Till Neeff is an independent expert who advises firms and governments on nature-based solutions, quantifying emissions, and carbon finance. Till started his career by researching land-use change and its carbon impacts in Amazonia. He then joined EcoSecurities, the UK-based leader of global carbon markets. As a consultant and carbon credit originator he toured large parts of Latin America and Southeast Asia scouting for carbon investment opportunities and building one of the largest carbon credits portfolios in the voluntary offsetting industry. Later, Till got engaged in capacity building, first as a donor for the German Ministry of the Environment and later by running a series of programmes with NGOs, governments and the UN, all on topics surrounding climate change. Today, Till works as an independent expert from Rome, Italy. He is an experienced strategist, facilitator, and trainer, familiar with the key developments and debates in climate change policy and forest mitigation. More detail on his work is available online at http://www.neeff.com.
Sassan Saatchi is a Principal Scientist at the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and an adjunct professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He has a Ph.D. degree from the George Washington University in 1988 with concentration in electrophysics and applied mathematics and more than 25 years of experience in remote sensing of forest structure and carbon dynamics. He has more than 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of topics from local to regional scale understanding of forest dynamics from impacts of disturbance, modeling species diversity across the landscapes, and linking biological and ecological data with satellite observations. He has extensive expertise working in the tropical forests of the Amazon and Congo Basins since early 1990s focusing on the resilience of forest ecological and biological functions to a wide range of human and climate induced stresses.
David Shoch is a forester with 20 years of experience worldwide in the development of forest carbon projects. He has contributed to seminal publications of the IPCC, GOFC-GOLD and Verified Carbon Standard, and has authored methodologies for accounting climate impacts of REDD, reduced impact logging, improved forest management and wetland restoration activities. Prior to joining TerraCarbon, David worked for The Nature Conservancy’s climate science team and Winrock International. David holds a Master of Forestry degree from the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment and a BA in Biology from the University of Richmond. He is a member of the Forest Stewards Guild and is a Certified Forester by the Society of American Foresters.
Mark Wishnie is Executive Director and Head of Sustainability at the BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group. At BTG, Mark is responsible for sustainability across the firm’s c. $3.5 billion global timberland portfolio and leads the firm’s climate-focused investment practice. Mark joined BTG from The Nature Conservancy, where he led the Global Forestry & Wood Products program and a portfolio of initiatives aimed at delivering on the massive climate mitigation potential of forests and the broader forest economy. Mark co-founded and served as Managing Director of Equator, LLC, a timberland and environmental commodity investment management firm, co-founded and directed the Native Species Reforestation Project (PRORENA), a joint research program of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Yale University, and served as Program Director of the Yale Tropical Resources Institute. Mark has also consulted to governments, universities, and Fortune 500 companies on forest finance, management and restoration. Mark holds a BS in Forest Management from the University of Washington and a Master of Forest Science from Yale University.