Gary Dunning - Executive Director, The Forest School; Executive Director, The Forests Dialogue
Gary is the Executive Director of The Forests Dialogue (TFD) and is directly responsible for the operation of TFD’s Secretariat. The Secretariat is hosted by Yale University at the School of the Environment in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Prior to his current position, Gary ran several forestry programmes at Yale University including the Global Institute of Sustainable of Forestry and the Yale Forest Forum. He began his tenure at Yale 11 years ago as the National Coordinator for the Seventh American Forest Congress – the US’s largest and most complex stakeholder dialogue process to date. He also served as the United States Coordinator and Liaison to the World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development and has served as a member on US delegations to UNFF and WSSD. Prior to coming to Yale Gary taught agroforestry and forest extension techniques at the Kenya Forestry College in Londiani, Kenya, and he worked briefly as a Community Forestry Research Assistant in Papua New Guinea. He holds a Masters of Forestry Degree from Yale University in International Forest Policy and a Bachelors Degree from Humboldt State University in forestry.