Top Practitioners to Join F&ES Faculty

Environmental leaders from Brazil, Pakistan and Singapore, as well as the immediate past director of the U.S. National Parks Service, will join the visiting faculty of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, announced Dean James Gustave Speth.

Environmental leaders from Brazil, Pakistan and Singapore, as well as the immediate past director of the U.S. National Parks Service, will join the visiting faculty of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, announced Dean James Gustave Speth.

“Having visiting faculty is a long-standing tradition at F&ES,” Dean James Gustave Speth said. “These additions are part of a special effort to bring in leaders from abroad to complement our academic faculty with top practitioners.”

Robert Stanton was the 15th director of the National Park Service, and the first African-American to hold that position since the establishment of the agency by Congress in 1916. He was responsible for managing the $2.3 billion annual budget of the 83 million-acre National Park System, which attracts 288 million visitors each year.

In addition, he was responsible for 20 trails in the National Trail System and oversaw major national education and preservation programs, including the Youth Conservation and Public Land Corps, National Register of Historic Places, the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, and the service’s international affairs.

Nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1997, he served as director for three and a half years. Currently he is a private consultant in conservation policy, planning and management, and serves as congress ambassador to the International Planning Committee of the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas in support of the Fifth World Congress on National Parks next year in Durban, South Africa. He will join the F&ES faculty next fall.

Aban Marker Kabraji, the IUCN’s regional director for Asia since 1999, will join the F&ES faculty in spring 2003. A Pakastani, she serves on the governing board of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. From 1989 to 1999, she was Pakistan’s representative to the IUCN and worked with the Pakistani government to establish a nature conservation strategy within the Environment Ministry. Prior to that, she was regional director of the World Wildlife Fund and conducted extensive research into the conservation of marine turtles. In addition, she is one of the founders and a trustee of Shikat Gah, the first women’s NGO in Pakistan, and is a member of the Pakistan Women’s Action Forum.

John Michael Forgach, a Brazilian who launched the first for-profit biodiversity investment fund in Latin America, will join the F&ES faculty in fall 2003. A former international banker with Chase Manhattan Bank and others, he holds a number of environmental awards for his innovative approach to environmental banking, including the 2001 Rainforest Alliance Green Globe Award and the 2000 BRAVO Business Award as Latin American environmentalist of the year. He is also the founder of the Brazilian Institute for Education in Sustainable Business, which is a non-governmental organization dedicated to management capacity building in Latin America. He also helped establish Swiss and Brazilian NGOs for the preservation of endangered South American wildlife.

Lye Lin Heng, an associate professor of law at the National University of Singapore (NUS) since 1975, will join the F&ES faculty in spring 2004. She is leading the development of a masters-level environmental management program and is the deputy director of the Asia-Pacific Center for Environmental Law at NUS. She has served as vice dean and director of graduate programs, a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Commission on Environmental Law, was chair and editor of the Malaya Law Review (now the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies), and has published several papers and publications on environmental law in Singapore.

Speth and Dean Cheong Hin Fatt of the National University of Singapore’s School of Design and Environment signed a memorandum of understanding last July to establish an international partnership that will encourage closer cooperation between the two institutions in teaching and research in the field of environmental management.

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