Thursday Think Tank: Diversity of Career Paths
Jeff Wright has a DPhil in tropical forestry from the University of Oxford following earlier degrees from Clemson University and Texas A&M University. Wright is recognized as a world leader in the development of sustainably managed forest plantations for financially successful processing into products such as pulp, paper and lumber as well as carbon and bio-energy. His previous employment includes Manager, Tree Improvement, Sappi, South Africa; Director, Forest Research, Smurfit Latin America in Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico; Forest Research Manager, Rayonier, Florida USA; Manager, Sales and Product Development, ArborGen Inc., South Carolina USA and Manager, Eucalyptus Tree Improvement, Stora Enso with projects in Laos, China, Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden and Finland. Having completed consulting projects in more than 50 countries, Wright recently finished a two-year contract as Director, Forestry, Araya Bumi Indonesia, Djarum Group in East Kalimantan, Borneo with management responsibilities for 266,000ha including 70,000ha of Acacia and Eucalyptus plantations.