Pradeepa Bholanath is an Environmental Economist who served as the Head of Planning and Development of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) up to January 2020. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from the University of Guyana (2002), a Master’s of Science Degree in Environmental Economics from the University of York, UK (2004), and an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School, UK (2008). She has knowledge and experience at the senior management level on areas of sustainable development, trade and economic growth, community and social development, REDD+, and climate policy and financing. She also has experience in development and implementation of High Forest Cover Low Deforestation (HFLD) rate programmes and has led the development of the national Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) System for REDD+ in Guyana up to January 2020. She has been a key technical expert in the implementation activities under the Guyana Norway Bilateral Agreement on Climate and Forests including on MRVS and Reference Level development for REDD+.
Jason Funk is Principal & Founder of the Land Use & Climate Knowledge Initiative (LUCKI), a project of the Global Philanthropy Partnership. Dr. Funk works at the intersection of land use and climate change, focusing on ways to incentivize land management activities that can help slow climate change, improve rural development, and shape more sustainable landscapes. He has advocated for sensible land-use policies at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since 2008, and he is certified as an expert reviewer for land-use emissions inventories. Dr. Funk earned his Ph.D. in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University, and he holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Science from the Ohio State University.
Marieke Sandker is a forests and climate change expert with over 15 years of experience. She worked for several international organizations (CIFOR, IUCN, FAO, among others). In her current position with FAO, she coordinates the work of the REDD+ cluster on Forest Reference Levels and GHG inventory reporting to the UNFCCC. For five years she lived and worked in developing countries (Cameroon, El Salvador and Indonesia) managing and evaluating forestry projects and analysing forest landscape dynamics to inform policy makers seeking to reconcile conservation and development goals. She has a PhD in Forest Ecology (2010) from the Autonomous University of Madrid and an MSc degree (2002) in Biology from Wageningen University and Research Centre.