Better Globe Forestry

The Better Globe Forestry Board

Mr Jean H Doyen

Jean is a Belgian citizen who holds a Master of Science degree in civil engineering and has had an extensive and distinguished career in the World Bank.

Among other responsibilities, Jean has been Regional Director Africa, a position in which he was in charge of the World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme. He was also Consultant/Senior Advisor, Infrastructure Policies & Programmes.

Jean's tasks at the Word Bank included the preparation, evaluation and monitoring of projects and programmes in the infrastructure sectors covering in particular institutional, financial/economic aspects and public and private sector partnerships. He also worked on the development and evaluation of water and sanitation sector policies and financial strategies as well as preparation and implementation of institutional water sector reforms.

Mr Jean-Paul Deprins

Jean-Paul is a Belgian citizen who has taken on the implementation and management of Better Globe Forestry projects in Kenya since the company's establishment in 2006. He set aside his activities as MD of a well-known business consultancy company, Total Quality Management Leadership in Nairobi.

Jean-Paul has vast experience in senior management in Europe and Kenya. Having lived in Kenya for many years, he is not only able to report to the board on the day-to-day management of the company, but also advise on the present and future interactions with the Kenya business environment.

Mr Jan Vandenabeele

Jan is a Belgian forester/agronomist with more than 30 years' experience in management and technical implementation of locally and internationally financed projects in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. He is well respected in forestry circles for his experience and knowledge of afforestation.

Jan has been the Executive Director of the company since its establishment. He sits on the board as advisor on forestry and related matters. Jan is a Kenyan resident.

Dr Ben Chikamai

A Kenyan, Ben is currently the Director of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), a position he has held since May 2009. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from the University of Nairobi, Kenya in 1983, followed by an MSc in forestry from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1986. His PhD is from the University of Wales, Bangor, United Kingdom.

Ben has extensive working experience in forestry utilisation, forestry and natural resources management, research management and networking in research and development.

Ben is the current Executive Secretary of The Network for Natural Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA), Regional Coordinator of the Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA) in Africa, and the Coordinator of the Association of Forestry Research Institutions in Eastern Africa [AFREA]. He has served as an external examiner for the Department of Wood Utilization, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania; the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Kenyatta University, Kenya and the Department of Wood Science and Technology, Moi University, Kenya.

Ben is author or co-author of more than 60 papers in refereed journals, conference proceedings or book chapters. He received the Head of State Commendation Award in 1996 for his contribution to the society in the development of gum arabic and plant resins sub-sector in Kenya. He was also awarded a certificate of merit for Innovative Scientific Research and Development of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute, 1990, in recognition of his contribution in the areas of biomass energy and production of laminated items.

 
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