Biovision's Foundation Board has set up a Programme Committee. Chaired by Trustee Barbara Frei-Haller, it will conduct a preliminary selection of project applications (Concept Notes). The five voting-members will select projects on the basis of specific selection criteria and Biovision’s current strategy, mission statement and budget.

The committee chair will draft a written report containing the committee’s recommendations and the report together with the full project documentation will then go before the Foundation Board for a decision.

Dr. Barbara Frei Haller

Head Programme Committee, Member of the Biovision Foundation Board, Pharmacist and Ethno-Botanist

Barbara Frei Haller has a doctorate in pharmacy and lectures in ethnopharmacy at ETH Zurich. Her particular interest in both her research and teaching is the interaction between humans and plants within different cultures. She has carried out research in Southern Mexico into medicinal plants and based aticipe in East Africa she investigated the prevention of malaria using local plants.  Since 2000, she has acted as consultant to the hospital pharmacy at the Ospidal Val Müstair in Santa Maria and also works part time as a dispensing chemist in public pharmacies. She first came into contact with Biovision following a Swiss TV programme on her research at icipe. She has been a Biovision trustee since 2001.

Andreas Schriber

Member Programme Committee, CEO Biovision

Andreas Schriber has been a regular visitor to Africa for more than two decades working as a science journalist, documentary film maker, project manager and since 2003 as CEO of the Biovision Foundation. Together with Hans Rudolf Herren, Jürg Weber and Mathis Zimmermann, he founded Biovision in 1998. “The original philosophy of Biovision remains unchanged: to make the inspirational, sustainable and cost-effective ideas and methods of researchers such as Hans Herren available to those living in the Global South so that they can then improve their own lives”. 

Andreas Sicks

Member Programme Committee, Head of Programme & Partnerships Biovision

Since 2012, Andreas Sicks is the head of Programme and Partnerships at Biovision. What particularly attracted him to Biovision was its focus on sustainable agriculture for small farmers and the dissemination of suitably adapted information through outlets such as The Organic Farmer magazine and the Infonet.
During his Study of geography, Andreas specialised in the protection and use of natural resources in developing countries and then was active in various projects in Africa. He then used his knowledge to help various consulting firms in Germany. Before starting at Biovision, Andreas worked for Swiss Interchurch Aid (HEKS) and a brief period at the North-South Centre at ETH Zürich.

Prof. Christoph Studer

Member Programme Committee, Professor Berne University of Applied Sciences

Christoph is Professor of Natural Resources Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Zollikofen near Berne (International Agriculture). Apart from teaching, he is involved in various research and development projects and regularly provides international consultancy services. Christoph is mainly planning and evaluating projects. He has been engaged in projects such as the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). 
After studying agricultural sciences at ETH (Zurich), with an emphasis on tropical agriculture and crop production in dry areas, he gained experience of the difficulties and opportunities people are facing in non-favourable environments at the ICRISAT Sahelian Center in Niger. For three years at ICARDA (Aleppo, Syria) he was concentrating on integrated approaches improving water productivity in the dry areas of North Africa, the Near and Middle East and Central Asia. 

Martin Fässler
Former Chief of Staff and member of the directorate of the SDC

Martin Fässler was Chief of Staff of the SDC (The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) until October 2013 and acted for another year as an advisor for strategic questions. After various jobs in social programmes in Switzerland, he has been working in development and cooperation since 1990 and has gained experience in various African countries.

2015 and 2016 he supported Biovision Foundation in developing its new strategy up to 2020. Since early 2016 he is a member of the Board of the Biovision Foundation.