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, and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). She is responsible for the coordination 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 produces reports and analysis for the European Commission and Scientific Review Group, which includes 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 ensures that species data holdings are maintained and updated.
Satu produces species status reviews under the Review of Significant Trade process, to assist the CITES Secretariat, and the CITES Animals- and Plants Committees.
Satu has contributed to the Analysis of National Reports to the Convention on Migratory Species and Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds. The reports were entered using UNEP-WCMC’s Online Reporting System.