Lord of the Trees
LORD OF THE TREES

Our Team

The Treehuggers

  • <br>Aymeric Maudous


    Aymeric Maudous

    Founder and Director

  • <br>Monica Dodi


    Monica Dodi

    Trust and Foundation Executive Director

  • <br>Raphael Wood


    Raphael Wood

    Carbon Credits Advisor

  • <br>Mahmood Hussein


    Mahmood Hussein

    Flight Operations

  • <br>Jeff Lubrano


    Jeff Lubrano

    Chief Creative Officer

  • <br>Alison Haysey


    Alison Haysey

    Project Manager

  • <br>Stephen King


    Stephen King

    Head of Partnerships

  • <br>Becca Dakini


    Becca Dakini

    Business Development

  • <br>Don Wiviott


    Don Wiviott

    Chief Strategy Officer

  • <br>Kate Engler


    Kate Engler

    Public Relations

  • <br>David Kennett


    David Kennett

    Forestry Expert

  • <br>Andrew Vukosav


    Andrew Vukosav

    Photographer- Pilot


Aymeric Maudous

Founder and Director

Holding two Master’s Degrees, one in International Marketing and one in Environmental Management, Aymeric has a long history of caring about global sustainability. Aymeric moved to Australia in 2004 and worked on a forestry project in Western Australia, which stoked his passion for being involved in ground-level environmental sustainability. The project was subsequently awarded the United Nations World Environment Day award for the category “Meeting The Greenhouse Challenge.”In 2009, Aymeric launched the world’s first EcoXpo in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, allowing those committed to sustainable living to showcase how equally achievable it is for consumers and businesses alike. This successful expo ran for 6 years before Aymeric sold it so he could focus on other entrepreneurial pursuits. At the end of 2019, after an extensive career as a brand marketer for Renault, Disney, Louis Vuitton (LVMH) and -- more recently – MaisonNets, Aymeric founded Lord of the Trees, Australia’s first commercial drone planting scheme. Recently, Aymeric was hand-picked to be part of an international cohort of sustainability experts to participate in Al Gore’s “Climate Reality Leadership” course. Aymeric currently studies at Yale School of the Environment for the Tropical Forest Landscapes certificate about conservation and restoration of topical ecosystems to address pressing environmental and social challenges.


Monica Dodi

Trust and Foundation Executive Director

Monica brings over 30 years’ experience in building highly successful companies in the fields of engineering databases, digital media, and consumer products. She also invested in innovative companies with Softbank, the Women’s VC Fund, and The 22 Fund. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a degree in international economics from Georgetown University. Monica travelled the world to successfully establish MTV in 16 countries across Europe, and she led Disney’s consumer products division in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.Monica then moved on to become SVP at Warner Brothers, establishing television channels worldwide, and was recruited to be CEO of AOL’s first entertainment channels, which reached operational breakeven in less than a year, with 4 million unique visitors per day. Subsequently, Monica was Softbank Technology Ventures “Entrepreneur-in-Residence”. Noticing a lack of diversity in venture-backed investments, she co-founded the Women’s VC Fund and The 22 Fund to support high potential yet overlooked female and minority entrepreneurs. Monica is an ardent and active climate activist and was a founding board director of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Project. She is perfectly positioned to assist Lord of the Trees in establishing and maintaining key relationships across our Trust and Foundation partners.


Raphael Wood

Carbon Credits Advisor

Raphael Wood, B.Sc., Geology, is currently president of the Australian Carbon Standards Association, making him the perfect person to lead Lord of the Trees’ carbon credits structure and support us at the forefront of global carbon and environmental markets. His career highlights include 5 years advising the Australian Federal Government on environmental markets, and 2.5 years working with Australia’s largest carbon project developer.As a manager for Clean Energy Markets from 2010-2015 at The Clean Energy Regulator, (which administered the Clean Energy Act and included the Renewable Energy Target; the Carbon Farming Initiative; and the Emissions Reduction Fund), Raph also managed a team of analysts who monitored the evolving carbon and renewable energy markets. During his time as head of environmental markets and strategy at GreenCollar, Raphael combined his private and public sector knowledge of environmental markets to identify and commercialise opportunities in the Carbon and renewable sectors in Australia. Raphael will ensure Lord of the Trees takes a leadership role in Australia and around the globe in the carbon credit sector, and will help guide and advise Lord of the Trees’ corporate partners about the importance of adopting a carbon credit scheme into their operations.


Mahmood Hussein

Flight Operations

In 2014, Mahmood Hussein founded Global Drone Solutions, a CASA-approved drone pilot training organization used and trusted by BHP, Fortescue, Regis Resources, KPMG and Water Corp for their drone pilot training requirements.Mahmood understands the need to harness drone technology to solve social, business, and environmental demands. He is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading drone training experts and pilot providers.Ensuring he is at the cutting edge of drone technology, Mahmood has lived and breathed drones and the industry for several years, paying close attention to any and all changes or shifts the industry is making, quickly discovering, mastering and packaging the latest innovations that drone technology has to offer.With a background as a senior executive holding positions with national and multi-national market leaders in the mining, automotive and advanced manufacturing industries, Mahmood now brings his vast drone and business knowledge to Lord of The Trees. At Lord of The Trees, Mahmood will oversee all drone operations and training of pilots, and use his extensive industry connections to advance the message and reach of our drone planting technology.


Jeff Lubrano

Chief Creative Officer

‘Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.’ - Sir Francis Bacon. Words that Jeff Lubrano works and lives by. Jeff founded Studio Fertile, in Paris in 2005, a studio dedicated to creative environmental, and digital design with purpose.These are the words that Jeff Lubrano works and lives by.After being the youngest journalist in France to launch his own magazine, ‘NOWAY Skateboarding Magazine’ in 1988, Jeff went on to become director of communications for Veolia in Switzerland (specialising in all aspects of waste management and sustainability). Following that, he was based in Germany and worked for Électricité de France (EDF), EDF is Europe’s largest electricity company, is committed to building a net-zero energy future.Jeff’s new venture in Normandy resulted in the ingenious ‘Les Pailles La Perche’ - organic straws made from straw. They caught the attention of Greta Thunberg, whom he met when she was awarded the Freedom Prize during the Normandy World Peace Forum 2019, in France. He is an affiliated member of the Circular Economy Club, the Alliance Française des Designers and Ambassador in Paris to the 5 Gyres Institute, and is a fervent defender of environmental endeavours, both philanthropic and commercial, with conscience. Jeff marries his love of the environment with his creative skills and will ensure all the Lord of the Trees digital communications reflect the mission and values of our organisation.


Alison Haysey

Project Manager

Alison works in collaboration with Australia’s First Nations People in order to develop our reforestation projects in direct consultation -- and respectfully -- with Traditional Owners of the land. She spent her formative years in the pacific islands of Vanuatu, and has retained a strong sense of sharing; the value of cultural diversity; and, respect for others, community, and the environment.This would, in turn, lead her to discover Australia’s own immense cultural heritage and connection to country. Alison will liaise with local indigenous people on each of the Lord of the Trees planting projects, both in Australia and overseas, to ensure the original custodians of the land and their inherent wisdom about the local flora and fauna micro-environments informs the locations and species.


Stephen King

Head of Partnerships

Stephen brings with him 25+ years of experience in sponsorship and partnership engagements, as well as business development for corporates, private enterprise, and not-for-profits. Stephen founded The Sponsorship Brokers, a team of specialists who create meaningful long-term revenue-generating partnerships in the not-for-profit sector, with for-profit entities, and with member- based organizations.He is also a co-founder of Sponsology, the world’s first online matching platform for sponsorship, partnerships and philanthropic giving. His work with Lord of the Trees will focus on procuring partnerships with organizations that are aligned with, and supportive of, our mission to replant and regenerate our planet.


Becca Dakini

Business Development

Becca Dakini is a creative and strategic polymath who is driven by her passion for the preservation and restoration of the natural world. She is an executive producer, creative strategist, COO, and program director with more than 20 years of experience internationally in management, communications, operations, business development, production and project management. She has worked in such sectors as events, media, environment, arts, and with non-profits.Becca is also an experienced designer, speaker, writer, content creator, and has worked with some of the world’s leading talent and storytellers whose projects focus on planetary solutions, indigenous rights, and social justice. They include Planet Home, Onedom, The DoLab, Burning Man Org, Buckminster Fuller Institute, and the Trillion Trees Coalition.


Don Wiviott

Chief Strategy Officer

Building soil and relationships. It’s how Don demonstrates his commitment to restoring rangeland and forests with Lord of the Trees. He has partnered with investors and organic farmers in the midwestern U.S. and serves as the treasurer of the Iowa Farmers’ Union. Prior to living in Iowa, Don ran for federal office in New Mexico, lobbied, and created intentional communities. Don holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, and an MBA from Harvard.Don picks up on opportunities that most people miss, and has created new business entities and operating units from a standing start by focusing on core concepts. Don draws on a solid foundation as a chief operating officer, managing partner, general partner, and an IBM-trained sales manager. In terms of strategic planning, Don is a big-picture thinker who employs strong analytical and decision-making skills to maximize revenue, constantly gut-checks core strategies, and optimizes profitability. He’s a quick study who rapidly synthesizes information, draws sound conclusions, and acts decisively. Don is also experienced with diplomatic stakeholder engagement and is aseasoned veteran when it comes to addressing environmental, social, and political concerns while operating profitability within a business environment.Don’s specialties include green & sustainable building, strategic planning and execution, marketing, creating profitable companies, design concepts, and lobbying. He is also knowledgeable with regenerative production agriculture and is recognized for his emotional intelligence, creativity, and collaborative abilities.


Kate Engler

Public Relations

For many years Kate was a corporate high-flyer. She had a hugely successful career as a highly sought after communications and PR specialist. During this time she worked with internationally recognised brands including World Vision, P&O Cruises, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Starlight Children’s Foundation, BedShed, Homeloans Ltd, Australand, Sanwa Vines, and Dilmah Tea. 

A decade ago, Kate turned her back on the corporate world to help small and medium-sized businesses like Lord of the Trees gain media exposure in print, on the radio and on TV. Every year, Kate controls hundreds of hours of TV and radio time, and hundreds of pages of national, local and specialty newspapers and magazines. She knows the media world inside out, and uses her knowledge, experience and contacts to help us get featured on some of Australia’s biggest TV shows, radio stations and in some of the nation’s biggest circulating newspapers including.

Apart from her extensive knowledge industry experience, Kate is known as an engaging, generous presenter and for her warm, welcoming and surprisingly (for a PR person) genuine nature.For many years Kate was a corporate high-flyer. She had a hugely successful career as a highly sought after communications and PR specialist. During this time she worked with internationally recognised brands including World Vision, P&O Cruises, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Starlight Children’s Foundation, BedShed, Homeloans Ltd, Australand, Sanwa Vines, and Dilmah Tea.

A decade ago, Kate turned her back on the corporate world to help small and medium-sized businesses like Lord of the Trees gain media exposure in print, on the radio and on TV. Every year, Kate controls hundreds of hours of TV and radio time, and hundreds of pages of national, local and specialty newspapers and magazines. She knows the media world inside out, and uses her knowledge, experience and contacts to help us get featured on some of Australia’s biggest TV shows, radio stations and in some of the nation’s biggest circulating newspapers including.

Apart from her extensive knowledge industry experience, Kate is known as an engaging, generous presenter and for her warm, welcoming and surprisingly (for a PR person) genuine nature.


David Kennett

Forestry Expert

David has explored the reasons why trees in natural forests have a 98% survival rate vs only 2% within forestry plantations and has worked to develop methods that emulate Nature’s methods. Convinced that the traditional forestry methods, inherited from Britain, were not the most appropriate for Australia’s arid conditions, David Kennett acquired a severely salt-degraded property in a semi-arid region of Western Australia in 2001 to test and perfect his planting theories. This marked the beginning of his ‘Arid Region Forestry Research Project: Auria’. 

As of 2020, over a million trees have been planted on his 242Ha ‘Auria’, research property, lowering the water table by over 2 metres and seeing a return of wildlife to the area. Degraded land up and down the catchment, that had not carried crops for 60 years or more, is gradually recovering and able to grow crops.

David’s work has been widely recognised, a finalist in the category ‘Meeting the Greenhouse Challenge’ in 2009 at the United Nations Association of Australia, ‘World Environment Day Awards’ and again in 2011 in the ‘Individual Award’ category.David is now assisting Lord of the Trees with the development of direct-seeding technology, that will enable a myriad of endemic plant species to be established over vast regions of land that are not accessible by machines. David’s discoveries and understanding of subtle, previously-unrecognised influences affecting plant survival and growth rates, allows Lord of the Trees to address relevant challenges in the ecosystems in which we work.


Andrew Vukosav

Photographer- Pilot

Andrew is highly sought after commercial and fine art photographer with a passion for flight and the Australian landscape.With decades of experience in his craft as both photographer and pilot, the combination of his passions manifested in fitting out Vukosav’s single engine Cessna 182 with a Phase One Industrial digital camera into the underbelly of the fuselage. 

enabling him to use the whole plane as a camera body, pitching it into position for each shot. Every photograph is remarkable in its elaborate detail and beautiful patterns of vegetation, rock formations, flowing water and animal tracks.

Andrew has been commissioned on works throughout Australia, Asia and the USA creating imagery for clients such as BHP, Optus, Singapore Airlines, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Vogue, to name but a few.He is an award winning photographer (“Cannes Lion” recipient), and uses his love of, and passion for ,adventure & freedom to raise awareness of the fragility of the planet and contribute to highlighting the importance of preservation and sustainability so that it endures for future generations” says Andrew.

OUR VALUED PARTNERS

Collaboration is at the very heart of what we do, and essential to achieving our goals.

We’re proud to work with :

CSIRO

RMIT University

The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust

UNSW Australia

The University of Sydney

AI for Good

CSIRO

CSIRO, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia’s national science agency dedicated to improving the lives all through science. Advancements through innovations and inventions created have made a momentous impact on people around the globe.

CSIRO works with industry partners, government and researchers in order to transform science into genuine solutions and thus address some of the most pressing challenges supporting innovative endeavours addressing issues from food security and quality to cleaner energy, the environment, health and wellbeing.

RMIT University

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is a highly regarded global university of technology, design and enterprise which provides solutions for industry by supporting partners and businesses through research and development.

Partnership with Lord of the Trees aims to expound critical global concerns with the purpose of delivering significant solutions that will have genuine environmental, social, and economic impact.

The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust

Lord of the Trees is proud to be a Supporting Partner of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, which comprises the Australian Institute of Botanical Science and Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Mount Annan and Mount Tomah, and the Domain.

Our support goes towards the Gardens’ world-leading research and conservation projects, as the Gardens’ scientists work to mitigate some of the critical environmental challenges facing our planet.

The Royal Botanic Garden is Australia’s oldest scientific institution studying and documenting plant life in New South Wales and Australia for over 200 years and brings together world-leading staff with expertise in the fields of science and horticulture.

The world leading Australian Institute of Botanical Science is anchored by the Australian PlantBank within the Domain. PlantBank is part of the Millennium Seed Bank Project.

UNSW Australia

Lord of the Trees is supported through a partnership with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), which includes students and academics from both the Faculties of Science and Engineering.

UNSW is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities and partner with local and global communities enabling the sharing of both knowledge and research outcomes.

The UNSW Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences combine leading multidisciplinary knowledge across various research centres such as : the Centre for Ecosystem Science, the Climate Change Research Centre, the Evolution and Ecology Research Centre, The Earth and Sustainability Science Research Centre, and the Centre for Marine Science and Innovation.

The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney and partners strive to take to lead in finding solutions to the world’s most difficult problems affecting our health, environment, technology, and culture through research initiatives and achievements.

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, which focus on the twin challenges of environmental protection and alleviating inequality through sustainable development, have ranked the university first in Australia and second globally.

The University of Sydney is dedicated to bringing community science research and engagement initiatives through collaboration with industry partners such as Lord of the Trees to identify innovative methods to apply and drive our findings.

AI for Good

AI for Good work towards advancing technical solutions that support and assist expansion of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals while supporting and providing access cutting edge tools and technology to those wanting to change the world.

Founded by team of Machine Learning and Social Science Researchers in 2015 in the USA, AI for Good continues to bring together a diverse group of interdisciplinary scholars, partners, volunteers, governments, and corporations to find, prototype, scale ideas that promote and accelerate genuine social change.