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Research team


Davison Gumbo George Schoneveld
Davison Gumbo is a CIFOR scientist and geographer by discipline, with a PhD from Clark University in the United States. Davison specialises in social and ecological linkages; natural resource management, community based natural resources management, bio-energy, rural livelihoods and community adaptation to climate change. Davison has experience with a broad range of research methods including GIS and remote sensing analysis. His research work has largely been in eastern and southern Africa, with several papers published on social and environmental issues, forestry policy and rural livelihoods. Prior to joining CIFOR, he worked for WWF-Southern Africa Regional Office, as an Ecoregion Leader. Prior to that, he worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. His role in this project includes largely working on WP3 and WP2, particularly on ecological impact assessment. Davison will also be responsible for the supervision of the consultants, as well as the interns, researching timber value chain and household studies in Zambia.
Guillaume Lescuyer Laura German Laura German
Guillaume Lescuyer is based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Guillaume studied economics at the universities of Nanterre and Dauphine in Paris before doing his PhD at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) on the economic value of tropical forest in Cameroon. He was then hired by the University of Wageningen, in the Netherlands, to join the Tropenbos Cameroon Programme in Kribi, Cameroon from 1998 to 2001. After this, Guillaume worked as a scientist at CIRAD in Montpellier, France, for 5 years. His role in this project includes working extensively on upstream timber value chain in Gabon and contributing to develop a general protocol for household studies and liaise with the project partners in Gabon. Guillaume is responsible for supervising the consultants and interns who are researching the timber value chain and household studies in Gabon.'
Louis Putzel Paolo Omar Cerutti Paolo Cerutti
Louis Putzel is a CIFOR scientist and project manager of the China-Africa project. From 2005 to 2009, Louis conducted his dissertation research under a joint programme for City University of New York and the New York Botanical Garden. His research concentrated on the structure and impacts of Chinese timber acquisition in the Peruvian Amazonia. Prior to that, he managed conflict resolution programmes in the Great Lakes Region and other parts of Africa. As an undergraduate, Putzel majored in Chinese studies and worked in the private sector in China for seven years.'
Paolo Omar Cerutti is a scientist at CIFOR and a member of the China–Africa research team. Having trained as a forester, his current research interests' focus is on forest governance. His role in this project includes conducting political governance analysis on timber investment and trade in Cameroon.
Robert Nasi Robert Nasi Rubetta Rubeta Andriani
Robert Nasi was born in 1959 in Nice, France. He graduated as a forest engineer from the French National Forestry School in 1982 and achieved a PhD in forest ecology from the University of Paris Sud-Orsay in 1994. He has been undertaking research activities in the fields of ecology and management of tropical forests since 1982. He joined CIFOR in 1999, where he is currently director of the Forests and Environment programme. He is now a Director for CRP, CGIAR Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.'
Rubeta Andriani is a CIFOR research officer. Her role in this project includes working as GIS specialist and coordinating the remote sensing analysis in Congo Basin and Miombo Woodlands. She obtained an MSc in Natural Resources Management from the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation in the Netherlands and an MBA in Human Resources Management from Bogor Agricultural Institute, Indonesia. Previously, she has worked with Broken Hill Proprietary, an Australian-based natural resources company.'
Samuel Assembe Sheila Wertz-Kanounnikoff
Dr. Sheila Wertz-Kanounnikoff has been working with CIFOR since 2008 and is currently a Senior Associate based in Maputo, Mozambique. Prior to working at CIFOR, Sheila worked with the French think-tank, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and with the World Bank's Development Research Group. Sheila is trained in geography (MSc), geo-informatics (PM) and environmental economics (PhD). Her role in this project includes working on WP3, on political governance of timber license, in Mozambique, in collaboration with the project partner in this country. Sheila will also be responsible for advising the consultants and student conducting research on timber supply chain and household studies in Mozambique.'
Yustina Artati    
Yustina Artati is a CIFOR research officer. Her role in this project includes project management and coordinating research on socioeconomic assessment of the impact of China's trade and investment on forest to local livelihoods. Yustina studied forestry and obtained her master's in International Development Studies from Utrecht University, from the Netherlands. In collaboration with IDS Utrecht University and Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry in Vietnam, she researched the impact large-scale land acquisition for hydroelectric power development to livelihoods of forest-dependent people in Vietnam. Prior to joining CIFOR, Yustina has been affiliated with local and international NGOs, in particular, working on environmental issues in Indonesia.'