FSC Asia Pacific is excited to introduce our new staff members who will use their experience and expertise to serve our strategic goals and directions in the region.
Effective from 15 August 2017, Loy Jones, succeeding Jörn Struwe to be the FSC APAC Policy Manager, is bringing his more than 40 years of experience in forestry, natural resource management, planning and the forest products business across 26 countries to the organization. He has covered all aspects from planning a project to field implementation, having vast experience in working with private companies, local, state and national governments, NGOs, as well as running his consulting firm in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. About 15 years of that experience was as an FSC auditor (forest management, CW and CoC) and he has worked either on, or as a technical advisor for, at least six different standard development groups.
“I’m very excited to actually be working inside the FSC system to close out my career considering I’ve spent the last 20 years supporting it from outside in various roles,” says Loy. “Hopefully those years of experience will help FSC to make the system more user friendly and practical in implementation while still maintaining the very high standards and basic underlying principles the FSC was founded on.”
With Loy’s experience and reputation in the field, it will immensely benefit the National Standard development and the stakeholder engagement process of the consultation in this region.
Amresh Deshpande (Amar) has started as the Country Manager of FSC India, effective from 16 August 2017. Amresh has a profound experience in program management, construction sector, and digital media. His professional experience spans nearly a decade and a half in India and the United States, and was associated with Amazon, Schneider Electric and Jones Lang LaSalle. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in India and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in the United States. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a published author and the host and creator of a number of podcast shows.
In his words, “I am really excited to be a part of an amazing team of colleagues and am looking forward to knowing them, working with them, and helping in making a difference.“
Amresh will use his strength and experience from the business sector to develop a strategy and business plan for FSC India that is tailor-made for the market, while TR Manoharan will continue to be FSC India’s Project Coordinator.
Meanwhile, FSC Malaysia has appointed Leslie Jong as the FSC Country Manager, Malaysia in June 2017.
Bringing his private sector project management experience to the task, he assumes the role as the official representative for FSC in Malaysia, spearheading the expansion of its national network, building the profile of FSC in Malaysia, and protecting the credibility and integrity of the FSC brand.
In his words, “I am thrilled and deeply honoured to be part of this esteemed organization, and am looking forward to building on FSC’s reputation and outreach in Malaysia.”