Gerhard Dieterle has been ITTO’s Executive Director since May 2017. Before joining ITTO and for about 18 years, he was the World Bank’s Forest Adviser and Program Manager for the Forest Investment Program and the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. For several years he also led the World Bank’s forestry programme in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Region. In the earlier years of his career he held positions in the German Forest Service, GIZ (in assignments in Togo and Indonesia), the European Commission, and the Forest Faculty at the University of Freiburg, Germany. In total, Dr Dieterle has more than 35 years of experience in national and international forest, environmental and development policy. His focus is on conserving unique forest resources in harmony with sustainable use for equitable development and on building bridges between local and global. He holds a Master of Science degree in forestry and a PhD in technical and economic analyses of sustainable forest management systems.