Born on December 27th, 1957 in Lower Saxony, Germany. 2 adult daughters.
Studied Agriculture in Goettingen, International Agriculture with Focus on Ecological Economics in Berlin
additional courses in International Relations and African Sciences
Berlin, Ph. D. in Soil Science on Nitrogen Dynamic Modelling at the University of Hohenheim, Germany
Researcher at Technical University of Berlin, Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Landscape Ecology
Senior Researcher at Humboldt-University of Berlin, Department of Gender Studies, Agricultural Faculty
Long-Term Researcher and Consultant in Ethiopia for various NGOs and International Organistions.
Working on deforestation, desertification, food security, biodiversity protection, adaptation to climate change, ecological justice and community rights of traditional groups, later on also on the development of alternative livelihoods in drylands by promotion of handcrafts.
Advocacy works for NGOs and international organizations in various conferences.
Reviewer of Global Water Assessment and Millennium Assessment Reports.