Jim Heyes

Principal, Global Environment Fund

zoomJim HeyesJim HeyesThe Global Environment Fund (GEF) is an international private equity investment firm headquartered in Washington, DC. It is a leading investor in the African forestry sector, with a portfolio of companies in Southern and Eastern Africa comprising over 100,000 planted hectares and an annual harvest destined for African markets that exceeds 1.6 million m3.

Mr Heyes joined GEF in 2007 and focuses on GEF’s timber investment activities. He is responsible for environmental, social, and governance matters in GEF’s forestry portfolio, as well as portfolio company monitoring, investment strategy, and value creation. He is a member of the board of Kilombero Valley Teak Company in Tanzania.

Prior to joining GEF, Mr Heyes worked for the New England Forestry Foundation, where he founded and directed a community-based forestry and economic development initiative known as North Quabbin Woods. He also worked for two years at Heyes Forest Products, his family’s sawmill in western Massachusetts.

Mr Heyes has a BA in Geology and Environmental Studies from Williams College, and a Master of Public Affairs, with a focus on environment and international development, from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. He studied community-based forestry in the Philippines as a Fulbright Scholar, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.

Participating in:

  • Are investments and plantations part of the solution to deforestation? Thursday, 03.09.2015, 11:30 - 13:00

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