Yudhi Iskandarsyah finished his education in forestry from Bogor Agricultural University, while his master degree in Environmental Management he obtained from the School of Forestry and Environmental Management at Yale University. His early career was with CIFOR as a research assistant at a project on the development of non timber forest products (NTFP) where he explored the environmental, economic, and social aspects of NTFP.
Yudi has a vast experience in natural resources management and the development of certification systems for forest management. At the Indonesian Ecolabelling institute (LEI) he was involved in the development of forest certification schemes for natural forest management and smallholder/community forestry. Later, he was member of the working group developing the National Interpretation for the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) during his work for The Nature Conservancy. He was actively involved in the development of the Indonesian Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) as an early member of the technical working group. He also contributed to the ASEAN Chain of Custody (CoC) Guide for timbers from legal and sustainable sources with the RAFT Program. Yudi is a registered auditor with BRIK QS for SVLK in Indonesian timber industries.