Unies sur les Forêts (FNUF) (2005–); Point Focal RDC de l’Organisation Africaine du Bois, OAB (2005-2007) et Point Focal du Projet Régional OAB/OIBT de Gestion Durable des Forêts (2005–); Point Focal RDC de la Commission des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale, COMIFAC (2004–2005); Chef de travaux, Enseignant à la Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques, Université de Kinshasa (2002–).

Mr. André-Jules Madingou (Gabon)
Member of Governing Council

Ingénieur des Eaux et Forêts catégorie A1; Inspecteur des Services (2006-); Président du Conseil Départemental de Ndolou (2002-2007); Vice Président du Forum des Nations Unies sur les Forêts (2006–2007); Conseiller du Ministre pour les questions forestières (1997–2006); Directeur Technique du Projet Forêts Environnement (PFE) (1997–2002); Chargé d’Etudes au Cabinet du Ministre des Eaux et Forêts (1992–1997); Participation aux reunions et conferences internationale: Conférence des Nations Unies sur l’Environnement et le Développement (CNUED) de Rio; Commission du Développement Durable des Nations Unies (CDD); Forum des Nations Unies sur les Forêts (FNUF, et aussi IPF et IFF); Comité des Forêts (COFO) et Comité des Forêts et de la Faune Sauvage pour l’Afrique (AFWC) de FAO; CORAF; l’Organisation Africaine du Bois (OAB); Organisation Internationale du Bois Tropical (OIBT); Commission des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale, COMIFAC.

Ms. Linda Mossop-Rosseau (South Africa) 
Founder Member and Member of Governing Council

Group Manager for Corporate Services, South African Forestry Company Limited (SAFCOL), a wholly state owned enterprise; Member of the Boards of Directors of Food and Trees for Africa (an NGO), the MTO Forestry Company and the Amathola Forestry Company; Formerly: Chief Director, Department of Water Affairs and Forestry; Regional Land Commissioner; Director, State Land Management in the Department of Land Affairs; Director, Forestry Regulation, Department of Water Affairs and Forestry; Vice-president of the World Forestry Congress in Quebec City, Canada, September 2003; Leader of  the South African delegation to the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) in 2003-2006, during which she was part of the negotiating team for the African and Group of 77 and China countries; apart from the UNFF she has also taken an active part in many local, national and international forestry policy dialogue.

Ms. Christine Nantongo (Uganda) 
Member of Governing Council

Director, Environmental Alert (a national NGO in Uganda); Worked with policy analysis and advocacy,  and community livelihoods in the natural resources sector in Uganda and East Africa (2002-2006); Advocacy Manager Rights, Equity & Protected Areas Programme of CARE International in Uganda (2002 to date); Course developer and Trainer, Participatory Forest Management and participatory Natural Resources Governance Programmes for Eastern Africa (hosted by MSTCDC in Arusha) (1999-2002); Assistant Coordinator Uganda Debt Network; Founder Member Civil Society Budget Advocacy Initiative; Member of the Forest Governance Learning Group (FGLG) of the Uganda Forest Working Group (UFWG).

Dr. Jean Baptiste Nduwayezu (Rwanda) 
Member of Governing Council

Director General, National Institute of Scientific and Technological Research, IRST (2006-); President, Board of Directors of the Rwandan National Forestry Agency, NAFA (2007-); President, Governing Council of the Ruhengeri Institute of Higher Education/University, INES (2000-); Professor of Agroforestry at the National University of Rwanda, NUR (2008); President, Board of Directors of the Rwandan Environment Management Authority, REMA (2008-); Member Board of Directors of the Rwandan Institute of Agronomic Sciences, ISAR (2007-); Head of Forestry, Agroforestry and Range Ecology at College of Agriculture at the University of Botswana (2003–2006); Project Leader, Growth performance, nutritional quality and water purification capacity of Moringa oleifera provenances in Botswana and Tanzania (2003–2006); Coordinator and Member of the Steering Committee of National Agroforestry Training Network (NAFT-Botswana) (2003-2006); Life Member of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWC) (2004-); Scientific Advisor and Peer Reviewer of AFORNET; Project Leader, Senna singueana: yield, decomposition and N-mineralization (2000–2002).

Mr. Humphrey Mwaniki Ngibuini (Kenya) 
Member of Governing Council

Managing Director, Tree Farm AS-East Africa Ltd. in Tanzania- his work includes development of around 100,000 ha of commercial plantations in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania and management of the Sao Hill Industries Ltd., the largest softwood sawmill in Eastern Africa. Formerly working as Managing Director of leading wood industries in Kenya (Timsales Ltd.); prior to that worked in forestry management programme of the Kenya Government for 12 years; Chair of the Board of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) for six years; has worked on Steering Committees of various donor funded and NGO forestry programmes in Kenya.

Prof. Fredrick Owino (Kenya) 
Founder Member and Member of Executive Committee and Governing Council

Chairman, Steering Committee of the “Sustainable Forest Management in Africa” (SFM II) project (2006 to date); Chairman, Council of the East African Wildlife Society; Honorary Fellow, Society of American Foresters; Fellow, African Academy of Sciences; Formerly: Member, Board of Trustees, Kenya Wildlife Service (2003–2005); vice-president, Board of Directors of the International Society of Tropical Foresters (1990–1993); Commissioner, Kenya Permanent Presidential Commission on Soil Conservation and Afforestation (1983–1987); Member, Board of Trustees, Kenya Association of Foresters (1981–1992); Senior Scientist, International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) (1987–1995); Professor and Dean, Faculty of Forest Resources and Wildlife Management, Moi University, Kenya (1984–1987); Senior Lecturer and Head, Department of Forestry, University of Nairobi, Kenya (1978–1984).

Mr. Macarthy Afolabi Oyebo (Nigeria) 
Founder Member and Chair of Executive Committee and Chair of Governing Council

Director of Forestry, Federal Department of Forestry, Federal Ministry of Environment (2001-2007); Chairman, National Forestry Development Committee, the highest technical advisory body on forestry to the Federal Government (2001-2007); Member, Governing Board of the National Park Service (2001-2007); Member, Governing Board of the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (2001-2007); Member Inaugural Steering Committee of the National Forest Programme Facility, FAO, Rome (2002); National Focal Point for the United Nations Forum on Forest (2000-2007), for the International Tropical Timber Organisation, ITTO (2003-2007), and for the African Timber Organisation, ATO (2001-2007); Executive Secretary, National Committee on Arid Zone Afforestation (1979–1984); Assistant General Manager, Lower Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority (1985–1986); Head, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Plateau State (1987–1992); Member of the Governing Board, Kainji Lake National Park (1987–1991).

Prof. August B. Temu (Tanzania) 
Founder Member and Member of Governing Council

Partnerships Director at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF); Previously Theme Leader in charge of strengthening Agroforestry Institutions; Executive Secretary of The African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE); Vice chair of the International Partnership for Forestry Education; Board Chair of the African Forestry Research Network (AFORNET) (1999-); Member, Advisory Committee for Project Learning Tree (PLT) of the American Forestry Foundation, World Forestry Centre; Deputy Coordinator, IUFRO 4:02:00 Forest Resources Inventory and Monitoring; Scientific Adviser, International Foundation for Science (IFS); Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA); Former professor of Forestry and Founding Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania (1984–1987); President, Tanzania Association of Foresters (1983–1987 and 1991–1995); Director, Tanzania Forestry Research Institute (TAFORI) (1983–1987); Former Chief Technical Advisor and visiting professor at Chittagong University in Bangladesh under FAO/UNDP; Has written extensively on forestry, forest education and research.

Mr. Almami Dampha (The Gambia) 
Member of Governing Council-Observer (AUC)

Policy Officer, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, Africa Union Commission (AUC). The AUC is observer institution on the Governing Council meetings. Formerly he was the Head of Participatory Forest Management Unit, The Gambia.

Mr. Emmanuel Ze Meka (Cameroun) 
Member of Governing Council-Observer (ITTO)

He is the Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO). The ITTO is an observer institution on the Governing Council meetings. After post-graduate studies in forestry at the University of Laval in Canada, he worked with the Government of Cameroon from 1977 to 1991. During this period, he served as the Technical Director of the Cameroon Wood Promotion Center and later as Director of the Forest Department of Cameroon in charge of the overall planning and supervision of the development of the national forestry sector. He also served as the adviser to the Minister in Charge of Forests in matters related to the organization of the forestry administration and staff training. He joined the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) in 1991 as a Projects Manager. Thereafter he served as the Assistant Director for Forest Industry, and then became the Assistant Director for Reforestation and Forest Management. He was appointed Executive Director of ITTO in 2007. As Executive Director, he guides the strategic direction of the organization, overseeing a Secretariat of 40 people and ITTO’s extensive work programme throughout the tropics.

Ms Alima Issufo Taquidir (Mozambique) 
Member of Governing Council

She is the Head of Forestry Department in the National Directorate of Land and Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture, Mozambique. Formerly she was the  head of forestry research in Mozambique.

Mr.  Daniel Bamela Mbolo (Cameroon) 
Member of Governing Council-Observer (COMIFAC)

Assistant Technique à la COMIFAC. 

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