Lukas Giessen has a multidisciplinary education in the forest sciences (M.Sc. U Freiburg) complemented with a practice-oriented transdisciplinary background based on i) a degree in forestry (Dipl.Ing. FH Hildesheim/Holzminden), as well as research-based policy work with ii) FAO and iii) the European Forest Institute (EFI). He is holding a Ph. D. in Forest Policy (U Göttingen) and gained post-doctoral experiences with the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group at U. Wageningen and U. Göttingen, where he was leading the working group International Forest Regimes with a focus on the effects of international forest-related governance on domestic forest policies around the globe. Since 08/2017 he is EFI’s Principal Scientist for International Forest Governance, heading a working group and leading the ongoing establishment of a future EFI Programme on international forest governance.