Global Director, Forests
Rod is the Global Director of the Forests Program, with oversight of Global Forest Watch, the Forest Legality Initiative and the Global Restoration Initiative. He is responsible for the Forests Program’s overall leadership, management, outreach, and fundraising.
Before joining WRI, Rod worked as the Forests Director at WWF International. In earlier roles at WWF, he coordinated the World Bank/WWF Forest Alliance and led WWF’s forest work in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to his time with WWF, Rod worked as a forest policy adviser in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
Rod began his career as a lawyer in Australia and has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law from the Australian National University.
Rod likes getting outdoors and is a keen surfer, snowboarder and cyclist.
Global Restoration InitiativeVisit Project
WRI is partnering with governments, businesses, and communities around the world to restore millions of hectares of deforested and degraded land.
Global Forest WatchLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
Offering the latest data, technology and tools that empower people everywhere to better manage and protect forest landscapes.
Forest Legality InitiativeLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
The Forest Legality Initiative (FLI) works to achieve better forest management and governance through preventing illegal logging and supporting legal sourcing.
Climate Solutions PartnershipVisit Project
A five-year philanthropic collaboration to scale climate solutions by combining HSBC’s financial expertise with the knowledge and experience of WRI, WWF and a network of local partnersPart of Business