Current Board of Directors



Zhao Shucong
Chair, APFNet Board of Directors


As the former Minister of the State Forestry Administration of China, Zhao Shucong has led and overseen the overall development of China’s forestry, including afforestation, forest resource management, wetlands management, wildlife protection, forestry industry, control of forest fire and disease, and international cooperation, etc. He has an in-depth understanding of the social, economic and ecological interactions and complexities in advancing forestry development and in promoting ecological progress. He is also the president of the Board of Directors of Chinese Society of Forestry. Zhao holds a MBA from Dalian University of Technology of China.



Grahame Applegate
Forestry and Natural Resource Management Specialist


Grahame Applegate is a forestry and natural resource management specialist withover 29 years’ experience in tropical forest management, community forestry and climate change in the Asia Pacific region, particularly in Indonesia where he has worked for the past 14 years providing technical inputs to the private sector and Government of Indonesia.He also has experience working in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Lao PDR, and Nepal. Grahame holds a B.Sc. of Forestry from Australian National University and a Master of Natural Resources from University of New England, Australia. He is currently an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia.



Sadanandan Nambiar Ao
Hon Fellow-CSIRO Forest Science, Canberra, Australia


Dr Sadanandan Nambiar is an Honorary Fellow in CSIRO. He has held several senior R & D leadership positions, including Chief Research Scientist and Science Director, in CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products. He has been actively engaged for nearly 20 years in collaborative R&D in a number of countries in Asia and in South America. Sadanandan has a high international standing based on his leading contributions to the science of sustainable forest management and for enabling practical applications for improving forestry in Australia and in tropical countries. He has received awards from Australia, South Africa, USA, Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA), Vietnam and IUFRO. He has been honored in Australia as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).


Stephen Midgley
Managing Director, Salwood Asia Pacific Pty Ltd


Stephen Midgley is a forester and development specialist who runs his own consulting company, Salwood Asia Pacific Pty Ltd. He has worked continuouslyin Asia and the Pacific for over 40 years through many forestry projects and lived long-term in Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka and China. Stephen had a long career with CSIRO where he led programs related to tree improvement. His fields include forest genetic resources,commercial forest plantations, and community forestryand he has a special interest in smallholder contributions to commercial wood supplies. He holds B.Sc. (Forestry) and Master of Forestry degrees from the Australian National University.



Chea Sam Ang
Deputy Director General, Forestry Administration, Cambodia


Chea Sam Ang is the Deputy Director General of Forestry Administration of Cambodia. He has been working for Cambodian Forestry Administration since 1998, and has vast experience and practical knowledge in various aspects of forest management ranging from community-based forest management to REDD+ mechanism and international forest policy process. He has also played leadership roles in Cambodia’s forestry development, such as developing the National Forest Programme, and forest management plans at the subnational level. He holds a B.Sc. of Forestry from Royal University of Agriculture, a MBA from University of Utara Malaysia, and a Doctor of Philosophy of biodiversity development from University Sains Malaysia.



Zhang Yansong (Host Economy Representative)
Deputy Director General, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance, P. R. China


Zhang Yansong is Deputy Director General of the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance, P.R. China, where he is in charge of managing the budget of agriculture and forestry agencies of Chinese government. He was Deputy Permanent Representative of P.R. China to FAO in Rome during 2007 – 2010. Zhang has been dedicated to agricultural and rural development, poverty alleviation, conservation of agricultural and forestry ecosystem and has an in-depth understanding of agricultural development, poverty alleviation in rural areas and forestry development policy.


Ganesh Raj Joshi
Adjunct Professor, Agriculture and Forestry University, Nepal


Ganesh Raj Joshi is the Adjunct Professor of the Agriculture and Forestry University of Nepal, and also a Visiting Professor in Tribhuvan University of Nepal. He has made valuable contributions in over 25 years on leadership positions at various capacities in different sectors, including the environment, tourism, agriculture and forestry. He understands the interlinkages among these sectors and is able to analyze issues and identify solution in a holistic manner. He was recently appointed as a commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority, Nepal. Ganesh has obtained a Ph. D of Agricultural Economics and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Giessen, Germany.



Rex Cruz
Professor and Director of Environmental Forestry Programme, University of the Philippines Los Baños


Rex Cruz has been in the forestry profession since 1978. He is now professor and Director of the Environmental Forestry Programme of the College of Forestry and Natural Resource Management in the University of the Philippines Los Ba?os. During 2011 – 2014, he was Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Los Ba?os. Being ascientist, a teacher, an administrator and a development worker, Rex has extensive expertise and knowledge in forest ecosystem, climate change, and sustainable development, etc. He is also an active player in the Philippine forestry education and has been involved in the review, update and development of several forestry and environment policies of the Philippines. Rex holds a B. Sc. and a M. Sc. from the University of the Philippines and a Ph. D from the University of Arizona.



Mdm. Wan Hasmah Wan Mohd
Consultant, SRMJ Agrobase Sdn. Bhd. Malaysia


Wan Hasmah is an independent consultant working for forestry related Malaysian business. She was the former Undersecretary of Biodiversity and Forestry Management, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Malaysia during 2011-2014. She has vast experience in biodiversity and forestry management and is able to better integrate those two areas. Before that, she had nearly 30 years of experience working in different public sectors, e.g. agriculture, finance, international trade and industry, women and community development. She holds a B. Sc. in Environmental Biology from University Sains Malaysia. She is also a Mason Fellow with a Master in Public Administration from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


Pralong Dumrongthai
Deputy Director General, Royal Forest Department, Thailand


Pralong Dumrongthai is the Deputy Director General of Thailand’s Royal Forest Department (RFD), where he is responsible for forestry related international cooperation, R&D, forest certification, community forestry, and six provincial forestry officesetc. Before that, he was the Director of Community Forest Management Bureau under RFD. He has also been involved in different regional forestry networks and organizations and worked closely with the private sector in Thailand. He holds a B.Sc. of Forestry from the Kasetsart University and a M.Sc. of wood industry technology from the University Pertanian Malaysia.



Jack Hurd
Deputy Managing Director, the Nature Conservancy-Asia-Pacific Region (TNC)


Jack Hurd is the Deputy Director of the TNC’s Asia Pacific Region. With over 25 years of experience in natural resource and forestry issues in the Asia-Pacific region, Jack has accumulated an in-depth understanding of the social, economic, ecological and political dimensions in managing terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems. He has a deep background in the NGO sector, and has extensive experiences bringing diverse stakeholders together to identify creative solutions. Jack holds a B.A from University of Vermont and a MPA from University of Washington.



Patrick Durst
Senior Forestry Officer for Asia and Pacific, Food and Agriculture Organization of theUnited Nations (FAO)


Patrick Durst is the Senior Forestry Officer of FAO/RAP, where he coordinates and supports FAO’s forestry program of work and activities. Before working for FAO/RAP, he was previously the Coordinator for Asia/ Near East Programs of USDA Forest Service and served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer Agroforestry Extensionist in the Philippines. He has authored and compiled many forestry related publications. He holds degrees in forest management and forest economics, respectively from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and North Carolina State University.


Li Qiang
Market/Systems Analyst,International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)


Li Qiang has been working with ITTO for about six years and has actively participated in the activities of APFNet on behalf of ITTO. Before joining ITTO, he had been working in the Ministry of Commerce of P.R. China for over 20 years, responsible for international relations, mainly dealing with international organizations.He is familiar with operations of different kinds of organizations, and has extensive expertise on tropical timber trade and data, forest and timber certification, procurement policies, timber legality and law enforcement, etc. Li holds M.A. from Peking University, China.



Qu Guilin (Secretary of the Board)
Executive Director, Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet)


Qu Guilin became APFNet’s first Executive Director in September, 2011. Prior to APFNet, Qu worked for the international cooperation department in China’s forestry authorities for over 30 years and served as the Director General of International Cooperation of the State Forestry Administration of China (SFA) for 13 years. Under his leadership at SFA, China’s forestry international cooperation has expanded and developed rapidly.