Heads of Commissions

Commissions and Sub-commissions are executive bodies of IFSA established by the General Assembly in any composition and for any tasks. The members of Commissions are approved for one year by the GA. Additional members may be admitted to a Commission during the year subject to application to and approval by the Council and members of the relevant Commission.

So here you can find the Commission responsibles, IFSA year 2016-2017:

Communication Commission
Ya-Hsin Lu
Head of Design Sub-Commission (China-Taipei)

As the head of design sub-commission I wish to let more forestry students know about IFSA, by collaborating with all officials, and I’ll do my best on making new products to promote IFSA.

Kristjan Sepp
Head of Web Sub-Commission (Estonia)

As the Head of Web Sub-Commission my task is to do magic with IFSA website.

Jilian Bathan
Head of Social Media Sub-Commission (Philippines)

My job is to make sure that everyone who is part of IFSA is well informed on the happenings in the organization through social media and also, I keep social media accounts active to disseminate information to the general public

Jiayi Chew
Head of Communication Commission - China-Taipei (Malaysia)

My job is to oversee my commission and sub-commissions, maintain good contact with my fellow heads and also good communication within and outside of Ifsaworld.

Meike Siegner
Head of Publications Sub-Commission (Canada)

As editor in chief of the IFSA online editorial it is my task to oversee our web-based news. I aim to ensure that we publish news content on IFSA activities and forestry related topics on a regular base, that are of interest to the IFSA community and partners.

International Processes Commission
Xavier Noël-Monastesse
Head of UNFCCC Sub-Commission (Canada)

In this year’s COP23, in Bonn, nations of the world will meet to advance the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement. I’m very happy and excited to help young foresters from around the globe get in the front rows of this major forum on climate change.

Jesse Mahoney
Head of UNFF Subcommission 1 Year (Australia)

As IFSA represents the Major Group Children and Youth at the UNFF, we are supporting the inclusion of children and youth perspectives in the UNFF to help ensure forests are sustainably managed for present and future generations. Additionally, we are looking to further strengthen collaboration with other Major Groups to foster the implementation of the UNSPF and the Agenda 2030.

Steffen Dehn
Head of UNFF Subcommission 2 Year (Germany)

As IFSA represents the Major Group Children and Youth at the UNFF, we are supporting the inclusion of children and youth perspectives in the UNFF to help ensure forests are sustainably managed for present and future generations. Additionally, we are looking to further strengthen collaboration with other Major Groups to foster the implementation of the UNSPF and the Agenda 2030.

Irma Verastegui
Head of CBD Sub-Commission (Peru)

It’s a pleasure to be the link between CBD Secretariat and IFSA this period. I´m looking forward to spare CBD objectives within IFSA members so we all can get inform about worldwide initiatives and commitments to conserve biological resources.

Liz Wass
Head of CBD Sub-Commission (Canada)

This year we are hoping to connect with the GYBN and collaborate on a side event and get students aware and involved with the UN conferences by creating and sharing short videos about the CBD.

Charlotte Ross-Harris
Head of International Processes Commission (Australia)

The IPC is looking to both expand IFSA’s relationship with other organisations, including UNEP, IUCN and UNCCD; and to deepen our engagement at conferences through workshop contributions and strengthening existing relations on the ground. We also hope to better share our experiences with the extended IFSA family by further developing the IFSAblog and other forms of media communication.

Johannes de Koning
Head of Forest Europe Sub-Commission - Denmark (Netherlands)

This year, the Forestry Education Commission will work on creating a statement of what forestry education is for all students to use. Following this, I will also help students with receiving school credit for the work they do in forestry organizations and help Local Committees increase education-based events.

Forestry Education Commission
Ash Lehto
Head of Forestry Education Commission (United States)

This year, the Forestry Education Commission will work on creating a statement of what forestry education is for all students to use. Following this, I will also help students with receiving school credit for the work they do in forestry organizations and help Local Committees increase education-based events.

Fundraising Commission
Alexandre Veilleux
Head of Fundraising Commission (Canada)

For this upcoming year I will be your Head of Fundraising Commission. The goal is to increase IFSA’s income. Creating new partnership with organizations, apply for grants, promote IFSA are aspects that I am willing to achieve in order to fulfill my objective.

Matija Nakic
Head of Fundraising Support Sub-Commission (Croatia)

This year my main task is to improve communication between LC’s and Fundraising commission. I will also try to make arrangemens with flight companies to get us cheaper flights. And of course, raise a lot of money 🙂

Professional Development Commission
Mats de Boer
Head of Professional Development Commission (Netherlands)

For my term as Head of Professional Development I want to work together with the various LC’s who organise different IFSA meetings and try to organise trainings related to professional development for the delegates to train their respective skills.

Félix Poulin
Head of Cultural competencies Sub-Commission - (Canada)

For this years, I hope working with different LCs and OCs to increase the comprehension of each culture. I hope we will be able to facilitate understanding cultural differences to be able to communicate better during international event.

IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress
Dylan Goff
Head of Commission IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress - Austria (Ireland)

As head of the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress Commission, my job is to coordinate the team organising IFSA’s involvement at the congress. My aim in this role is to to work with commissioners to ensure that IFSA’s impact at the congress is maximised and that the youth voice is heard.