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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors supports the work of the General Assembly and the organization as a whole. It is accountable to all members.

Board members are elected by the General Assembly, and are chosen to ensure a balance between the major stakeholders supporting PEFC, the geographical distribution of members, annual cutting categories, and gender.

Vice Chairmen

natalie hufnagl jovy 2016

Natalie Hufnagl-Jovy is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Consortium of the German Forest Owner Associations (AGDW). She draws from 8 years of experience as Secretary General of the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF) and is a former Board member of IFFA.

Current Term of Office: 2013-2016

sheam satkuru

Sheam Satkuru-Granzella is Director of the Malaysian Timber Council with responsibility for Europe. Sheam is a specialist in international trade with strong experience in legal and policy analysis relating to the timber and forest industries, communication and public relations.

Current Term of Office: 2014-2017


Board Members

pedro albizu 2016

Pedro Albizu developed his career in the Smurfit Kappa Group, becoming a member of its executive committee and Director of Energy Sourcing. Pedro served on the Board of ASPAPEL (Spanish Pulp and Paper Association) and CEPI.

Current Term of Office: 2013-2016

Olivier bertand

Olivier Bertrand is President of a regional organization in Limousin for forest owners and Vice President of Fransylva and the National Federation of Forest Owners Unions (CEPF - France). He is also President of the Commission for Sustainable Development and former Member for EU Committee of the Regions.

Current Term of Office: 2013-2016


Genevieve Chua has been working in the paper industry for over 20 years. An accountant by profession, she worked for KPMG before joining the industry in 1990. She is currently Managing Director of paper merchanting group Spicers Singapore and Spicers Asia and Honorary Treasurer of the Print & Media Association of Singapore.

Current Term of Office: 2013-2016


Juan Carlos Jintiach works with COICA, the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin. He also serves as the elected official representing indigenous peoples of Latin America in the CBD, as well as a focal point in the indigenous people’s caucus within the UNFCCC and in the Forest Investment Program (FIP) within the World Bank.

Current Term of Office: 2013-2016


Riikka Joukio has over 20 years’ experience in global business in forest and packaging industries, in technical roles as well as marketing, sustainability and public affairs positions. She is currently Senior Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs at Metsä Group. Riikka is an active member in several forest-related associations, and has had strong engagement with international stakeholders and networks for a number of years.

Current Term of Office: 2014-2017


Brian J. Kernohan is Director of Policy & Environmental Advocacy with Hancock Natural Resource Group, directing the global stewardship program, development of policies and environmental compliance mechanisms and government relations. Mr. Kernohan previously worked at Forest Capital Partners and Boise Cascade Corporation where he was responsible for a variety of programs including forest certification and forest policy.

Current Term of Office: 2015-2018

dieter koenig woehl 2016

Dieter Koenig-Woehl is a Member of the Board of Stora Enso Wood Products in Austria and has been a Member of the standing committee of the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) for the past 5 years. He was previously a Member of the European Works Council (EWC) of Stora Enso and then Head of the EWC of the wood products division.

Current Term of Office: 2015-2018

peter latham 2016

Peter Latham, OBE, is Chairman of James Latham PLC, one of Britain's oldest timber companies. He is a former Chairman of the Forests Forever Committee of the Timber Trade Federation, member of the Council of the Commonwealth Forestry Association, and former Chairman of PEFC UK.

Current Term of Office: 2014-2017

Joseph Lawson

Joseph Lawson has over 30 years' experience in environmental and natural resource management and was the Global Director of Sustainable Forestry, for MeadWestvaco Corporation. Joseph holds degrees in Forest Resource Management and Landscape Architecture/Regional Planning.

Current Term of Office: 2014-2017

Herve Le Bouler

Hervé Le Bouler is an Expert within the Research Department of ONF (State Forest Service, France), in charge of climate change impacts and adaptation policies. He heads the Forest Policy Department within the environmental NGO France Nature Environnement (FNE). Hervé is a Member of “Conseil supérieur de la forêt” and from 1976 to 2013 was Director of the National Conservatory of Forest Biodiversity in France.

Current Term of Office: 2014-2017

michael proschek hauptmann 2016

Michael Proschek-Hauptmann is Managing Director of the Umweltdachverband, the umbrella organization for environmental NGOs in Austria. Previously, Mr. Proschek-Hauptmann served as EU Policy Coordinator in Brussels and Vienna. He also worked as Policy Officer at WWF Austria.

Current Term of Office: 2015-2018


Julian Walker-Palin is the MD of ETANTE, a sustainability and corporate affairs consultancy servicing major corporates as well as government bodies. Previous to this he ran sustainability for Walmart in Europe for 7 years and delivered global projects, including leading on many deforestation issues. He has also worked at a senior position for Tesco.

Current Term of Office: 2013-2016

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Forests area: 300 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 18,600

(as of June 2016)
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