Alan Bernstein CEO of Sustainable Forestry Management.
"Alan Bernstein is a Founder of Sustainable Forestry Management a private group of companies dedicated to realising value from the ethical and sustainable use of tropical and sub-tropical forests including the environmental services which they provide. SFM originates and manages its investments in partnership with the private, public and non-governmental sectors to provide sustainable livelihoods in restored and preserved forest ecosystems.
"Mr Bernstein is a businessman specialising in emerging markets. He formed Ceres Capital Ltd, an emerging market investment and finance company which, under his leadership until 1992, developed banking relationships with numerous central, commercial and investment banks, played a prominent role in the development of secondary markets for developing world sovereign debt and designed some of Southern Africa’s first debt-equity swaps.
"In 1990 Mr Bernstein founded Conservation Corporation Africa, and as its Deputy Chairman and joint CEO, established the company as a leading eco-tourism organisation in sub-Saharan Africa. In 1992, it successfully completed one of South Africa's first international private placements in the post apartheid era. The company pioneered private sector/state partnerships in eco-tourism and conservation development and grew to over 3,000 employees, operating 25 ecotourism and related investment and development subsidiaries in 8 African countries, financed with both regional and international capital."