Our Team Norah Berk Policy Advisor for Climate Change & Forests READ MORE Norah Berk Policy Advisor for Climate Change & Forests Norah leads RFUK’s research, evidence-based advocacy, and international engagement with global processes on climate change. She authored reports on the Green Climate Fund and the Mai Ndombe REDD+ programme along with several policy-orientated analyses on the role of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in reducing carbon emissions from deforestation. Norah also works with civil society organisations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo and Cameroon to implement projects that strengthen the rights of forest communities within climate programmes. Norah holds a Bachelors in Science, Technology and International Affairs from Georgetown University and a Masters in Ecological Applications from Imperial College London. Jim Bishop Office Manager READ MORE Jim Bishop Office Manager Jim has worked within the not-for-profit sector for 30 years, including a housing trust, social services, a membership body, several years at The Gorilla Organization and is secretary of a housing co-op. He joined RFUK in June 2020. He was born and raised in London. His extra-curricular interests include scuba diving and music. Ali Burr Operations Manager READ MORE Ali Burr Operations Manager Ali is an operations specialist with specific skills in organisation development, governance, strategy development, financial management, communications and people management. With a background in Sports Science, and educated to a Master’s degree level, Ali has spent the last decade working with charities on their continuous organisational development, providing strategic and operational oversight. He has a particular interest in sustainability and organisational efficiency, which he assisted developing departments for in previous roles. When not ensuring the highest standards of organisational management, you can find Ali out in the countryside on a lovely long cycle ride! Louise Cordery Fundraising Coordinator READ MORE Louise Cordery Fundraising Coordinator Louise is an animal biologist and experienced fundraising specialist with a background in research and conservation. She has spent the past eight years supporting charities working in the fields of forest and species conservation, animal welfare and women’s rights. Within the past four years she has combined her communication, relationship management and engagement skills to promote and secure high level support for welfare and environmental causes, recognising that environmental justice is not possible without social justice. Lydia Dance DRC Project Officer READ MORE Lydia Dance CF Project Officer Lydia is a languages graduate with seven years’ experience within international NGOs, supporting and coordinating a wide range of projects related to social justice and human rights. In these roles she has worked closely with implementing partners and stakeholders to collaboratively ensure successful and effective programme delivery, in compliance with the requirements of institutional donors, as well as trusts, foundations and corporate funders. Lydia joined RFUK in March 2021 to support the delivery of the Forests for the Future project. Alex Economou DRC & Lomami Project Coordinator READ MORE Alex Economou-Li DRC Project Coordinator Alex has a background in social anthropology and has worked on community-led development and humanitarian programmes for more than 10 years. He has been at Rainforest Foundation UK since 2019 and is currently leading projects on human rights and conservation around the Lomami National Park and the Community Forests database, both in DR Congo. Joe Eisen Executive Director READ MORE Joe eisen Executive Director Joe Eisen is Executive Director of RFUK where he has worked for well over a decade in defence of community rights in tropical forests. Prior to joining RFUK Joe studied Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and worked on social justice campaigns and projects with several grassroots indigenous, environmental and developmental NGOs in Guyana and Gabon and India. While at RFUK, Joe has been a leading force in our participatory research and mapping work and has headed up our research, policy and campaign team before taking on the ED role at the beginning of 2020. Georges Thierry Handja DRC Chief of Party READ MORE Georges Thierry Handja DRC Chief of Party Georges Thierry is an international development professional with proven success in programme management, training, facilitation, and spatial information and communication management in relation to natural resources. He has a strong track record of working to support civil society organisations and promotion of forest communities’ rights in the Congo Basin with more than 15 years’ experience training, evaluating, and leading interdisciplinary teams from both civil society and government sectors. GT (as his colleagues called him) has demonstrated skills in designing, managing and implementing medium to large scale projects, working closely with partner NGOs in-country from a variety of backgrounds and cultures; and monitoring multi-year technical projects funded through institutional donors. This includes empowering non-literate and marginalised peoples through technology transfer, low-equipped organisations support, and data management, manipulation and visualisation for the promotion of rights and justice for communities. Emily Hodge Finance Manager READ MORE Emily Hodge Finance Manager Emily is an AAT-qualified finance & accountancy professional with an academic background in natural sciences and climate change. She has spent the last 10 years working for the Rainforest Foundation UK, managing all aspects of the organisation’s finances, from the organisational budget and cash flow to management and statutory accounting. Jeanne Mangani Community Forests Project Coordinator READ MORE Jeanne Mangani Community Forests Project Coordinator Jeanne is an environmentalist with extensive project coordination experience in Central and Western Africa, as well as Latin America. For the last 16 years, she has been supporting community lead rights recognition and development initiatives, mainly through grassroots organisations empowerment and capacity building. She has worked on programmes essentially linked to forest protection, small-scale sustainable agriculture, or access to water and sanitation for international NGOs like OXFAM-Québec, Planète Urgence and RFUK. Connor Muesen RTM Project Officer READ MORE Connor Muesen RTM Project Officer Connor has a BA in modern languages and an MSc in environment and sustainable development, specialising in indigenous understandings of development during his masters course. He has previously worked in the heart of the operations team at recycling company TerraCycle, coordinating logistics across Europe. Connor uses an amalgamation of these skills and interests to offer financial, administrative and technical support to RFUK’s RTM projects in Central Africa and Peru. Ana Osuna Orozco Head of Programmes READ MORE Ana Osuna Orozco Head of Programmes Ana started working with RFUK since 2011, when she interned for the programme in Peru. After taking on different positions, focussing on policy and research and later coordinating RFUK’s work in DRC, she assumed the role of Head of Programmes in 2020. Previously, Ana worked for the Mexican Foreign Ministry on issues related to international development. She studied International Relations and an MSc in Environment and Development. Stephane Piedjou GIS, Data & Web Officer READ MORE Stephane Piedjou GIS, Data & Web Officer (RTM) Stephane Piedjou is a Software engineer with more than 8 years of experience in software project management. He is managing the development and administration of the ForestLink system which is a key tool in the Real Time Monitoring project and is in use in several countries around the world. He is passionate about developing tool that will help people overcome challenges in their daily lives. Víctor Milla Quesada Peru Project Coordinator READ MORE Victor Milla Quesada Peru Project Coordinator Víctor is an experienced forestry specialist with a background on tropical forest management and conservation. For the past fifteen years he has worked in the fields of forest governance, environmental policy and ecological economics, by delivering impacts in collaborative programmes across 15-plus countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and South-East Asia. His main motivation is on empowering local forest producers around governance processes such as building social organisation, tenure rights and resource access allocation, implementing scientific-based forest management and using business models to locally controlled forest enterprises. Elin Roberts GIS and Database Coordinator READ MORE Elin Roberts GIS and Database Coordinator Elin joined RFUK in 2017 as a GIS and Database Coordinator where she works as part of a small tech team responsible for leading the development of RFUK mapping, GIS and monitoring software projects. She has a background in Remote Sensing and GIS, and has spent the last eight years working within the environmental sector. Sinead Robinson Programmes Finance & MEL Coordinator Maud Salber Human Rights & Conservation Senior Project Coordinator READ MORE Maud Salber Human Rights & Conservation Senior Project Coordinator Maud is an environmental policy and human rights specialist with a background in research, advocacy and grassroots movement building. Passionate about putting human rights front and centre of the biodiversity and climate agendas, she’s spent the past 6 years at RFUK documenting and exposing the human rights and social impacts of fortress conservation in the Congo Basin, including through extensive field investigations, and lobbying governments, conservation NGOs and donors for change. Before this, she spent three years working with human rights and anti-corruption NGOs in Cambodia. Robyn Stewart RTM Project Coordinator READ MORE Robyn Stewart RTM Project Coordinator Robyn joined RFUK in 2018 after completing her Master’s degree with her research focusing on land monitoring and its potential for achieving locally-managed ecosystems. She now coordinates RFUK’s Real-Time Monitoring project in Central and Western Africa, working with civil society organisations to deploy ForestLink as a community-based forest monitoring tool. Aside from her interest in land governance and forest monitoring, Robyn is a reader, runner, occasional climber and forever food lover. She holds a BAH in Geography & Environmental Science from Queen’s University, Canada, and an MSC in Environmental Change and International Development from the University of Sheffield, UK. Jak Wagnon Communications Coordinator READ MORE Jak Wagnon Communications Coordinator Jak is an environmental anthropologist and strategic communications specialist with a background in research and advocacy in rights-based development and conservation. She has spent the last 7 years supporting grassroots organisations, and NGOs like People and Planet, Global Canopy, and Forest Peoples Programme, to centre questions around power, access, and representation at the heart of communicating for social and environmental justice. Emily Wilder Programmes Administrative Officer READ MORE Emily Wilder Programmes Administrative Officer Emily is a recent graduate in modern languages from Oxford University and part of the youth climate justice movement. She organises within an international grassroots solidarity network while supporting project administration part-time at RFUK. In her spare time you can find her stickering lampposts.