Department für Agrarökonomie und Rurale Entwicklung

Professional Positions

  • Since 2007 Professor of International Food Economics and Rural Development,
    Georg-August-University of Goettingen, Germany

  • 2004-2007 Professor of International Agricultural Trade and Food Security,
    University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

  • 2003-2004 Senior Researcher and Team Leader, Center for Development Research (ZEF),
    University of Bonn, Germany

  • 2001-2003 Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics,
    University of California, Berkeley, USA

  • 1997-2000 Research Associate/Fellow, Center for Development Research (ZEF),
    University of Bonn, Germany

  • 1996-1997 Research Associate, Institute of Food Economics,
    University of Kiel, Germany

Academic Degrees

  • Habilitation in Agricultural and Development Economics, University of Bonn (2003)

  • PhD in Agricultural Economics, University of Bonn (2000)

  • MSc in Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel (1996)

  • BSc in Agricultural Sciences, University of Bonn (1992)

Main Research Areas

  • Economics of Biotechnology and Agricultural Research Systems

  • Economics of Food Security and Poverty

  • Nutrition and Health Economics

  • Modern Food Supply Chains in Developing Countries

  • Agricultural Markets and Policies in Developing Countries

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Excellence Award 2011 for Policy-Oriented Development Research of the German Development Bank (KfW)

  • Grand International DLG-Prize for Scientific Achievements of the German Agricultural Society (DLG), 2010

  • Outstanding Review of Agricultural Economics Article Award 2007 of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA)

  • Emmy Noether-Grantee of the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2001-2005)

  • Josef G. Knoll-Science-Award 2000 of the Eiselen Foundation

  • Nils Westermarck-Award 2003 of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)

Other Selected Academic Roles and Appointments

  • Member of the Standing Committee on Life Sciences, Leopoldina, German National Academy of Sciences (since 2015)

  • Member of the Steering Committee, German Agricultural Society (DLG) (since 2014)

  • Elected Member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences (since 2011)

  • Senior Fellow, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn (since 2010)

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand (since 2010)

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Consumer Protection (since 2009)

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) (2009-2014)

  • Member of the Board of Directors of Africa Harvest Biotech International Foundation (2009-2014)

  • Chair of the External Advisory Board of the Africa Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) Project (Funded by the Gates Foundation) (2006-2009)

  • Member of the Golden Rice Humanitarian Board (since 2006)

  • Associate Editor of the Journal “Agricultural Economics” (2007-2012)

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal “Food Policy” (since 2007)

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