Thais Linhares Juvenal
Senior Forestry Officer
Brazilian, economist, Senior Forestry Officer and Team Leader of the Sustainable Forest Value-Chain Innovation and Investment stream in the Forestry Division of FAO. As part of her portfolio, Thais is the Secretariat of the International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment (IPC), a treaty-based statutory body within the framework of the FAO, with the objective of reducing poverty and improving ecosystem services worldwide by fostering the sustainable management of fast-growing trees. Thais is also the FAO leader of the joint initiative of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) “Sustainable Wood for a Sustainable World” (SW4SW), which articulates governance, economics, finance, and scientific evidence to promote sustainable wood value chains and increase forest contributions to the SDGs and climate change objectives. Thais’ career has a mix of experiences in finance, national policy-making, and global environmental governance for forests and climate change. She joined FAO in 2011, initially serving as Senior Officer of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat, directly in charge of the UN-REDD Global Programme, from 2011 to 2015. Before that, in Brazil, she served as Director of Climate Change of the Brazilian Ministry of Environment working on the development and implementation of some of the pillars of the Brazilian climate change governance: the Amazon Fund, the Brazilian Climate Change Strategy, and the National Climate Change Fund. As Director of the Brazilian Forest Service, she coordinated the national programs for forest concessions and forest production. In the first phase of her career, Thais worked for 14 years at the Brazilian National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), in several executive positions, including in the environmental and forest industry departments. Thais holds an MSc in Environmental governance and regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science – LSE.