Raintrust Advisors

 Paul Risley
                      Charles Vincent

Charles has just finished his 27 year career with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) where he held high level positions for the last 18 years. He was WFP Representative and Country Director in Afghanistan and the DR Congo where he led two of the most complex operations for WFP, as well as in Haiti in the late 90’s. He also directed operations in the former Yugoslavia during the 1992-95 war in that region. Charles developed and promoted the concept of local procurement of commodities from local farmers’ cooperatives and associations. He also started a number of innovative projects including reforestation in Afghanistan and rehabilitation of logistic infrastructure in DR Congo. He has a Masters in International Agricultural Development with a specialization in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis, USA as well as a BA in political science with a specialization in international relations and a minor in international economics from Haverford College, Haverford, USA.

David Vander Gullik – RainTrust Advisor Indonesia
David has nearly 20 years experience working with reclaimed wood in the Indonesian archipelago. As one of the first in Indonesia to bring reclaimed wood products to the west, his concern over unsustainable logging practices solidified his commitment to working only with salvaged and reclaimed woods. After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Agricultural Economics, he went on to do contract work for the BC government, gaining extensive experience in farm management consulting. As his passion for protecting the forest and its people became his driving force, he moved his business attention to Indonesia in 1997, founding a partnered venture in East Java, focused on sourcing, designing and producing furniture and houses from reclaimed wood. Later expanding to a second production facility and retail business in Bali, he spent the subsequent years working directly within the local trading network of reclaimed woods in Bali, East Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan, and came to have a deep understanding of the complex business culture of Indonesia at the ground level.

                           Wolfgang Broge – Eco-Tours Director of Brazil

Wolfgang Broge – Eco-Tours Director of Brazil
30 years of South America and the Amazon have made this region his second homeland. On location for his numerous films he spent many months on the rivers and in the forests of this area. While shooting the four-part series on Alexander von Humboldt “From the Orinoko to the Andes”, for example, he followed the route of the famous explorer from Venezuela over Columbia and Ecuador to Peru, for his five-part documentary “A Myth of 7,000 Kilometres – The Amazon River” he followed the course of the entire River Amazon from its source in the Andes to its estuary. He revealed “The Secret of Tatunca Nara”, the alleged chieftain of the Uga Mogulala, in reality, however, the German Hansi Hauck. Together with Rüdiger Nehberg (Germany’s most famous adventurer “Sir Vival”) he mingled with gold-diggers who had penetrated the region of the Yanomani Indians, an extremely dangerous operation, which resulted in the making of the film “Gold Fever In The Amazon”.

In the past Wolfgang worked as a state-certified mountain and skiing guide. As an extreme mountaineer he climbed, among other mountains, the 8,000-metre Annapurna in the Himalayas complete with film equipment, and he also scaled the most difficult sheer rock faces of the Alps, for example, the north face of the Eiger. He crossed the Sahara from Egypt to the Sudan and then went on to Kenya. In Africa he survived several adventures together with Rüdiger Nehberg, and he has worked for thirty years as a camera man and film author.