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Fernando Abucham
Partner, Copa Investimentos, Brazil

Fernando is a partner of Copa Investimentos, an independent timberland investment management firm in Brazil. Copa Investimentos was established in March 2012 through the spin-off of the timberland investments group from Claritas Investimentos.

Prior to forming Copa Investimentos, Fernando was a partner and co-head of Claritas’ timberland investments group. In this role, between 2006 and 2012, Fernando participated in the structuring and management of the first two timber funds raised in Brazil as well as of their four forestry portfolio companies. Previously, Fernando worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s investment banking division, in New York and Sao Paulo, involved with M&A, Corporate Finance and Principal Investments in Latin America.  Fernando holds a JD from Pontifícia Universidade Católica Law School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Henrique Rodrigues Alves Aretz
Portfolio Manager - VBI Timberland, Brazil

Mr. Aretz is currently a Managing Partner and the Portfolio Manager of VBI Timberland, a joint-venture with a 
major international pension fund, managing timberland and agricultural portfolios on behalf of international investors. 
Prior to that, he was the Chief Investment Officer at Brazil Timber, being responsible for the deployment of the largest portfolio of timberland investments in Brazil to date. 
Additionally, he developed an extensive international experience in the financial markets, at Goldman Sachs (Switzerland/UK) and Lehman Brothers (UK/USA) ), concentrating in Mergers & Acquisitions for the Natural Resources industry, and also worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company (Brazil), again with 
a special focus on the Natural Resources/Basic Materials sectors.
Mr. Aretz holds a degree with honors in Business from Fundação Getúlio Vargas - FGV in Brazil and an MBA from London Business Schoolboth with a concentration in Finance.

Keith Balter
Director of Economic Research, Hancock Natural Resource Group, USA

Director of Economic Research, is responsible for the market analysis supporting investment and operational planning and decision making for the Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG). Keith’s team is responsible for a series of analytical publications that address trends in global timber markets and the role of timberlands in institutional investment.   Before joining HNRG in 2012, Keith was Senior Economist with Forest Capital Partners LLC, a company investing and managing commercial timberland for institutional investors, where he was responsible for, market analysis, business development and investor support.  Prior to his time at Forest Capital Partners, Keith was a principal at RISI, a key provider of information services and analysis to the global forest products sector. 

Education: MFS in Forest Economics, Yale University, MBA, University of Chicago

Andre Luiz Campos De Andrade
Executive Manager of Forest Service to Brazilian 
Forest Service ,
an agency belonging to the structure of the Ministry of Environment (MMA), Brazil

He graduated in Economics at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and obtained a Master's degree in Economics from the Federal University of Santa Catarina.
He is a member of the Career Specialist in Public Policy and Government Management of the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management (PBM), having previously  served in the Ministries of Defense, Planning, Social Security and Transport.
Since January 2013, holds the position of Executive Director of the Forest Planning Forest Service, an agency belonging to the structure of the Ministry of Environment (MMA).

Fernando Castanheira  Neto 
Subsecretariat for Sustainable Development
Secretariat for Strategic Affairs
Presidency of the Republic
, Brazil

M.Sc. in Forestry Engineering from the Federal University of Brasilia, as Project Manager at the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of Brazil in the structuring of the National Policy of Forest Plantation since 2011. 


Michael P. Cerchiaro
Vice President, Director of International Investments and Operations, USA

Mike joined Forest Investment Associates in 2004 and is currently Vice President, Director of International Investments and Operations.  Mike is a member of FIA’s Executive and Investment Committees and is charged with expanding the firm’s capabilities into non-U.S. timberland markets. 

Formerly, he started up and was the Manager of Broad Arrow Timber Company, a subsidiary company charged with the logging and delivery of 1.6 million tons of timber products on an annual basis to various facilities in the U.S. South.  He also served as a Regional Investment Forester responsible for timber and alternative land use management on approximately 245,000 acres in the U.S. states of Georgia and Florida.  Before joining FIA, he was employed by Rayonier Inc. in Fernandina Beach, Florida as a Research Forester. 

Mike holds a B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from Virginia Tech and an M.B.A. with a finance concentration from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.  He is a member of the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation Advisory Board and serves on the Board of the Robinson Council of Young Business Leaders.  

Douglas Charles
Consultant Forester, Brazil

Consultant Forester specializing in international timberland investments, focusing on opportunities in Brasil. Completed over $500 million in timberland transactions for institutional and private investors in Brasil. Owner of Florestal do Brasil Investimentos, Ltda, a registered brazilian corporation, licensed to do timberland investments in Brasil, specializing in timberland investment advice; analysis; implementation and transactions; property management advice and audit. Doug graduated from the NYS Ranger School, earned a BS-Forestry at the SUNY College of Forestry, and a MBA at Syracuse University. Previous employment included Managing Director for Prudential Timber (PruTimber); chief investment officer for the Hancock Timber Group; Project Manager in Strategic Planning at International Paper Company; and forest technician with the NYS Conservation Dept.

Antonio Claret Oliveira
Director of Vetorial Energetica, Brazil

Agronomy Engineer, Specialist on Eucalyptus culture, pos-graduated in Quality Engineering and Business Management IBMEC and Sustainable Management by Fundação Dom Cabral. He was president of AMS and SIF and Director of V&M Florestal during 10 years. Member of Board Administration IEF (Institute of Forest) and CEO of ECOCARB and Director of Vetorial Energetica

Phil Cottle
Managing Director and founder of ForestRe.Ltd., United Kindom

Phil Cottle is the Managing Director and founder of ForestRe Ltd., established to protect financial investment into forestry world-wide. 
He has been a specialist for 20 years in quantifying natural hazard risks of fire, wind and snow/ice each of which may cause a catastrophic loss to forest enterprises.
He has been responsible for planning and execution of national forestry and tree crop insurance schemes for Spain, Portugal, Indonesia, Canada, USA, France, South Africa and New Zealand.  
Consultancies include the World Bank, United Nations’ FAO, forestry Investment corporations, forest owners and major reinsurance companies for both forest and forest carbon.  
Currently, he is consulting in the Oasis Project funded by the UK government and the EU, working on open-access forest risk assessment models for use by insurers, corporations and individuals.
In  August 2014 PARDUS Underwriting acquires the expertise of ForestRe team in order that forest investments may be insured efficiently world-wide. 

Sylvio Coutinho
Managing Director and Partner at Floresteca, Brazil

Managing Director and partner at Floresteca, a leading integrated teak plantation company founded in 1994 with operations in the tropical regions of Brazil.
With 12 years of experience in the teak sector he currently responsible company’s forestry and processing operations, sales, R&D and investment strategies. Prior Floresteca he has worked at AIG/Unibanco (Insurance) and Coimex International (Trading). He holds a MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral.

Elizabeth de Carvalhaes
CEO and President of the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá), Brazil

Elizabeth de Carvalhaes has just been appointed as CEO of the Brazilian Tree Industry (Iba), after spearheading Bracelpa, the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association, for over six years. Ibá is the result of combining the Brazilian Association of the Wood Panels Industry (Abipa), the Brazilian Association of the Manufactures of Laminate Flooring (Abiplar), the Brazilian Association of Forest Plantation Producers (Abraf) and Bracelpa into one single association.

Elizabeth has extensive experience in negotiating with governments and international markets, therefore she will focus on introducing the new entity and participating in forums of interest to consolidate the planted trees industry in Brazil and internationally.
Among the international forums, it is worth noting Elizabeth's participation in the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and in the International Council of Forest & Paper Associations (ICFPA), a network of over 30 forestry base associations from the main markets in this industry.
Elizabeth de Carvalhaes began her career at Volkswagen do Brasil and was vice president of the Brazilian Automotive Industry Association (Anfavea).

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Aldo De Cresci Neto
Founder Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados, Brazil

Founding partner of Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados, Brazilian Law firm with offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Carlos and Atlanta/USA. 
Mr. De Cresci has led the firm’s forestry investment team since 2000 and has vast experience with large forestry projects in the domestic and international market. 
In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Mr. De Cresci was ranked by Chambers and Partners as the leading lawyer in Brazil in the area of Timberland Investments.
Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados was named by the Corporate INTL Global Awards as the number one law firm in Brazil in the area of Timberland Investments in 2012 and 2013, "Timberland Investment Law Firm of the Year in Brazil". 
Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados was named "Timberland Investment Law Firm of the Year in Brazil" in 2012 by the Global Law Experts Legal Awards.
Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados was named by the CorporateLiveWire Global Awards as the best law firm in Brazil in 2012 in the area of investment law as “Investment Law Firm of the Year in Brazil”.
 In 2013, Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados, was ranked as the leading Timberland law firm in Latin America by Legal500. 
Mr. de Cresci was also appointed as a member of the Board of Banco Interamericano de Desenvolvimento (Interamerican Development Bank - IDB) for the development of the Methodology of Generation of Forestry Investment Attraction Indices, and is in charge of drafting new laws regarding Timberland Investments.”

Edoardo de Pauli
Founding Partner & Director of Brforest & Brenergy, Brazil

Edoardo is a Founding Partner of BRFOREST, a timberland management company and BRENERGY, a clean energy company.
BRFOREST has over the last years innovated in field operations, and management strategies  focusing in the customer. He has worked in the logistics, pulp, paper, packaging and forestry
sectors before founding BRFOREST. He also worked in projects overseas (Argentina, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy and United States), specially in the packaging and pulp business.

Edoardo holds a major degree in Business Administration (FAE Business School) and a MBA in Project Management (Fundação Getulio Vargas & The George Washington University).

Romano Luis Diel
Director Presidente
Empresa Forestal Industrial S.A., Paraguay

Forest Engineering, Universidad Federal de Santa Maria, RS, Brazil
1995-1998, Forest Manager, Empresas Forestales del Paraguay
1998, Owner Director, Emprendimientos Forestales SRL
2005, Owner Director, Transportes Forestales SRL
2007, Owner Director, Industrias Forestales SRL
2012, Owner Director, Empresas Forestales Industriales SA
Implementation and management of more than 18,000 ha of forest Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia, with exotic and native tree species.
Development action work in Paraguay (17 departments)
2008 UNDP Project
Consultant to several national and international companies ( planning, projection, property purchases, installation , forestry and industrial projects launched)

C. Glen Dunnaway
Partner Morris, Manning & Martin, Atlanta Financial Center, USA 

C. Glenn Dunaway is one of the most experienced timberland lawyers in the world, with more than 30 years of focused practice in the area. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, 
he also operates extensively outside the United States to service the needs of his clients, who are principally timberland Investments management organizations, institucional investors, and financial service providers to the timberland Industry.
Mr. Dunaway transaccional practice, has concentrated on large timberland transaccions, specially those involving complex finance structures of cross borders considerations. 
Together with one of his financial institution client. he pionered the instalment, sale techniques that were a driving force in the diversiture of most timberland holding by United States forest products Companies.
Mr. Dunaway also works within a consulting network that archves clients seeking to implement or optimize global timberland investment programs.
The consulting projects to date have involved properties in the United States, Central America, South America, Europe and South Africa.

Luis Enei
General Director of Orion Capital Timberland Investment Company, Chile

Luis Enei is founding partner and General Director of Orion Capital Timberland Investment Company, which has been managing business in Chile and Colombia since 2007.
Mr. Enei has more than 25 years experience in the international forestry business, having worked as C.E.O. of Maderas Condor, a Chilean Forestry and woodchip export company;
as  CMPC Forestry Marketing Vice President where he led lumber and logs sales worldwide; and as Representative of CMPC Asia Limited, where he developed CMPC’s pulp
and lumber sales network for Asia. Mr. Enei, is a Mechanical Engineer with a MSc in Industrial Engineering.

Bob Flynn
Director - International Timber, RISI Inc, USA

His work involves analysis of trends in international timber supply and demand and trade in pulpwood and sawlogs.
Prior to joining RISI in April 2006, he worked 18 years as a consultant with several firms including Jay Gruenfeld Associates and Wood Resources International, assisting clients in
understanding trends in forest resources, forest ownership, and industrial development in Southern Hemisphere plantation forest countries, China,  and elsewhere. 
In addition, Mr. Flynn worked 11 years as a forester, primarily for Champion International in Oregon. 
Projects in 2006 have included multi-client studies on China’s timber supply deficit, the Global Tree Farm and Managed Forest Industry (comparison of growing costs and investment
opportunities in planted forests around the world), and the International Pulpwood Resource and Trade Review (also known as “The Woodchip Report”, 
14th Edition published February 2007).

Steve Gretzinger 
Senior. Forestry Specialist

Steve Gretzinger is IFC's Senior Forestry Specialist based in Nicaragua who has provided technical support to investment clients in the forestry and wood products sectors in 10 countries. With 30 years of sector experience, he has managed private forestry operations in the Amazon, evaluated timber investments, assisted manufacturers to build wood procurement strategies, and logged and exported wood products with his own company. Steve understands the operational complexities of running a business under difficult conditions, having lived and worked in Guatemala, Peru, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. His current client focus is on biomass-cogeneration projects based on plantations in Central America, strengthening the financial and production controls of industrial forest concessionaires in Brazil and Peru, and improving community outsourcing programs for the pulp & paper industry in Asia. Steve holds a BSc from Oregon State University and an MSc in Forest Management from North Carolina State University.

Saulo Guerra, Ph.D.
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Forest Engineer Course
College of Agricultural Sciences - FCA/UNESP - Botucatu, SP
Agro Forestry Machinery and Tire Research Center , NEMPA, Brazil

Saulo Guerra is a Forest Engineer and holds a PhD. in Energy in Agriculture. He has been researching new concepts and innovation on mechanization of energy crops such as eucalyptus, bamboo, and sugarcane. He has done more than 20 scientific presentations on both national and international meetings regarding this theme and has published more than 10 peer reviewed articles.
He is one of the coordinators of the research group NEMPA - FCA/UNESP. He is an Invited Specialist at the Sao Paulo State Energy Secretariat and collaborated with the Sao Paulo State Energy Plan - 2020. He is also a member of the FAPESP bioenergy program - BIOEN. At a national level, he is author of a chapter in “BIOENERGY” book (Unesp Publishing House, 2012). At an international level, was the only Brazilian member at COST Action, research group sponsored by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology and by the IEA Bioenergy, organization where he participates as a member of the Forest Energy research group since 2009. 

Currently, the NEMPA research group, under Dr. Guerra’s coordination, leads three pioneer projects:  the eucalyptus biomass harvester project in partnership with New Holland Company, the trees residue baler – BioBaler in partnership with Anderson Group and Siltomac Company.

Jefferson Bueno Mendes
Director of Poyry Management Consulting, Latin America, Brazil

Head of Pöyry Management Consulting, Latin America. As a senior consultant he has a wealth of experience in business and management, advising national and international companies on strategy, market positioning, business planning and implementation, management, M&A, timberland appraisals, and operational excellence.
Jefferson started his career in 1982 working for Brazilian forest-based companies. In 1989, he founded Silviconsult responding for its management until 2010. From 2010 to 2013 was partner and Director of Pöyry Silviconsult. He also worked as a University professor at PUC and UP. Jefferson holds a B.Sc. in forestry, a M.Sc. in forest management, a post-graduation in economics and agricultural politics, and an MBA in corporate management.

Gabriel Moreira Assunção
Partner/Associate - Financial Relations. Tote Group, Brazil

. July 2014 to now
Partner, Madeira Real Reflorestamentos / altoMAR Resources and Trading Agriculture / Financial Trading e Research Firm
. October 2013 to June 2014
Corporate Officer Pine Bank S.A
. Sept 2007 to Sept 2013
Corporate Officer; Derivatives Trader; Corporate Credit Analyst Santander Brazil Bank S.A
. December 2008
Business Graduation - PUCMG (Pontifícia Universidade Católica - MG)
. November 2010
Derivatives and  Capital Market post Graduation (Pontifícia Universidade Católica - MG)

Dennis Neilson
Director DANA Ltd.; New Zealand

Dennis is a Director of the New Zealand based forest industry consulting and publishing company, DANA Limited. 
Dennis has had previous experience as a WoodSupply and Export Marketing Manager for Fletcher Forests; and as a Manager and Director of a JV New Zealand-Japanese woodchip export company. 
He has been a Director of a eucalyptus plantation- owning company. For several years now, Dennis has beena
c c o-author of the annual multi-client report entitled, "The International Pulpwood Resource and Trade Review", 
now published by RISI. He has also been the co-author of three editions of a major report on the Global Tree Farm and Managed Forest Industry (1997, 2003 & 2007), which is designed for international forest investors. 
He also publishes an annual Review entitled "The International Timberland Ownership & Investment Review" and consults on timberlandinvestment issues and opportunities.
He also speaks regularly at international meetings onforestry investment, wood supply and wood product issues. Dennis travels regularly to keep up to 
date with industry and trade trends. Dennis is the organizer of this conference, “Latin America Timberland Investment Conference”

J.Harald Orneberg
DiFounder of The Forest Company Ltd.
Founder and CEO of Timber Capital Ltd. (Investment Manager of The Forest Company), Sweeden

J. Harald Örneberg was born in Sweden in 1963. He has an extensive experience in the forest industry, as he has managed forest assets in Sweden for the past 20 years.His passion for forestry led
him to establish in 2007 The Forest Company, an investment fund focused on timber assets in South America. 
Prior to forming The Forest Company, Mr. Örneberg founded ORN Capital in 1999, which he sold to Aviva in 2006. 
From 1997 to 1999 he served as Vice President in the Merger Arbitrage group of Salomon Smith Barney. 
From 1992 to 1997, he was an investment manager at Industri Kapital (originally Enskilda Ventures, a division of SEB).From 1990 to 1992, he was an investment manager at Industri Kapital (originally Enskilda Ventures, a division of SEB). 
He worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Enskilda Secuurities, also a division of SEB. 
From 1986 to 1988, he was a Financial Analyst in the investment banking division of Salomon Brothers. 
He received an MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1990, and a B.Sc. in Monetary Economics from the London School of Economics in 1986. 

Seth Palmer
Associate Director, MetLife Timberland Finance Group, Brazil & USA

Seth is an Associate Director for the MetLife Timberland Finance Group.  He has over 18 years of timberland management, investment and financial experience in the forest industry.  He currently oversees business development and accounts for MetLife’s timberland investments in the southern U.S. and Brazil.  He joined MetLife in 2007 as the senior analyst for the Timberland Finance Group.  Prior to joining MetLife, Seth was a forester for Sierra Pacific Industries where he was responsible for regional forest operations and planning.  Seth is a CA Registered Professional Forester and honorably served in the United States Navy.  He earned an AAS in Forestry Technology from Hocking College, Ohio; a BS in Forest Management from Oregon State University; and a MBA from California State University, Chico.

Alvaro Perez Del Castillo
Director of Pike & Co
Director of Carbosur, Uruguay

Alvaro is a Director of the Uruguayan based forest consulting company, Pike Consultora Forestal Pike & co. ( and the climate change consulting company, Carbosur ( Alvaro has had previous experience working for the Technological Laboratory of Uruguay, in the Forest Products division as an expert in wood drying and other areas. He spent three months working in Japan as a JICA expert.

For several years now, Alvaro has been working and supervising tens of consulting assignments to forest companies of Uruguay and other countries working for Pike&Co. During the last six years, he has supervised the assessment of potential land purchases for various clients for a total of 80,000 ha. He has also supervised the inventory of more than 70,000 ha of forests during the last three years. He is in charge of compiling and maintaining Pike Consultora Forestal’s Forest Information System, the most complete set of geographic and database information about forests in Uruguay and East/Northeast Argentina.

As Carbosur’s Executive Director, Alvaro helped in the development of the first approved consolidated methodology for AR (Afforestation/Reforestation) projects worldwide; he has prepared eight projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and six AR-projects in Uruguay (one registered under the CDM and five in the VCS [Voluntary Carbon Standard]).

Alvaro is one of the three organizers of the Seven International Woodfibre Resource and Trade Conference to be will be held in Chile in November 3 - 4 2014. (Field trip 5-7 November).

Tulio Jardim Raad
Director of ECOCARB, Brazil

Mechanical Engineer, Master and Doctor in the area of Biomass Energy (heat and fluid), Professor of Production Engineering. He has worked as Research Manager at V&M Group for more than 10 years dealing with carbonization process and new technologies. Today is the Scientific Director of ECOCARB.

Luiz Calvo Ramires Jr.

President of the Silviculture Chamber at MAPA
(Ministerio de Agricultura Pecuaria e  Abastecimiento), Brazil

Luiz C. Ramires Jr. is Director of the Ramires, national reference company in the forest sector that has already planted more than hundred thousand hectares of forests in the states of Mato Grosso do Sul, Maranhão and Minas Gerais.
He is one of the founders, eight years President and recent Vice-President of the REFLORE/MS – Mato Grosso do Sul Association of Producers and Consumers of Planted Forests, association that since its foundation has been promoting the expansion and  developing of the forests business and improving the importance of the planted forests.

Coordinator of the Planted Forests Chamber of Mato Grosso do Sul. 
Winner of the MADEIRA 2010 Premium in the category of Businessman. 
Strategic Counselor of the FIEMS – Mato Grosso do Sul Industries Federation.
Participated at the Specialized Technical Chamber in the Secretariat of the Strategic Issues of the Presidency of the Republic in the formulation of the National Political of Planted Forests.
Vice President of IBÁ - Brazilian Tree Industry.
President of the Setorial Chamber of Planted Forests in the MAPA – Ministry of the Agriculture, Livestock and Supply.

Kirk Robinson
Partner, Brookfield Financial, Brazil

Kirk Robinson is a Partner at Brookfield Financial’s office in Brazil. Kirk has 13 years of international experience in investment banking, M&A, funds management, and financing of public and private infrastructure businesses. Kirk has recently led several forestry sales transactions in Brazil.

Kirk brings a wide range of experience to Brookfield, having previously been a Senior Vice President with Macquarie Group in their Infrastructure team (Sydney and New York); and also the CFO at Country Group Securities PCL, a listed Thai financial services company. He started his career with Coopers & Lybrand in 1993 (later PwC) and worked in both the audit and transaction services groups.

Kirk is a Chartered Accountant (Australia), and graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Business (with Merit).

Silvio Teixeira
CEO Brookfield Brazil Timberlands, Brazil

Silvio is the CEO of Brookfield Brazil Timber, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brookfield Brazil Timber is dedicated to identifying, acquiring and operating Brazilian timberland investments; and since 2008 has grown timberlands under management in Brazil to over 300,000 hectares. Silvio has over 25 years of agricultural sector experience. Prior to joining Brookfield, he was General Manager of Cotecna, responsible for the Brazilian operations of the company, and previously Managing Partner, GT Associados and Brazil Retail Bank Director – Trading Director, Rabobank International Do Brazil. He is experienced in the sugar and ethanol sectors. Silvio holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a MBA from the University of Sao Paulo.

Anders Tosterud
CEO of SilviPar /  Forest Director of SilviCapital

Anders Tosterud has 30 years of experience in forest and forest industry development, mostly in tropical and sub-tropical countries, mainly in planning and establishment of eucalyptus plantations as a fibrebase for the forest industry. Mr Tosterud has worked in Brazil for around 20 years and has participated in key positions in some of the most successful forest industry development  projects, such as Veracel, Copener (Bahia Pulp) and StoraEnso’s operations in Brazil and Uruguay. He has also worked as a project manager of Poyry with many of the most important forest industry companies in Latin America, including Klabin, Fibria, Rigesa, Champion, Duratex, Jari and Aracruz. Also for Poyry, Mr Tosterud has been responsible for forest industry projects in the US, Canada, Mozambique and Vietnam. In Sweden, he was R&D manager for The Forest Research Institute. Mr Tosterud holds a Master’s of Forestry from The Royal College of Forestry, Stockholm and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Marco Tuoto
Director of Tree Florestal , Brazil

Over 20 years of experience in the forest sector. During his career, Marco Tuoto has acquired all-embracing experience on the timber value chain, from plantation establishment, forest management and wood procurement to forest-based industry and marketing.
Currently, he is board member of TREE Florestal S.A. and CEO of TREE Management & Trading Co. Prior to that, Marco Tuoto was Managing Director of EBFLORA and Director Operations and senior consultant of STCP Engenharia de Projetos. In addition, he worked for INDUFOR Oy in Finland.
He led assignments in Brazil and abroad (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Ecuador, Finland, Peru, Uruguay, USA, among others), involving business strategies, investment planning, market assessments and M&A processes for forest-based industries, institutional investors, TIMOS and international organizations (FAO, ITTO, IADB, World Bank and others). He has large experience dealing with foreign direct investors and performing economic analysis to support forest investment decisions. He has expertise in due diligence of timberland acquisitions. He was in charge of several timberland acquisitions in Brazil (more than 300 thousand ha of land acquired for the establishment of forest plantations).
Marco Tuoto holds a BSc in Forestry and a MSc in Forest Economics and Policy.

Germano Vieira
Director of Forestry
El Dorado Brasil Celulose S.A., Brazil

Mr. Germano Vieira holds a degree in Forestry from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, with postgraduate studies in Engineering Work Safety PUC/iCMG – Catholic Institute of Minas Gerais and an Executive MBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas.
He has over 30 years of experience as a manager of large projects in forestry companies, such as CAF Santa Barbara Ltda., and Japanese–Brazilian Pulp SA – CENIBRA MASISA and Brazil.
Mr. Vieira currently holds the position of Director of Forestry in Eldorado Brasil Celulose S.A.

Oliver Williams IV
CFA, President, USA

Oliver Williams directs the institutional farmland investment program and serves on the Investment Committee of the Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG). Previously, Mr. Williams coordinated asset management activities and was part of the senior management team. Prior to joining HAIG in 1997, he spent 5 years with the First Pioneer Farm Credit, ACA, one of the largest farm credit associations in the country. At Farm Credit, he was responsible for evaluating and appraising farmland and farm businesses for potential loans. He also managed a farm loan portfolio, which included both row and permanent cropland. He is a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society. Oliver  is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a BS in Agricultural Economics, with a concentration in finance, from Cornell University. Mr. Williams grew up on a poultry and grain farm in western New York.