Saying Goodbye and Hello at RECOFTC

Saying goodbye is never easy, but it helps to do so among friends.

On Thursday, September 8, 2011, RECOFTC held an official  farewell for our outgoing Executive Director, Dr. Yam Malla.

Dr. Malla leaves RECOFTC after nine years as Executive Director to continue working in Community Forestry in his home country, Nepal. He will be missed in an organization which has grown from a training center to an international voice for people and forests in Asia-Pacific during his tenure.

We also took the opportunity to welcome his successor, Dr. Tint Thaung, coming to us from The Nature Conservancy with many years of experience in the region, working on a range of issues from empowering forest communities to fair, sustainable practices in the timber trade. Dr. Thaung is from Myanmar but has lived and worked in Australia for many years.

Dr. Malla and Dr. Thaung shake hands

Handing off the RECOFTC Executive Director role

The event was attended by RECOFTC staff, board members, partners and donors from throughout the region.

Dr. Malla with his wife, Hema, and Assistant Professor of Forest Biology Dr. Uthaiwan Sangwanit from Kasetsart University

Dr. Malla with his wife, Hema, and Assistant Professor of Forest Biology Dr. Uthaiwan Sangwanit from Kasetsart University

Dr. Malla with Her Excellency Ms. Katja Christina Nordgaard, Ambassador of Norway to Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar

Dr. Malla with Her Excellency Ms. Katja Christina Nordgaard, Ambassador of Norway to Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar

Then, on Friday, September 9, 2011, RECOFTC held a staff celebration for Dr. Malla where we shared stories and good wishes over lunch and expressed the hope that Dr Malla would continue to be associated  with RECOFTC in the days ahead.

RECOFTC staff gathered to wish Dr. Malla a fond farewell at the RECOFTC offices

RECOFTC staff gathered to wish Dr. Malla a fond farewell at the RECOFTC offices

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