I am Doctor Tshego, from Witbank, a town in north eastern South Africa. I study forestry to dive into sustainable resource management and mainly contribute to global and national level management and global strategy. I have an interest in pursuing a master’s degree in tropical forestry or sustainable forest management, primarily to contribute to global and national strategies, policies, and programs for the development and sustainability of tropical forests. I am confident that the master’s degree program will assist me to realize my goal of being a successful and innovative forest management expert.
Please share with us about your involvement and experience in IFSA.
In 2019, I was a delegate in XXV IUFRO World Congress in Brazil. I became the event organizer and contributed to IFSAs reporting about IUFRO World Congress. It was an amazing opportunity to broaden my horizons, make new connections, learn and build professional skills.
How did your IFSA experience change you?
I was able to meet more professionals and interact with people within and outside the organization. I was exposed to a professional work environment and learned what “professionalism” is. It has also prompted me to explore applying for a new IFSA executive board position as well as continuing with my studies by enrolling in a Master’s degree program in forest-related topics.
What is your future plan?
As the current SARR, I want to strengthen the participation and involvement of forestry students at local and international level. Personally, my goal is to enroll in a master’s degree in one of the forest-related topics, which will enable my country particularly and the world to make presentations, and efficient use of the scarce resources. Lastly, to become an expert in the field of forestry as I believe that we don’t have enough experts.
Anything you want to tell the IFSA family?
I want to express my gratitude to IFSA for providing me the opportunities to serve IFSA. I was also amazed by the influence it has on forestry students across the world. I hope that IFSA reaches its new heights and continues to be a massive student association with a global reputation.