Paolo is the unit head of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) office. He is a forester working on sustainable forest management of tropical production forests, forest certification, timber and wood energy value chains and timber trade. Now based in Nairobi, Kenya, he previously worked with CIFOR in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 2004 to 2012. Paolo holds a PhD in Environmental Governance from the Crawford School of Economics and Government/the Australian National University, and a Masters in Remote Sensing and Natural Resources Evaluation from Agronomic Institute for Overseas Countries (IAO)/Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Florence, Italy. Prior to joining CIFOR in 2004 as a Junior Professional Officer of the United Nations, Paolo was a Visiting Scientist at the United States Geological Survey, and an Assistant Forest Expert to the Coordinator of the Albanian National Forest Inventory.