Nolan Hunter is a Bardi man from saltwater country on the Dampier Peninsula in northern Western Australia. He is the CEO of Kimberley Land Council. Nolan is an active campaigner for Indigenous rights to own and manage country. He is a strong advocate for sustainable enterprises based on Aboriginal cultural values as a way to generate wealth in remote communities, ignite social change, and create positive futures for Kimberley Traditional Owners. Nolan brings an international perspective to Indigenous land management and cultural enterprise, and has been instrumental in developing an international alliance of Indigenous land managers.
Nolan brings both passion and expertise to issues of Indigenous rights, cultural maintenance, land management and development of future economic and social opportunities. He provides leadership for local, on the ground activities, whilst advocating at the national level, and developing international partnerships.
Dean Munuggullumurr Yibarbuk born in 1955 near the Tomkinson River, in Central Arnhem Land. Two years after Dean’s birth the Government established a settlement nearby at Maningrida which today is a regional centre for small indigenous communities in the region. He is a traditional owner of Djinkarr, near Maningrida. Dean’s language is Gurrgoni.
Dean has taken a prominent leadership role in developing contemporary land management programs to deal with conservation issues on Aboriginal land. A driving force behind the development of the Djelk rangers at Maningrida, Dean is also a senior ranger. Dean has been a key figure in the development of Warddeken Land Management Limited, the declaration of the Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area and the development of a ground-breaking use of traditional knowledge of savanna burning practices to deal with impact of climate change.
Rowan Foley comes from the Wondunna clan of the Badtjala people Traditional Owners of K’gari (Fraser Island) Queensland and is the CEO of the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation (AbCF) a not-for-profit company.
Rowan started his career in 1989 working as a ranger at Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park and later returned as the Park Manager. Rowan was the first Land Management Officer at the Kimberley Land Council where he negotiated Western Australia’s first Indigenous Protected Area at Paruku – Lake Gregory. Rowan has been engaged with the Indigenous Carbon Industry in Australia for over 10 years and has worked with Indigenous organisations in New Zealand and Canada to share knowledge and experiences in carbon initiatives.
Jomo Mafoko is Division Head of Fire Management from the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism (MENT) and coordinates national wildland fire activities in Botswana, organizes and plan fire suppression, organize and plan firebreak Maintenance Project, draws ITT for procurement of fire equipment and projects, implement fire management strategy and supervises a staff complement of 532 employees. From 2011- 2016, he was District Coordinator (Head of Districts) at Gantsi and Southern and From 2003 – 2011 he was Head of Fire management Section in the Government of Botswana.
Anja has extensive experience in international fire management. She served as integrated Senior Fire Management Specialist for the Government of Botswana to develop a comprehensive fire management strategy and the establishment of a fire information system. She served as an advisor to Integrated Fire Management (IFM) Project supporting the Tanzania Forest Service in Community based Fire Management Prevention, as well as, advising on IFM in the Brazilian Cerrado.
Anja is a member of the fire implementation team of the international science panel on Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) and coordinator of the regional fire networks. She is co-author and author of various papers in renowned scientific magazines and journals.
Robin has 18 years professional fire management experience in diverse natural environments and socio-economic systems in the fire prone settings of southern Africa, Australia and Latin America. He is the Managing Director of 321Fire, a specialist fire management company focusing on building the capacity of people and governments to develop and implement integrated fire management strategies. Advising, training and skills transfer are amongst 321Fire’s key services to support the use of fire as a land management tool at landscape scales.
Robin promotes innovative Community-Based Fire Management (CBFiM) initiatives in protected areas and communal lands to integrate traditional fire management knowledge into contemporary fire management frameworks. His professional qualifications, including a BSc (Zoology) and MSc (Tropical Environmental Management), provide a sound understanding of ecosystem functioning and management.
Professor Guido van der Werf is a University Research Chair at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has developed the Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED) in collaboration with colleagues at the University of California (Irvine) and NASA. This database aims to estimate emissions from fires at continental and global scales using satellite data. His group explores the impact fires have on climate and air quality, and he is interested in better understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics of fires in general, and of savanna fires in particular.
In her former role as a Senior Fellow and Programme Manager with the United Nations University, Catherine has been involved in the design and growth of the ISFMI since the very beginning. Responsible for many aspects of ISFMI management and implementation in its first phase, Catherine led field missions and workshops in Southern Africa, Asia and Australia. An Australian national, with a background in both science (ecology) and law, Catherine has worked across the United Nations, government and NGOs. Her areas of expertise are in international environmental law and policy, particularly concerning the intersection of biodiversity, climate change, trade and human rights, as well as legislative development. Catherine is excited to continue contributing to an initiative which she views as rare in its capacity to protect biodiversity, address climate change and support livelihoods, while actively valuing the scientific knowledge of some of the most ancient living cultures on earth.
Andrew Campbell is the CEO of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). He joined ACIAR from Darwin, after five years as the inaugural Director of the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) at Charles Darwin University. Professor Campbell has played influential roles in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management in Australia for 30 years. He has considerable research leadership experience, notably as Executive Director of Land & Water Australia from 2000-2006 and Managing Director of Triple Helix Consulting from 2007-10. He has also held senior policy roles in land, water and biodiversity management as a senior executive in the Australian Government environment portfolio.
Peter is a fire management specialist with over 30 years of operational, management and policy experience in working in natural resource management. He has provided advice and technical assistance to government agencies and the private sector on systems development, policy, and national MRV systems for fire, forests and land management. Peter has been engaged on a wide range of national and international natural resource related activities in many countries including planning, training and supporting the development of systems for fire management. Currently he is Forest Officer Fire Management for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations where he leads engagement and consultation related to fire management projects and strategic programs.
José M.C. Pereira is Full Professor at the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, and Land, School of Agriculture (ISA), University of Lisbon, where he teaches courses in forest ecology and management, and environmental remote sensing. He has an undergraduate degree in forestry from ISA and a Ph.D. in Renewable Natural Resources Studies from the University of Arizona. His research focuses on pyrogeography, including remote sensing of fire, risk mapping, and anthropogenic vegetation burning.