Dr. Jan Laarman is founder and current President of Terra Viva Grants. His education is policy and economics in natural resources, with a specialization in international development. Jan’s career comprised university teaching and research; management of international project teams; and senior management at the World Agroforestry Center.
Elsa Chang has directed and managed development programs and projects in Central America, Southeast Asia, and USA. Her specializations are strategic planning; organizational management; capacity building; and environmental policy research – with a focus on the developing countries.
Carrie Denise Ingram
Dr. Carrie Ingram is a retired natural resources policy analyst whose career spanned more than 30 years of research, technical assistance, and policy analysis on forestry, environment and international trade. She had earlier worked in more than 25 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, including in Senegal developing community tree nurseries and woodlots, and in Indonesia on forest sector policy and planning.
Matthew’s professional talents encompass several areas of communications technology. He designs and develops social media applications for mobile, website, and desktop platforms. His knowledge and skills include web content management, and the design and development of user interfaces.
Dr. Peters specializes in research and management of programs for sustainable small-scale agriculture in the developing world. She has extensive experience with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research; international development NGOs; and as an independent consultant. Her expertise includes the human component of agricultural production systems for smallholders, small agro-enterprises, value chains in agriculture, and urban and peri-urban agriculture.
Ilka graduated in International Management at the University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management (FOM) in Germany. She works as Environmental Filmmaker for the Brazilian non-profit organisation Instituto Últimos Refúgios and is Communications Assistant of the Terra Viva Grants Directory. Ilka is fluent in German, English and Portuguese.