Frances Seymour, Former Director General of CIFOR, to give keynote address at Yale International Society of Tropical Foresters 2013 Conference

Frances Seymour, Former Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will give the keynote lecture of the 19th Annual Conference of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6pm in Burke Auditorium of Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT.

About the Speaker–  Frances Seymour is currently a Senior Advisor to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. From 2006 to 2012, she served as Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), an international organization headquartered in Indonesia. She led the development of a new strategy for CIFOR, guided the launch of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, and contributed to CIFOR publications on forests and climate change. Prior to CIFOR, Ms. Seymour was the founding director of the Institutions and Governance Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI), and served as Director of Development Assistance Policy at World Wildlife Fund, both in Washington, D.C., and spent five years in Indonesia with the Ford Foundation, where her grant-making focused on community forestry and human rights. She holds a masters degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a B.S. in Zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About the Conference–  ”Food and Forests:  Cultivating Resilient Landscapes”, the 19th Annual Conference of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters, will be held January 24-26, 2013 at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  The conference will include a workshop on facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues, as well as three panel discussions:  Beyond Yields:  Food Security and Resilience, Reconciling Interests at the Landscape Scale, and Large-Scale Governance and Small-Scale Farming.  For more information, please visit www.yale.edu/istf.