Michael Barbara has a lead role in originating deal opportunities and managing the investment of capital for New Forests’ funds in the Australia-New Zealand region. In this role Michael is responsible for evaluating opportunities, managing the due diligence process, transaction structuring, raising co-investment, reporting to the Investment Committee and deal negotiation, execution and implementation. He has led or contributed to the investment of New Forests’ timberland funds in Australia and New Zealand, totalling more than AUD 2 billion. Michael also holds formal roles contributing to the strategic management and governance of investments in Australia and the United States.
Since joining New Forests at its inception in 2005, Michael has worked for the company’s US and Australian businesses in roles spanning investment analysis, asset management, and development of commercialisation strategies for environmental markets assets, such as carbon and biodiversity. Michael has an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor in Environmental Management from Macquarie University. Michael is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Robin Bellows supports New Forests’ forestry and carbon investments in the United States, primarily through forest analytics in project origination, development, and implementation. Robin’s skill set includes growth and yield modeling, linear programming and optimization, and biostatistics; her experience includes inventory and operations at a research forest, wilderness interpretation in Yosemite National Park, and research on forest climate resilience. Robin has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University and a Master of Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley.
Allison Blair supports the Australia-based forestry operations team through management of compliance and legal obligations across New Forests’ investments in Australia and New Zealand. She also manages the administrative and titling aspects of land properties managed by New Forests and is supporting the development and maintenance of operational compliance systems. Allison has over ten years’ experience in property law and has worked with a number of legal firms in Sydney, acting on a wide variety of property transactions. She has extensive experience in handling leasing and conveyance matters across all of the states in Australia and coordinated many property legal due diligences for national institutional clients. Allison has bachelor degrees in Law (Honours Class II) and Economics from the University of Sydney. Allison is admitted to practice as a solicitor and barrister in New South Wales.
Michelle Buckles is part of New Forests’ investor services team and manages capital raising and the investor relations program for US investors and US investment products. Based in San Francisco, Michelle Buckles supports clients and prospective clients throughout the investment process from due diligence, to investment agreements, to reporting and administration. She also leads development and execution of the US fund marketing strategy. Michelle has extensive investment industry experience, including alternative asset business development, as well as six years developing sustainable agriculture impact investments in developing countries. Michelle earned a B.S. in Finance from the Kelley School at Indiana University, Bloomington, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
James Bullen leads the operational management of New Forests’ investments in the United States, with oversight of timberland and carbon operations. In this role, James works closely with property managers and brings an emphasis on operational efficiency and technical rigour to his oversight of New Forests’ investments in the region. James has more than 20 years’ forest management and investment experience, including all aspects of the technical management of large, FSC-accredited forestry projects, including establishment, silviculture, harvesting, forest engineering, and marketing. James joined New Forests in 2008 and previously managed operations for the company’s investments and funds in Australia-New Zealand and Southeast Asia. His diverse experience includes forestry operations and management roles in Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Australia, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, the United Kingdom, and the US. James has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
MaryKate Bullen is part of New Forests’ investor services team and leads the company’s sustainability and corporate communications programs. This includes strategic planning and implementation of corporate sustainability and responsible investment initiatives, as well as oversight of the company’s Social and Environmental Management System and its implementation at the corporate and fund levels. MaryKate also leads corporate communications and media relations across New Forests globally. MaryKate joined New Forests in 2008, originally in the company’s advisory services team and also previously developed and managed New Forests’ corporate research program, producing policy analyses and market outlooks on key features of the timberland and environmental markets asset classes. MaryKate has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropological Sciences (Honors) with a specialisation in Population and Environment and a Master of the Arts in Latin American Studies from Stanford University.
Matt Crapp is responsible for the operational management of the ANZFF2 and ANZFF3 fund assets in Australia and New Zealand. He has more than 20 years of operational forest management experience. Prior to joining New Forests Matt worked in a range of senior roles in state-owned forestry corporations in New South Wales and Victoria. Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the Australian National University and an Executive MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Carrie Heng manages the implementation and monitoring of fund investments in Southeast Asia. This involves deal structuring, financial due diligence, negotiations, documentations, and operational support for New Forests’ acquisitions and assets under management in Asia. Prior to joining New Forests, Carrie spent seven years in infrastructure advisory, advising clients on various aspects across project lifecycles from project structuring through to transaction management. Carrie has worked on infrastructure transactions in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Marketing and a Master’s degree in Finance from Monash University, Australia.
Thomas is responsible for the accounting and finance functions of New Forests’ US operations including oversight of funds accounting, financial reporting, and regulatory compliance. Thomas works closely with the US operational and corporate team to improve financial processes and systems with a view to scalability for future growth. Thomas also manages the relationships with New Forests’ advisors in the US who provide banking, audit, tax, and SEC advisory support. Thomas has over ten years of experience leading international commercial finance and accounting functions in the US, Europe, and Australia. He is an active member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology in Sydney.
Alexander Kuprasov supports the acquisition and investment process for New Forests’ investment activities in the Australia-New Zealand region. This includes contributing to the development of the investment pipeline, managing the due diligence process, contributing to financial modelling, and supporting reporting to the Investment Committee and clients. Alex has over 12 years of professional experience, spanning both operational and investment roles. Before moving permanently to Australia, he was a principal at a Kiev-based private equity fund, managing over $650 million of investments from IFIs, institutional investors and family offices. Earlier, he held a number of roles in leading Norwegian, US, and Ukrainian property companies, where he identified, structured, and executed real estate transactions. Alex has a Bachelor of Business from International Christian University in Kiev and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
Michael Lee provides technical forestry, quantitative, and modelling support for New Forests’ Australian and New Zealand assets, focusing on asset management functions. Michael brings more than six years of experience in forest investment and management consulting in Oceania. He is experienced in resource analysis, forestry operating models, investment analysis, and strategic asset planning. Michael has a Bachelor of Forest Science from Melbourne University, an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, and is currently undertaking level 2 Chartered Financial Analyst qualifications.
Sean Lloyd is an analyst in New Forests’ Investment Analytics team, primarily supporting the team on acquisition work, operational modelling, and portfolio analysis. Sean recently completed his Bachelor of Forestry Science degree at the University of Canterbury. He has worked as a summer intern for HVP Plantations as a resource technician and also ran his own arboriculture business for four years whilst studying.
Jonathan Loevner leads acquisitions for New Forests US’ timberland asset management and forest carbon offset project finance strategies. His responsibilities include investment strategy, deal origination, due diligence, transaction structuring, counterparty negotiation, and transaction closing. Jonathan also manages the sale of forest carbon offset credits. Prior to joining New Forests, Jonathan served in various roles in the acquisition and divestiture group at the Weyerhaeuser Company, including as a transaction manager and valuations analyst. He performed timberlands valuations for hundreds of transactions and built a portfolio model covering the entirety of the company’s 13 million acre portfolio. Before launching his career in timberland investing, Jonathan served as a natural resource and finance policy advisor to a member of the US Congress. He holds a Master of Forestry and Master of Business Administration from Yale University, where he was a Wyss Conservation Scholar, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American History from Carleton College. Jonathan is a member of the Forest Stewards Guild.
Jamie Lord manages agricultural investments within New Forests’ Australia-New Zealand forestry funds. This includes reverting properties to agriculture outside of the core forestry estates and maximising the value of rural real estate assets through a strategic disposition process. In his role, Jamie contributes to investment thesis and financial model development, evaluation of opportunities, structuring, and deal execution as well as ongoing portfolio management. Jamie has experience working on pre and post farm gate transactions in several countries, though primarily in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, he worked as a banker for two of Australia’s largest financial institutions, managing agricultural supply chain clients in Australia and New Zealand across a broad range of agricultural industries, including several large, unlisted, agriculture focused funds and companies. He has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Finance) from Charles Sturt University and is currently completing a Master of Applied Finance (Corporate Finance and Advisory) from Kaplan Professional.
George Mackarness is a member of the Investments team, providing investment support for New Forests’ activities in the Australia-New Zealand region. He provides investment analysis, GIS mapping capabilities, land sales support, and assists with investment compliance for our Social and Environmental Management System. George joined New Forests in 2015 and has a Bachelor of Science (Forest Science) and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance, from the Australian National University in Canberra.
Gordon Mansfield is a member of New Forests’ Australia-New Zealand operations team with primary responsibility for the management of New Forests’ Australian softwood plantation assets. Gordon has over 20 years of forest management experience, working in forestry companies ranging in size from boutique to industrial with estates in both Australia and New Zealand. Gordon has a Bachelor of Science (Environmental) from the University of Western Australia, and is a voting member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia.
Phil Mason is an experienced forester responsible for the operational management of assets in Australia, with primary responsibility for the New Forests’ first Australia New Zealand Forest Fund, which consists of approximately AUD 1 billion of assets comprising approximately 140,000 hectares of hardwood plantations, 85,000 hectares of softwood plantations, and softwood sawmilling assets. Phil’s forestry career includes more than 20 years’ experience in operational forestry and consulting with diverse experience throughout Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and South Africa. Phil has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the Australian National University and an MBA from the University of Western Australia.
Amanda Naismith supports New Forests’ forestry and rural land assets portfolio in Australia and New Zealand. Amanda has a background in natural resource management combined with nearly 10 years of forest industry experience. She is responsible for the operational management of two assets in Australia and oversees third-party property managers compliance with New Forests’ Social and Environmental Management System. Amanda also manages procurement of valuation and tree crop insurance services across all ANZ assets. Amanda is a member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Australia Board of Directors and previously represented the plantation industry throughout the development of the Australian National FSC Forest Management Standard. Amanda has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) from Charles Sturt University.
Maria Nally provides technical forestry, quantitative analysis, and modelling support for New Forests’ assets in Australia and New Zealand. Before joining New Forests, Maria gained broad operational experience in Australia with a focus on hardwood estate management having held roles as an operations forester in Tasmania and South Australia. Maria has a double degree in Forestry Science and Economics (1st Class Honours) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
Dr Nick O’Brien leads the company’s Investment Analytics team, which conducts financial and forestry modelling and analysis related to New Forests’ investments. Nick oversees quantitative analysis of forestry assets in acquisition and works with the operational teams once assets are acquired. This includes asset-level and portfolio-level modelling and reporting and analysis on key projects. He leads an experienced team in Sydney and in regional offices to ensure that New Forests applies a consistent and high-quality analytical approach to timber management and, where possible, added value through carbon products for regulatory and voluntary markets. Nick has a Bachelor and a Ph.D. in Forest Science from the University of Melbourne.
Mark Rogers is responsible for managing the Australia-New Zealand business and overseeing the investments in ANZFF and ANZFF2 and the deployment of ANZFF3. He manages a team of dedicated professionals in forestry operations, acquisitions, and financial analytics for Australia New Zealand with a key focus on clients service. He has nearly 20 years experience in real asset sales and acquisition, regulation, greenfields project development, and finance. Mark sits on a number of New Forests’ Investment Committees and operating company boards. He has also had extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director on numerous other real asset companies (such as Anglian Water, Electricity North West, and Hazelwood Power Corporation). Mark has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Economics, and a Masters of Law from the Australian National University in Australia and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Goetz provides technical forestry, quantitative, and modelling support for New Forests as part of the Investment Analytics team. Goetz has been working as an analyst in the forestry industry for over six years. His work brought him assignments in Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. He has worked on a broad range of projects focusing on the development and implementation of advanced technologies in the forest industry. These projects included the implementation of forest inventory software in Asia, the development of log export data collection software in New Zealand, and the utilisation of mechanised harvesting data in Australia and New Zealand. Goetz holds a B.Sc. in Forest Science from Germany and a M.Sc. in Forest Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Geoffrey Seeto oversees New Forests’ timberland investment program in Southeast Asia, with 20 years’ experience in financial services, principally in private equity in the infrastructure, natural resources, and energy sectors. He is an experienced investor in the Asian region, having led, originated, and executed a wide range of transactions in various regulatory regimes. He has completed deals in Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and China. Outside of Asia, he has worked in North America, Europe, and Australia. Geoffrey was previously at KPMG, where he was Partner, Asia Infrastructure Markets. Geoffrey was also formerly Managing Director and Head of Investments for the China-ASEAN Investments Fund from 2009-2014 and has held senior positions investing in infrastructure for Babcock & Brown and ABN AMRO. Geoffrey has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.
David Shelton leads timberland acquisitions and dispositions programs for New Forests’ Australia-New Zealand forestry funds and is the co-portfolio manager for the company’s funds in the region. David manages a Sydney-based team responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities, including structuring and executing transactions, financial analysis, business planning, negotiation, due diligence, and tax planning. He has experience working on investment transactions and research projects in more than 15 countries, primarily in Australasia. David has a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) from Charles Sturt University and a MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Brian Shillinglaw leads New Forests’ US timberland and environmental market investment strategies. Brian’s expertise includes real assets and environmental market fund management, with a focus on the use of conservation finance techniques in real assets investment. His academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from Harvard University, a JD from Stanford Law School, a Master of Science from the Interdisciplinary Program on Environment and Resources at Stanford University, and doctoral research in historical ecology at Yale University.
David Skilton is responsible for the development and management of New Forests’ forest management information systems in support of New Forests’ acquisition activities, primarily in Australia and New Zealand but with support to other regions. David has 18 years’ experience in forest management, timberland investment, wood supply analysis, and primary industry economics. David has a broad base of international experience across investment analysis of timberland acquisitions, dispositions, and valuations, including assignments across the Asia-Pacific region as well as South America and Africa. David has a Bachelor of Forest Science (1st Class Honours) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
Janet So is responsible for the development and maintenance of bid and portfolio models for acquisitions and assets under management in the United States. Her work guides fund product cash management, supports asset valuation, and provides financial and strategic perspectives on investments, business strategies, and fund structures. Janet has over 10 years of experience in asset management, with more than six years in equity research focusing on listed equity financial modelling and valuation analysis. She has also worked on financing in the solar industry with experience in investor reporting, solar asset modeling, and tax-equity structures. Janet holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a California Certified Public Accountant as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.
Oliver Somerville is responsible for the management information systems for New Forests’ forestry investments in tropical Asia and the Pacific, including for the Tropical Asia Forest Fund (TAFF). Oliver joined the New Forests Singapore office in 2014 and provides technical forestry, quantitative analysis, and modelling support for New Forests’ acquisitions and assets under management in Asia.
Oliver is a forest assessment specialist with 10 years of international project experience spanning Southeast Asia, China, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. He specialises in providing forest owners and investors ways to describe, model and value their forest assets – and to communicate this information clearly to stakeholders and clients. He has worked across transactional services, technical consulting and development, forest description development, biological asset modelling, and analysis. Prior to joining New Forests, Oliver worked in technical forestry consulting and for a leading resource information software provider to the industry in both the New Zealand and Singapore offices. Oliver has a Bachelor of Forest Science (Honours) from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Paul Speed is the co-portfolio manager for New Forests’ Southeast Asian forestry funds, He jointly oversees the team of forestry investment and operations professionals in the region. Paul’s experience spans over 20 years, including nine years in the Solomon Islands in direct plantation forestry management and then eight years international forest industry consulting. He specialises in forest due diligence, investment appraisal, and operational management. Paul has a Bachelor’s degree in Pure and Applied Biology and a Master of Science in Forestry from Oxford University. He is a full member of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry, the Incorporated Society of Planters in Malaysia, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Megan Struthers manages technical analysis and modelling for New Forests’ assets under management in Australia and New Zealand with a focus on fund and portfolio modelling. In this role, she supports New Forests’ investments through development and maintenance of fund models as well as providing technical forestry analysis. Megan previously worked in forestry operations for New Forests and has over 15 years of experience in timberland investment analysis, forest management, planning, and research. She has also worked previously with a global timberland manager supporting its timberland investment management business in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Megan has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management and Resource Conservation from the University of Washington and a Master of Forest Science from Yale University.
Joanna Tan is part of New Forests’ investor services team. She is responsible for investor relations for Asian fund products and fundraising amongst Asian investors. Based in Singapore, she is responsible for engaging with current and prospective clients for New Forests’ funds in Asia. She will also support the entire client relationship management process, including due diligence and client servicing. Joanna’s experience includes working with a variety of asset managers and accumulating significant institutional business development and client servicing experience for a predominantly Asian institutional asset owner client base since 2006. She was also involved in product development initiatives in some of her previous capacities and supports product development at New Forests. Joanna has a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Janice Tay is responsible for managing all office and administration related duties for the Singapore office. Janice joined New Forests in 2013 with 10 years of human resource and secretarial experience. She is adept in all aspects of office administration and supports the Singapore team through business support services and travel coordination. Janice graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies (Human Resource Consulting) from Nanyang Technological University.
Peter Tittmann supports timberland asset acquisition using geospatial analysis and data science. Peter has 15 years of experience developing and deploying geospatial tools and analysis in the forestry, energy, and water sectors, with a broad range of expertise in forestry including inventory, growth and yield modelling, harvesting/management operations, and ecological restoration. His doctoral work in Geography at the University of California, Davis employed aerial Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) in the task of individual tree detection and measurement. He comes to New Forests from the Center for Forestry at UC Berkeley where he managed a program focused on wood products and bioenergy development and also supported the development of the Forest Climate Action Plan, a multi-agency initiative to establish contributions of the California’s forest sector to climate policy goals. Peter has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a PhD in Geography from the University of California, Davis.
Marthe Tollenaar is responsible for environmental and social management of New Forests’ investments in Southeast Asia. This includes primary responsibility for supporting portfolio companies in compliance with IFC Performance Standards and FSC certification. In this role, Marthe assists the investee companies in the development of Social and Environmental Management Systems and works closely together with the local E&S teams. Marthe also focuses on ensuring that E&S issues are integrated into New Forests’ investment activities in the Asian region, supporting due diligence through operations. Marthe has more than five years of experience in E&S management in the forestry sector in emerging markets. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Amsterdam and a Master’s degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Emily Warms supports New Forests’ carbon and forestry investments in the United States. She is primarily responsible for the development of forest carbon projects for the California carbon market and is involved in all aspects of project origination, design, implementation, and credit sales. Emily’s background is in forest ecology, carbon accounting, and climate policy. Her experience includes managing the forest program of a national carbon registry, where she served as the technical and programmatic lead for forest carbon projects under California’s compliance program. Emily has also worked at leading regional and national non-profits in roles specialising on carbon accounting and forest policy issues. She has conducted research on a variety of topics, including carbon markets, forest management, and restoration. Emily is a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Environmental Studies from Williams College and a Master of Science in Natural Resources and Forestry from the University of Vermont.