Ir Bart W van Assen, MSc obtained his BSc degree in Tropical Forestry in 1990 from Larenstein International Highschool and his MSc degree in 1993 from Wageningen Agricultural University. He has held the position of Director of Field Operations at Double Helix Tracking Technologies (Singapore), and prior to that worked as General Manager of Gaia Commoditas. He has worked with various firms on long- and short-term assignments, including Global Forest Watch (USA), the Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute, and the Institute for Agro-Technological Research (The Netherlands).
Bart has over 20 years of experience in auditing and coaching – mainly at forest and plantation management enterprises (MEs) and chain-of-custody (CoC) – both for profit and non-profit enterprises. He is a qualified as ME/CoC Auditor under CertiSource, FSC, PEFC and RSPO, candidate CoC Auditor for VLK, as well as ISO 9001 lead auditor. He is one of the few people with an extensive track record covering all disciplines of certification (profit, people, and planet) in Indonesia, and collaborated with leading certification bodies like Control Union Certifications, the Rainforest Alliance, and Scientific Certification Services.
Bart also volunteers as Technical Adviser to Orangutan Land Trust, Vice Chair of Sekolah Bogor Raya’s Soccer Team, and PhilosopHare and Master Hound of Bogor HHH. In his spare time, Bart is an avid kite-flier.