31 January, 2019
New FSC Regional Director for Africa
Happy new year and welcome to 2019!
We are very pleased to welcome Dr
Harrison Ochieng Kojwang as the new FSC Regional
Director for Africa. He started on 4 January 2019.
Harrison is a Kenyan Citizen and has
a background in forestry, environment and natural
resource management. He studied forestry at the
Universities of Nairobi, Helsinki and British
Columbia. After graduating from the University of
British Columbia in 1989, he had a 5-year stint as
an academic at Moi University in Kenya. Thereafter
he was appointed as Director of Forestry in Namibia
where he worked for 7 years, before joining WWF as
its Representative in Southern Africa from 2001 to
2009. Since 2009, he has been a private consultant
in forestry, and environment, and has worked for
several governments, regional economic communities
in both East and Southern Africa, and in addition,
for a number of international organizations,
notably, the United Nations and the World Bank.
As an active member of the African
Forest Forum (AFF), Harrison has been actively
engaged in regional and global discourses on
forestry, particularly the promotion of Sustainable
Forest Management in sub-Saharan Africa and on
matters pertaining to ‘reduced emissions from
deforestation and forest degradation' (REDD).
Our Interim Director for Africa,
Steve Ball, will stay with the FSC Africa team, with
the exact allocation of responsibilities between
Harrison and Steve being worked out at present.
Also, after five years of excellent
service, our Congo Basin Director, Mathieu
Auger-Schwartzenberg will be leaving FSC at the end
of January 2019. We will miss him greatly. We have
put in place temporary arrangements whilst we
complete recruitment for a new Coordinator for the
Congo Basin. We will update you on this and other
recruitments in the next few weeks.