Adam holds a BSc degree in Economics in London and a PhD in econometrics from Imperial College London. After graduation, he joined FAO as a consultant, specialising in computational aspects of global food security. He has since developed a deep interest in climate change and agriculture, especially on machine-learning for early warning systems in the context of transboundary pest/pathogen detection and control.
Alexander is a former FAO Assistant Director-General (2006-2013), and State Secretary for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture, Germany (2001 -2005). He has vast experience in global sustainability governance, as inter alia: Chair of the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition; member of the UN Environmental Management Group; and Lead, Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Governance of Land, and TEEBAgriFood.
Ben Boteler’s work at TMG covers regional ocean governance for the high seas. His research focuses on the socioeconomic uses and benefits of the marine environment, and facilitating the development of comprehensive, cross-sectoral approaches for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity.
Bruno is a policy and data analyst particularly interested in the links between sustainability and technology. In coordination with the Comms team, he is responsible for creating communications content and driving the outreach of the organisation, working on everything from writing blog posts to creating videos and coding the website.
Charles has several years of experience as a rural development agent with several state projects and NGOs, working on sustainability and poverty alleviation initiatives, as well as working for four years as a field coordinator in a forest restoration project. Before joining TMG, he was a business advisor at TechnoServe Benin, where he trained stakeholders from SMEs in various sectors. He has a PhD in animal production systems from Wageningen University, in which he focused on pastoralism in its changing environment.
Daniel is part of the Governance team at TMG working on the transformation of Food Systems. He is currently pursing a Master's degree in Global & Development Studies from the Humboldt University, University of Pretoria and Chulalongkorn University. Prior to TMG, Daniel worked for the Organization of African, Pacific and Caribbean States as well as the European Union-Latin America and Caribbean Foundation.
A specialist in land rights, David spent five years in the Netherlands where he was a land rights advisor for the international relief and recovery organisation ZOA. His previous professional experience, as well as his studies, unfolded in Berlin, where he studied Political Science and worked in non-formal political education. He has a PhD from the Free University Berlin. For his doctoral studies David conducted research on redistributive land reforms in India and South Africa.
As a journalist and communications consultant, Edouard's passion is reporting on successful young agripreneurs to attract more young people to agriculture. He has produced written and audiovisual content for diverse development organisations and media agencies. Edouard contributes to the Youth in Soil team, a TMG Research initiative launched at the Global Soil Week in 2019. He provides support to the Urban Food Futures team in Ouagadogou, Burkina Faso.
Dr Elena Lazutkaitė is an interdisciplinary researcher focussing on agriculture, environmental sustainability, pest control, and governance. Elena obtained a BSc in Veterinary Science, MSc in Animal Welfare and Conservation and a PhD in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies. Elena coordinates the implementation of TMG’s workstream on desert locusts as foreseen under the project Strengthening Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture.
Frederike's work with the Land Governance team focuses on human rights-based land governance monitoring in Malawi. Her thematic interests include the governance of natural resources, social accountability tools, and participatory development approaches. She has previously worked as a researcher and adviser with diverse organisations in Africa, Europe and Central Asia. Frederike obtained a PhD from the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies for her work on water and land governance in Tajikistan.
llse is a Research Associate in the Land Governance team. She has previously worked with local and international organizations in East and West Africa, Central America and Europe, focusing on human rights, gender, social inclusion, and participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation. She has a masters in Cultural Anthropology and International Development Studies from Nijmegen University in the Netherlands.
Inviolata supports the Urban Nutrition Hub workstream under the SEWOH Lab food security project and the Strengthening Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture project in Kenya. She has background in agricultural sciences and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Soil Science at the University of Nairobi. Her thematic research interests include food security, natural resource management and Land governance.
Irene coordinates the Urban Food Futures programme as Project Manager and conducts research on the value of work and employment in informality and commons. Irene holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford and has previously worked in the non-profit sector in Turkey, Ecuador, and the UK.
Jes is responsible for co-steering TMG’s programmes, and overall strategic development. He has more than 10 years’ experience in providing science-based policy advice in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Jes' thematic interests span natural resources governance, transitions to sustainability, co-creation of knowledge, and social innovation.
Jörg has 30 years of experience in the field of public diplomacy, political communication and advocacy. His main topics are governance, transformation, agriculture, food security and rural development. Throughout his career he worked as a journalist for German newspapers and radio stations, as Deputy Director GIZ Berlin Representation, as Director GIZ-AgenZ Berlin and as Senior Advisor Communication and Public Diplomacy of BMZ´s Special Initiative One World - No Hunger (SEWOH). He holds a Diploma in Journalism, Institute of Journalism (University of Dortmund, Germany).
Kader manages TMG’s work programme in Benin, building on over 15 years of experience in development cooperation. His research focuses on innovative knowledge sharing approaches such as the Tem Sesiabun Gorado model, a farmer-led approach for sharing knowledge on good agricultural practices.
Katrin provides project management support to diverse TMG projects, building on her experiences in communication and administration, and academic background in agricultural policy and management. She is passionate about photography, arts, organic agriculture, and ethno-pharmacy.
Larissa leads TMG’s work on nature-based solutions to climate change. With a background in environmental and sustainability science, her research experience revolves around transdisciplinary research methods, sustainable land management, and ecosystem-based adaptation.
Lena worked for several years as a research assistant for a member of the German Bundestag with a focus on international development cooperation. Six years ago, she started working with German NGOs (Welthungerhilfe and INKOTA) as Senior Policy Advisor for agricultural policy and world food security. There, she accompanied policy and campaign work on topics such as agroecology; the human right to food; and just, healthy and sustainable food systems and analyzed value chain approaches in development cooperation.
Luise von Pogrell
Luise is a Research Associate working on ocean governance issues. Her work is split between the Marine Regions Forum project and the Integrated Assessment of Atlantic Marine Ecosystems in Space and Time (iAtlantic). Before that, she worked at the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) with a focus on deep seabed mining issues.
Luke Metelerkamp works on TMG’s Urban Food Futures Programme, based in South Africa. He is a transdisciplinary researcher with a background in food systems, education and youth.
Luke obtained his PhD from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and has experience developing inclusive collaborations in civil society organisations, learning networks and research institutions.
Nele Siegmund is involved in accounting, finances, and administrative matters at TMG Research. She is currently pursuing a Double Degree in International Business at the “Berlin School of Economics and Law” and the “Rennes School of Business”. Before joining TMG, Nele volunteered at the Saartjie Baartman Centre, a shelter for abused Woman and Children in Cape Town, South Africa.
Nicole leads TMG's Urban Food Futures programme aiming at rethinking the urban-food nexus for more inclusive and resilient urban futures building on knowledge and visions co-created by communities in the respective research sites. Nicole's thematic interests include the right to food, co-creation of knowledge and feminist research approaches. Nicole obtained a PhD from Hohenheim University for her work on a food justice perspective on urban agriculture.
Njokom Vashti Akuhro
Vashti holds a Masters of Arts in Labour Policies and Globalisation from the University of Kassel and the Berlin School of Economics and Law. Vashti is an administrative associate who specialises in leveraging administrative technology to optimise procedure. Vashti is skilled in strategic planning, scheduling, project maagement, cross functional collaboration,training,continues process improvement,development,team building and collaboration. she has provided technical and logistical support on a variety of development projects and programmes in Cameroon with the Youth Advocate for Peace & Community Empowement Cameroon, Independent Forum for the Defence of Human Rights and Freedom & Denis Miki Foundation. she is an avid lover of nature, cycling and therapeutic music.
Nyansinde Doreen Mungurere
Nyansinde Doreen has over 12 years’ experience in controlling, finance, procurement, operations, planning and project management in non-profit organizations settings. Throughout her career, she has been a resource to local and international organizations in grants management. She holds MBA (Henley Business School - University of Reading, South Africa) and BA in Accounting (University of Houston Downtown, Texas, USA). She loves honing her skills and volunteering on free time.
With a background in agricultural science, and food economics, Olivia manages the True Cost Initiative at TMG. Her research focuses on true cost accounting, and sustainable food system transformation. Olivia is currently co-developing guidelines for the food sector that integrate externalities into business reporting.
Sebastian is involved in TMG’s work on ocean governance. Drawing on over 15 years of experience in international marine policy and governance, his research currently focuses on marine biodiversity, the implementation of SDG 14, and the governance of mineral resources in the deep sea.
Serah Wambui Kiragu-Wissler is a social scientist with extensive experience in facilitation and management of research and development cooperation. She works as a Senior Research Associate leading the accompanying research on Social Innovations to Protect Soils and Empower People in Kenya and also works for the Urban Food Futures programme.
Siranush has joined the True Cost Initiative at TMG as Data Research Associate for the PLAN’EAT Project. She holds an MA degree in political economy from the University of Kassel and is enrolled as a doctoral student at the MLU in Halle (Saale) analyzing distributional aspects of agricultural subsidies. Prior to joining TMG she worked at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) as a research associate studying the political economic aspects of the Russian agricultural policy. She previously worked at the Trade and Markets Division of UN FAO, where she gained an international experience in various agricultural trade and policy related issues. She has passion for research, quantitative policy analysis and data analytics, but also for traveling, international cuisine, and skiing.
Stefanie supports financial accounting and reporting at TMG. She previously worked in consumer protection, where she monitored the energy, digital, and financial market sectors. After a brief stint in e-commerce, she aims to align her career more closely with her personal beliefs in climate protection and sustainability.
Tavseef Mairaj Shah
Tavseef is an environmental process engineer with more than seven years of experience in environmental and agroecological research. Tavseef obtained his PhD from Hamburg University of Technology (TU Hamburg) and did his doctoral research in the field of agricultural environmental sciences and agroecological engineering. The doctoral research focused on developing agroecological cropping systems that contribute to food security, water conservation and soil regeneration. During this time at TU Hamburg, he led interdisciplinary projects on the application of artificial intelligence and digitalization for agricultural sustainability and water security. Most recently he led a Hamburg Open Online University project aimed at building a wider audience for soil health education through the development of e-learning modules.
With a passion for working in an international, multicultural environment and an academic background in humanities, Vanessa supports the team as Human Resources & Office Manager. Her interests revolve around sustainable living, holistic health and environmental protection.
Victoria leads the Administration Team, covering HR, bookkeeping, project finances & controlling and office management. She has extensive experience as finance and administration lead with diverse non-profit organisations and public bodies in Germany and Ireland. Prior to joining TMG, she worked as Head of Finance & Operations with the Coordination Hub for PlanAdapt, and Head of Global Finance for Climate Analytics.
Wangu provides editorial and strategic communications support for TMG projects. She has more than 20 years experience as a journalist and development communications specialist, working at the interface of research, policy, and practice. Wangu is an avid organic farmer and environmentalist, and is currently working to set up a “farm-to-fork” eco-tourism enterprise in rural Kenya.
Brian is a Land Governance specialist with a background in Geospatial Information Systems and over nine years’ experience in implementing projects and programmes aimed at improving livelihoods through sustainable management of land and land-based resources. Prior to joining TMG, he was a Land Technical Specialist for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Kenya Country Office), supporting the implementation of the EU-funded Land Governance Programme. He also writes and is a frequent contributor to the Business Daily’s Op-Ed section, with his articles informing discussions on land governance, sustainable development and other social issues.
William supports Shibuye Community Health Workers, a grassroots women’s organisation that is co-implementing TMG’s ‘Innovations for Upscaling Soil Conservation’ project in western Kenya. He has previously worked as an environmental audit consultant with several Kenyan firms.