Dr. Ed Pepke is an associate with Dovetail Partners. Concurrently he is the Senior Timber Trade and Policy Analyst for the European Union Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU FLEGT) Facility of the European Forest Institute. He began these positions in 2014 and 2011 respectively.
At Dovetail Partners he participates in projects involved with his interest and experience in the forest sector, especially international forest products marketing and trade. In addition he offers input to Dovetail’s other projects according to his perspective from Europe. He is also a member of Dovetail’s Speakers Bureau.
At the EU FLEGT Facility he is primarily responsible for analytical studies concerning the European Union and global timber markets and wider FLEGT questions. He develops links within EFI and with EFI network members and other collaborators for the studies. In addition he assists in policy analysis in preparing policy briefs and other information material relevant to communicating FLEGT messages.
Prior to his positions with Dovetail Partners and the EU FLEGT Facility, for 20 years Dr. Pepke was the Forest Products Marketing Specialist for the United Nation's Economic Commission for Europe and Food and Agriculture Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He was responsible for the UNECE/FAO Forest Products Marketing Program. His work involved analyzing forest products markets in the 56-country UNECE's region of North America, Europe, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Prior to working for the United Nations, Dr. Pepke was a marketing specialist for 12 years with the United States Forest Service, State and Private Forestry in St. Paul, Minnesota. His duties involved marketing and industrial development assistance with states and private industry. The marketing work was in solid wood products, furniture, energy wood and improved wood utilization. He was the Northeastern Area's Timber Bridge Coordinator. He provided technical assistance on marketing and processing to the primary and secondary wood products industry. His duties included transferring technology developed by research to potential users. For his research and technology transfer work in ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture and cabinets, he received the Forest Service's “Chief's Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer” and the “Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer.”
Dr. Pepke’s undergraduate studies at Michigan State University were in forestland management, i.e. forestry. His masters’ degree is in forest products technology. He completed his doctoral degree in 1980 in forest products marketing and production management. He currently lives with his wife in France (next to Geneva).