Hannah is specialist in agrobiodiversity and related subjects, spanning agroforestry, horticulture, nutrition and health, plant propagation, product marketing and integrated rural development. She is a dynamic programme manager and team leader with nearly 30 years professional experience in Europe, Africa and Asia. After starting as a plant researcher with a doctorate in tree physiology, she focussed on an international career in international development, concentrating on programme management in increasingly responsible positions, e.g. as Deputy Manager of the DFID Forestry Research Programme and the Director of the International Centre for Underutilized Crops/Crops for the Future. Amongst other project, Hannah currently coordinates the German Horticulture Competence Centre, where she manages several interdisciplinary resarch and development Projects.
Hannah integrates academic and development expertise with a focus on alleviating hunger and poverty and improving livelihoods. She spent 10 years living in Africa and five in Asia, has great interest in the training and mentoring of younger people, and provides strategic leadership to R&D partners. She also has a keen eye for communication of research and development results to enhance impact at several levels and is experienced in proposal writing and evaluation as well as commissioning projects. She was the Chair of the Commission on Plant Genetic Resources (2010-2014) and the Vice-Chair of the Section Tropical and Subtropical Plants (2014-2018) of the International Society for Horticultural Sciences.
Country Experience: Brazil, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Availability: for short term and/or desk-based missions