Rainforest Alliance UK Board of Directors

Jiten Tank

Jiten Tank is an associate in the Tax practice of Paul Hastings LLP, an international law firm, and is based in the firm’s London office. In addition to advising on legal matters concerning tax and corporate matters, Jiten also contributes a significant time helping charities, NGOs and not-for-profits on a pro bono basis. Having read Law at the University of Westminster and graduating with LLB Honours (2001), Jiten completed his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law (2002) and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales. Jiten currently resides in Surrey with his wife and child.

Ana Paula Tavares (also Company Secretary)

Ana Paula Tavares is the Executive Vice President of the Rainforest Alliance and has been with the organisation for 15 years. A native of Brazil, she has dedicated her career to protecting the world’s most threatened ecosystems and ensuring sustainable livelihoods for farmers, forest workers, and their families.

As Executive Vice President, she represents the Rainforest Alliance at international conferences and meetings, collaborates with government and intergovernmental agencies in the development of sustainable development projects and helps Rainforest Alliance division vice presidents define projects. She has been involved in initiatives to increase production of sustainable products and services in Latin America and promote greater linkages with mainstream global markets. She has led the Rainforest Alliance's Development division since joining the organisation and currently oversees several other functions, including Communications & Marketing, Education, Markets Transformation and Claims, Traceability & Trademarks. Prior to joining the Rainforest Alliance, Ana Paula was a founding partner at New Frontiers Group, a financial services group in São Paulo, Brazil that promoted investment funds for biodiversity, sustainable forestry, carbon sequestration, and renewable energy. She has also worked as the director of science development at the New York Botanical Garden and in Membership, Development and Licensing at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance.

Grace Yu

Grace Yu was a litigator on civil rights issues when she first came to work for the Rainforest Alliance in 1996, where she served both as legal counsel and major gifts officer. As legal counsel, she secured outside pro bono services from the law offices of Davis Polk and Wardwell, and with their assistance first established the legal framework with the Rainforest Alliance’s partners. She currently sits on the board of Ashden, which supports annual awards for innovative sustainable energy solutions, and The African Rainforest Trust, which is dedicated to conserving Tanzania’s Eastern Arc rainforest through local forest management and grassroots community conservation. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

Forest canopy - photo by Sergio Izquierdo

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