Andrew Wardell


Senior Manager, Research Capacity and Partnership Development, Center for International Forestry Research

Dr. D. Andrew Wardell is Senior Manager of Research Capacity and Partnership Development at Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Prior to this new position, he was Research Director of CIFOR’s Forests and Governance Program (GOV). He managed 35 scientists and a portfolio of more than 20 research projects in Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. These included research on the impacts of global trade and investment in bioenergy feed stocks; the growing influence of emerging economies in large-scale land acquisitions; informal chainsaw milling and the domestic timber trade in the context of FLEGT/VPA negotiations; community rights in relation to land and forest tenure reforms; Integrated Law Enforcement Approach in Indonesia; enabling legal frameworks for low carbon investments; and financial governance, including alternatives to leverage private sector investments in smallholder production systems.

Prior to working for CIFOR, Dr. Wardell was Regional Director for the Clinton Climate Initiative-Forestry in the Asia-Pacific region, supporting the development of seven REDD+ projects in Indonesia and Cambodia and exploring opportunities in Papua New Guinea. He previously worked as Counsellor-Development at the Royal Danish Embassy in Cambodia, as a researcher at the University of Copenhagen and successfully managed his own consulting company, Miljo ApS, based in Denmark, for more than a decade. His earlier assignments have included work for The World Conservation Union (IUCN), GIZ, The World Bank, UNDP, OECD-DAC, Oxfam and ACORD. He received National Environmental Research Council and F.C. Osmaston scholarships, and the Commonwealth Forestry Bureau Prize during his tenure at the University of Oxford. He was formerly a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for World Environment History at the University of Sussex.

Dr. Wardell has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Agricultural Botany from the University of Reading, a Master of Science in Forestry and its relation to land use from the University of Oxford, and a Doctor of Philosophy exploring the legacy of British colonial rule on contemporary forest policy and practice in Ghana from the University of Copenhagen. He has over 30 years of experience working on natural resource management issues in more than 20 countries in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. He has published three books and edited collections, over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and more than 70 technical reports.