Andrey is a leading Russian ecologist and environmental scientist based in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. He obtained a degree in Biology from Krasnoyarsk State University (KSU) and then a PhD in Ecology from the Sukachev Forest Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FIRAS). Andrey has worked as a Research Scientist at FIRAS and also as Lecturer at Krasnoyarsk State University for many years. His unique set of expertise combines environmental science and traditional Siberian ecological knowledge. He is the Coordinator of the Russian National Forest program at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He is also Chairman of the Board of the Global Forest Coalition, an international consortium of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations defending social justice and the rights of forests worldwide. He is also the Founder, Chairman of the Council, and Program Coordinator at Friends of the Siberian Forests. Andrey is considered a guru in the fight against illegal logging in Siberia.