Esben Brandi is one of the pioneers in the still nascent market for frontier market timberland Investment. Esben was part of the team managing the world’s first global frontier timberland fund established in 2007. He was responsible for the origination and acquisition of African investments and was later responsible for investments in Latin America. Until recently he headed Africa’s largest private equity fund in Africa dedicated to timberland investments. Esben holds a BSc and a MSc in Forestry with an interdisciplinary diploma in Tropical Land Use Management. He started his career as Associate Scientist at the World Agroforestry Center in Malawi and Uganda, followed by a stint at the global consulting company COWI. Esben is a frequent speaker on the challenging nature of responsible investing in frontier and emerging market timberlands.