Team - Lord Of The Trees
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    WHO
    WE ARE

Our Team

The Treehuggers

  • Aymeric Maudous

    Aymeric Maudous

    Founder and CEO

  • Raphael Wood

    Raphael Wood

    Carbon Credits Advisor

  • Mahmood Hussein

    Mahmood Hussein

    Flight Operations

  • Jeff Lubrano

    Jeff Lubrano

    Chief Creative Officer

  • Don Wiviott

    Don Wiviott

    Chief Sustainability Officer

  • Stephen King

    Stephen King

    Head of Partnerships

  • David Kennett

    David Kennett

    Forestry Expert

  • Susan Petrie

    Susan Petrie

    Editor

  • Kate Engler

    Kate Engler

    Public Relations

  • Monique Projceski

    Monique Projceski

    Office Manager

  • Katherine Sainty

    Katherine Sainty

    Lawyer

  • Becca Dakini

    Becca Dakini

    Business Development

Aymeric Maudous

Founder and CEO

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.

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 communications reflect the mission and values of our organisation.

Don Wiviott

Chief Sustainability Officer

Building soil and relationships. It’s how Don demonstrates his commitment to restoring rangeland, farms, and forests with Lord of the Trees. He has partnered with investors and organic farmers in the midwestern U.S. and Serves on the Board of the Iowa Farmers’ Union. Prior to living in Iowa, Don ran for Congress in New Mexico, lobbied, and created intentional Green Live/Work communities. Don holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, and an MBA from Harvard. Don draws on a solid foundation as the founder of a desalination distribution company, president of manufacturing and distribution companies, Managing Member and General Partner of a series of Green developments that recycled water and utilized solar thermal systems. Don is also experienced with diplomatic stakeholder engagement and is a seasoned veteran when it comes to addressing environmental, social, and political concerns.

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.

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.

Susan Petrie

Editor

Susan Petrie is a writer for LOTT, where she combines her appreciation for sci-tech with her passion for the natural world and love of language. Susan is the former editor of Photonics Spectra, a monthly B2B covering lasers, optics, and imaging. She also holds an MFA in Poetry from Bennington College. In 2021, her book “100-Mile Home: A Story Map of Albany, Troy & the Hudson River” was published. In her free time, Susan can be found wandering the Hudson River, where she photographs and writes about the convergence of human and natural infrastructures.

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.

Monique Projceski

Office Manager

As the office manager for Lord of the Trees, Monique Projceski combines her passion for nature and the environment with her business background. Monique holds a Bachelor of Management degree and a Diploma in Financial Planning. She also brings 15 years of experience in business administration and management. Monique has worked in a range of fields that include business administration, financial planning, accounting, and contract management. She believes that everyone can make a positive impact on the environment; each small step adds up to a big difference!

Katherine Sainty

Lawyer

Katherine works closely with the Lord of the Trees team providing legal and strategic advice and insights on everything from fundraising and carbon credits to drone contracting and technology investments, tailored to the organisation’s business objectives.Katherine is the principal and founder of Sainty Law and she draws strength from delivering innovative and cost-effective solutions. She has more than 30 years’ experience, with 10 of those years spent as a partner with the leading Australian law firm, Allens Linklaters. Her expertise in corporate and commercial law focuses focus on digital, technology, and privacy.Katherine has recently been recognized as a "5-star Cyber Lawyer."

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.

COMPANY
CULTURE

Let's do this together !

Lord Of The Trees is proud to offer challenging
positions in a purposeful, innovative business.

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AYMERIC MAUDOUS PRESENTATION
“Hello! Bonjour!

I’m glad you decided to check us out a little further. Here are some of my thoughts about creating an excellent environment for capable, mission-driven people seeking an honest challenge. I felt that the traditional working culture needed a revolution when I started Lord of the Trees, and this is how I infuse some principles of “New Work” into our growing organization.” 
Aymeric Maudous – Founder and CEO

Lord of the Trees was founded by Aymeric Maudous in 2019. It was a natural expression of his desire to join with like-minded people to help create a more ecologically and socially sustainable future for people and the planet.

Lord of the Trees’ external mission is simple: we work with the land-use sector to repair and restore damaged landscapes. This mission is accomplished in two basic ways:

 

    1. by supporting indigenous land management practices with leading-edge technologies; and,
    2. by attracting talented, thoughtful, and courageous humans who also want to help care for the world around us.

 

Lord of the Trees’ internal mission is straightforward, too, and is defined by a similarly equitable and sustainable approach.

As a triple-bottom-line venture, we aim to equally balance People, Planet, and Profits. Because we are a group of well-intentioned people working to be part of the solution, creativity, honesty, respect, and commitment are our shared values. We do our best toward those ends. Specifically:

 

    • We’re committed to creating a work style that’s flexible and respectful, even as it moves across time zones.
    • We work together to set and achieve mutually agreed-upon goals and KPIs.
    • We discuss what to measure and how.
    • We determine what success looks like, and evaluate progress at regular intervals.
    • We’re accountable to clients, but just as importantly, we remain accountable to each other, with all our quirks.

 

The team that’s assembled so far is a pretty innovative bunch. We’re constantly learning and staying adventurous, and we’re building the kind of trust and pioneering spirit that will help us to — quite literally — transform the world.

If you’re intrigued by flat hierarchies, want to have a lot of fun, and are ready to make some big plans,

Jot “Big Plans” in the subject line,
and tell us why you’d be the right addition to the team. 🚀

If you’d like to dig a little deeper first, expand below.
Aymeric describes some of the pillars of Lord of the Trees.
Have a look at his vision for creating a harmonious, profitable, and sustainable work culture.

Lord of the Trees is a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) that combines high-tech with true sustainability.
Therefore, transparency and humility are intrinsic parts of our core values.
And, that’s why we are open about everything we do. Here are our company pillars:

    • Freedom:
      Time is our most valuable resource. We want to make it possible for everyone on the team to use their time as sustainably as possible – purposeful, flexible, and adequate to their current situation in life.
      Freedom builds on mutual trust.
      Therefore, we offer trust-based working hours and holidays, while we invite every team member to make the world their office. We work remotely in part- or full-time from wherever we want. Together, we establish project plans and deadlines, and then work our best schedule to accomplish them.
    • Learning:
      Every single day offers so much to discover. At Lord of the Trees, we regularly take the time to discover new things and broaden our horizons.
      Sometimes it might not go according to plan, but hey, mistakes are part of the learning process. Let’s celebrate our mistakes and learn together from these experiences.
      We support each other to grow – on a personal and a professional level. That can be done through training, a workshop, or our volunteer initiative. With a free mind and an open heart, we can use our knowledge to make the impossible happen.
    • Health:
      We work in an agile environment that is based on self-organization and autonomy. Such a way of working brings its own challenges. We find it important that we learn how to take good care of ourselves even when a deadline is approaching.
      At Lord of the Trees, we’re working together on something really good — and in order for us to do that, we need to be healthy, rested, and balanced. We feel that it’s important to keep our bodies fit and minds healthy, so Lord of the Trees sponsors various meditation and sports activities.
    • An open mind:
      Everyone is different, but we are all equal. At Lord of the Trees, we celebrate the diversity of human life with all its aspects. To be honest, we still have quite a way to go. But we’re motivated and always looking for new methods to challenge the status quo and break with traditional rules.
      We also have a transparent salary matrix to guarantee fair and understandable wages. Our corporate language is English to ensure that we always understand each other. To avoid faux pas between the lines, we communicate in a peaceful way and provide constructive feedback.
    • Community:
      Externally, we engage with our users and further stakeholders at eye level and invite them to actively participate. Their needs help us to guide our actions. Internally, we keep an open communication style so team members are free to bring up questions or inconsistencies. The goal is to achieve the right mix of self-realization, self-determination, and self-sufficiency to the rest of the team.


Sustainability is an integral part of our culture: It is our responsibility as a company to support members of our team in their initiatives, and give them adequate time and budget to do so.
As such, we have a volunteer initiative that lets employees take up to five paid days off per year to use for their own volunteer activities.

If you feel energized and curious about the next step with Lord of the Trees, send an email , introduce yourself, and let’s start a conversation. It all begins with the question of what you really want to do!

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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

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.

UNSW

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.

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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.

RMIT University

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.

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Crowther Lab

Crowther Lab is an interdisciplinary team of scientists at ETH Zurich which applies ecosystem science to address the effects of climate change on the environment and biodiversity loss, sharing and generating knowledge to guide ecosystem management.  They serve as advisors to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and the World Economic Forum’s 1T.org campaign.

‘Biodiversity is the key to life on Earth and reviving our damaged planet’, says ecologist Thomas Crowther. ‘Restor’ was created, a far-reaching, informative non-profit organisation that connects people to scientific data, and to each other, in order to increase the impact, scale, sustainability, help re-establish biodiversity in our planet’s ecosystems, conserve, protect and restore nature, combat climate change, enhance human health and wellbeing.

Crowther Lab research land management methods across a wide range approaches, from conservation, to agroforestry and holistic soil management in order to boost biodiversity and enhance carbon storage.

Al for Good

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.

University of Sydney

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.

Art Direction
Jeff Lubrano
Editor
Susan Petrie
Dev Team
Clément Bellier
Florian Peccate
Hugo Foubert
Elsa Vaubert
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