• Your partner

    for sustainable forestry and forest investments
    first
  • Your partner

    for sustainable forestry and forest investments
    first
  • Your partner

    for sustainable forestry and forest investments
    first

Our Company

WaKa - Forest Investment Services AG was founded in 2008 as a spin-out of an investment advising firm. Its international team combines more than 100 years experience in 62 countries in sustainable forest management, forest business development, and customer advisory services. Prior to the founding of WaKa its senior team members have held executive-level positions in the forest investment industry and in international development cooperation organizations. Additionally, the company benefits from a broad professional network in North and South America and Asia/Pacific. To deliver best-management practise services we are members in professional associations, where we regularly participate in meetings and conferences.

History

1997 Establishment of WaKa Finanz GmbH in Freienbach, SZ, Switzerland
2005 Founding of WaKa Partner AG
2007 Registration of Reinhold Glauner in the commercial registry as Vice Director
2007 Registration WaKa Holding AG
2008 Spin-out of WaKa - Forest Investment Services AG in Winterthur, ZH and registration at the Swiss Commercial Register
2012 Foundation of CPD-SWISS AG in Bad Zurzach, AG, Switzerland as 100% daughter company of WaKa - Forest Investment Services AG and FORANS AG. CPD is focusing on the former WaKa business area "green energy" by applying the catalytic pressureless depolymerization process, also know as KDV-process
2013 WaKa - Forest Investment Services AG is moving to Bad Zurzach, AG, Switzerland and is maintaining its main business areas investment forestry and forest consulting
2015 A team member of WaKa was awarded with the certificate as "licensed forest appraiser
WaKa-Forest Investment Services AG

Cavanillesia platanifolia (Humb. & Bonpl.) Kunth
A tropical tree species from Central America from the Bombacaceae family. The local name is Cuipo and the species can reach a height of up to 60m and a diameter of up to 2.5m. This tree inspired WaKa – Forest Investment Services AG's to design the company logo.

Country Experience Map

 Forest Cover
 Country Experience

Services

Our services comprise of two business segments:

Investment Forestry

We support our clients in identifying, planning, managing, monitoring and evaluating investments in forestry and timber companies. We conduct due-diligence missions and provide professional second opinions on forestry business ventures.

Forest Consulting

We support our clients in identifying, planning, managing, monitoring and evaluating forestry projects in developing countries and provide advisory services for forestry and timber industries. We guide and direct forestry companies towards forest management and chain-of-custody certification.

Investment Forestry
Forest Consulting

Achievements

  • Our clients manage ca. USD 750m of forestry assets in five countries.
  • We have conducted due diligence missions on more than 500'000 ha of forests on behalf of sellers and buyers in 15 countries.
  • We advise forestry funds and family offices, which have acquired forestry assets worth EUR 150m.
  • We are working for large international development banks in Asia and the Pacific.
  • We are working globally for international donors in the aid industries.
  • Large forest consulting companies recruit us as subcontractors.
  • We are working for private industries in the forest plantation and natural forest management business.
  • We have conducted numerous forestry appraisals, prepared many assessment reports and feasibility studies, and advised forestry companies on strategic and organizational development.
  • We have established and managed 50'000 ha of forest plantations and 80'000 ha natural forests acc. to FSC standards.
  • We have prepared and formulated a number of forest management plans and directed several forestry enterprises towards forest management and chain-of-custody certification.
  • Our company itself has invested in forestry investment projects and organises loans for promising enterprises.

Team

Dr. Hubertus Schmidtke

Dr. Hubertus Schmidtke

Management Board

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Dr. Reinhold Glauner

Dr. Reinhold Glauner

Managing Director

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Team Switzerland

Dr. Bernd Schanzenbächer

Dr. Bernd Schanzenbächer

Business Development

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Freddy Potzinger

Freddy Potzinger

Forest Management

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Stéphane Sciacca

Stéphane Sciacca

Forest Planning

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Dr. Michael Kleine

Dr. Michael Kleine

Product Development

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Jörn Ackermann

Jörn Ackermann

Senior Berater

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Florian Zimmermann

Florian Zimmermann

Consultant

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Office Brazil

Przemyslaw J. Walotek

Przemyslaw J. Walotek

Director Latin America

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Offica Malaysia

ST Muk

ST Muk

Director Asia-Pacific

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Publications

We do list here only officially published papers and documents.

Contact us

Our office is located in the Solvay Industrial Park area. We are only 30 min away from Zurich airport close to the river Rhein and 5 min from the German border.

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WaKa - Forest Investment Services AG
Solvay Industriepark
Zürcherstrasse 42
CH 5330 Bad Zurzach
Switzerland

Tel +41 (41) 511 3239
Fax +41 (41) 511 3235

 

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