René Boot Chairman
Is director of Tropenbos International, a Dutch foundation governed by an international board. The foundation aims to improve governance and management of tropical forests through research, capacity building and promoting dialogue. The foundation funded by the Dutch government, EU and other donors works in Indonesia, Vietnam, Ghana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Suriname, Guyana and Bolivia.
He is Adjunct professor (0.2 fte) in Sustainable tropical forest management at Utrecht University, The Netherlands where he teaches research policy linkages to MSc students and supervises PhD students in forest ecology and forest dependent livelihoods.
Rene Boot studied ecology and graduated (PhD) in 1990 at Utrecht University. After graduating he worked fifteen years in research and capacity building projects in the field of sustainable forest management in Guyana and Bolivia.
He is member of the editorial board of the Journal Tropical Ecology. He further is Chair of the Treub Maatschappij, Vice Chair of the Tresor Foundation, and member of the board of the Tropical Forest Foundation. The Treub Maatschappij is a Dutch society that promotes academic research in the tropics, the Tresor foundation manages a tropical forest reserve in French Guyana and the Tropical Forest Foundation, is a US foundation that aims to promote sustainable tropical forest management by demonstrating and teaching proper management practices.

Birgitte Keijzer Treasurer
Is tropical agriculturalist presently working in the Netherlands for four municipalities as a subsidy coordinator and in two municipalities as program manager rural development. She has been working in several places in various countries in Africa and South America in different projects. Among them she worked and lived for three years in the fascinating Bolivian Amazon in the region of Riberalta mainly in organizational and institutional development.


Elisabeth Rijpkema Fundraising
is communication and fundraising specialist for non-profit organizations and projects, particularly in the areas of international, humanitarian and sustainable development. She studied at the ESSEC Business School, High school Zuyd and at the School of Management in Maastricht. She previously was a senior communications consultant at Oxfam, board member foundation IBISS and project manager at Van Rossum & Partners. Now she owns the organisation Matters of Value.

Bert van Barneveld Project development
Tropical agriculturalist and natural resources management specialist (Wageningen) who  worked his entire life in the tropics, including over 30 years in South America.  General Manager Latin America of the DHV Consulting Group from 1990-2008.  Presently sustainable business development consultant in South America with emphasis on agribusiness, environmental conservation, regional planning and public-private partnerships.

John Smit Project development
is entomologist working for the European Invertebrate Survey – the Netherlands. It was these insects that astonished me as a child through their diversity and up till now they never cease to amaze me with their diversity, both in appearance as well as in biology and ecology. John guides trips with Dutch students to Peru for the Dutch foundation Biodiversity and Education (stichting BEE). The main goal of this foundation, of which I am a board member, is to create awareness for the biodiversity in the world and the rapid decline thereof.


 Paul F. Torrence General
is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, USA. His career spanned 30 years at the US National Institutes of Health where he was a Section Chief and then 8 years at Northern Arizona University where he was department Chair for 3 years. He has published more than 200 papers and edited 4 books in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. He now lives in Williams, Oregon where he is a small organic farmer also involved in forest and watershed restoration. Volunteer activities in conservation have included organizing US Congressional advocacy/lobbying campaigns for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, member of the Maryland governor’s Endangered Species Taskforce, and consultant and witness for the plaintiffs in Navajo Nation et al vs. US Forest Service et al, a case likely headed for the US Supreme Court.