See how we're organised. Meet our Executive Director, Certifications Director and Board of Directors.
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
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.
Liza Murphy, Board Member
Director, Are We There Yet?
Liza has worked in both private sector and civil society roles, with finance and investment advisory firms, with global NGOs and with UN agencies and other intergovernmental organisations.
Her expertise and experience is diverse and includes market development and linkages, strategic planning, risk management, product development, building and strengthening supply chains for sustainable products, programme management, cross programme collaboration, training & capacity development and marketing & communications.
During her career, Liza has held positions such as Managing Director at the Forest Stewardship Council, Senior Manager of Market Development at Rainforest Alliance, Partner and Director of Operations at Lockwood Financial and Vice President at JP Morgan.
Currently, Liza lives in Bonn, Germany and works as a consultant with a focus on policy development and implementation, supply chain reviews as well as impact and project management. Engagements are among others with standard-setting organisations, private sector corporations and NGOs.
She holds a degree from Cornell University and a Certificate in Conservation Biology from Columbia University.
Liza has been a member of our board since 2011.
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.
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 pervious 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.
Our Executive Director 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.
Justinas leads the implementation and delivery of certification schemes that NEPCon works with. He acts as the official contact point between NEPCon certification unit and accreditation bodies of certification schemes and other assurance services. He supports business planning, market development and efficient service management across all our Regional Offices.
Justinas is a seasoned FSC certification expert. In addition to conducting numerous forest management and chain of custody audits, he is also part of our core expert team conducting high-level FSC Expert training. He also has experience as a technical advisor to NEPCon's international projects.
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.
Director of RA-Cert, Rainforest Alliance
Jon Jickling oversees and directs RA-Cert Division managing all of the Rainforest Alliance’s certification activities within forestry, agriculture, tourism and climate change. His former roles at the Rainforest Alliance include Deputy Director and Manager of the Certification Quality and Systems department responsible for accreditation and quality control. Jon has worked with the Rainforest Alliance since 1995 and is a qualified Rainforest Alliance lead auditor for FSC forest management and chain of custody.
He is a trained forester and forest economist, and has worked as a private consulting forester and as an international forestry/natural resource management specialist. He holds a Master’s degree in Forest Economics and a B.Sc. in Forest Management.
Programme 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.