Thomas Selänniemi, the Head of the Sustainability Team at Indufor Oy, holds a master’s degree (MSc) in forestry from the University of Helsinki (1997), a bachelor’s degree (BSc) in forestry from Tammisaari School of Forestry (1981) and a Degree of Teacher in Forestry Education. Thomas has been working in forestry in Finland and internationally for over 30 years. His international experience is especially strong in Southern and Eastern Africa (e.g. Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Namibia). He has a solid background in management of plantations and indigenous forests especially from a smallholder and community forestry perspective. He also has a deep understanding of issues around institutional development as well as project cycle management and has led and managed a number of long-term development cooperation projects in forestry.