Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General
A graduate from Aberdeen University, a chartered forester, with a Masters in Business Administration from the Open University, Ben has spent most of his working life in Forestry, starting as a forestry worker.
After completing his studies he joined the University of Wales, Bangor as a researcher in Forest Economics and thereafter worked in various positions in the Timber Growers Association in the UK where he dealt with technical and policy aspects of forestry and became involved in forest certification when he took on the position of Technical Director.
Ben became Secretary General of PEFC in 1999.
Thorsten Arndt, Head of Communications
He then worked at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) as Communications Manager before joining PEFC.
Projects & Development Unit
Sarah Price, Head of Projects & Development
Sarah has been working in the forest sector for over 15 years, held positions with The Forest Trust (TFT) and The Forest Dialogue (TFD) and brings field experience from working in North America, South America and Southeast Asia.
Rémi Sournia, Projects & Development Officer
Rémi has worked in the sustainable development field since 2005. Prior to joining PEFC, he worked for The Forest Trust (TFT) as a Coordinator of the European Union project Timber Trade Action Plan (TTAP).
Rémi holds a Master's degree in Environment and Agronomy from AgroParisTech, France.
Michael Berger, Head of Technical Unit
Michael worked as a consultant in the fields of environmental and quality management, organizational development and sustainable supply chain development for over ten years.
Christian Kämmer, Technical Officer
Christian joined the organization full-time as a Technical Officer after working as a Research Assistant on a temporary basis.
Christian graduated as a Forest Engineer from the University of Applied Science in Göttingen, Germany.
Johan Vlieger, Technical Officer
Before joining PEFC International as a Technical Officer, Johan worked as Coordinator with PEFC Netherlands. As a student in Forest Management at Wageningen University he helped establish PEFC Netherlands in 2008.
Finance & Administration
Natalie Faulkner, Office Manager
Natalie joined PEFC International having returned to Europe following 22 years spent in the US and Mexico working for several multinational companies.
She is Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the Secretary General, and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Gill Parker, Finance Manager (part-time)
Gill is responsible for PEFC International's book-keeping and administration. Trained in accounting, she has worked for diverse international-membership organizations in the UK.
She has been with PEFC for 10 years, having helped to establish the first office in Luxembourg and latterly in Geneva.
Simon Clark, Finance Officer (part-time)
Simon moved to Switzerland from the UK with his family in August 2010 and joined PEFC in June 2012.
Trained, amongst others, in Accounting, Simon ran his own businesses in the UK for countless years, providing book-keeping services. He also worked for 7 years as Administration Manager for a UK Accounting Software Company.
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