Team

    • Aymeric Maudous

      Founder and Director

      Lord of the Trees is Australia’s first commercial drone planting scheme created at the end of 2019.It was founded by Aymeric Maudous after an extensive career as a brand marketer for Renault, Disney, Louis Vuitton and more recently MaisonNets.


      Holding 2 master degrees in International Marketing and Environmental Management Aymeric works with corporates that have sustainability at the core of their business.

      Inspired by his some previous forestry work he participated in Western Australia when he first moved to Australia 16 years ago with David Kennett, Aymeric initially founded the EcoXpo which inspired Australians to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

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    • Monica Dodi

      Trust and Foundation Executive Director

      Founder of The Women’s Venture Capital Fund, focused on women led new ventures in digital media and sustainability, Monica Dodi has over 30 years experience as a new media pioneer and entrepreneur. After graduating from Georgetown in International Economics, she was one of the founders of a new technology company focused on engineering databases, subsequently sold to Thyssen-Bornemisza.


      Earning her MBA at Harvard Business School, Monica joined MTV Europe in London as one of three founders and negotiated major satellite, cable and advertising sales agreements, built the regional offices across 16 countries, and created innovative marketing campaigns, making MTV the fastest growing TV channel in Europe and profitable within 18 months. Subsequently, she became Head of Consumer Products Europe/Africa/Middle East for Disney based in Paris where she negotiated major multinational licensing deals across a wide array of product sectors, and created new revenue streams for classic and newly released brands.

      Seeing an opportunity in creating a business in recycled paper products with a Disney license, she launched CD Productions, acquired by American Greetings. Returning to the US to launch Warner Bros. television channels worldwide, she was recruited as CEO to launch AOL's entertainment content brands and hit profitability in less than a year with over 4 million visitors per day.

      Subsequently, Monica was Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Softbank Technology Ventures in their investment strategies, deal flow and due diligence. Seeing a lack of diversity in venture backed investments, she co-founded the Women’s VC Fund to support high potential yet overlooked female entrepreneurs. She was Board Director for Decorist which was which sold to Bed, Bath and Beyond (BBBB), Board Director for the Los Angeles River Revitalization Project, and The Barnsdall Foundation.

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    • RAPHAEL WOOD

      Carbon Credits Advisor

      Raphael Wood is our carbon credits advisor providing unique expertise covering the key aspects related to the carbon and environmental markets for our projects, along with valuable advice and assistance in the Carbon and Renewable markets in Australia.


      Raphael holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Geology from Macquarie University and an Advanced Diploma in Financial Services, Financial Products, Services, Investment and Risk Management through Kaplan (Tribeca and Securities Institute of Australia).

      With a career that has spanned all areas of environmental markets, he brings broad knowledge and unique perspective in Carbon and environmental markets as an adviser and consultant.

      Starting his career as a Geologist in the mining industry for 5 years, Raphael worked as a stockbroker and investment advisor for over a decade, 5 years of which advising Federal Government on environmental markets and 2.5 years working with Australia's largest carbon project developer.

      Raphael was a Manager for Clean Energy Markets from 2010-2015 at The Clean Energy Regulator that administered the Clean Energy Act, which included the Renewable Energy Target, the Carbon Farming Initiative and the Emissions Reduction Fund.

      Raphael also managed a team of analysts who monitored the evolving Carbon and Renewable Energy markets. They endeavoured to assist secondary market participants to understand and participate in these markets, communicating both internally and externally with the aim of assisting deep and liquid carbon markets to develop.

      He was also Head of Environmental Markets and Strategy at GreenCollar, thus combining all of his private and public sector knowledge of environmental markets to identify and commercialise opportunities in the Carbon and Renewable sectors in Australia.

      Raphael is currently President of the Australian Carbon Standards Association, a role he has held since 2018.

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    • DR ALEX SAVA

      Chief Scientist of Research and Development

      Dr Alex Sava has over 40 years experience in microbiology, chemistry biochemistry and built environments. Dr Sava founded ‘Green and Healthy Auditors’ in 2014.


      As a PhD student in mid 80’s Dr Sava was a part of the team developing semiconductor manufacturing technologies. In 1986 based in Kiev, just 90 km from the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Dr Sava worked closely with the Institute of Nuclear Research of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, helping to assay everything from foods, soils and plants to air samples and baby pram surfaces, for traces of radiation and chemical contaminants.

      This unique combination of cross-discipline skills - from winemaking to nuclear technologies and missile targeting sensors, helped Dr Sava secure a post as a Vice President of the New-York-based Micromax Computer Intelligence. In the early 1990s, Dr Sava moved to Australia where he joined Novapharm Research and invented, patented and commercialised a number of world-first, breakthrough technologies.

      Since 1996 Dr Sava has been actively involved in every aspect of hospital infection control, from routine testing of hospital environmental surfaces, air, medical instruments, skin to actively participating in standard test method developments with regulatory bodies worldwide.

      From the early 2000s, Dr Sava has participated and presented at many U.S. conferences including The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), European (ICPIC, International Conference of Prevention and Infection Control) and WFHSS (World Federation for Hospital sterile supply), authoring over 30 international patents and multiple scientific articles.
      Through his involvement with Aeris Environmental, Dr Sava has become one of the world’s opinion leaders on biofilms.

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    • Jeff Lubrano

      Chief Creative Officer

      ‘Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.’ - Sir Francis Bacon Words that Jeff Lubrano works and lives by. Jeff is the founder of Studio Fertile, established in Paris 2005, dedicated to creative environmental, and digital, design with purpose.


      Jeff, an avid skateboarder, was the youngest journalist in France to launch his own magazine, ‘NOWAY Skateboarding Magazine’ in 1988, which was followed by ‘ANYWAY’. Having gone on to be Director of Communications for French radio station ‘Skyrock’, Veolia in Switzerland, EDF in Germany, Jeff also accompanied the creation and direction of 360 Communications, Capsule Productions and Shaka l’Agence de la Glisse.

      More recently, in Normandy, his partnership with an organic farmer resulted in the ingenious ‘Les Pailles La Perche’ - organic straws made from straw, participated in several acclaimed enviro-art exhibitions which have resulted in permanent changes in the war against plastic. Jeff also launched ARTYFiCiEL blog and digital magazine consecrated to circular design and creative recycling.

      Jeff Lubrano as an affiliated member of the Circular Economy Club, the Alliance Française des Designers and Ambassador in Paris to the 5 Gyres Institute, he is a fervent defender of environmental endeavours both philanthropic and commercial with conscience. As such, he has been called upon to consult on government and state environmental developments on numerous occasions.

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    • Alison Haysey

      Project Manager

      From her formative years spent in the pacific islands of Vanuatu, Alison has retained a strong sense of sharing, the value of cultural diversity, respect for others, community and the environment. This would, in turn, lead her to discover Australia’s own immense cultural heritage and connection to country.


      Alison works in collaboration with Australia’s First Nations People in order to develop our reforestation projects in direct consultation, and respectfully with the Traditional Owners of the land.

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    • Stephen King

      Head of Partnerships

      Stephen brings with him 25+ years experience in Sponsorship and Partnership engagements as well as business development for corporates, private enterprise and not-for-profits.


      Stephen is the founder and owner of The Sponsorship Brokers; specialists in creating meaningful long-term revenue-generating partnerships for the Not for Profit Sector, For-Profit entities and Member-based organisations. He is also a co-founder of Sponsology; the world’s first online matching platform for Sponsorship, Partnerships and Philanthropic Giving.

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    • David Kennett

      Forestry Expert

      Convinced that the traditional forestry methods, inherited from Britain, were not the most appropriate for Australia, a country that is 90% arid or semi-arid, in 2001 David Kennett acquired a severely salt-degraded property in a semi-arid region of Western Australia. This marked the beginning of his ‘Arid Region Forestry Research Project: Auria’.


      Observing that within forestry plantations, about 2% of the trees, consistently and significantly, out-perform the remaining 98% - while in natural forests, the figures are reversed, David was determined to discover the reasons and develop methods that would emulate Nature’s methods.

      As of 2020, over a million trees have been planted on the 242Ha ‘Auria’, research property, lowering the water table by over 2 metres and seeing a return of wildlife to the area. Degraded land up and down the catchment, that had not carried crops for 60 years or more, is gradually recovering and able to grow crops.

      David’s work has been widely recognised, a finalist in the category ‘Meeting the Greenhouse Challenge’ in 2009 at the United Nations Association of Australia, ‘World Environment Day Awards’ and again in 2011 in the ‘Individual Award’ category.

      David is now assisting Lord of the Trees with the development of direct-seeding technology, that will enable a myriad of endemic plant species to be established over vast regions of land that are not accessible by machines. David’s discoveries and understanding of subtle, previously-unrecognised influences affecting plant survival and growth rates, allows Lord of the Trees to address relevant challenges in the ecosystems in which we work.

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    • Andrew

      PHOTOGRAPHER- PILOT

      Andrew is highly sought after commercial and fine art photographer with a passion for flight and the Australian landscape.


      With decades of experience in his craft as both photographer and pilot, the combination of his passions manifested in fitting out Vukosav’s single engine Cessna 182 with a Phase One Industrial digital camera into the underbelly of the fuselage enabling him to use the whole plane as a camera body, pitching it into position for each shot. Every photograph is remarkable in its elaborate detail and beautiful patterns of vegetation, rock formations, flowing water and animal tracks.

      An award winning photographer (“Cannes Lion” recipient), Andrew has been commissioned on works throughout Australia, Asia and the USA creating imagery for clients such as BHP, Optus, Singapore Airlines, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Vogue, to name but a few. His latest landscape exhibition, ’Longitude, Latitude, Solitude’, shown throughout Australia and the Australian Embassy in Paris, France, ’Longitude, Latitude, Solitude’ has received wide acclaim nationally, throughout France and Europe.

      “I do this for many reasons : Love, passion, adventure, freedom .. But when I really think about it, the main reason is to raise awareness of the fragility of our beautiful country and contribute to highlighting the importance of preservation and sustainability so that the treasure we have can endure for future generations” says Andrew.

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Institutions

  • Lord of the Trees is supported through a partnership with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), which includes students and academics from both the Faculties of Science and Engineering.