NEPCon Assurance is funded through fee for service revenues, related to the execution of certification and verification assessments and audits.
Our board guides and oversees our operations and is involved in strategic planning and decision-making. It includes experts on business administration, organisational development, financial and legal matters as well as conservation, certification and community engagement.
Nicolai Andreas Clausen, Chair
Attorney-at-law and partner, Lou Advokatfirma
Nicolai has extensive experience advising companies on corporate law. He is specialized within areas related to contract law, corporate structures, business transfer, intellectual property rights and real estate among others.
Nicolai is a certified board attorney and works with management in a number of companies, partly as a board member and partly as a permanent adviser to the management.
Nicolai has chaired our board since 2001.
Peter M. Buron, Deputy Chair
Accounting Manager, Løje Arnesen & Meedom
Peter has extensive experience working with financial monitoring of projects. He has provided training and coaching to many local project members within the field of project management. In addition, he has managed project accounts for a number of international projects.
Peter has been a member of our board since 2004.
Jacob A. Sterling, Board Member
Director, Head of Product and Charge Management, Maersk Line
Jacob is the Head of Product and Charge Management at Maersk Line. He is responsible for the development, governance and continuous optimisation of Maersk Line’s product offerings and surcharges.
Prior to his current role, he was the Head of Sustainability at Maersk Line helping to drive the targets in reducing CO2 emissions and increasing use of FSC certified floorboards in Maersk containers, among other things.
Before joining Maersk in 2009, he worked as Conservation Director at WWF Denmark leading their national and international work on climate change and sustainable development.
Jacob holds a MSc degree in Biology from the University of Copenhagen.
Jacob has been a member of our board since 2017.
Tasso Azevedo, Board Member
MapBiomas, Princeton University, SEEG/ Observatorio do Clima
Tasso Azevedo is a consultant and social entrepreneur in the field of forests, sustainability and climate change. He coordinates the SEEG Network (System for Estimation of Green House Gases Emissions) as well as MapBiomas, a platform to produce annual land cover and land use maps of entire countries through a multi-institutional collaboration.
He is a forestry engineer graduate at ESALQ/USP and was the founder and director of the Institute of Forest and Agriculture Management and Certification (Imaflora), the largest FSC and SAN certifier in Brazil.
Tasso was Director of the National Forest Programme at the Ministry of Environment and General-Secretary of the National Forest Commission. He was the first Chief and Director-General of the Brazilian Forest Service.
He was one of the key people involved in the design and implementation of the National Plan to Combat Deforestation and the Amazon Fund (world's largest first protection funds). In addition, Tasso teaches at postgraduate programmes on sustainability issues and is a columnist at O Globo newspaper and Epoca Negocious magazine.
He has been a member of our board since 2018.
Ida Theilade, Board Member
Professor in Ethnobotany and Tropical Forest Governance, University of Copenhagen
Ida is a Professor of Ethnobotany and Tropical Forest Governance at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She has worked with management and conservation of tropical forests for the past 25 years with main interests within the areas of indigenous knowledge and natural resource management.
She is also a consultant on conservation planning, REDD+ as well as rainforest rehabilitation and a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission on threatened trees.
Most recently, Ida was instrumental in developing an app that helps local forest patrols document and prevent illegal logging in Cambodia. The initiative has shown that local populations can play an important role in monitoring and protecting the environment. For this, Ida and her project partners received the 2015 UN Equator Prize.
Ida has been a member of our board since 2019.
Katie Miller, Board Member
Project Development Manager, NEPCon
Katie is elected by our staff. Katie joined NEPCon in 2010 and is responsible for the coordination and execution of NEPCon's fundraising efforts for the development of our projects and general organisational support for our NGO.
She has more than 20 years total experience in the NGO sector, with a broad background including previous work in development, communications, HR, and organisational governance.
Katie holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration/NGO Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.
Katie has been a member of our board since 2018.
Roman Polyachenko, Board Member
Director of NEPCon Estonia, Traceability Programme Manager, NEPCon
Roman is elected by our staff. He has been working in NEPCon since 2007 and apart from managing our office in Estonia, he is responsible for Traceability Programme management as well as the development of our training systems, both internal and external.
Roman has working experience from the wood industry. He has passed the SmartWood lead assessor training course in Chain of Custody and Forest Management certification. Over the years Roman has conducted more than 300 CoC assessments and audits in Estonia and abroad.
Roman has gained a MSc degree in Forest Industry from Estonian University of Life Sciences. Additionally he has passed one-year course in forest management, forest policy and forest certification within International MSc programme EUROFORESTER in Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Roman has been a member of our board since 2018.
Peter steers NEPCon towards our mission and goals. His experience and thought-leadership has positioned him as a respected voice within the forest certification arena. For this reason, you may spot Peter speaking at global sustainability events in addition to contributing behind-the-scenes as a member of a number of technical working groups, tackling critical issues from FSC Controlled Wood to refocusing accreditation systems.
Laura Terrall Kohler
Laura Terrall Kohler leads the implementation and delivery of certification and verification schemes that NEPCon works with. She acts as the official contact point between NEPCon certification unit and accreditation bodies of certification schemes and other assurance services. She supports business planning, market development and efficient service management across all our Regional Offices.
Justinas assumes a key organisational role in ensuring that our assurance services are well-managed and comply with external and internal technical quality requirements, across the entire organisation.
Director of NEPCon Solutions
Jon leads the NEPCon Solutions division, which supports businesses’ efforts towards sustainable sourcing practices on a global level.
Director of Operations Support
Janis is responsible for ensuring the stability and efficiency of NEPCon activities in terms of HR, IT, finance as well as quality and legal compliance of NEPCon processes and services.
He oversees the development and maintenance of NEPCon's service programmes, ensuring that our service portfolio meets tomorrow’s needs for sustainability services.
Director of Business Development
Adam spearheads NEPCon’s work to expand various services in emerging markets internationally, including developing NEPCon's global assurance services and offices beyond the current office structure. He supports NEPCon management in identifying strategic options to increase NEPCon’s presence in emerging countries
Our Impartiality Committee helps safeguard the impartiality and objectivity of all NEPCon certification and verification activities. It includes our Board members who are not NEPCon staff and other external members representing various interests. NEPCon’s Impartiality Committee members work on a voluntary basis and are not paid for their involvement.
Anders’ work experience spans forest management, regulatory and environmental affairs, communication and leading development projects. He is a Forester by training and his career is mainly linked to forestry, wood working industry, and pulp and paper industry. He is experienced in leading network/matrix organisations with a track record of achieving results. Through his earlier jobs he has accumulated considerable experience interacting with customers, trade associations, politicians, non-governmental organisations or financial institutions.
Country Coordinator and Technical Advisor, Forests of the World
Jakob provides technical advisory to Forests of the World’s development projects in protected areas, indigenous peoples’ territories and community managed forests in Latin America. He also leads several donor-funded projects in Honduras.
Jakob brings with him in-depth experience in and understanding of a wide variety of forestry policy issues such as public and private procurement policies, timber legality and forest governance, and environmental certification schemes. Prior to the current professional commitment with the organisation, Jakob worked as a volunteer campaigner for seven years. In this capacity he led the organisational internal policy processes and coordinated campaigns. Jakob has participated in a number of national and international technical working groups within the FSC system. He was also a member of the FSC Denmark’s Board of Directors for ten years.
Jakob holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Tropical Forestry from the Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products, Tharandt and Copenhagen University.
Director, FSC Sweden
Before re-joining FSC Sweden in September 2017, Lena worked with Tetra Pak from 2006. In her most recent capacity as Environment Director – Sourcing and Manufacturing at Tetra Pak, she was responsible for the global coordination of the environmental work with the purchasing and manufacturing departments and facilities of the company. Her work was to ensure clear and high-standard environmental evaluations of the company’s suppliers of paperboard, aluminium foil, polymers and printing ink. Lena was responsible for implementing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody (CoC) certification in Tetra Pak.
Before joining Tetra Pak, Lena was the manager of the Swedish Forest and Trade Network at WWF Sweden and was a member of the FSC Sweden Board of Directors.
Lena holds a Master’s degree in Biology from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala.
Expert/ GRASP, GlobalG.A.P
Nolan Quiros is a lawyer who studied Agricultural Economics. He completed his PhD at Oklahoma State University, USA, focusing on Natural Resources Management, and also completed a Master’s degree in Comparative Law at American University, Washington D.C, USA.
Nolan is based in a small rural town called Atenas, which is located around 30 km from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.
He has worked as a researcher for the USDA and as a market analyst for a US fertiliser company. Furthermore, he has also served as a field scientist for Boston University, a university professor in the USA and Costa Rica, and as an international consultant on carbon and water foot print calculations. During the last five years, Nolan worked for a banana producing company, where he managed third-party certifications, social and labour issues, and retailer relations with 72 farms in seven different countries in Latin America.