Faizal Parish, since 1998, has been the Director of the Global Environment Centre, a Malaysian non-profit organization working throughout East and Southeast Asia on forest and peatland management, biodiversity, water resources and climate change. He is a Malaysian Permanent Resident and has been living in Malaysia since 1983.He is a wetland ecologist by training and has more than 30 years’ experience in assessment and management of peat swamp forests, mangroves and river systems. He has been actively involved in addressing the issue of transboundary haze in the ASEAN region since 1995. He has worked with the ASEAN Secretariat since 2000 to establish the ASEAN Peatland Management Initiative and ASEAN Peatland Management Strategy 2006-2020 (APMS) and the ASEAN Programme on Sustainable Management of Peatland Ecosystems 2014-2020 (APSMPE) – all key ASEAN initiatives to address the root cause of transboundary Haze. He has been active in developing and promoting peatland fire prevention, prediction and warning systems and working with government , local communities and private sector to promote the prevention of peatland fires in ASEAN member states. He was the Co-chair of the RSPO Peatland Working Group (2009-2012) and is currently the Co-chair of RSPO Emission Reduction Working Group (2013-2016).