Prof. Dr. Martin Herold is the chair for geoinformation science and remote sensing at Wageningen University. He holds a PhD from the University of California-Santa Barbara (2004) and completed a habilitation (second PhD, 2009) on a topic on operational global land cover observation and assessments. He leads the land cover team Global Observations of Forest Cover and Land Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) and coordinates the R&D component of the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI). Martin is an expert the development and implementation of large-area, tropical land change and forest monitoring systems in the context of UNFCCC and the Sustainable Development Goals. He has published more than 150 scientific papers on this topic, enjoys supervising PhD students and supporting capacity development initiatives for moving innovative satellite and ground-based approaches into practice. He recently has been very busy as lead author of the 2019 IPCC Good Practice Guidelines refinement; incl. providing improved Tier 1 estimates for tropical forest biomass and regrowth.

Donna Lee is a climate change and land use consultant providing support to governments, the private sector, NGOs and foundations. She was previously a climate change negotiator at the U.S. State Department and currently serves part-time as a Senior Advisor to the Climate and Land Use Alliance, International Climate Policy Advisor for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and works part-time for GiZ.

Valérie Merckx leads the EU REDD Facility, hosted by the European Forest Institute. Valérie previously worked at the European Commission as part of the EU international climate negotiations team, where she followed forest and land-use issues. Before that Valérie worked for the French Office National des Forêts (ONF), first as head of a territorial unit and then following climate and energy issues at ONF headquarters. She has a background in forestry and agronomics.

Paulo Moutinho has a Ph.D. in Ecology and studies the causes of deforestation in the Amazon and its consequences for biodiversity, climate change and inhabitants of the region. He has worked in the Brazilian Amazon for over 23 years and is a co-founder of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute-IPAM, where he held the position of executive director twice and is currently a senior scientist. Dr. Moutinho co-authored the “compensated deforestation reduction” concept, which contributed to developing the mechanism known as REDD discussed under the UN Climate Convention. He participated actively in the establishment of the Amazon Fund and the National Policy on Climate Change, the latter made into law. From 2006 to 2010, he worked with an associate scientist associated with the Woods Hole Research Center in the USA, of which he is currently a Distinguish Policy Fellow.

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

Rama Chandra Reddy works at the World Bank leading work programs relating to policy, finance and regulatory aspects of climate change mitigation, technologies and sustainability in a range of sectors. He has more than two decades of experience in market-based solutions to environment and development and technical solutions to land use MRV. He holds a PhD in Resource Economics from Bangor University, United Kingdom.

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.