Nicolás Portela

Team Leader & Senior Analyst

Born in 1981 in Pontevedra, Spain. Nicolás holds a degree in forest engineering from the USC University. Forest engineering is a hybrid of engineering, forestry, and management. It requires people who can combine skills to solve engineering problems in the natural environment, with a focus on balancing economic, societal, and environmental requirements. After obtaining his degree he has specialized in statistics, forest certification and remote sensing. He has been trained as a financial analyst following a program that adopts a generalist approach to investment analysis, valuation and portfolio management. Nicolás is a member of the CFA Society Spain and holds the Certified Advisor-CAd designation.

Nicolás has led major projects for FSC and PEFC certification of timberland in Spain and the coordination and guarantee of wood supply to several pulp mills. He has led a unique and innovative project for quantifying and monitoring eucalyptus plantations of Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and Brazil applying satellite images and big data techniques. He currently works as a Team Leader and Senior Analyst, applying an innovative approach in the analysis of companies in the pulp & paper sector by combining satellite imagery with traditional fundamental analysis.

He speaks four languages (Spanish, English, Portuguese and Galician). He enjoys the sea and likes sailing and open water swimming.

"The forestry sector can and must develop all its potential to meet the demands of humanity"