Pavel V. Krasilnikov is the Deputy Director of the ECFS. Candidate of Science (Ph.D.), 1996. Doctor of Science (D.Sc.), 2009, corresponding member of the RAS. Pavel worked as research fellow and Head of the Laboratory of Soil Ecology and Soil Geography of the Institute of Biology of the Karelian Research Center of RAS. For many years has been teaching and conducting research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Professor of the Faculty of Soil Science of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University and member of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (FAO) in 2013-2017. Participates in the activities of the Working Group on Food Security of the European Academies Scientific Advisory Council. Member of the Central Committee of the Dokuchaev Soil Science Society. Served as Vice-Chair of the Commission 1.4 “Soil Classification” of the International Union of Soil Science in 2010-2014. Member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Geoderma and Geoderma Regional (Elsevier), Eurasian Soil Science (MAIK-Nauka), and Boletin de la Sociedad Geologica Mexicana (UNAM, Mexico).