Chairman & CEO, Mountain Hazelnuts Group Limited
Daniel Spitzer is Chairman & CEO of Mountain Hazelnuts Group, an agri-forestry venture that is planting 10 million hazelnut trees on deforested mountain slopes in Bhutan. The Company’s mission is to generate strong financial returns and create sustainable income for 15% of Bhutan’s population, while addressing the country’s key social and environmental issues. Since 1993, Daniel has developed ventures that successfully combine financial objectives with social and environmental goals, including Plantation Timber Products, which he founded and built into China's largest sustainable forestry company. With state-of-the-art processing facilities and 1,000 PTP retail stores, PTP engaged 700,000 subsistence farmers in planting fast-cycle trees used to produce fiberboard panels as an import substitute for plywood made from SE Asian rainforests.
Daniel has spent thirty-five years in Asia as an entrepreneur, investor, and financier, developing innovative ventures. Spitzer received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters degree from Stanford University.