Michael Kleine graduated in forestry and obtained his doctoral degree and habilitation in Silviculture from BOKU University, Austria. Since 1985, He has participated in forest research and management through assignments in Austria, Pakistan, and Malaysia. His work focused on forest growth and yield, ecosystem modeling, systems analysis, forest management planning, and silviculture under diverse climates and forest conditions. He also worked as a freelance forestry consultant auditing sustainable forest management, training and education, and project evaluations for national and international agencies, forest organizations, and forest policy. Since 2001 Michael has been the Coordinator of IUFRO-SPDC, and since 2010 he has been IUFRO’s Deputy Executive Director.