Thomas Fatheuer studied Social Sciences and Classical Philology in Münster, Germany. From 1992 to 2010 he lived and worked in Brazil. From 2000 to 2003, he worked for the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in the field of preservation of tropical forests, providing consultancy to the Ministry of Environment in Brasil. From 2003 to 2010 he was director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Brazil. He has published several texts on the Brazilian model for development, the preservation of the tropical forest, and the United Nations Collaborative Program on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries. Since 2011, he has been working as a consultant and author in Berlin.