Indufor’s New Zealand office supports clients in evaluating forests, plantations, and wood processing assets. Our consultants have decades of international experience in forest asset management.
Our forest appraisal team delivers valuations required for financial reporting, supports forest transactions through detailed due diligence, and undertakes wood supply analyses to inform forest investment decisions.
The wood products and bio solutions team analyses global trends and offers strategic wood processing evaluation and analysis.
The resource monitoring team supports these activities by creating forest intelligence from satellite and airborne imagery. Indufor uses these technologies to continuously monitor landscapes, provide resource insights and deliver precision forestry solutions.
The New Zealand office complements the skillset and experience of the wider Group. The team is well respected within the forest industry and investment community as a trusted provider of unique insights and valuable advice.
Our team in New Zealand
Senior Consultant, Forest Resources
Melissa Nicol, Senior Consultant to Indufor Asia Pacific, has a Bachelor of Forestry Science (Hons) from the University of Canterbury. Melissa has over 10 years of consulting experience in valuations, acquisitions and disposals and project management. She has forestry assessment expertise gained from a New Zealand-based large forestry and wood processing corporate. Her responsibilities included resource analysis and valuation, business strategy, and mergers and acquisition work in both forests and processing facilities. Melissa’s work has also encompassed financial decision support and Information Services relationship management involving contract negotiations with customers and vendors. She has worked extensively in New Zealand and Australia as well as in China.
Consultant, Resource Monitoring
Proficient in the field of GIS and environmental management, Chen Yang specialises in deriving and interpreting information from spatial data and satellite imagery. His expertise lies in data integration, land use mapping, land cover mapping, LiDAR data analysis to validate and update plantation information systems - a key forest valuation and due diligence input. Chen has experience in Oceania, Asia and South America and has been involved in valuations and FMIS development projects in China. He was awarded his Bachelor of Forestry Science from the University of Canterbury (2008), New Zealand and a Postgraduate Diploma of Environmental Science (2013) from Auckland University, New Zealand. He is fluent in Mandarin and English.
Abdullah Madawi has a background in applied mathematics and geophysics completing his MSc in 2019. He works in the Resource Monitoring team at Indufor, utilising his proficiency in programming and analysing large datasets within local and cloud-based environments. Abdullah's MSc research investigated the temporal and spatial variability of Antarctic Bottom Water pathways using a Lagrangian particle tracking tool.
Senior Consultant, Forest Resources
Mr Ross holds an MSc Degree (Forest Science) and a BSc Degree (Forest Science) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He has recently joined the Indufor team in Auckland and comes with 15-years of industry experience. He has a strong background in Forest Planning, GIS and Research in both pine sawtimber and Eucalypt sawtimber and pole plantations in South Africa and East Africa. Prior to joining Indufor, Tim was the Group Head of Planning for an integrated East African forestry company and managed the Planning and Research teams in Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
Geospatial Application Specialist
Andrew Holdaway has a background in remote sensing and GIS, with experience in the monitoring of natural features using a range of optical data. With a background in coastal geomorphology, he has an interest in applying emerging geospatial technologies and techniques. Andrew’s recent research has focused on large-scale change detection with Landsat data using Google Earth Engine, gaining an MSc (first class honours) in 2018 from the University of Auckland
Consultant, Resource Monitoring
With a solid forestry background, Kevin Tao has a wealth of experience across a range of disciplines including resource inventory, forest modeling and analysis, harvest planning, transportation networks and resource mapping using GIS and remote sensing. He applies this knowledge to forest valuation and due diligence projects throughout South America, Oceania and Asia. Kevin received his Bachelor of Forestry Engineering degree from Canterbury University, New Zealand (2011). He is fluent in Mandarin and English.
Senior Consultant, Forest Resources
André Neumann has a Bachelor of Forestry Science (Hons) from the University of Canterbury (1983) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business from Massey University.
André’s experience in the forestry and wood products sector spans all aspects of the industry. He has expertise in due diligence teams, domestic and international log markets, sawmill benchmarking, forest resource management and modeling.
He has particular strengths in the sawmilling and panels sectors.
André has worked extensively in both New Zealand and Australia, as well as in Japan, Taiwan, China, the United States, Indonesia, Korea, Brazil, Uruguay, Malaysia (Sabah) and the Solomon Islands.
Senior Consultant, Bio Solutions
Matt Bovelander, Senior Consultant Bio Solutions, holds an MSc (first class honours) from the University of Auckland and a Graduate Diploma in Business (Management) from Massey University.
Matt Bovelander has worked for many years in forest industry consulting bringing a wealth of experience-based solutions to a broad range of client challenges from Asia to West Africa and the Americas. Typical assignments include market research, feedstock assessment, technology evaluation, due diligence and project feasibility assessment for a wide range of clients covering forest industry investors, lenders, project developers and trading houses.
Specifically, Mr Bovelander’s Bio Solutions focus has concentrated primarily on biomass (e.g. wood chips, wood pellets and EFB pellets) for energy generation as well as agricultural feedstocks for biofuels (e.g. oil palm and jatropha for biodiesel and sugar cane for bioethanol). More recently Mr Bovelander has been involved in biomass assessments in support of bio-based economies, biomass price forecasting for utilities and evaluating the viability of short-rotation woody crops for biomass production in South East Asia.
Senior Consultant Forest Resources
David Nicoll, Senior Consultant Forest Resources, holds a Bachelor of Forestry Science from the Australian National University (1996).
David has more than 20 years’ experience in forestry management, initially with Australia's pine plantation estates and then Indonesia's fast-growing hardwood estates. David's tropical forestry expertise covers planning and management of planted forest systems, from community to industrial scales, and a range of crops including fast-growing hardwoods, teak, sago palm, and agroforestry systems. David has broad experiences working with large corporates, consulting firms, and donor agency projects in these climes, over a period of 15 years. A significant component of David's experience is with business feasibility (quantitative resource assessment, operational feasibility and financial viability) for start-up forestry projects, often in remote locations, and then leading teams through the challenging business start-up phases. These experiences also encompassed community and government engagement processes, regulatory compliance, and policy interpretation.
David has international experience across Australia, New Zealand, SE Asia, China plus some limited project work in Mozambique. David is now based in New Zealand but retains a strong interest to resolve the decline of peatland forests in Indonesia, and cares deeply about the associated impacts on the surrounding communities and peatland biota.
Head of Resource Monitoring
With 20 years’ management experience, Pete Watt leads the resource monitoring team, with overall responsibility for business strategy, growth and development. His expertise includes operational use of remotely sensed data for resource management, with a focus on monitoring land use cover and productivity at local and national scales. He is proficient in the use of GIS and remote sensing as applied to resource management and has been involved in significant projects throughout Oceania, Asia and South America. Pete is constantly monitoring technological advances in satellite imagery and data capture to ensure Indufor continues to lead the way in resource monitoring. He received his PhD and MSc (Distinction) in forest monitoring from Durham University, England (2005), and his BForSc from Canterbury University, New Zealand (1993).
Managing Director of Indufor Asia Pacific
Bill Liley, Managing Director of Indufor Asia Pacific, holds a Bachelor of Forestry Science (Hons) degree from Canterbury University, New Zealand (1976).
Bill Liley’s expertise includes the assessment of forest quantity and condition and the projection of its wood supply capability and cash flows. These provide the primary elements of forest value estimation, which extends to include treatments of land cost, risk and cost of capital. He has undertaken projects in forest estate modeling and valuation in Oceania, Africa, South and Central America and China. He remains involved in the development of standards for forest valuation and is the Head of Forest Valuation for Indufor.
Head of Forest Resources Consulting
Nigel Chandler, Head of Forest Resources Consulting, holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance (Massey University, New Zealand) and a Bachelor of Forestry Science degree from Canterbury University, New Zealand (1992).
Nigel Chandler’s expertise includes resource inventory and management, supply chain modeling and forest modeling, with the latter providing input to both tactical and strategic planning processes. Nigel has substantial experience in forest valuation, due diligence and resource assessments. He has been involved in projects in Oceania, Southeast Asia, South America and China, covering assessments and modeling of fast-growing plantation species and natural forests.
Principal Applications Developer
Chaplin Chan strengthens the team with his expertise in land cover change detection, working with remote sensing products. With a strong IT background, he is responsible for the development of customised processing routines within a GIS and remote sensing environment using cloud-computing (and local) platforms. He has extensive experience mapping temporal changes across forested landscapes. Chaplin has played a pivotal role in managing the capture and integration of various (airborne and space-borne) datasets to improve resource management decisions. He has extensive project experience throughout Oceania, Asia, and North and South America. Chaplin gained his BSc double major in Geography and Computer Science (2010) and a BSc (Hons) in Geography, specialising in GIS and remote sensing (2011) from Auckland University, New Zealand. He is fluent in English and Cantonese.
Rosa Rivas Palma
Senior Consultant, Forestry and Climate Change
Ms Rivas Palma, Senior Consultant, Forestry and Climate Change, holds a PhD in Forest Environmental and Social Valuation (2008) and a Master’s degree in Forestry Science (MForSc distinction) (2000) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand). Rosa’s expertise is in the provision of technical and policy advice on climate change issues as related to Land-Use Change and the Forestry sector. This includes greenhouse gas inventories and projections. Rosa is a qualified UNFCCC inventory expert reviewer. She has professional working experience in Asia, New Zealand, Africa and South America. Rosa is fluent in Spanish and English.
General Manager, China Operations
Bill Lu, Senior Consultant and General Manager, China Operations, is certified as a Senior Advisor in International Business, Beijing (2000). He additionally holds a Master of Arts of English Literature and Tourism Management, Nankai University, China (1988).
His expertise includes timberland investment and management advisory services, strategic planning and execution for both Western investors in China and Chinese investors overseas; project management of large forest inventory and appraisal projects in China; best forest management practices; fibre supply analysis, forest product and market analysis, forest management information system (FMIS), forest inventory, and forest resource due diligence and assessment. . He oversees new business and market development in China, including Hong Kong. He has a good knowledge of China's forest industry, its policies, investment environment, and practices. He is also involved in development of procedures for assessment and valuation of Chinese forest resources. He has worked in Oceania, North America, South America and Southeast Asia. He is fluent in Mandarin and English.
Mr Lu is a registered forestry consultant of New Zealand Forestry Institute.
Head of Forest Industry & Bio Solutions
Marcel Vroege, Head of Forest Industry & Bio Solutions, Asia Pacific, holds an Executive MBA from Waikato University, New Zealand (2000) and a degree in Wood Science (B Sc Hons) from Bangor University, North Wales (1992).
Marcel specializes in the analysis of wood and bio-based products industries and markets in the Asia Pacific region. Areas of special interest and expertise include organizational development, business strategies, cost competitiveness assessments, location assessments and reputation assessments of both companies and products. He has been engaged in numerous assignments globally, assisting local industries, as well as international companies. He has managed a wide range of assignments ranging from company restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic market and business assessments to market reviews, business and delivery chain analysis, and feasibility and cost competitiveness studies. He has undertaken assignments throughout the Asia Pacific region, Africa, and North and South America.
Nav Singh, Financial Controller, holds a Bachelor of Business degree and is an Associate Chartered Accountant. She also is qualified with a Chartered Secretaryship.
Nav Singh’s areas of expertise include compilation, evaluation, analysis and reporting of financial status. She is responsible for all the accounting, budgeting, cash flow management and management reporting duties. She has expertise in all these areas along with in-depth knowledge of local legislative requirements, policies and procedures.