Members of Biodiversity and High Conservation Values Working Group (BHCV WG)

  Dato' Henry Barlow
Independent (Malaysia)

Henry S. Barlow, born in 1944, graduated from Cambridge University in 1969 as a chartered accountant and from 1970 worked as financial director of an estates agency administering rubber and oil plantations in Malaysia. He was involved in Malaysianization of foreign companies under the NEP, and in the mid-1990's became director of two government-linked companies, in 2007 merged with Sime Darby, of which he is a now director, that owns some 530,000 ha of palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia. He also has a long-term semi-professional interest in biodiversity, particularly associated with S.E. Asian Lepidoptera, on which he continues to publish.

  Kate Bottriell
Programme Manager, Biodiversity Markets
IFC (Funding Agency)

Kate Bottriell is a Global Product Specialist in the Environemntal, Social, Governance and Industry (ESGI) Standards team, of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Her work focuses on the development and implementation of voluntary standards and sustainability through supply chains, with a specific focus on palm oil. She plays a coordinating role across the the institution, and is a representative of IFC at the RSPO.  

IFC, though its Biodiversity and Agricultural Commodities Program, has supported implementation of HCV through the FFI work in Kalimantan on landscape HCV planning and carbon financing, ZSL work on biodiversity identification and HCV Threat Monitoring, Pan-Eco and WRI work on fallow and degraded lands, Proforest work on HCV training and smallholder guidance, as well as support to the RSPO itself for HCV assessor training and other activities to identify, monitor, and manage HCVs on RSPO certified plantations. Kate is the technical advisor to the BACP program on oil palm projects. 

Kate has worked for a number of years seeking to make sustainability a reality for agribusiness and forestry companies. Through fieldwork across Latin America, Africa and East Asia, she has seen first hand some of the challenges faced in seeking to implement good practice with respect to High Conservation Values.

She has an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford, and a BSc in Natural Resources Conservation (Forestry) from the University of British Columbia. 

  Dr. Gan Lian Tiong
Sustainability Manager
PT Musim Mas (PO Industry in Sumatra, Indonesia)

Dr. Gan is Malaysian and has been involved for 35 years in the oil palm industry. He started his career with Sime Darby (1975-2004), then moved on to Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (2004-2007), and finally joined Musim Mas (2007 - Present), where he heads the Sustainability Department of Musim Mas Group Plantations, Indonesia. His areas of experience span estate management, research & development, business development, special projects, and RSPO certification systems. He has been actively involved with RSPO since the early days of the organisation, and was part of the Criteria Working Group, the Verification/Certification Working Group, the RT6 Organizing Committee and now the Biodiversity Technical Committee.

Group Sustainability Controller
Wilmar Group

Simon Siburat started his planting career in 1989 with Sarawak Oil Palms Sdn Bhd that was formerly managed by Commonwealth Development Corporation as a cadet planter. Then in 1992 he joined Sapi Plantations Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of PPB Oil Palms Bhd. and was involved in the field operations before switching his career to research and advisory line in mid- 1995. The advisory unit, Eco-Management Unit (EMU) is providing agricultural services in the form of agronomy and IPM Advisory, Crop quality monitoring and GIS mapping. Eversince the merger with Wilmar International Limited, in 2007 he has taken a new role as the Sustainability co-ordinator for Wilmar International Limited in spear heading the implementation of RSPO and other sustainability issues in particular community and environmental issues. Ever since 2010, he served as Group Sustainability Controller for Wilmar Group.

  Olivier Tichit
PT Tolan Tiga (PO Industry in Sumatra, Indonesia)

Currently General Manager - Environment and Conservation for PT Tolan Tiga Indonesia (Sipef). Sipef is a Belgian group of companies active in the plantation sector for the past 90 years. A French national, graduated from a tropical agronomy school (ISTOM, "Maitrise" or MSc) in 1992. Worked in Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Brasil. Since ten years in Indonesia, including nine years as country manager for a coffee exporting company, with operations in Aceh, North Sumatra, Lampung and Bali. Actively involved in sustainability certifications for smallholders (organic, Utz, Rainforest Alliance, CAFE practices, CCCC), and in the development of the first Geographic Indication in Indonesia (Bali Kintamani fully-washed arabica). A durian enthusiast.

  Dwi R. Muhtaman
Re.Mark Asia (Marking Sustainability through Certification Services)

Dwi is co-founder and Managing Director of Re.Mark Asia—a company dedicated to support  sustainable practices in natural resources management.  Dwi has interest in social management and a sustainability issues.  He is also a founder and Executive Director of Signature (Sustainable Indonesia Group for Nature) Foundation—a not-for-profit organization dedicated to involve in a variety of natural based certification schemes.  For more than 15 years actively engaged in the field of natural resources management, particularly forestry and agricultural commodities; He has been auditor of forest certification and the chain of custody of forest products industry (SGS, SmartWood, TUV Rheinland) and in the last five years Dwi works in the palm oil sustainability assessment applying RSPO standard (BSI).  In 2010-2011 he facilitated the establishment of Jaringan NKT Indonesia (high conservation value/HCV network Indonesia). Dwi is a Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Network; Expert Panel member of HCV Resource Network, Oxford, UK; Member of Technical Committee of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for High Conservation Value Forest Concept Revision.

Dwi graduated as a Masters in Public Administration from Auburn University, Alabama, USA and received his Bachelor from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) with specialization Social Economics, Faculty of Animal Husbandry.  Dwi writes hundreds of poems and more.  Published two poem books.

  Peter Heng
Managing Director of Communication and Sustainability
Golden Agri-Resources (GAR)

Peter Heng was appointed Managing Director of Communications and Sustainability of GAR in February 2010. His role is to plan and implement corporate communications strategies and sustainability commitments for GAR and its subsidiaries. One of these commitments includes developing a multi-stakeholder platform involving the Government of Indonesia, industry players, civil society organisations, local and indigenous communities, NGOs and customers to work together based on a common ground of wanting to find solutions for sustainable palm oil. He has helped to create channels of communication for a better understanding of GAR's commitment to sustainability. GAR is now a leading player in sustainable palm oil production.

Previously, Peter was the Director Corporate Communications at SingTel. He also worked for United Overseas Bank and his last position was Head of Corporate Affairs, covering media relations, crisis and issues management, investor relations, brand management and marketing communications.

Peter graduated with an Honours Degree in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.

  Marcus Colchester
Forest Peoples Programme (FPP)

Marcus Colchester received his doctorate in social anthropology at University of Oxford and has carried out extensive field research in applied anthropology in Amazonia, South and South-East Asia. His human rights advocacy related to development and conservation has earned him a Pew Conservation Fellowship and the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Lucy Mair Medal for Applied Anthropology.

He is a founder member of the World Rainforest Movement and Director of the Forest Peoples Programme, and has carried out numerous consultancies for international organisations. He has published extensively in academic and NGO journals and is the author and editor of numerous books, including ‘Salvaging Nature: Indigenous Peoples, Protected Areas and Biodiversity Conservation’ ;‘Guyana: Fragile Frontier- Loggers, Miners and Forest Peoples’; ‘Justice in the Forest – rural livelihoods and forest law enforcement’.

  Michal Zrust
Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

Michal Zr​u​st, held the post of Biodiversity and Palm Oil Project Manager for the Zoological Society of London between 2011-13 and became ZSL’s Global Palm Oil Technical Advisor in 2013. Originally from the Czech Republic, he graduated from the University of Reading with a BA in Economics and History and MSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation. Since 2006, he has worked in numerous countries including South Africa, India, Indonesia, Paraguay and Peru researching a wide variety of taxa and managing wildlife research projects. Michal returned to Indonesia in 2011 as Deputy Expedition Leader for the Barito River Initiative for Nature Conservation and Communities (BRINCC), a remote jungle expedition to the highlands of Indonesian Borneo undertaking biodiversity and participatory social studies. His involvement in the work of BRINCC as Conservation Director is still ongoing.

  Junaidi (John) Payne
Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA)

John Payne is a British permanent resident of Sabah, Malaysia, since 1979, currently executive director of Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to preventing the extinction of the Sumatran rhino through use of assisted reproductive technology.  He helped conduct the first State-wide survey of wildlife in Sabah, 1979-81, and then was State-level head of WWF Malaysia 1982-98. Apart from Sabah, he has lived in Peninsular Malaysia and South Kalimantan, and has over 25,000 hours living in forest camps conducting wildlife and vegetation surveys. He is author or co-author of 7 books, including A Field Guide to the Mammals of Borneo (1985) and Orang-utans (2008), which draws attention to the potential role of the palm oil industry in conservation of the species. Earlier interests included control of elephant damage in plantations, and the possible role of forest patches in oil palm plantations in supressing rat damage. 
Link here. His belief is that the Malaysian and Indonesian model of sharply apportioning responsibility for forests and biodiversity to government, and of palm oil production to corporations bound by formal legislation and governmental pressures, is flawed. More fundamentally, the nation state and united nations models of governance are inadequate for the multiple challenges of the future, and RSPO represents the most promising new governance model of the 21st century.

  Melissa Yeoh
Manager, Sustainable Palm Oil Programme.
WWF - Malaysia

Melissa Yeoh  has been working in the edible oil (palm oil industry) for 6 years, serving Malaysian Palm Oil Association, and shortly thereafter joins one of Malaysia biggest Palm Oil Plantation Company . Melissa worked with edible oil refineries in the ASEAN region (Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) to provide solution to run their plant smoothly and understand the supply chain well. To date she has embarked onto the sustainability journey for the palm oil industry with WWF Malaysia, going down to the ground to meet smallholders plantations and growers , championing the fundamentals of Environmental, Social and Governance toolkit (environment, social and governance) within the Asian financial institutions. In 2013 She has completed her MBA with University of East London and is also a qualified Internal Auditor for ISO 14001:2004 EMS. 

  Lanash Thanda 
President, Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA)

Lanash has been working on social and environmental issues for the last 17 years. She is a lawyer who specialises in human rights and environmental and planning law.  She is the current President of Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA) a local NGO. She also sits on the environment impact assessment panel review as a techinical team member in Sabah. She is also the co-founder and Policy Analyst for BC Initiative(BCI) a locally based social enterprise that concentrates on analytical research to provide long term sustainable solutions through community empowerment.

  Harjinder Kler

Harjinder Kler is with HUTAN – Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme, which is a grassroots community based research and conservation non governmental organisation (NGO) based in the village of Sukau, along the Kinabatangan river in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Within her capacity at HUTAN - KOCP, Harjinder engages with Government agencies, NGOs, universities and funders, as well as being involved in project development, and handling communications.  She did her undergraduate degree in Parks & Recreation at Lincoln University in New Zealand and prior to working with HUTAN – KOCP for the past six years, Harjinder was an award winning journalist based in Sabah and began her journey within the NGOs fraternity with WWF-Malaysia.  She is also an avid sunset aficionado.