A French and Spanish tropical ecologist, Dr. Garcia is Professor of International Forest Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Berne (Switzerland). A systems expert, he has experience on the sustainability of the forest / agriculture nexus and on most of the major crops linked to deforestation.
As senior scientist at CIRAD, the French Centre of Research on Agriculture and Development, he has been seconded to held positions at the French Institute of Pondicherry (India), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), where he currently leads a research group on Forest Management and Development. Through his research leading the Oil Palm Adaptive Landscape project, he has led the development of models that have strengthen collaboration between smallholders, companies and governments in the Oil Palm supply chain in Colombia, Cameroon and Indonesia.
In 2018 he created LEAF Inspiring Change, a spin-off from ETHZ dedicated to the development and promotion of new methods of foresight and strategy design. LEAF is a platform that connects companies, institutions and NGOs with a network of experts in facilitation and scenario design. LEAF helps its customers develop more constructive dialogues across their supply chain, break out of their silos and engage in strategy formulation with the keystone stakeholders in their landscapes. LEAF clients include the French Development Agency, the Association Technique des Industries du Bois Tropical (ATIBT), Tropenbos International (TBI), Birdlife International and the Alliance for the Preservation of Forests (APF).
Claude has more than 40 peer review publications on the links between biodiversity and livelihoods in tropical landscapes, and has co-authored the foundational “Ten principles for landscape approaches” in PNAS (2013) and the landmark “The global tree restoration potential” in Science (2019). Claude translates the results of his research to the professional and global audience, with two TEDx talks on his approach to foresight, and regular contributions in the media.