David Brand founded New Forests in 2005 and leads the company’s investment programs. He is a member of New Forests’ Board of Directors and is the Chair of the company’s Investment Committee. David has over 30 years’ experience in timberland investment, forest management, science, and public policy. David is dedicated to innovative, responsible investment strategies in the forest sector and associated assets, including infrastructure, bioenergy, and environmental markets. Previously, David was responsible for investment programs that integrated timber management with emerging environmental market opportunities at Hancock Natural Resources Group (HNRG). Prior to joining HNRG, David was the Executive General Manager of State Forests of NSW where he led pioneering transactions in the commercial development of environmental markets. From 1985-1995 David worked with the Canadian Forest Service as a scientist, director of scientific programs, and ultimately as national Director-General of Science and Sustainable Development. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC-based organisation Forest Trends. David has a PhD from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Toronto in Canada.
Kym Hooper is responsible for overseeing corporate governance, administration, and financial systems for all of New Forests’ businesses and offices. She works across the company to coordinate company-wide functions and deliver consistent, high-quality services to clients. She has over 25 years of finance and operational experience and has an extensive background in financial services, including funds management, wealth management platforms, risk insurance, and advisory businesses. Kym has a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Charles Sturt University in Australia and is a Chartered Accountant (Australia and New Zealand). She is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Radha Kuppalli leads capital raising and investor relations for New Forests and oversees the company’s sustainability, communications, and research programs. She manages the company’s relationships with institutional clients around the world, including overseeing new client development, reporting, and client communications. She also collaborates with New Forests’ staff in Sydney, Singapore, and San Francisco on the development of investment products and strategy. Prior to this role, Radha opened and managed New Forests’ US subsidiary and was portfolio manager of the company’s Eco Products Fund. She has been with New Forests since 2006. Radha has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Economic Theory from American University in Washington, D.C., and an MBA and master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University’s School of Management and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is on the Advisory Board of the Center for Business and Environment at Yale and an associate of the Yale World Fellows Program.
Mark Rogers is responsible for managing the Australia-New Zealand business and overseeing the investments in ANZFF and ANZFF2 and the development 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 is currently an independent Director on the Board of the not-for-profit Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia. 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.
Gavin Le Roux is CFO for the New Forests group of companies. He oversees New Forests’ finance and fund administration functions, including fund and client reporting, corporate financial reporting, and financial administration. Since 2006, he has successfully grown New Forests’ corporate and funds financial systems, as the company has taken on more clients and offered a greater number of fund products in multiple jurisdictions. Gavin has over 15 years of experience in commercial and chartered accounting in South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. He is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Natal in South Africa and a Master of Environmental Studies from Macquarie University in Sydney. Gavin is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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.