Clark S. Binkley, Ph.D
Managing Director, International Forestry Investment Advisors, LLC
Clark S. Binkley is an internationally recognized expert in forestry investment.
Between 2012 and 2017 he was the Chief Investment Officer for GreenWood Resources, Inc. GreenWood manages about $2 billion of assets in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
In 2005 Binkley founded International Forestry Investment Advisors (IFIA) to develop and implement innovative, socially responsible high-return timberland investment strategies. In that position he collaborated with GreenWood in the development high-yield plantations in Eastern Oregon, Chile and Poland, and with Global Environment Fund in the Global Emerging Markets Forestry Fund.
In 2012, IFIA merged with GreenWood, and TIAA-CREF (now Nuveen Asset Management) acquired a majority interest in the merged entity.
Prior to founding IFIA, Binkley was Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Hancock Timber Resource Group, the world’s largest timberland investment advisory firm serving private-equity clients. During the six full years of his tenure at Hancock, he was responsible for the investment strategies that produced 300 bps/yr of annual out performance versus the industry benchmark, and lead efforts to raise over $2 billion in equity capital.
Before joining Hancock, Binkley was Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. From 1978-90, he was a member of the faculty at Yale University where, in 1990, he was named the Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser Professor of Forest Resource Management.
He has served the Boards of Directors of West Fraser Timber (the leading softwood lumber manufacturer in North America), Timberwest, Pacific Forest Products and Cellfor. In the past 40 years, he has consulted to numerous forest products companies, governmental agencies and conservation groups. Binkley has written more than 100 books and articles on forest economics. He holds degrees in Applied Mathematics and in Engineering from Harvard University and in Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University.