2019 Conference Speakers
The Timberland Investing Landscape in 2029
Joshua Strauss, BA, MF, MEM
Bluesource, Vice President
Joshua Strauss is a forest carbon specialist whose primary responsibilities consist of the sourcing, analysis, and development of Improved Forest Management, Afforestation, and Avoided Forest Conversion carbon offset projects. Joshua focuses on evaluating properties’ carbon development potential and coordinating the execution of project activities in accordance with a variety of respected forest offset protocols. Joshua is experienced in forest mensuration and geospatial analysis, has a degree accredited by the Society of American Foresters, and has passed the CA Air Resources Board’s Forest Verifier examination. A Doris Duke Conservation Fellow and Tinker Foundation Grant recipient, Joshua holds a BA from the University of California Santa Barbara and Master’s degrees in Forestry and Environmental Management from Duke University. Joshua currently sits on the board of the Forest Foundation, a California nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about sustainable forestry.
International RoundTable on Timberland Investment
Presented by Members of the Global Consulting Alliance (GCA)
“Timberland Investments – Opportunities and Challenges Provided by the Brazilian Forest-based Industry”
Jefferson Mendes – Director, BM2C Business Management Consulting
Acting as a senior consultant, Jefferson has a wealth of experience within the forest management sector, advising national and international companies on strategy, market positioning, business planning and development, 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. From 2014 to March 2017, Jefferson was Head of Pöyry Management Consulting in Latin America. He also worked as a University professor at PUC (Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná) and UP (University Positivo).
Jefferson holds a BSc. in forestry (UFPR), an MSc. in forest management (UFPR), a post-graduate degree in economics and agricultural politics (SEAB), an MBA in business management (FGV), and executive education in leadership (INSEAD).
“Timberland Investment Opportunities in Latin America: Argentina, Paraguay & Uruguay”
Alvaro Perez del Castillo – Director, Pike Consultora Forestal (Pike&Co)
Alvaro is a Director of the Uruguayan based forest consulting company Pike Consultora Forestal (Pike&Co.) (www.pike.com.uy) and the climate change consulting company Carbosur (www.carbosur.com.uy). 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 exper
For several years, Alvaro has been undertaking and supervising consulting assignments with forest companies in Uruguay and aborad 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, and 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]).
“Implications of Global Industrial Changes on Forestry and Forest Values in the Nordic Regions”
Rainer Häggblom – Chairman and CEO, Häggblom & Partners
Rainer is one of Finland’s most experienced forestry advisors and corporate finance experts. Häggblom is a member of the board of directors in several listed and unlisted companies globally. In assignments related to forestry investments, he has been involved in organizing the UPM forest ownership strategy and has acted as an advisor when Tornator and Bergvik Skog have been established. He is the chairman of the board at “UB Nordic Forest” fund and forest investment company “The Forest Company”. Häggblom is a M.Sc. (For.) from the University of Helsinki and M.Sc. (Econ.) from the Helsinki School of Economics. Häggblom has served as Chairman and CEO of Jaakko Pöyry Consulting Oy in 1984-2008. He has been the Chairman and CEO of Häggblom & Partners Ltd since 2008. In addition, Mr. Häggblom holds several other board positions in stock-listed and non-listed companies globally
“Timberland Investment Considerations in the Asia Pacific and Africa”
Charl De Villiers – Director, Margules Groome Consulting
Charl De Villiers is a forestry professional with close to 20 years’ experience advising both investment and industry clients. This includes investment/divestment support, appraisals, asset performance assessments, wood market studies and resource utilisation strategies mainly in Africa, Europe, Oceania and Latin America.
During his career he lived in South Africa, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and currently in the Netherlands. His work has taken him to many countries across Africa, Europe, Latin America and Oceania. His experience covers temperate and tropical short and long rotation tree crops in these countries.
Charl joined Margules Groome in 2018 to lead its business development into Europe, Middle East and Africa. His previous positions included Principal and Head of the Forestry Team at Pöyry Management Consulting London (2013-2017), Senior Consultant at Pöyry New Zealand (2008-2012), Planning Manager for Ernslaw One, New Zealand (2007-2008) and Technical Manager for Masonite Africa Limited, South Africa (1998-2006).
“Relative Risks and Discount Rates for International Timberland Investments”
Robert W. Hagler – Principal, ForestEdge LLC
Robert currently serves as Principal of ForestEdge, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor, and timber investment manager and consultancy serving family offices and direct timberland investors. Previously, Mr. Hagler served as Head of Investment Strategy and an International Portfolio Manager at the BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group, positions he held after the acquisition by BTG Pactual of the Regions Timberland Group (RTG) in 2013. While at RTG, Mr. Hagler served as International Portfolio Manager, responsible for five globally oriented portfolios with assets in 6 countries on 3 continents outside of North America. Before joining RTG, Mr. Hagler held the position of Director for International Investment Strategies and Economic Research at Hancock Timber Resource Group, and International Portfolio Manager for Prudential Timber Investments.