An agricultural engineer, and a graduate of both Bordeaux Sciences Agro (National School of Agricultural Engineering) and Montpellier’s Ecole Supérieure d’AgronomieTropicale (National Institute of Further Education in Agricultural Science), Benoît Jobbé-Duval has 15 years of experience working in research and development in tropical environments, in Cambodia, Guatemala, Mexico and especially in Africa, with eight years spent between Gabon and the Ivory Coast. Throughout all of these years, he worked with CIRAD’s sustainable crops unit.
He is more than familiar with the timber processing industry, thanks to his active involvment in various associations in Spain and at the European level, in areas relating primarily to quality, training, marketing and the regulation of timber products in the infrastructure and construction sectors.
An excellent communicator with a unifying spirit and solid experience contributing to many R&D projects financed by various donors (French Development Agency, African Development Bank, World Bank), he knows how to generate catalysts for complex projects. He joined ATIBT in early 2016.
Prior to joining the team in 2011, Patrick was the manager of a timber structure calculation consultancy in Guyana, and then an expert engineer at FCBA (formerly Centre Technique du Bois – Technical Timber Centre). Today, at ATIBT, he provides companies with technical support (information, training, expertise) and participates in revisions of tropical timber standards.
In particular, Patrick has conducted extensive work updating technical rules (measurement, classification, litigation, etc.) and was in charge of putting together the new edition of the Tropical timber nomenclature book, a leading reference that has been regularly updated by ATIBT since 1954, and which defines an international pilot name for each species.
Christine Le Paire
Christine, a graduate of literature, geography and geopolitics, has over ten years of experience in communications (including written communications) and in the cultivation of leadership networks, as well as solid knowledge of land-use planning, territorial issues linked to the use of natural resources and how international institutions operate.
Before joining the team in early 2016, she worked at MEDEF International, at a consulting firm specialising in public affairs dedicated to foreign multinationals and then at a communications agency for key accounts such as Boeing. Her career path then led her to communications manager positions in large companies, in training institutions and then in private equity and banking.
Today, she manages all of ATIBT’s communication tasks: exchanges with ATIBT members, communication mediums (website, newsletter, social networks, brochures, videos, etc.), press relations, ATIBT events (including the ATIBT forum) and she represents ATIBT when dealing with various authorities. As of January 2017, Christine, while keeping her position of Head of Communication at ATIBT, has taken over Marketing Programme coordination duties.
Caroline Duhesme joined the ATIBT team in Nogent-sur-Marne in early January 2017 as an Assistant Coordinator of the FLEGT-REDD projects to support the implementation of the project’s activities alongside Jacqueline Van de Pol (based in Libreville), in particular on the EUTR, REDD+ and VPA components.
An ESB graduate, Caroline has over 15 years of professional experience in the logging and timber processing sector in tropical environments, particularly in the Congo Basin. After having worked in logging companies in Cameroon and Gabon, she joined Bureau Veritas (a certification body), where she managed the development of forest management and chain of custody certification in the African zone. This allowed her to visit many companies in various contexts.
An independent consultant over the last 5 years, she has developed a multitude of activities: consulting and support, conformity assessment, training, and she has been able to broaden her areas of expertise by specialising in the implementation of the FLEGT action plan (VPA and EUTR) in relation with institutions, local authorities and the private sector.
Jacqueline Lardit-van de Pol
Jacqueline Lardit-van de Pol joined ATIBT in early 2016 to take charge of the FLEGT-IP project. Jacqueline has been working on this issue since its launch in 2002, when it was still known as FLEG. Her twelve years of experience in the sub-region, especially in Cameroon and Gabon, have provided her with the opportunity to become familiar with its different aspects.
Her successive positions as coordinator of an independent observer pilot project for an NGO, manager of legality certification for private companies, and consultant in the evaluation of the APV-FLEGT process for donors have enabled her to gain a solid understanding of the interests, obstacles and capabilities of the various stakeholders.
Régis Garnier has extensive financial and administrative management experience. He spent many years working for companies in sub-Saharan Africa, in Gabon, in Cameroon and in Liberia, on rubber production sites in particular. Prior to joining ATIBT in 2016, he also worked in the Ivory Coast and in a Moroccan horticulture and arboricultural company.
The first contact with the wood industry of Elise Heral, ENSTIB wood engineer, took place within a Swedish company, Innoventum, where she worked on environmental and wood construction issues, and realized plans for wooden structures of wind and solar panels, and produced a life cycle analysis. Then she joined a group of professionals in the forest-wood sector in the Paris region, the inter-branch organisation Francîlbois, a structure close to the ATIBT, where she devoted herself both to a project aiming at developing local resources and to a prescription activity.
Then she turned to the upstream of the sector to be able to understand its challenges and cross-cutting themes, by spending a year in Germany to study forest management. Her last experience in academic research in economics and forestry planning gave her an insight into the role of research on forest management issues and allowed her to tackle topics such as adaptation to climate change and optimization of output.