Spotlight

Jeff Cao

PhD Candidate

With deep insight and solid theoretical understanding of the Chinese forest products industry and international markets, Jeff has been working closely with businesses, government agencies, research institutes and environmental groups across the Asia-Pacific region to promote sustainable forestry and responsible timber trade through forest certification and environmental marketing research.

During his PhD studies, Jeff lived in Southeast Asia (primarily in Indonesia) for one year working for an international environmental NGO as its regional program manager to develop and facilitate industry-oriented training on forest certification, timber legality verification, good forest management practices, climate policy, and forestry carbon offset projects. In China, he facilitated two major international conferences entitled "Forests, Markets, Practice and Policy" in 2009 and 2010, which were sponsored by a consortium of international development agencies, the State Forestry Administration of China, and leading international environmental groups.

Jeff also has a keen interest in graphic design and foreign language studies. He has developed logos and promotional materials for several publications/programs and organizations. He speaks Chinese (mandarin) and English fluently, as well as conversational level Korean and Bahasa Indonesian.

He holds an MSc in Wood Science (with focus on forest products marketing) from Oregon State University, USA, an MSc and BA in Furniture Design from Nanjing Forestry University in China, and received his PhD degree in Forest Resources (with focus on forest products marketing) from the University of Washington in June 2011. He currently has over 20 publications in either peer reviewed or trade journals.