Neil Byron has been actively involved in tropical forestry for most of his career through project management roles with FAO and UNDP in Bangladesh (1982-1984), the Nepal Australia Community Forestry Project (1986-1991) and as the Assistant Director General of the Centre for International Forestry Research (1993-1998) based in Indonesia.
Since 1980, Neil consulted internationally in design and evaluation of forestry projects, especially in social and community forestry. He was the Commissioner responsible for environment, agriculture and natural resource management issues in the Australian Productivity Commission from 1998 to 2010.
Neil is Adjunct Professor in Environmental Economics at the Australian National University and the University of Canberra. In 2014 - 2015 he chaired an independent review of Biodiversity Legislation in New South Wales, which led to the drafting of a new Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Currently, he serves as non-executive Director of Alluvium Holdings Ltd, the Institute of Foresters of Australia as well as Earthwatch Institute Australia. He was also a non-executive Director of an FSC-certified plantation forestry company in New Zealand for 4 years.
Neil completed his Bachelor of Science in Forestry at the Australian National University, Canberra, and received his Masters of Economics and PhD at the University of British Colombia, Vancouver.BACK