Programme Committee

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.

*currently 1 seat vacant (November 2019)

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 at icipe 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.

Dr. Frank Eyhorn

Dr. Frank Eyhorn, 45, is an established expert in organic agriculture with more than 20 years of experience in international cooperation. He is passionate about sustainable agriculture and nutrition. With a PhD in environmental science, he has conducted extensive research and published various educational materials and scientific articles. From 2000 to 2005, Frank Eyhorn headed the Asian projects of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL. In 2006, he joined Helvetas, where he headed the Organic and Fair- trade Competence Centre and the Rural Development Advisory Team. Frank Eyhorn has been a board member of the global organic movement IFOAM since 2011 and vice president since 2014. He lives with his family in a community house in Zollikon, where he can often be found in the garden.

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.