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    Dr Mark Freudenberger

Dr. Mark Freudenberger is a leader in the field of global climate change, deforestation, and land use with over 30 years of experience designing, implementing, evaluating, and providing strategic direction to natural resource programs across the Global South. Most recently, he served as the Director of the Land Tenure and Property Rights Sector at Tetra Tech ARD responsible for coordinating a $100 million portfolio of resource tenure programs. Currently, as Senior Associate, he directly manages projects focused on deforestation-free cacao in Ghana, artisanal mining and property rights in the Central African Republic, and natural resource management in Madagascar. Throughout his career, Dr. Freudenberger has provided significant thought leadership around community resource governance and vulnerable peoples’ inclusion in global and national climate and land use agendas, publishing significant peer reviewed publications directed to governments, multilateral institutions, leading NGOs, and the private sector. Skilled as a convener of policy making forums bridging the gap between rural peoples and national and international policy makers, he has contributed to significant policy and legal reforms on resource tenure throughout his career. As a veteran manager, he has overseen dispersed teams across multiple continents, coordinated grantmaking to local NGOs and technical partners, and implemented USAID, European Union, World Bank, and foundation funded projects in politically challenging contexts.