Major assignments undertaken by Alan Ogle / Ogle Consulting Ltd over the last 15 years include:
NEW ZEALAND & OFFSHORE - Ongoing Forest Investment Management including finance functions, marketing and day to day harvesting oversight for 10 clients in New Zealand plus business mentoring in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
VIETNAM - Team Leader for 20 days (spread over 2.5 months) for a Trust Fund for Forests, Hanoi Project Completion Final Review (FR) of the Finnish MFA funded FORMIS Project. The FORMIS Project involved building a modern forest information system for improved decision making to ultimately cover the whole of Vietnam from central to local level. The FR consisted of a team of 3 consultants to independently assess after 3 years whether the chosen approaches were sound/ sustainable and whether the resources available were used in and efficient and appropriate way.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA - A 5 day management information systems review for a large forestry sector company experiencing management information/ accounting reporting difficulties.
VIETNAM - Team Leader for 21 days (spread over 2 months) for an appraisal/ design review of the 2nd phase Project Document of Finnish MFA funded FORMIS Project. The FORMIS Project involves building a modern forest information system for improved decision making to ultimately cover the whole of Vietnam from central to local level. The appraisal consisted of a team of 3 consultants to independently assess the 2nd phase project document to span the period 2012 to 2017.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 40 days spread over 5 visits to Papua New Guinea over the period 2012 to 2014 and ongoing. Funded by Business Mentors NZ/ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Project involves business mentoring to 15 individual indigenous owned businesses. The aim of the programme is to provide pragmatic assistance to improve the economic benefits flowing from successful businesses plus provide input to Government on factors affecting business growth. The mentoring has included 2 new business planning / feasibility studies for agro processing businesses.
VIETNAM - Team Leader for 25 days (spread over 3 months) for Mid Term Review (MTR) of Finnish MFA funded FORMIS Project. The FORMIS Project involves building a modern forest information system for improved decision making to ultimately cover the whole of Vietnam from central to local level. The MTR consisted of a team of 3 consultants to independently assess after 2 years whether the chosen approaches are sound/ sustainable and whether the resources available are being used in and efficient and appropriate way. The project included a review of Government policies and plans for the sector.
NEW ZEALAND - Forest Product Administrative/ Marketing Manager : Managing the consenting processes, infrastructure construction and sale process for a 130,000m3 of saw logs for a private forest owning company. An on-going (2011 to 2016) part-time assignment involving tendering, negotiations and contractor supervision of a $6 million package of contracts.
NEW ZEALAND - Consultant to Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for 2 months to research and draft a CITES Appendix II proposal for kwila/merbau (Intsia spp.) following the Annex 6 criteria, as part a concept/plan for the greater protection of the remaining kwila/ merbau resource.
INDIA - Consultant for to the Tripura Forest Environmental Improvement and Poverty Alleviation Project (JICA Funded). The project objectives centre on enhancing the effectiveness of Forest Department activities in interaction with forest dwelling and fringe communities, including increased support for income generation from alternative sources including NTFP. Engaged as Income Generation Activity and NTFP Marketing Specialist for 15 months over 4.5 years (2008 to 2011)
VIETNAM - Consultant to the Forests for Livelihood Improvement in the Central Highlands. (ADB Funded). The project objectives include formulating technically sound and socially relevant forest plans for over 3 million ha of natural forests and plantations on bare land and effective participation of the local communities and the private sector in sustainable forestry. Engaged as Business Planning and Forest Valuation specialist for a period of 12 months spread over 5 years. (2008 to 2012)
VIETNAM - A 2 week update for private sector interests on plantation forest areas, future wood-flows, wood pricing and competitive analysis on potential pulpwood growing areas in Vietnam.
EAST AFRICA - Consultant to assist in the preparation of a policy paper for improving the access, use and management of miombo woodlands by rural poor people. Input included NTFP/ timber market issues, payment for environmental services, business advisory services and financing. (World Bank funded desk based study)
NEW ZEALAND - Consultant to Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for 2 months to research the practicality and feasibility of introducing a supplier declaration of legality on all timber and wood products sold in New Zealand.
VIETNAM - Consultant for 5 months to Forestry Department/ World Bank to assist in preparation of a “Program Partnership for Sustainable Forest Land Management. Engaged as institutions and financing specialist to prepare project profiles for 4 degraded forest areas plus draw together a broader sector wide program to fund accelerated land allocation and improve forest land management.
MOZAMBIQUE - Consultant for 5 weeks to USAID in a forestry sector study to identify constraints impacting environmentally sustainable production and management of forestry and wood production. This included an assessment of ways in which to promote exports of wood products whilst promoting the sustainable production wood.
INDIA - Consultant and Market Analyst for 6 weeks to the Madhya Pradesh Rural Livelihoods Project (DFID funded) to analyse and prepare a business plan relating to the production, processing and marketing of lac in Madhya Pradesh, as a natural resource based rural livelihood enterprise. The project included extensive liaison with communities, traders, processors, exporters, NGOs and government stakeholders to develop a strategy for future development.
NEW ZEALAND - Consultant to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to recommend an appropriate cost recovery charge system to apply to the “permanent Forest Sinks Initiative (PFSI). PFSI provides for forest sink covenants that will allow landowners to access the value of carbon sequestration on their land.
- Team Leader for 6 weeks to the World Bank/ FAO to review the
progress of State Forestry Enterprise reform in Vietnam. The assignment
involved a review of policy and the institutional framework at national
and provincial level (in 5 provinces) in implementing reform, and
provided recommendations to monitor/ enhance the impacts of reform.
- Evaluation Consultant and Team Leader
for 6 weeks to
undertake a post evaluation of the Bukidnon
Forestry Incorporated (BFI)
project that had been assisted by the
NZ Government from 1986 to 2003.
The objectives of the post project evaluation
were to: assess the extent
to which BFI has achieved the shared policy
objective and principles set
in 2000; assess the social, economic and
environment impact of BFI;
consider lessons from BFI and the NZAID
involvement which might be
relevant to future NZAID work.
Team Leader to SNV Netherlands Development
Organisation for 3
weeks to undertake a project preparation
mission to prepare a
reforestation and carbon credit project
for degraded forest land in the
district of A Luoi in Thua Thien Hue Province.
The project was
principally focused on setting up a farmer
forestry extension service,
financing farmers and cost benefit analysis.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
- Forestry Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser
Advisory Support Facility (ASFII) advisory
team to the PNG Forest
Authority. Recruited by Sagric International
to provide approx 30 days
of assistance over the 12 month period
commencing Sep 2004. The
assignment involved 3 visits to monitor
project outcomes plus specist
inputs on plantation forest valuation.
- Team Leader to SNV Netherlands Development
Organisation for 3
weeks to undertake an external evaluation
of the project Strengthening
Forestry Management Capacity in Thua Thien
Hue Province. The evaluation
required a field assessment of past performance
against project goals.
It included an assessment of impacts methodologies
used, and development
of options for possible followup phases.
The project was principally
focused on assisting in land allocation
related to forest land.
Consultant for World Bank to review and
describe the structure of current market
systems in 3 states for forest products,
and non-timber forest products.
Consultant for World Bank
to undertake a “diagnostic audit”
and valuation of TT Hue Forest Products
Trading Company as part of the process
of partial privatisation of the company.
The company has 3 wood processing operations
plus investments in 2000 ha. of plantation
Consultant to Netherlands
Development Trust in liaison with World
Bank Forestry Sector Development Project
loan preparation to provide business planning
training to 40 staff from selected State
owned enterprises and companies, in 4
central coastal provinces.
Consultant to the German GTZ Refas Project
to be a facilitator in the preparation
of the first district level “forest
strategies” in Vietnam.
GUINEA - Business Consultant.
An assignment for NZAID to review the
strategy and operations of the PNG Government
owned Fresh Produce Development Company.
- Deputy Team Leader, Forest Production
and State Forest Enterprise Reform Specialist.
Engaged for 3 months as part of World
Bank funded forest sector development
project preparation team. The project
includes a review of policy, institutional
reform, land classification/ allocation,
and production (including processing/
marketing issues) and the development
of a loan funded project to improve forest
Private Sector Development Consultant.
A 3 week assignment for the NZ Ministry
of Foreign Affairs & Trade to assist in
the development of a medium term strategy
for NZODA assistance to private sector
development in Tonga.
- Jharkhand State proposed Community Forestry
Project. Participated for 2.5 weeks in
the project concept design team funded
by World Bank, as a Forest Products Marketing
Specialist. The work included an examination
of marketing policies, and practices for
timber and non-timber forest products
that should be addressed in project design.
- Uttar Pradesh State Forestry Project.
Participated for 1.5 weeks as a Forestry
Private Sector Participation Specialist
to evaluate the extent the World Bank
funded project has increased private sector
participation in nursery establishment
and farm forestry.
- Forestry Business Planning and Forest
Due Diligence Specialists - Forest resource
assessment and preparation of a business
plan for a private offshore investor planning
a 33,000 ha investment into plantation
forests in New Zealand.
- Ongoing management and administration
of Waiake Forestry Ltd and McQueens Pass
Forestry Partnership - a 300 ha private
GUINEA - Processing/ Financial
Specialist for 1.5 months as part of a
review of the forest revenue system. The
aim of the study was to assist the Government
lay foundations for an efficient and equitable
tax and revenue system for the sector
that will where possible further encourage
local processing. The assignment was funded
- Indigenous forestry business
development specialist for a forestry
assignment funded by UK DFID. A 5 week
involvement to assist in the design of
a project to accelerate rural development/
reduce rural poverty through the expansion
of opportunities for indigenous South
African owned forestry related businesses
in the forestry sector. The study included
analysis of wood product markets and processing
- Forestry Investment Specialists
to NZ Government (Trade NZ) to interview
leading forestry companies and advise
on strategies to improve private sector
investment into wood related processing.
This included a studying the cost competitive
factors relating to NZ processing, Description
of NZ's plantation resources by region,
and wood supply forecasts.
- Privatisation of plantations assignment
funded by World Bank. A 3 month assignment
involving valuation and exploring mechanisms
for increased private sector involvement
in plantation forestry. The study has
included wood processing costings, log
royalty and pricing studies.
ISLANDS - Forest Resource Economic/Financial
specialist funded under AusAID to review
the resource rent, export tax and rent
pricing system and establish a monitoring
and evaluation system. A 4.5-month involvement
in the forest management project over
3 years. The study included a review of
issues and costings relating to encouraging
- Business analyst to review 12 projects
funded under the Pacific Islands Investment
and Development Scheme (PIIDS)
Team Leader and Senior Forestry/ Environmental
Specialists. Supplied 2 of a 3 person
team to Review the NZODA/Tonga Forestry
Project, including assessing impacts of
past 9 years, assessing performance against
objectives and recommending the future
strategy for the project. (Funded by NZODA).
The project included both agroforestry
and plantation forestry components. Log
sales, domestic processing costs and log
pricing were also reviewed.
- State-owned Forest Enterprises
(SFEs) Reform. Business/ Financial analyst
for 3 weeks to GTZ REFAS Project to undertake
case studies regarding the reform of six
SFEs in the Thanh Hoa and Dak Lak provinces.
Followed by a further 3 week assignment
to GTZ REFAS to conduct business planning
training courses (plus training of trainers)
for a further 22 enterprises in the Thanh
Hoa and Dak Lak provinces.
- State Forest Enterprise restructuring/
reform. Team leader and Financial/Business
management specialist for 8 months (1998
to 2000) to Asian Development Bank (ADB)
to analyse, classify and assist in reorganisation
of 400 SFEs. The study included an examination
of forest product/ NTFP marketing, wood
processing and business practices.
- PIIDS. Funded by the NZ Ministry of
Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT). Private
sector representative to assessment panel
to assess the commercial viability of
PIIDS project grant applications. Involved
assessments (including reassessments)
of approx. 100 applications/annum over
the period 1992 to 2000 Countries involved
have been the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati,
Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon
Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.