OUR TEAM

Ostrom Climate is one of North America’s leading providers of carbon management solutions. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, our team bridges the gap between commitment and action for people and organizations rising to the global challenge of climate change.

Ostrom Climate Solutions Inc.

Suite 400 – 322 Water Street,
Vancouver BC, V6B 1B6
Canada

604.646.0400

AllExecutive TeamMarketing & Client EngagementCarbon Management & InnovationDomestic Land UseInternational Land UseOperations
CEO

Phil Cull

Director of Finance

Paula Cabral Achilles

Interim Controller

Rosita Morandin

Director, Marketing & Client Engagement

Dawn Hancock

Marketing & Client Engagement Coordinator, Marketing & Client Engagement

Sarah van Waterschoot

Romilly Cavanaugh
Senior Technical Lead, Carbon Management & Innovation

Romilly Cavanaugh

Ted Paul
Analyst, Carbon Management & Innovation

Ted Paul

Koushik
Analyst, Carbon Management & Innovation

Koushik Ram Balasubramanian

Analyst, Carbon Management & Innovation

Jack Mann

Senior LCA Analyst, Carbon Management & Innovation

Garance Wilbert

Cornelia Rindt
Director, Domestic Land Use

Cornelia Rindt

Jack Satzewich
Project Manager, Domestic Land Use

Jack Satzewich

Manager, Domestic Land Use

Carla Lorincz

Qualitative Analyst, Domestic Land Use

Craig Moore

Forest Carbon Analyst, Domestic Land Use

Pramila Khatri Chhetri

Qualitative Analyst, Domestic Land Use

Loni Pierce

Forest Carbon Analyst, Domestic Land Use

Gurveen Arora

Forest Carbon Analyst, Domestic Land Use

Kris Chen

Junior Forester, Domestic Land Use

Valentine Lynch

Qualitative Analyst, Domestic Land Use

Matt Walker

Qualitative Analyst, Domestic Land Use

Carlyn Allary

Jane Boles
Director, International Land Use

Jane Boles

Trevor Jones
Forest Carbon & Geospatial Scientist, International Land Use

Trevor Jones

Qualitative Analyst, International Land Use

Rubén Leiva-Montoya

Skylar
Analyst, International Land Use

Skylar Kylstra

Forest Carbon Analyst, International Land Use

Andrew Butt

Country Lead, International Land Use (Philippines)

Edmund Rico

Consultant, International Land Use (Philippines)

Ruben Miranda

Consultant, International Land Use (Philippines)

Evangeline Sibayan

Consultant, International Land Use (Philippines)

Artemio Vasallo

Consultant, International Land Use (Philippines)

Anita Antonio

Senior Research Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Lea S. Caguiat

Research Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Leo Q. Diaz

Research Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Richard D. Fronda

IT Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Jhyt D. Dorado

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Francis C. Hizole

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Joseph C. Velasquez

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Joshua Emmanuel Castillo

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Isagani P. Pineda

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Kenneth N. John Clacio

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Allen Mae N. Rodolfo

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Daniel M. Tomas

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Juvy Ann Villena-Castillo

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Mariano R. Lager

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Rodrigo A. Villota

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Mariel V. Macapulay

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Herbert C. Bautista

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Benito M. Yacapin

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Yumar B. Mercado

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Fernando B. Narca Jr.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Eugene L. Dingle

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Czarina Elemencio

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Marco Dela Cruz

Bookkeeper, International Land Use (Philippines)

Fe Lumawang

CEO

Phil Cull

Phil is responsible for the delivery of emissions reductions from Ostrom Climate portfolios and is a key member of the project development team, particularly in the high-level design and quality control role. He also is responsible for the development of carbon finance deal structures, revenue sharing arrangements and manages offtake negotiations for Ostrom Climate and its clients. Phil has been involved in project development, quality control, and financing for projects both in the clean technology and land use areas. He is a key technical review resource and leads Ostrom Climate’s project due diligence. Phil is heavily involved in the Canadian cleantech community and regularly speaks on carbon finance at conferences on behalf of Ostrom Climate.

Phil’s broad-based experience in financial markets and scientific training drew him to the carbon market where finance, technology, and social development intersect. Before Ostrom, he spent 10 years in London working with American Express Bank, HSBC, Société Générale, and Goldman Sachs. Phil was part of the Goldman Sachs Agency Lending global leadership team with $3.5bn in daily volumes and $2.5tn in assets.

Phil holds an M.Sc. in Climate Change and Risk Management from the University of Exeter and a B.Sc. in Applied Geology from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. His postgraduate research focused on the European emissions trading scheme and its relationship to European power and energy prices.

Director of Finance

Paula Cabral Achilles

Interim Controller

Rosita Morandin

Before joining Ostrom Climate, Rosita worked primarily with start-up companies in emerging markets, managing their finances, accounting, and financial reporting. She has almost 20 years of accounting experience and she continues to build on her strengths to develop the balance, accuracy, and consistency required in her accounting and financial leadership role. Her role as CFO is primarily focused on public financial statement reporting, internal controls, and continuously improving systems and processes within the company. She also holds the position of Corporate Secretary.

Rosita has a B.B.A. and (after taking some time off to become the proud mother of twins) will soon complete her CPA designation.

Director, Marketing & Client Engagement

Dawn Hancock

Dawn manages all aspects of our voluntary-market client relationships. Dawn ensures that our team is meeting each clients’ needs and expectations on a timely basis. She is passionate about helping clients be more effective and productive in achieving their sustainability goals.

Before joining Ostrom Climate, Dawn helped to plan the GLOBE Latin America 2011 conference. She also managed the administration team at SLR Consulting, a Canadian environmental consultancy. Before that, she managed the database department for a software company for the financial industry—where she helped design software that automated previously manual processes—ensuring accuracy and consistency in individuals’ financial portfolios.

Dawn holds a B.A. Honours degree in English Language & Literature and was certified as a Sustainability Professional by the Canadian Professional Sustainability Institute in 2011.

Marketing & Client Engagement Coordinator, Marketing & Client Engagement

Sarah van Waterschoot

As Marketing & Client Engagement Coordinator, Sarah is passionate about helping individuals and companies manage their carbon emissions. Sarah is responsible for supporting the Director of Marketing & Client Engagement by ensuring a timely turnaround of client requests. She also maintains Ostrom Climate’s online presence to drive client engagement and revenue growth.

Before joining Ostrom Climate, Sarah worked as a Digital Marketing Manager for an Ontario-based startup where she cultivated a strong understanding of digital trends in the development of strategic marketing campaigns. She also worked as a pro-bono consultant with an NHL team, developing innovative plans for the team’s training center. Throughout university, Sarah had the chance to plant over 250,000 trees in Alberta and Manitoba, an experience that fueled her enthusiasm for climate action, conservation, and sustainable business.

Sarah holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a B.A. in Kinesiology from Western University.

Senior Technical Lead, Carbon Management & Innovation

Romilly Cavanaugh

Romilly manages corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, GHG reduction initiatives, climate change risk assessment, and adaptation plans, product life cycle studies, water footprinting, and sustainability programs. She has been an environmental engineer for more than 30 years and has managed over 100 projects, working with companies such as Ballard Power Systems, lululemon, Harbour Air, Canfor Corporation, and Colliers International.

Before joining Ostrom Climate, Romilly provided a variety of consulting services to companies including environmental impact assessments, construction planning, and monitoring, government reporting, and environmental training. She has also completed environment, health and safety audits for Fortune 500 companies including Levi Strauss & Co, Abbott Pharmaceuticals, and NCR Corporation.

Romilly has an M.A. in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, where she received the Dean’s List Academic Achievement Award. She is also the recipient of the Fellow of Engineers Canada award for exceptional contributions to the profession of engineering and was the first Canadian to obtain professional accreditation in the field of ecology through the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Analyst, Carbon Management & Innovation

Ted Paul

Ted supports the Carbon Management & Innovation team by advancing GHG emission reduction and clean tech offset projects and providing high quality control and assurance across the full portfolio of CMI. He is passionate about working hard to attain the most effective solutions to the climate problem by harnessing the increasing financial momentum of domestic and international carbon markets.

Ted originally hails from Stoney Creek, Ontario but is currently based on the unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (​Musqueam), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations in Vancouver, British Columbia. He holds a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and while studying abroad in Geneva, Switzerland obtained an M.I.A. degree from Europe’s oldest school of international relations, the Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement. Curious by nature, he is inspired by worldly free-thinkers and proponents of climate action alike and in his free time loves to snowboard deep lines down the faces of mountains, learn new skills, speak new languages, immerse himself in foreign affairs, challenge others on the sports pitch or chessboard, and read relentlessly.

Analyst, Carbon Management & Innovation

Koushik Ram Balasubramanian

Koushik works on GHG inventories and life cycle assessment (LCA) projects. His responsibilities include compiling and analyzing data, preparing reports, and creating emission reduction strategies for a diverse group of clients. As an energy enthusiast aiming to create a positive impact on the environment, he is delighted to be working in the sustainability field, where his goal is to protect the environment from soaring global warming.

Before joining Ostrom Climate, Koushik conducted GHG emissions verification and quantification projects for various aggregate and large facilities, to enable them to comply with Alberta’s Technology Innovation and Emissions Reductions (TIER) program. He holds an M.Eng. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from Anna University (India).

Analyst, Carbon Management & Innovation

Jack Mann

Jack supports clients with GHG inventory management processes, data analysis, accounting, and reporting. In his previous role, his focus was GHG analyses, reduction strategies, and decarbonization of infrastructure projects within the built environment. He has experience consulting on sustainability strategies, implementing and developing Net Zero targets, Science Based Targets (STBi), as well as GHG reduction targets. He is proficient in research and ensuring that companies comply with governmental policy and legislation. Jack holds an MSc in Environmental Science and Management, as well as a BSc in Environmental Geography from the University of York in England.

Senior LCA Analyst, Carbon Management & Innovation

Garance Wilbert

Part of the Carbon Management and Innovation team, Garance leads the life cycle assessment, reporting, and verification process for our customers. Prior to joining Ostrom Climate, she worked to advance sustainable product development at the interface of life cycle thinking, innovation, and circular economy. Garance has 10+ years of experience in managing sustainable performance and life cycle assessment projects for governmental bodies, industry associations, and Fortune 500 clients, ranging from Built Environment, Automotive, and Chemistry to Metal, Mining, and Manufacturing.

Garance is certified in chemical hazard assessment and holds a degree in Business Chemistry from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern in Germany. She is an advocate for sustainability, the conservation of nature, and diversity & inclusion. Outside of the office, you can find her discovering the local mountains, foreign cultures and languages, and dancing Latin American dances.

Director, Domestic Land Use

Cornelia Rindt

Cornelia is the Director of Domestic Land Use at Ostrom and is responsible for the development & management of forest and other land-use carbon offset projects within Canada. She oversees the development of Projects from project design through to validation and verification and has worked with BC’s Forest Carbon Offset Protocol and Verra’s Verified Carbon Standard.

Cornelia has managed the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project since 2009 which has resulted in millions of verified carbon offsets being sold which has generated significant revenues for the First Nations communities in the region. Cornelia also manages the Quadra Island Forestland Conservation Project which resulted in private timber operations converted to a BC Provincial Park.

In addition to forestry, Cornelia is also focused on developing projects and protocols for both the blue carbon and grasslands sector. She is currently focused on the development of a blue carbon offset protocol for the west coast of BC to support project development in remote communities. Cornelia has also worked on international land-use projects, including an improved grasslands management project in Brazil.

Cornelia holds an M.A. in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University. She was a Kinship Conservation Fellow in 2014.

Project Manager, Domestic Land Use

Jack Satzewich

Jack is responsible for supporting the Domestic Land Use team from project planning stages to final verification. He works with a diverse group of clients across Canada to reach regulatory and voluntary climate goals. Jack applies a low carbon resilience lens to his work, acknowledging the necessity to address greenhouse gas emissions and reduce vulnerabilities to the impacts of climate change.

Jack has experience working in silviculture (Alberta and Ontario), academia, not-for-profit and, municipal governments. He has a B.A. and a Master of Resource Management degree from Simon Fraser University. Jack understands that it is a privilege to live, work and play on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Manager, Domestic Land Use

Carla Lorincz

Carla is responsible for supporting the Director of Domestic Land Use on project management and project development, including the creation of proposals and contracts, supporting project audits, nurturing client relationships, as well as maintaining new/ongoing projects.

Carla is passionate about sustainability, biodiversity conservation, and awareness & education on climate change-related issues. Carla’s education in Environmental Science focused on Forest and Nature Management, as well as working on projects that supported species reintroduction, forest management planning, and conservation initiatives in Denmark and Germany. Carla conducted fieldwork and research in Nepal for her Master’s Thesis project, where she identified the challenges to nature conservation in protected areas and the effects to local communities/rural livelihoods and biodiversity. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto and an M.Sc. in Forest and Nature Management from the University of Copenhagen.

Qualitative Analyst, Domestic Land Use

Craig Moore

Craig is responsible for supporting the Domestic Land Use team in the design, risk assessment and implementation of multi-stakeholder emissions reduction land-use projects across Canada. He works with clients from diverse backgrounds to ensure that these projects meet the necessary and relevant standards, including the Verified Carbon Standard and the American Carbon Registry Standard. Craig understands the importance of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and is determined to play his part in helping reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Craig’s previous experience includes a research intern position with the International Rice Research Institute in Vietnam where he worked with a team of scientists on a project that assessed the impacts of climatic variability on the maize crop in agricultural areas of Vietnam, and most recently as an environmental technician in Vancouver, Canada. He holds a B.A. and a M.Sc. in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security from the University of Galway in Ireland.

Forest Carbon Analyst, Domestic Land Use

Pramila Khatri Chhetri

Pramila supports Ostrom Climate’s project development, validation and verification through forest carbon quantification, growth and yield modelling and geospatial analysis. She holds a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of British Columbia. She did research about forest carbon modelling and its applications.

Qualitative Analyst, Domestic Land Use

Loni Pierce

As a Qualitative Land Use Analyst, Loni supports the development of land-use carbon projects in North America through work in project design, social and biodiversity impact assessments, feasibility studies, and the creation of informational material around the carbon marketplace.

Loni has both public and private sector experience tied to her forestry and communications background. Over many years in public service, she worked on multiple files, including forest carbon and biomass. During this time, she was on a team that created a provincial Forest Carbon Policy, with one of her responsibilities being stakeholder and Indigenous engagement. In the private sector, Loni’s tasks often included research, development, and due diligence for clients and projects linked to the voluntary carbon market. While she worked on various project types, her focus remains on nature-based solutions.

Loni holds a Diploma in Forest Resources Technology from Vancouver Island University, and a BPA in Communication Studies from Athabasca University.

Forest Carbon Analyst, Domestic Land Use

Gurveen Arora

As a Forest Carbon Analyst, Gurveen is responsible for supporting her team in geospatial mapping, growth and yield modelling in carbon accounting for sustainable forest management and climate action. She holds a PhD in forestry from the Forest Research Institute in India. She has also pursued a Master of International Forestry from UBC to gain exposure to global forest issues and natural resource management.

Gurveen has experience in the development and Measurement, Reporting, and Verification of REDD+ projects. She is professionally trained in GHG emission estimates from forest and other land use-related emissions and removal sources from the GHG Management Institute and the UNFCCC-GIR Programme. In her free time, she loves to explore new places and culture.

Forest Carbon Analyst, Domestic Land Use

Kris Chen

As a Forest Carbon Analyst at Ostrom Climate, Kris Chen applies his expertise in carbon accounting to support sustainable land use initiatives. His work involves detailed spatial analysis and growth modeling, essential for the development and verification of carbon projects that aim to bolster sustainable forestry and climate action.

Kris holds a B.Sc. in Natural Resources Conservation and an M.Sc. in Sustainable Forest Management from the University of British Columbia. His practical experience is highlighted by his key role in developing the Forest Carbon Management Plan for the Ulkatcho First Nation in BC, underscoring his commitment to improving carbon stocks and aiding community-focused forest management objectives.

Junior Forester, Domestic Land Use

Valentine Lynch

As a Junior Forester at Ostrom Climate, Valentine provides a professional forestry lens to support both qualitative and quantitative aspects of North American land-use carbon projects. This includes support at all stages of project development, such as forest inventory analysis, policy review, and field monitoring frameworks.

Valentine is a Provisional RPF with the Ontario Professional Foresters Association; she holds a Master of Sustainable Forest Management from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. in Environmental Geography from the University of Toronto. Valentine’s professional forestry practice has encompassed urban forestry, wildfire risk reduction, biodiversity, forest health, and forest inventory. She also has practical experience in the operational, policy, and technical aspects of Canadian forestry.

Qualitative Analyst, Domestic Land Use

Matt Walker

Matt supports the Domestic Land Use team in the development of land use carbon projects across Canada. He works with diverse clients to promote climate action by supporting on feasibility studies and various aspects of project development.

Matt has experience in environmental consulting, including projects related to fisheries, water quality, conservation, resource mapping, and corporate sustainability planning. He is passionate about sustainability and aligning incentive structures to reduce social and environmental impacts. Matt holds a B.Env.Sc. from the University of Manitoba and an MBA in Sustainable Innovation from the University of Victoria. Matt recognizes the privilege to live, work and play on the unceded traditional territory of the Lək̓ʷəŋən Peoples (Songhees and Esquimalt Nations).

Qualitative Analyst, Domestic Land Use

Carlyn Allary

As a Qualitative Analyst, Carlyn supports the Domestic Land Use team in the development of land-use carbon projects in North America through work in project design, impact assessments, feasibility studies, and the creation of informational material around the carbon marketplace.

Carlyn’s previous experience includes working as a Climate Change Advisor with Oxfam-Quebec, where she supported the development of a regional climate change strategy and climate-focused resources. Additionally, she’s worked as a Climate Change Research Associate with the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, where her primary responsibilities included research, project development and Indigenous engagement. Prior to this, Carlyn worked as a Geotechnical Project Coordinator at the engineering firm GHD, working on a wide variety of projects and carrying out field work. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from McGill University in Montreal.

Director, International Land Use

Jane Boles

Jane brings 14 years of experience in forest carbon to Ostrom’s International Land Use department. As Director of the International Land Use team, she oversees the design and implementation of nature-based solutions to climate change across Asia, Latin America and Africa. Working primarily but not exclusively with voluntary offset markets, the team splits focus between REDD Improved Forest Management, and smallholder-based climate smart agriculture. Jane is committed to developing land use interventions with credible and transparent accounting, equitable benefit sharing structures, and tangible on-the-ground impacts.

Prior to working with Ostrom Climate, Jane worked with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Cameroon, as well as with various private sector and non-profit forest conservation organization. Her academic background is in environmental geography and political science, with a focus on the political and financial dynamics of natural resource management in the global south. She has planted about 950,000 little trees by hand. Most survived.

Forest Carbon & Geospatial Scientist, International Land Use

Trevor Jones

Trevor is responsible for overseeing the technical requirements of the geospatial and forest carbon components of international projects. Trevor leads or provides guidance on boundary delineation, land-cover mapping, estimating forest carbon stocks, quantifying forest dynamics, and modelling future change and emissions scenarios.

Trevor has 20 years of experience using remotely sensed data and field measurements to quantify and contextualize the distribution and dynamics of forests in Brazil, Canada, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jamaica, Madagascar, the Philippines, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UAE, and the USA. In Madagascar, while working with the marine conservation NGO, Blue Ventures, he helped establish and formerly managed the Blue Forests Project leading to their flagship Tahiry Honko Plan Vivo project and the GEM tool. Trevor also helped establish and currently advises UBC’s Professional course-based Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM) Program and is the lead developer and instructor of the Forest Carbon Management (FCM) micro certificate program.

Trevor holds a B.A. in Geography and an M.A. in GIS from Clark University and a Ph.D. in Forest Resources Management from the Integrated Remote Sensing Studio in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia.

Qualitative Analyst, International Land Use

Rubén Leiva-Montoya

Rubén is responsible for supporting the International Land Use Director in the design, risk management, and implementation of nature-based solutions, with a focus on climate smart agriculture and agroforestry.

Rubén’s previous experience includes working with smallholder farmers primarily with coffee in Peru and Colombia, value chains and governance of farmer organizations (associations and cooperatives). He conducted field research in the Brazilian Amazon for his master’s thesis, where he assessed the process of implantation of a REDD+ pilot project using theories of participation and legitimacy. He has a B.Sc. in Political Science from the National University of Colombia and a M.Sc. in International Development Studies from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

Analyst, International Land Use

Skylar Kylstra

Skylar works with clients in the design and implementation of multi-stakeholder emissions reductions land-use projects, such as avoided deforestation, ecosystem restoration, and climate-smart agriculture. Skylar is responsible for supporting project management, which includes project design documentation, risk assessment, data analysis, monitoring, and reporting. Skylar ensures that projects meet international standards, such as the Verified Carbon Standard and Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standard.

Prior to joining Ostrom Climate, Skylar worked at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems as a research technician, where she collaborated with interdisciplinary teams to conduct research in the realms of land and water management. As part of that role, she also instructed a graduate-level course in Land and Water Resource Evaluation. Outside of her day job, Skylar has been involved with the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation’s youth climate branch as a member and co-coordinator for delegations to the UNFCCC COP25 and COP26 conferences, and also completed a social impact finance research fellowship with the HSBC Social Innovation Academy. She has been a contributing author to several peer-reviewed journal articles, policy briefs, and newspaper articles related to her research and policy advocacy work. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, snowboarding, and cooking. She holds a B.Sc. in Global Resource Systems and a Master of Land and Water Systems from the University of British Columbia. Skylar is a Registered Professional Agrologist certified by the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists.

Forest Carbon Analyst, International Land Use

Andrew Butt

Andrew is primarily responsible for assisting the International Land Use team with quantitative analysis and assessments for a range of AFOLU projects, including avoided deforestation, improved forest management, and afforestation/reforestation projects. He provides project support through geospatial analysis, carbon quantification and modelling, land-use/land-cover mapping, forest dynamics, and risk assessment.

Prior to joining Ostrom Climate, Andrew worked for various academic and private institutions, where he gained diverse research experience in climate change, land management and conservation. As a GIS Analyst at Inlailawatash, he gained experience working with Indigenous stakeholders across Canada, assisting in projects to enhance and reinforce Indigenous Rights and Title. As a Research Assistant at the University of British Columbia, department of Geography, he worked on several climate change, ecology, and sustainable resource projects. He holds a B.A. in Environment and Sustainability and a Masters of Geomatics for Environmental Management from the University of British Columbia, specializing in remote sensing for forestry applications.

Country Lead, International Land Use (Philippines)

Edmund Rico

Edmund (Momon), is Ostrom Climate’s country lead for the Philippines and is in charge of managing its projects and the development of its country strategy. He brings 20 years of experience in biodiversity conservation and nature-based solutions projects. He has been involved in the development, management, and implementation of pioneering forest carbon projects in the Philippines. He has extensive knowledge and experience of the Philippines’ forest carbon finance-related policies and initiatives such as the Philippines National REDD+ Strategy and the Carbon Accounting, Verification, and Certification System. He has worked closely with the Philippines’ environment ministry, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and its bureaus, the Forest Management Bureau and the Biodiversity Management Bureau as well as other national agencies.

Prior to joining Ostrom Climate, he worked in the USAID INSPIRE project as its key personnel and biodiversity and sustainable landscape specialist. He spent six years with the Center for Conservation Innovations as its founding executive director and it is during that time that he met Ostrom Climate to work on Ayala Corporation’s Mindoro Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Project. He is also currently a member of the board of trustees of the Biodiversity Conservation Society of the Philippines and the Siargao Island Wildlife Conservation Foundation. He likes biking around the country with his road bike and mini velo, together with some drone racing too.

Consultant, International Land Use (Philippines)

Ruben Miranda

Consultant, International Land Use (Philippines)

Evangeline Sibayan

Consultant, International Land Use (Philippines)

Artemio Vasallo

Consultant, International Land Use (Philippines)

Anita Antonio

Senior Research Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Lea S. Caguiat

Lea is part of the research team responsible for quantifying GHG emissions in rice fields which will allow farmers in the Philippines to access carbon finance from Emission Reductions through practice and adoption of Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) technology. She supports in monitoring, consolidation, and analysis of field data in the sample fields based on work plans, schedules, and research protocols. She works directly with the farmer cooperators of the project to ensure all crop management practices in rice cultivation are well-coordinated.

Before working with Ostrom Climate, Lea worked as a Science Research Specialist at the Rice Engineering and Mechanization Division of the Philippine Research Institute where she worked on research projects related to land and water management, irrigation and drainage design, and farm mechanization. She previously worked in the academe where she taught Meteorology and Environmental Science courses to undergraduate students. While in CLSU, she collaborated in research and extension projects related to meteorology, gender-sensitive climate change action plans, disaster risk reduction and management, and greenhouse gas inventory. She earned her master’s degree in Agrometeorology from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños and received her undergraduate degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from Central Luzon State University. Lea is a professional Agricultural and Biosystems Engineer registered and duly licensed by the Board of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and the Professional Regulation Commission of the Republic of the Philippines.

Research Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Leo Q. Diaz

Leo co-leads the measurement of GHG emissions in rice fields under the Climate-Smart Rice Project in the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems.

His responsibilities include installing research set-ups in farmers’ fields and supervising farming activities for farmer cooperators participating in the GHG measurement study. He also monitors the compliance of AWD adopters enrolled in various AWD Field Schools and contributes to the development of the AWD Field School Curriculum.

Before joining Ostrom Climate, Leo gained valuable experience in the Research and Development Sector of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice). As a researcher, he focused on developing sustainable rice straw management practices and technologies for food, feed, and bioenergy in the Philippines. He also worked on strengthening the capacity of Local Government Units to address rice yield gaps in Central Luzon. Leo actively participated in various rice extension and training programs aimed at improving production and increasing income for Filipino rice farmers.

This cat and dog-lover enjoys doing volunteer services for the local Indigenous communities. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Agricultural Engineering and is a licensed Agricultural and Biosystems Engineer.

Research Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Richard D. Fronda

Richard, also known as Chad, plays a key role in assisting with the implementation of the GHG measurement study under the project. He co-supervises soil sampling, sample preparation, and processing activities, and leads the weekly gas sampling and collection of field data. Additionally, he monitors farmers’ adoption and compliance with AWD practices at the Alternate Wetting and Drying Field School.

Before joining Ostrom Climate, Richard worked as a Quality Assurance Inspector, ensuring the consistency of rice and palay quality and implementing programs and policies compliant with FSSC 2200, Halal, and ISO standards. His Bachelor’s degree is in Agriculture Science Major in Soil Science

IT Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Jhyt D. Dorado

Passionate about technology and creativity, Jhyt Dorado excels in both technical and artistic realms. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for problem-solving, Jhyt specializes in IT solutions at Ostrom Climate Solutions Inc. Beyond IT, Jhyt’s interests include video and photo editing, photography, and technical troubleshooting.

Jhyt brings a wealth of experience to the table, having successfully led teams in various capacities. From supervising logistics operations and monitoring databases to overseeing census projects and managing a small T-shirt designing and printing business, Jhyt’s leadership skills and diverse skill set set them apart.

With a passion for innovation and a commitment to excellence, Jhyt Dorado continues to make significant contributions in both the IT industry and the creative sphere.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Francis C. Hizole

Francis works for the CASSAMMFVRROST Irrigators Association under NIA-UPRIIS Division VI as the Rice Specialist. With assistance from the SWRFT and AEW, his team organizes farmers, conducting Field School Trainings that teach high-yielding technologies and implement the technology of alternate wetting and drying. This straightforward technique lowers the amount of methane gas released during rice farming while also saving irrigation water.

Francis became a new member of the Philippine Society of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers in 2023 after earning a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and biosystems engineering. He works on computer-aided mapping, or parcel mapping, using Quantum Geographic Information System (QGIS) during his on-the-job training in college.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Joseph C. Velasquez

Joseph (Jcov) is responsible for providing farmer advisory services related to rice production and Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) Field Schools. He facilitates AWD Field Schools for the covered Irrigator’s Associations (IA) under the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) UPRIIS Climate-Smart Rice project and serves as a subject matter specialist. Additionally, Joseph conducts AWD Technology Briefings for the Turn out Service Area Group (TSAG) and in all covered barangays of the Irrigators’ Association. He also assists other Training Teams/Rice Specialists in facilitating AWD farmers’ classes in various Irrigators’ Associations under the UPRIIS AWD project. Moreover, Joseph contributes to the development of a modified AWD field school curriculum aligned with Climate-Smart Rice Production. He assists in preparing schedules and implementing project activities and events in chronological order, ensuring that all farmer beneficiaries enrolled in the project have complete baseline information, including farming practices.

Before joining Ostrom Climate, Joseph gained valuable experience working in the Provincial Agriculturist’s office. His journey to Ostrom Climate began when he was sent to attend a seminar, where he recognized the significant benefits of the project. This realization inspired him to apply as a rice specialist within the organization. Joseph is a graduate of Central Luzon State University, holding a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering. In his leisure time, he finds joy in petting his dogs, exploring new destinations through travel, and engaging in basketball games.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Joshua Emmanuel Castillo

Joshua (Joem) has demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental responsibility by implementing sustainable practices, providing farmer advisory services related to rice production, and promoting Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) technology aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving water productivity without affecting rice yield. He leads AWD field schools at LURIMADEL and PLAMABOS Irrigators Association under NIA-UPRIIS DIV 2. He facilitates farmers’ classes and assists in preparing schedules for project activities and events, submitting periodic reports and monthly accomplishment reports indicating challenges and actions taken.

Prior to joining Ostrom Climate, he served as an RSBSA Geo-referencing field assistant at the Department of Agriculture Region III. He was responsible for field area validation, where he successfully demonstrated strong socialization skills, specifically with farmers. He holds a B.S. degree in Agricultural and Bio-systems Engineering from Central Luzon State University.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Isagani P. Pineda

Isagani currently works as a senior rice specialist with Ostrom Climate on the project “The Climate Smart Rice Project in the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System,” aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions (ERs) in rice production in central Luzon, Philippines. His primary responsibility is to provide rigorous training to farmers and farmer groups in the adoption of AWD technology.

His work experience and accomplishments include working as a Science Research Specialist at the Philippine Rice Research Institute, where he contributed to the development of cost-effective rice production technology in mechanically transplanted and direct-seeded rice systems, as well as water-saving rice production technology such as alternate wetting and drying and drip-irrigated aerobic rice systems. He also worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on the project Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Agriculture in the most vulnerable region in southern Luzon.

He holds a B.S. Degree in Agricultural Extension Education and is a licensed professional Agriculturist. His passions include farming and animal husbandry.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Kenneth N. John Clacio

Ken is responsible for engaging with farmers to explain, promote, and implement alternate wetting and drying (AWD) technology, enabling them to understand the benefits of its implementation in their rice fields. One of the key advantages of alternate wetting and drying is the conservation of irrigation water, allowing for rice production without compromising harvest yields, thereby facilitating greater benefits for farmers through water savings. Additionally, Ken emphasizes that adopting alternate wetting and drying practices helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Before joining Ostrom Climate, Ken served as a former Farmers Engagement Specialist at Farmers Atlas Marketing Corporation, where he promoted Yara fertilizer to rice, vegetable, and fruit farmers, aiming to encourage them to switch to Yara products from their traditional fertilizers used in every cropping season. He employed various marketing strategies, including caravan zoning, field demonstrations, crop clinics, farmers’ meetings, and video blogs, to effectively promote and boost the sales of Yara fertilizer.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Allen Mae N. Rodolfo

As a Rice Specialist at “The Climate-Smart Rice Project in Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems,” Allen is tasked with facilitating the Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) Farmer School in her designated Irrigators’ Association. This includes providing advisory services to farmers related to rice production and promoting AWD Technology aimed at reducing water usage by replacing the traditional continuous flooding of rice paddies. The goal is to lower methane production, a major contributor to global warming and greenhouse gas emissions.

Before joining Ostrom Climate, she worked at the Philippine Rice Research Institute as a Science Research Assistant for three years. Allen’s passion for working with farmers was evident in her actions and interactions. She is also currently a member of the Philippine Association of Agriculturists, Inc. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling and hiking in different places.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Daniel M. Tomas

As Rice Specialist at Ostrom Climate, Daniel is focused on implementing sustainable farming practices and leveraging modern technologies to improve rice production.

Before joining Ostrom Climate, Daniel gained valuable experience as a Territory Lead Trainee at Bioseed Research Philippines Inc. for nearly 5 years, honing his sales and marketing skills while contributing to advancements in rice cultivation. Daniel also spent almost 3 years as a Quality Assurance professional at SL Agritech Corporation, ensuring top-notch quality standards for rice products.

During his time in Japan, He worked as a vegetable farmer, expanding his horizons and gaining international perspective on agricultural practices.

With a solid educational background, diverse work experiences, and a commitment to innovation and sustainability, Daniel is driven to make a positive impact in the agriculture industry.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Juvy Ann Villena-Castillo

Juvy currently serves as a Rice Specialist at Ostrom Climate for the “The Climate Smart Rice Project in the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System.” The project aims to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (ERs) in rice production in Central Luzon, Philippines, while also providing additional income to farmers through carbon finance. Her primary responsibility involves providing advisory services related to rice production and conducting AWD Field Schools for the MAGCABALICATPO Irrigators’ Association (IA).

Before joining Ostrom Climate, she worked at the Philippine Rice Research Institution as a Science Research Specialist. In this role, she conducted technology demonstrations using high-quality inbred seeds and mechanized farming techniques aimed at helping farmers increase their yield while reducing the cost of crop production.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Mariano R. Lager

Mariano (MAC) is a Rice Specialist with Ostrom Climate in the Philippines, working under the project “The Climate Smart-Rice Project in the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System.” His main responsibility is to educate farmers about AWD Technology by conducting AWD FIELD SCHOOLS in the Barangays under the jurisdiction of NIA DIV 5, OSTROM’s project partner. As a Rice Specialist, Mariano ensures that farmers adopt and correctly practice AWD technology, collects necessary documents for farmer participation in the project, and preserves data gathered from farmers for submission to the Ostrom office in the Philippines.

Before joining Ostrom Climate, Mariano graduated from Central Luzon State University with a BS in Agriculture, Major in Crop Science, focusing on Rice Production. He gained diverse experience in the agricultural field, starting as a Technical Detailer at VAST AGRO SOL. and later becoming a Sales Representative at Baliwag Marketing. He also worked as a Lettuce Farmer in Japan before returning to the Philippines to work as a Field Technician at SL Agritech Corp. Afterward, he held positions at FARMERS ATLAS MARKETING, starting as a Demand Creation Activity Team member and progressing to Account Developer. He also worked at SYNGENTA PHILIPPINES as a Trade Campaign Associate before being promoted to Territory Sales Supervisor in Pangasinan.

With a total of 10 years of agricultural experience, particularly in rice production, Mariano brings a wealth of expertise to his role as a Rice Specialist.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Rodrigo A. Villota

Rodrigo (Rod) is a Senior Rice Specialist at Ostrom Climate, focusing on the “The Climate Smart Rice Project in the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System” in Central Luzon, Philippines. His main role is to train farmers on adopting Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in rice production. As a Rice Specialist, he provides farmer advisory services, facilitates field schools, conducts farmers’ classes, develops AWD curriculum, prepares project schedules, and submits reports.

Before joining Ostrom Climate, Rod worked at the Philippine Rice Research Institute, gaining experience in farm operations and machinery testing. He holds a master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from Central Luzon State University and is dedicated to continuous learning and professional development. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and watching movies.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Mariel V. Macapulay

Mariel serves as a Rice Specialist/AWD FS Facilitator, responsible for organizing a minimum of 3 field schools on Alternate Wetting and Drying technology and providing recommendations for rice production. Additionally, she ensures the submission of detailed reports, highlighting accomplishments, challenges faced, and actions taken.

During her college years, Mariel held positions as secretary and president of CLSU Green Crusaders, where she gained valuable experience in leading meetings and coordinating activities. Following graduation, she worked as a Science Aide, contributing to field inspections of seed growers and conducting germination analysis. Throughout her 4-year tenure, Mariel actively participated in seminars and training courses focused on varietal identification and rice seed production, enhancing her expertise in the field.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Herbert C. Bautista

Herbert serves as a Rice Specialist and facilitator of Alternate Wetting and Drying Field School at Ostrom Climate, collaborating with the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (UPRIIS), National Irrigation Association (NIA), PhilRice, and DA-LGU to support project implementation. He is responsible for liaising with NIA, SWRFT, IA President, Tsag Chairman, and official barangay representatives to conduct AWDFS for farmers. His duties include discussing project overviews, obtaining Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), implementing Farmer-Group Resource Management (FGRM), conducting Rice Key Checks, and delivering technical briefings on pest and diseases. Herbert also conducts home visitations and gathers data for project documentation, analysis, monitoring, and reporting.

Before joining Ostrom Climate, Herbert worked at the Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC), where he conducted technical briefings on pest and diseases for rice, vegetables, and other crops. He also monitored and validated crop incidences, providing interventions to farmers as needed. Additionally, he served as a crop specialist in a private company, promoting products through farmer meetings and massive demonstrations. Herbert gained international experience as a Landscaper/Gardener in Saudi Arabia for two years, and he worked at Syntech Research as an Assistant Field Biologist, conducting field trials on various crops and supervising field aids in chemical application. He provided accurate trial data and scheduled activities based on protocols.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Benito M. Yacapin

Benito (Ben), currently serves as a senior rice specialist with Ostrom Climate, focusing on the “The Climate Smart Rice Project in the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System” in central Luzon, Philippines. His primary role involves providing rigorous training to farmers and farmer groups on the adoption of AWD technology.

Prior to his current position, Ben gained valuable experience as a Field Technician at SL Agritech Corporation, where he contributed to the development of Hybrid rice production technology, particularly in the SL-7H/SL-9H variety under the Contract Growing division in Mindoro and Nueva Ecija areas. He was also involved in projects focusing on water-saving rice production technologies such as alternate wetting and drying (AWD) and drip-irrigated aerobic rice systems.

Ben holds a B.S. Degree in Agriculture acquired at Central Luzon State University. His passion lies in continuous learning and striving for success in both his career and personal life.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Yumar B. Mercado

Yumar is a Rice Specialist and Facilitator of the Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) Field School within the Climate-Smart Rice Project in the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS). With 13 years of experience in the agricultural sector and a master’s degree in Environmental Management focusing on water use and efficiency, he provides farmer advisory services related to rice production and serves as a subject matter specialist during farmers’ classes in various Irrigators’ Associations involved in the UPRIIS AWD project. Additionally, he assists in preparing schedules for project activities, events, technical briefings, MOA signing, launching programs, sectoral meetings, and farmers’ field days to guide project partners.

Prior to joining Ostrom Climate, Yumar worked as a National Consultant at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines, under the RCMAS-Philippines project. He also served as a Senior Science Research Specialist at the Philippine Rice Research Institute, where he led the Support to Training and Dissemination Component of the RCMAS project. In his role as National Data Controller and National Technical Coordinator, he played a key role in project management. Yumar has extensive experience as a rice researcher, establishing trials focused on nutrient management and varietal evaluation. He also served as a Rice Sufficiency Officer, contributing to the dissemination of the PalayCheck System and supporting the Food Staples Sufficiency Program of the Department of Agriculture-Philippines.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Fernando B. Narca Jr.

Fernando is a lead subject matter expert in AWD Field School, overseeing the Irrigator’s Associations in Llanera and parts of San Jose City under the National Irrigation Administration’s UPRIIS Climate-Smart Rice Initiative. He provides technical assistance to covered barangays and Turnout Service Area Groups, contributing ideas to enhance rice production and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

With a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Central Luzon State University, Fernando previously worked as a Site Engineer and Safety Officer. He managed day-to-day construction operations and handled personnel payroll, prioritizing transparency and client satisfaction through proactive communication and addressing needs promptly.

Outside of work, Fernando enjoys a balance of leisure activities and hobbies. He unwinds by playing online games and sports, and he has a passion for dancing, which he cultivated during his college days. He also finds joy in walking his dog.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Eugene L. Dingle

Eugene is a dedicated rice specialist focused on providing farmer advisory services related to rice production, with a particular emphasis on water management techniques such as alternate wetting and drying (AWD). He serves as a subject matter specialist during AWD field school classes within his covered Irrigators’ Association as part of the UPRIIS AWD Project. Additionally, Eugene contributes to the development of AWD field school curriculum aligned with Climate-Smart Rice Production principles.

Prior to joining Ostrom Climate, Eugene worked at the Philippine Rice Research Institute as a research specialist. In this role, he was involved in developing and disseminating new rice production technologies across the Philippines. Eugene has extensive experience collaborating with both public and private stakeholders in the fields of science and agriculture, with a particular focus on supporting rice farmers.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Czarina Elemencio

Czarina, also known as Ynna, serves as a Rice Specialist at Ostrom Climate, focusing on “The Climate-Smart Rice Project in the Upper Pampanga River Integrated System” under NIA-UPRIIS Division IV. Her main responsibility involves providing farmer advice on rice production, with a specific emphasis on disseminating alternative wetting and drying technology across various Irrigators’ Associations (IAs).

Before joining Ostrom Climate, Czarina gained valuable experience at Central Luzon State University, where she worked closely with smallholder farmers, particularly those involved in black rice and farmers organizations (AECA). She holds a degree in soil science, and her thesis research was conducted at the University of Miyazaki in Miyazaki, Japan.

Rice Specialist, International Land Use (Philippines)

Marco Dela Cruz

Marco is actively engaged in working with rice farmers to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. His duties include organizing learning fields for emission reduction technology and facilitating training activities to enhance participants’ knowledge and integration of new technologies in rice farming.

Before joining Ostrom Climate, Marco served as a researcher at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), a leading research institution in the Philippines. In this role, he provided technical guidance and executed engineering designs for rice machine technologies. He managed all aspects of project management, including design generation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and technical assessment of research projects. As an engineer-researcher, Marco contributed to several locally-produced rice machines registered under intellectual property rights. He holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from Central Luzon State University, Philippines.

Bookkeeper, International Land Use (Philippines)

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