Dr. Jürgen Blaser is Professor of International Forestry and Climate Change at Bern University of Applied Sciences, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences. He also acts as the Global Adviser on Forests to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Between 2002 and 2011 he was the head of the Forest and Environment Team and Deputy Director General of the Swiss Intercooperation organization. From 1996 to 2001 he was Senior Forestry Adviser at the World Bank. From 1981 to 1995 he was involved in international forest development cooperation with assignments in various educational and research institutions in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Russian Federation and Central Asia. Dr. Blaser was a former chair of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) and led the development of the ITTO Status of Tropical Forest Management Reports 2005 and 2011. More recently, he has advised the World Bank on the design of the Forest Investment Programme and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. He coordinated the external review of the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in forests and forestry in 2011–2012 and is currently the lead evaluator of the independent assessment of the United Nations Forum on Forests in view of the development of the post-2015 global forest arrangement.