David Roland-Holst is a leading expert on economic and environmental policy modeling. He has extensive research experience in economics related to environment, development, agriculture, energy, and international trade, authoring six books and over 100 articles in professional journals and books. David has served in academic posts in Asia, Europe, and the United States and conducted research in over 40 countries, working with many public institutions including a variety of national governments, agencies, and numerous international organizations. David is on the faculties of Economics and Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and he holds MS and PhD degrees in Economics from the same institution.
Sam Heft-Neal is an expert in statistics and econometrics, with special emphasis on spatial and environmental analysis. He has extensive field experience in Southeast Asia, having managed development and policy research projects throughout the Greater Mekong Sub-region and speaks three regional languages. His project experience has until now been related to the economic factors that influence human and animal health as well as climate risk in the agricultural sector. Sam holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and he holds a BA in Economics and Statistics from the same institution.
Sam Evans is an expert on energy economics and econometrics. He has worked extensively in the areas of agricultural, energy, and environmental policy and modeling. His recent research has focused on modeling global land-use change and the environmental impacts of bioenergy production. Sam is also a principle investigator at the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Ph.D in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Colorado State University where he was a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow.
Tessa Emmer’s areas of focus include resource management, community development, and mixed methods research design. Tessa has field experience in SE Asia and Africa, having managed development and research projects in Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Cambodia, and in Madagascar supervising a reforestation and community development project connecting patches of remnant rainforest. Tessa holds a Master’s Degree in Development Practice (MDP) from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College.
Zongyot Chaiwong holds a bacehlors degree from the Faculty of Agriculture at Chiang Mai University with specializations in livestock and horticulture. He has been working with the BEAR since 2007 and has served as the country director for Thailand since 2009. Zongyot has extensive experience in agriculture, having worked in academics as a researcher and industry as a purchasing agent for a large agricultural company. His diverse knowledge of agricultural practices are fundamental to the projects implemented by BEAR in Thailand.