Jade Saunders

Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme


Jade Saunders has been an associate fellow of the Energy, Environment and Resources programme at Chatham House since 2002, working extensively on forest governance and trade; particularly the principles and practicalities of tackling deforestation through supply chain regulation.

She is currently a senior policy analyst at Forest Trends in Washington D.C. and an advisor to The Satellite Catapult on the ForestMind project. At Forest Trends she oversees the Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange (TREE) program with particular focus on regulatory approaches in the Asia Pacific Region.

Between 2007 and 2010 Jade was a policy analyst in the European Forestry Institute’s FLEGT Facility, responsible for policy analysis and strategic support to the European Commission in the negotiation and implementation of FLEGT VPAs (a series of bilateral trade/aid agreements between the EU and timber-producing developing countries).

She has also worked on environment, development and trade issues in a number of other sectors including global textile supply chains, natural resources and conflict, marine governance, the trade in illegal ozone-depleting substances, sustainable tourism in least developed states and climate change.

She has degrees in international history and politics (BA, University of Leeds), and social anthropology (MSc, University College London) and is a member of the Advisory Board of World Forest ID.

Past experience

2020 - present Advisory board member, World Forest ID 
2018 - present Advisor, ForestMind project, The Satellite Catapult
2014 - present Senior Policy Analyst, Forest Trade and Finance Program, Forest Trends
2003 - present Associate Fellow, Chatham House
2008-2011 Policy Analyst, European Forest Institute
2001-2003 Policy Researcher, Chatham House