Steve Sepp is the co-founder and Executive Director of ECO Consulting Group. As post-graduate student at the Berlin Institute for Rural Development (SLE), he laid the foundation for his subsequent career in development cooperation. He assumed long-term assignments for FAO and was chief technical advisor of several GIZ and World Bank supported projects. He conducted more than 70 short-term missions mostly in the field of forest governance, community based forest management and wood energy. Steve Sepp holds a M.Sc. in Tropical and Subtropical Forestry and obtained his PhD in Forest Economics from Ernst August University in Göttingen, Germany.