Advisory Board

ANSAB Advisory Board provides strategic input to both the Board of Directors and the management team to maintain the organization’s achievements and improve its effectiveness, outreach and impact. The current members of ANSAB Advisory Board are:

Dr. William D. Carmichael

Dr. William D. Carmichael is an independent consultant to nongovernmental organizations, foundations, international organizations and universities engaged in development-related initiatives in Africa, Asia, Central Europe and Latin America. Dr. Carmichael served the Institute of International Education as Executive Director of the (former) Soviet Union and Eastern European Programs; the Ford Foundation as Representative in Brazil, Head of the Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Head of the Office for the Middle East and Africa, and Vice President, Developing Country Programs; the Cornell University as Dean and Professor of Graduate School of Business and Public Administration; and the Princeton University as Director of the Undergraduate Program. He has also been a legislative analyst and budget examiner with the U.S. Bureau of the Budget and a lecturer at the University of Maryland. Dr. Carmichael also serves on the Human Rights Watch Board of Directors as Chairs, Finance Committee and the Advisory Committee for its Africa Division. He is also a Member, Human Rights Watch Africa Advisory Committee; Director, FilmAid International; Trustee Chair (NGO Board), Future Generations. He holds an A.B. in Economics from Yale University, B.Litt. in Economics from Oxford University (where he was a Rhodes Scholar), an MPA (Public and International Affairs) and M.A. (Economics) from Princeton University, a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton, and an honorary LL.D. from the University of the West Indies.

Dr. William R. Burch

Dr. William R. Burch is a Frederick C. Hixon Professor Emeritus of Natural Resource Management and Senior Research Scientist at School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University. He has held research and management positions with the USDA Forest Service, USAID, and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. From 1984 to 1996, he was retained by the National Park Service in a research position. His work on wildland recreation behavior was among the earliest, and it has expanded to include parks, biosphere reserves, and ecotourist regions in rural and urban areas in Asia, South America, and Europe, as well as in North America. His recent work on protected areas has been in Nepal, Bhutan, and the parks and open spaces of Baltimore. He also conducted some of the original work on community/social forestry systems, which continues with work in Nepal, Thailand, China, and inner cities of the United States. Professor Burch is principal investigator of a six-year monitoring and evaluation project on the $26 million restoration of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park system. He holds a B.S. and an M.S. from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Mike Rechlin

Dr. Mike Rechlin has practiced sustainable forestry and community based conservation activities in the United States, Nepal, India, and Tibet for more than thirty years. He is currently the Dean of the Future Generations Graduate School, USA and has also been a research affiliate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for ten years. He previously served as the Chair of the Biology Department at Principia College and the director of the Forestry Division of Paul Smith’s College.  Dr. Rechlin’s international work began in Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer. He returned to Nepal in 1992 where he served as Chief of Party for the Institute of Forestry Project of the United States Agency of International Development. As a consultant with Future Generations, Dr. Rechlin has worked extensively with senior leaders and community stewards of the Qomolangma (Mt. Everest) National Nature Preserve and the Four Great Rivers region in Tibet, China. He has spent many months working with tribal communities and government managers in northeast India to improve local management of biosphere reserves.  He holds a B.S. and a M.S. from University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Resource Management and Policy from State University of New York.

Dr. Utz Dornberger

Dr. Utz Dornberger is the Director of the International SEPT Program at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He has been working for the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship in developing countries, international marketing of high-tech Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and biotechnology promotion. He is also serving Innoways GmbH (Ltd.) as the CEO, and has previously served the Chilean Enterprise Promotion Agency CORFO, Santiago de Chile for the evaluation of the biotechnology industry in Chile. Dr. Dornberger holds a Master in Small Enterprises Promotion and Training (SEPT) and a Ph.D. in natural sciences.

Dr. Yam Malla

Dr. Yam Malla is the Country Representative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Nepal, and has some 30 years of experience in the fields of natural resources, environment, rural development and environment in Asia and Africa. He has previously served as the Executive Director of the Bangkok based Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), Lecturer and the Director of Masters Program for Participatory Forest Management and Extension for the University of Reading (UK), and as a Rural Development Advisor to Nepal-Australia Community Forestry Project in Nepal. Dr. Malla, who is a member of the World Bank’s External Advisory Group on Forests, led RECOFTC to form a global coalition partnership for Rights and Resources Initiative, and a Civil Society Advisory Group for the International Tropical Timber Organization. Dr. Malla has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Forestry and a Masters degree in Agriculture Extension from UK, and a Ph.D. in Social Forestry from Australia.

Mr. Peter de Marsh

Peter de Marsh is the Vice-chair of the International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA), Canada and has been working in promoting small forest enterprises and associations. He has also served as the President for the Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners, as a General Manager for the New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners.  He owns and operates an organic vegetable and woodlot operation in central New Brunswick.  He has been active in national and international forest certification efforts, working on the Pan-Canadian Woodlot Certification Program, the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Council, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committee in New Brunswick. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Toronto University and an M.A. in International Affairs from Carleton University.

Dr. Uday Raj Sharma

Dr. Uday Raj Sharma is an expert on biodiversity conservation and policy. Dr. Sharma is a former Secretary for the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) of the Government of Nepal. He was also the Vice Chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) South Asia, and the Chief of Planning Division of MoFSC.

Mr. Martin Simard

Martin Simard is a seasoned communicator with significant experience as spokesperson, journalist, project manager and strategic advisor in Canada. He is currently a Senior Communications Advisor at the Canadian Heritage, Canada. Mr. Simard holds an M.A in International Affairs from Carleton University and a B.A. in Politics & Communications from University of Montreal.