Dr Rob Waterworth
Chief Executive Officer
Rob has extensive expertise in research, designing and implementing technical systems to achieve sustainable land management. He has played a leadership role in policy development , program management and international climate negotiations. He has a deep understanding of the requirements of and relationships between policy, technical systems and the role of research and programs to deliver systems that meet policy needs, including REDD+.
Rob is currently interim Director for moja.global, an international foundation established to lead the development of new open source, globally adaptable MRV tools for forestry and agriculture. These tools bring the latest science and computer software development together in a next generation tool that uses remote sensing data to improve the accessible and quality of carbon accounting.
In 2008 was part of the team awarded the Eureka Prize, Australia’s premier science prize, for work in developing integrated remote sensing and ground data systems. He is an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a lead reviewer for the IPCC Guidelines, an author of the Global Forest Observations Initiative Methods and Guidance and holds a Ph.D. from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Forest Science / Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne.
A software engineer, Malcolm brings 25 years of experience in systems architecture, design and development. He specialises in large scale modelling systems, scientific computing, high performance cluster development and data modelling. Malcolm has worked in a wide range of environments including government, private enterprise, and consulting industries delivering large scale complex systems.
Malcolm is currently co-leading the development and implementation of the FLINT generic tool for integrating remote sensing and ground-based data for land sector MRV, as well as supporting implementation of the SLEEK program in Kenya.
Jim is a software engineer with 25 years of experience in systems architecture, design, development and implementation. He specialises in large scale modelling systems, scientific computing, high performance cluster development and data modelling. From 2003 – 2014, Jim played a key role in the development of the Australian carbon accounting system (FullCAM).
With experience in a wide range of ICT system roles, Jim has proven experience working effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders, including policy makers, scientists, government and international agencies to deliver high-quality projects.
Jim is currently co-leading the development and implementation of the FLINT generic tool for integrating remote sensing and ground-based data for land sector MRV, as well as supporting implementation of the SLEEK program.
Robert de Ligt
Rob is an environmental scientist with significant experience in land sector greenhouse gas inventories, government programme management and policy analysis. He has worked on MRV design and implementation in Australia, the Philippines, and Kenya.
Rob has ten years’ experience working in fire and ecosystem science in both research and public sectors in Australia. He has played a leadership role in major government programs including the design and implementation of the (AUD)145 million Australian National Environmental Science Programme. Prior to this he worked in depth on Australia’s national greenhouse gas inventory particularly focused on the forest and deforestation components of the land sector. He has a First Class Honours degree from the Australian National University researching the probability of wildfire with time-since last fire.
Rob’s experience provides him with strong expertise in developing and integrating technical solutions within the policy sphere. He recently led the development of a new Attribution Tool for semi-automated attribution of land use change to causal factors. Rob is an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a Lead Author for the IPCC KP Supplement and Refinement of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines.
Geoff is a forester with strong technical skills in national and project level carbon accounting, as well as project-level method development. These skills are supported by broad experience in policy analysis and development. He has an undergraduate and master degree in forestry from the Australian National University and has spent the past 11 years working across public, private and research organisations in Australia and internationally. Geoff has worked on developing practical forest carbon accounting methods for Australia’s Emissions Reduction Fund, as well as supporting international projects in Kenya, Sudan, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Tanzania. Geoff has also worked on international and Australian domestic policy issues, including Regional Forest Agreements, timber legality policies and sustainability assurance.
Through his work across both technical and policy issues, Geoff has developed expertise in integrating technical issues into operational policies.
Sarah is a research assistant with a strong focus on science communication and landscape ecology. Underpinned by a Masters degree in Science Communication Outreach and a First Class Honours degree in ecology from the Australian National University, Sarah is skilled in developing science based material that is readily understandable by a wide audience.
Legal and business development advisor
Rebecca is a lawyer with experience in corporate and international human rights law. She has led a regional program for an international human rights orgnanisation, working with government officials, national human rights institutions and civil society to advocate for and build capacity to prevent torture and ill-treatment in closed environments. Rebecca has experience in project management including co-designing and leading an EU-funded 3 year project across 7 countries in the Asia Pacific. Rebecca has extensive experience in research, analysis and drafting technical documents, including for the UN Human Rights Council. She has a Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Laws with first class honours from the Australian National University and Masters in International Law / International and Area Studies from the University of California, Berkeley where she was a Rotary World Peace Fellow.
Dr John Raison
Forest ecology & GHG accounting
John is a soil scientist with expertise in organic matter dynamics, nutrient cycling and forest growth. During the last decade he has contributed scientific expertise to several national and international forest policy issues as Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, in particular the assessment of sustainable forest management and the development of methods for GHG accounting in the land-based sectors.
Most recently John chaired the Technical Committee of the High Carbon Stock Science Study which developed a new approach to the sustainable development of tropical forests.
Kaushik is a junior developer currently pursuing a Masters degree in Computing from the Australian National University and holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. Kaushik also participated in NTCIR-12 MathIR Task with the team Borak in his undergraduate. Kaushik is currently working on the continuous integration of services with a strong focus on Google cloud services and Kubernetes.