Satu implements projects supporting international, species-related Conventions and Agreements, such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the EU Timber Regulations (EUTR). She is responsible for the management and implementation of projects, and the provision of scientific and technical advice relating to the sustainable use of species in international trade. She works on new ways of analysing and communicating CITES trade data to support international cooperation and sustainable development.
Satu has an MSc in Zoology and a BSc in Biology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and did her research on meerkats in the Kalahari, South Africa. She spent a year working as a wildlife scientist in the northern Rupununi, central Guyana for a non-governmental organization. Her role had a strong focus on working with the local indigenous community and their interaction with wildlife resources, focussing on awareness raising, education and sustainable development. Satu has also worked for the UK CITES Scientific Authority (Fauna), advising the UK Government on scientific aspects of CITES implementation. She also speaks a number of languages and has experience in teaching.
Satu manages and undertakes work to support the European Commission and EU Member States in monitoring and assessing the implementation and enforcement of the EU Timber Regulations. This includes a series of analyses such as synthesis of EUTR and FLEGT National Reports, international trade in timber, national legislation or the application of EUTR by industry.
Satu managed the production of the analysis in close collaboration with UN Environment, synthesising the available evidence base on the environmental impacts (and their socio-economic consequences) of the illegal trade in wildlife. The analysis was based on a workshop and draws on the considerable expertise by a wide range of experts.
Satu managed and produced reports and analysis for the European Commission and Scientific Review Group, which included the planning and coordination of programme staff to produce species reviews and other outputs. This included reports on the Impact of EU decisions, reviews of species selected from the Analysis of EU Annual Reports and Analysis of CITES Export Quotas, or supporting the updating of Scientific Authority guidelines, for example. Satu also ensured that species data holdings are maintained and updated.