Simon Gottwalt

Programme Officer
Core area: Animal and Human Health

“What I find particularly exciting at Biovision is the testing of new, innovative methods. This allows it to demonstrate that you can feed the human race in a sustainable way – both in Africa and here at home”.

Simon studied molecular biotechnology at Heidelberg and Santiago de Compostela, specialising in malaria research. Whilst travelling to various parts of the world, he quickly realised that his future lay only partly in the laboratory. As a result and armed with a Mercator Fellowship for International Affairs he turned his attention to the world of international cooperation and development with placements at the WHO in Addis Abeba and Médecins sans Frontières in Delhi. Immediately before joining Biovision, Simon was employed by the WHO in Geneva working on access to medicines and the development of new antibiotics and vaccines against “Emerging Diseases”, i.e. diseases such as Ebola.

At Biovision, Simon is responsible for animal and human health projects and works with local partners in Ethiopia and Kenya. He has come to love the camels that are increasing the incomes of pastoralists in the arid parts of Kenya but also the Anopheles mosquitoes that Biovision combats with ecological methods – the insects are common along the Kenyan coastline.

Admittedly, he loves the mountains even more than the sea and at weekends Simon, who was born in the Black Forest, can be found climbing, walking, snowshoeing or mountain biking. When the mountains are too far away, e.g. at lunchtime he is happy enough swimming in the wintry River Limmat.

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