Programme Coordination, Head of Development Projects
Member of the Executive Committee
«What particularly attracted me 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 project assignments in Africa, Andreas has regularly been reminded that the work of international agricultural research institutions is rarely geared to the needs of the resource-poor small farmers. Similarly, the advice (if any) provided by national agricultural bodies is often impractical.
After studying geography in Giessen, Andreas specialised in the protection and use of natural resources in developing countries. Even as a student he spent time in Indonesia and Kenya working on various projects. After completing an internship at GIZ, the German Association for International Cooperation, Andreas completed a post-graduate diploma in developing countries at ETH, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. During his course he worked on a nature conservation project in Tanzania supported by GIZ and KfW, the German Bank for Reconstruction. This was followed by a spell as a land use planner on a resource management project in Ghana. Andreas then worked for several years for various consulting firms in Germany.
In February 2005, Andreas returned to Switzerland and for 5 years worked for Swiss Interchurch Aid (HEKS). This was followed by a brief period at the North-South Centre at ETH and in March 2012, Andreas was appointed Head of Programmes and Partnerships at Biovision.
During his leisure time, Andreas enjoys reading, jogging and occasionally football, particularly with his 7-year old daughter Amina.