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New board members for PEFC International

Lena Ek

Three new members elected to the PEFC International Board at the 25th PEFC General Assembly. Riikka Joukio elected as the new vice chair, and two members re-elected for another term. After 10 years in the PEFC International Board of Directors and two years as vice chair, Genevieve Chau bid farewell to the PEFC family. Source: Timberbiz

“I can still vividly recall my very first PEFC General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. My first impression then was how genuinely all our members from all over the world supported a common cause. How diverse we were and yet united in our purpose,” she said.

One of the new members on the board is Lena Ek who is also the chair of the board of Södra Skogsägarna , as well as for the European Forestry Technology Platform and Mistra Geopolitics Sweden.

“The UN’s sustainable development goals are based on consideration for the environment, social conditions and the economy. I look forward to contributing to this in PEFC. It is important for family forestry that the environmental certification is practical and credible. I look forward to contributing to this, together with colleagues from all over the world,”  she said.

Ms Ek was chair of the Asia Pacific Regional Women’s Committee from 2007 to 2019.

Also new to the board is Sarah Khatib an engineer in international agricultural development, specialising in land planning and sustainable forest management. As a Forestry Project Manager in France Nature Environment (FNE), her main mission is to develop advocacy on forestry issues to the political, professional, media and public.

Riikka Joukio, a longstanding board member, was elected to vice chair joining David Ford. Nurudeen Iddrisu and Peter Crook were both re-elected.