Our team brings decades of experience working in sustainable forest management, carbon project development, commercial transactions, agroforestry investments, market analysis and conservation projects across the globe. With our diverse expertise and dynamic team, we will be able to support you on the development, implementation and management of your land use projects. Our offices are headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, and we have additional offices located in Portland, Oregon, Zurich, Switzerland and Bonn, Germany.
Learn more about the individuals on our team:
Dirk Walterspacher - Co-Chief Executive Officer
Dirk Walterspacher is a technical engineer, graduated from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany. After stations at Roche Diagnostics, SAP and United Internet he joined ForestFinance in 2001 and is now the Co-CEO of NatureBank.
Phil Cull - Co-Chief Executive Officer
Phil’s broad-based experience in financial markets and scientific training drew him to the carbon market where finance, technology and social development intersected.
Rosita Morandin - Chief Financial Officer
Rosita has over 16 years of experience with start-up companies in emerging markets, managing their finances, accounting, and financial reporting. Rosita serves as the Chief Financial Officer at NatureBank, primarily focused on public financial statement reporting, internal controls, and continuously…
James Tansey - Chief Investment Officer Americas
James is the Chief Investment Officer and founder of NatureBank Asset Management and its subsdiary companies. He has over 20 years experience in environmental consulting and climate change. He is responsible for the overall strategy and direction of the company.
Oliver Hanke - Chief Investment Officer Europe
Oliver offers 15 years of experience in investment strategy, financial structuring, risk analysis and business management in real assets and sustainable investments. He is responsible for NatureBank’s investment strategy and leads the investment process of the company.
Steve Baczko - Managing Director, North America
Steve brings 15 years of management, strategic consulting and business development experience working in environmental markets, sustainability, international business and entrepreneurial ventures both in the private and NGO sectors.
Jane Boles - Project Manager, Land Use
Jane is a forest carbon project manager who works with communities, governments, and private companies to develop projects that enhance not only carbon stocks but biodiversity, livelihood opportunities, and ecosystem function.
Simon Phillips - Director, Clean Technology Projects
Simon brings 15 years of experience in environmental and climate change consulting and has worked for a broad set of clients on projects related to environmental risk, carbon management, and sustainability. Simon is professional engineer with significant experience developing both Canadian and…
Cornelia Rindt - Director of Projects
Cornelia has been developing forest carbon projects in Canada for the past 10 years. She has managed the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project since 2009 and continues to manage the verifications for all three regions of the Great Bear Project (North & Central-Mid Coast/South Central Coast/Haida Gwaii).
Garrett McLaughlin - Project Manager, Forestry
Garrett McLaughlin is responsible for assisting with forest carbon project development, including documentation development, carbon quantification, calculation, and modeling, as well as the validation and verification processes.
Rob Friberg - Forest Project Consultant
Rob brings 25 years of proven success supporting sustainable forest management, carbon offset funded forest conservation initiatives and multi-stakeholder planning in Canada and internationally.
Antonio Calle - Project Manager, GIS and Forestry
Antonio Calle is a forestry engineer, graduated from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, with a Master degree in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing from the University of Zaragoza.
German Rodriguez - Director, Business Development Latin America
German Rodriguez is an Economist, counting on a Master’s Degree in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking from Instituto of Enseñanzas Bursatiles (Spain) and a Master in International Project Management from the University of Malaga.
Andreas Schnall - Director, Land Use
Andreas Schnall is a graduated forest scientist from Technische Universität München (TUM) with many years of experience in implementing forestry projects worldwide.
Marco Guerrero - Project Manager, Land Use Certification
Marco Guerrero is a Natural Resource and Land use Forestry (LUF) consultant with a masters in Natural Resources management and a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering.
Kahlil Baker – Senior Consultant, Land Use
With over 12 years of experience working with farming communities and reforestation projects in Central America, Kahlil has been developing innovative approaches to making community forestry an economically viable land use option for subsistence farmers.
Michael Sahm - Director, Business Development
Michael leads the market intelligence and business development. He has been working with governments and public organisations, companies, communities and NGOs to design and implement sustainable land-use projects which benefit people, planet and profit.
Julian Ekelhof - Director, Carbon Solutions
Julian Ekelhof is responsible for managing CO2OL’s corporate partners and the relations to project developers as well as all other carbon market participants.
Patrick Fortyr - Project Manager, Carbon Solutions
Patrick Fortyr has a master’s degree in geography (M.Sc.) with a focus set on the several dimensions of climate change.
Franziska Kohn - Project Management
Franziska supports ForestFinest Consulting in the project management and as a consultant for carbon forestry, land use and forest resource use.
Tam Tran - Manager of Finance, Germany
Tam Tran is an economist, graduated from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and University of Bonn.
Frederic Pedron - Senior Consultant, Agroeconomy and Cocoa
Frederic is an expert in large scale cocoa project management and cocoa farm management. He has many years of practical experience in the daily operations and production process, cocoa sourcing and buying, post-harvest transformation and sustainability aspects.
Ralf Rathsack - Consultant, Cocoa and Agroforestry
Ralf supports the cocoa and agroforestry team with his expertise in cocoa flavor potential as well as cocoa Quality and agroforestry farm management.
Board of Directors
- Harry Assenmacher | Chairman | Founder, Forest Finance Service GmbH
- Jim Logan | CFO Ledcor
- John Poulter | CIO Portfolio Strategies Securities
- Eduard Weber-Bemnet | Co-Founder Business Communications Consulting GmbH
- James Tansey | CIO Americas NatureBank
- Dirk Walterspacher | Co-CEO NatureBank
- Alexander Zang | Co-Founder, CEO Forest Carbon Group AG