Ms Satkuru was appointed as ITTO Executive Director at the 57th session of the International Tropical Timber Council in December 2021 and took office on 1 February 2022.
A citizen of Malaysia, Ms Satkuru was the Malaysian Timber Council’s Regional Director for Europe between 2007 and 2017 and ITTO Director of Operations between 2017 and January 2022.
Ms Satkuru is a specialist in international trade, with strong skills and experience in international negotiations, legal and policy analysis, communications and outreach. She holds a master’s degree in law from Kings College at the University of London and was called to the English Bar in 1993. She is ITTOs’ first female Executive Director.