Rafał Chudy has over 10 years of experience in forestry and forest industry businesses worldwide. Currently, Rafal is a Senior Forestry Consultant at NORSKOG, where he is responsible for the development of the company’s activities in the field of international forest valuation, due diligence, and consultancy services related to global timberland investments, forest management options, forest inventory, timber sales, and estate management. Prior to this role, Rafal worked as forest economist and analyst for the U.S. and Australian TIMOs where he was responsible for ensuring that strong research and evidence-based insights underpin investment programs. Also, Rafał worked for the European Commission – Joint Research Centre, on the development of the forest-based sector modelling framework and value chain analysis in the bioeconomy context. In 2016, Rafal and his wife Karolina established a bootstrap company Forest Business Analytics to address the worldwide demand for analytics research and knowledge in the forestry investment field.
His research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at the international forest and natural resource economics conferences. Rafal just published the following scientific articles in the Journal of Forest Policy and Economics:
- Research trends: Forest investments as a financial asset class
- Dynamics of global roundwood prices – Cointegration analysis
- Profitability and Risk Sources in Global Timberland Investments
- Global timber investments, 2005 to 2017
- Constructing optimal global timberland investment portfolios
- The economics of dedicated hybrid poplar biomass plantations in the western U.S.
He has a Master of Science (Forestry) degree from Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Master of Science (Forestry and Environmental Resources) from North Carolina State University, Master of Science (Forest Management) from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and a PhD in Forest Economics (specialising in Forest Sector Modelling) from Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Rafal also has a post-graduate diploma in Financial Controlling in Capital Markets Groups from Warsaw School of Economics. In his free time, Rafal is a blogger on the Forest Monitor blog.