Managing Director, Peru
Julio has been a pivotal part of our team since 2012 and is based in Iquitos, Loreto. He manages all aspects of our day-to-day activities in Loreto; from nursery establishment to pest control and sustainable forest management. He has played a key part in the logistics and early-stage development of our Charapita Hot Chilli Sauce brand. He has represented Plant your Future in meetings across Peru as well as in Chile. He holds an engineering degree in Agronomy from the University of the Peruvian Amazon (UNAP).
Jorge provides specialist technical advice to the project on the design and management of our agroforestry systems. He has over 35 years experience working in sustainable forest management in the Peruvian Amazon. He is a recognized expert within the Amazon region for his expertise and success with reforestation of degraded land with native trees species. He holds a degree in Forestry Engineering from the Central University of Peru. He is based in Pucallpa, Ucayali.
Agroforestry Specialist, Ucayali
Patricia coordinates our project activities in Ucayali, and is currently overseeing the planting of 14,000 trees this year. Her role includes the provision of training to farmers as well as working alongside them to build their capacity in nursery management and the restoration of degraded lands. Prior to joining our team she has worked in both the non-profit and private sector in the Amazon basin in natural resource and forestry management. Patricia holds a degree in Forestry Engineering from the National University of Ucayali. She is based in Pucallpa, Ucayali.
Trustees – Plant your Future
Chairman and Founder
After spending time in Peru researching her Master’s thesis with Brown University, USA, Jenny felt compelled to help provide grassroots support to smallholder farmers she had met. And so in 2009, she founded Plant Your Future to simultaneously help reduce poverty and environmental degradation. With 14 years experience in the global forestry and climate change mitigation sector working for The Nature Conservancy in Washington DC, and Sustainable Forestry Management and Green Resources, her specialism is tropical forestry, community development and carbon.
As co-author of the Climate, Community and Biodivetsity Alliance standard, and having led the first project in the world to achieve validation and verification under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) in the AFOLU sector, Jenny has the knowledge, expertise and passion to successfully lead Plant Your Future forward towards helping achieve its goals.
As Managing Director of Accenture’s European Sustainability strategy practice, it’s no wonder that Justin is passionate about PYF’s mission to address environmental degradation and improve livelihoods. He has a MSc and BSc in Environmental Sciences, and over 20 years experience helping companies drive environmental and societal impact through their commercial success. This experience combined with his great strategic vision, means Justin brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the board of trustees.
Grace first became involved with Plant Your Future following a request for volunteer copywriters. Inspired by the three aims of the charity, she has since gone on to lead the website redesign, and is working with the team to form the charity’s communication strategy going forward. Grace has had a diverse career within the public and private sectors, both in the UK and overseas, and more recently was a marketing manager within the financial sector. She brings new capacity and creativity, helping to improve donor engagement and charity exposure.
With a Law Degree from the Pontificate Catholic University, Lima, and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law from New York University, Adriana is a Peruvian Lawyer with extensive knowledge of both domestic and international environmental laws. Her particular focus is on payments for ecosystem services and carbon offsets. She is currently working at IUCN’s Global Forest and Climate Change Programme on forest policy, providing advice on international issues regarding biodiversity, climate change and desertification. Adriana’s experience has included time with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Climate Focus as well as providing legal advice to a number of non-profit organisations developing REDD+ projects with farmers and indigenous communities within the Amazon Rainforest.
Trustee and Honourary Treasurer
All charities are in need of someone who brings invaluable accountant and project management skills. And for that, PYF is fortunate to have Carolyn. With many years experience working within the Fintech and banking industry, she has a exceptionally strong track record in finance, technology and business delivery. It was Carolyn’s desire to help address problems at the grassroots that led her to becoming a trustee for PYF.
La Asociación Civil Planta tu Futuro
Board of Directors
Juan Chang Olivas
Juan Chang has been a senior specialist in forest and land use at the Green Climate Fund (GCF) since 2015. He previously served for four years as senior specialist in forests and climate change for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in charge of promoting and coordinating climate change investments in forestry and land use sector in Latin America. Prior to joining the IDB, he worked as forestry and climate change auditor with the company TÜV-SÜD, where he audited climate change forestry projects in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America since 2007. Before becoming a forestry and climate change auditor, he worked in development and implementation of biodiversity conservation projects and management of protected areas in Peru accumulating more than 17 years of work experience.
Probono support team
Jenny Oster Warriner
Sofia Garcia Noriega
Taking Pictures, Changing Lives is an organisation that raises funds through crowdfunding activities to provide charities with photographers and videographers at no cost. In August 2018, Adam Dickens travelled to Peru to visit our project, and was able to capture a catalog of photography and video clips that are now being used across our website and social media channels.
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