Alex Sutton

PGCert Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains (Commendation), Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability leadership, 2016
DipSBP (Distinction) Sustainable Business Practice, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, UK, 2013
MSc (Distinction) Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews, 2011
BA (Hons) Geography, University of Oxford, 2010.

Alex is a Consultant & Project Manager focused on forestry, agriculture, and value chain assignments. He has over seven years of experience providing sustainability, supply chain and programme management services to businesses, governments and international development agencies. Since completing his BA (Hons) in Geography at Oxford University, Alex has attained an MSc in Sustainable Development from St Andrews University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains from Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). Previously Alex worked for a multinational food and beverage company corporate sustainability team and a government environmental regulator. His focus and interest has been on better understanding sustainable forest product trade, forest management and smallholder land use dynamics. Since joining LTS, Alex has project managed the UK Department for International Development (DFID) China-UK Collaboration on International Forest Investment & Trade Programme (InFIT), the UK Central Point for Expertise on Timber (CPET) and delivered several forest risk commodity and supply chain assignments. The InFIT programme is focused on supporting the development of a Chinese Timber Legality Verification System and timber, rubber and palm oil responsible investment guidelines for Chinese businesses. Alex has a strong understanding of forest governance, zero deforestation commitments, landscape approaches and smallholder natural resource management. This has been supported by his practical experience working on an arboretum and community forest management programmes in East and West Africa. He has developed expertise in forest product certification schemes, responsible sourcing, supply chain assessments, and value chain development. Alex provides research, analysis and project management for clients in Africa and Asia.

Bamboo Sector Competitiveness Study – Agronomy Overview

LTS is provided Bamboo agronomy consultancy services to DFID’s Business Innovation Facility (BIF) in Myanmar to complete a Bamboo Sector Competitiveness Study (2015). Myanmar has the third largest stock of bamboo in the world but the resource value is largely underestimated due to the lack of awareness of its potential as a processed commodity for export and the priority given by the Government, and investors, to exploit natural resources (e.g.: teak, oil and gas), or to develop industrial plantations such as rubber and palm oil involving the acquisition (through concession) and clearance of land. The study analysed Myanmar’s competitive advantage on the international market for high-value addition processed and manufactured bamboo and how different business models could contribute to poverty reduction and to what extent.

Market Development of Bamboo and Rattan Products with Potential

The overall objective of the project administered by the International Network on Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) is to improve the quality, durability, market opportunities and resource base of bamboo and rattan commodities and their sustainable development in Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar. The project will achieve this by assisting bamboo and rattan producers, craftsman and traders for resources base development, design improvement, value addition and market promotion. The project will contribute to poverty alleviation by generating additional income to rural communities and providing employment in processing facilities. The project has three components to achieve the desired objective:

  1. To develop and introduce rehabilitation and certification systems of bamboo and rattan resources
  2. To provide design improvement of the bamboo and rattan commodities meeting medium and high quality standards of the developed western markets
  3. To ensure dissemination of the new technologies through the training and networking with particular stress on integrating women into the dissemination process

LTS is the Supervisory Body for this project. This involves:

  • Monitoring of project progress
  • Examination of project workplans, budgets and reports, financial statements and auditor’s reports
  • Guidance on best practice re project implementation, management and technical issues to ensure effective project impacts
  • Mid-term review and terminal evaluation

Picture Credits to Christopher Augapfel