Verina joined CIFOR as a Scientist in 2008 in the Central Africa office. As coordinator of the Forests and Livelihood Programme she focused on the outcomes of forest conservation and management, and human well being. She has been a Senior Associate since August 2010, whilst completing her PhD with the University of Amsterdam on the governance and sustainable livelihoods of non-timber forest products. She was previously Senior Adviser on natural resources management with the Netherlands Development Organisation and the SNV/DfID Forest Governance Facility in Cameroon. She has worked in over 30 countries on natural resource management and policy issues. She has MScs in Environmental Sciences and Human Resources, and a BSc in Management Sciences.