Anna Sinisalo joined ICIMOD in August 2015 as a glaciologist in the Cryosphere Initiative under the Water and Air Theme. Before moving to Nepal, Ms Sinisalo worked at the University of Oslo, Norway for seven years (http://www.mn.uio.no/geo/english/). She completed a PhD at the University of Oulu, Finland, in 2007, based on her study of ‘Antarctic blue ice areas’, which she had carried out at the Arctic Centre, a multidisciplinary research institute of the University of Lapland, Finland. Ms Sinisalo has done several full-season field missions in Antarctica and participated in shorter field campaigns in the Arctic. Her main research interests are glacier dynamics as well as glacier and ice sheet mass balance. Ms Sinisalo specializes in ground penetrating radar (GPR) measurements looking at the snow accumulation and thickness and internal structure of glaciers, ice shelves, and ice sheets. She also has vast experience in managing and coordinating research training programmes. For the past five years she managed a graduate school of the Nordic Centre of Excellence, SVALI (http://ncoe-svali.org/) and more recently co-led an eScience training and education work package in another Nordic Center of Excellence, eSTICC (http://esticc.net/).