Guillaume Lescuyer studied Economics at the universities of Nanterre and Dauphine in Paris before doing his PhD at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) on the economic value of tropical forest in Cameroon. He was then hired by the University of Wageningen (the Netherlands) to join the Tropenbos Cameroon Programme in Kribi, Cameroon from 1998 to 2001. After this he worked as a scientist at CIRAD in Montpellier, France, for 5 years. In 2006, he returned to Yaoundé, Cameroon, as Cirad scientist assigned to CIFOR’s Governance programme. He moved to Bogor, Indonesia, in 2014.