Françoise Van de Ven, GTF Director

Françoise Van de Ven has been a member of the GTF board since May 2016. She has supported several GTF-facilitated activities in Africa, including SME needs assessment research and a subsequent regional exchange in Douala and more recently organised & hosted the GTF West & Central Africa Summit.

Francoise has worked in the forest products sector for almost 40 years, half of which have been spent in Africa. She has been secretary general of Union des Forestiers Industriels du Gabon et Amenagistes (UFIGA) since October 2015 and previously acted as Secretary General of the Timber Industrial Federation, Fédération des Industriels du Bois in D.R.C. Françoise is also on the board of Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT), where she is actively involved in projects dealing with governance, transparency and legality issues.