ELD Secretariat

Mark Schauer

Mark Schauer is the Coordinator for the ELD Initiative’s Secretariat at GIZ, responsible for the overall coordination of the ELD project. Before Mark joined GIZ, he worked for the United Nations Environment Programme as the Head of the Central Office of TEEB and the Division for International Nature Conservation of the German Federal Ministry for Environment (BMU) as a coordinator for projects which linked economic and ecologic issues. He holds a Master Degree in Forestry Management. After his graduation, he worked in Europe, southern Africa and southern Asia on natural resource management and nature conservation, focusing on this issue's interconnectedness with economics, poverty alleviation and institutional support programmes.

Hannes Etter

Hannes Etter is the Science Desk Officer at the ELD Initiative’s Secretariat responsible for facilitation of scientific studies and activities and close cooperation with the partners of the initiative. Through previous research in Namibia and South Africa, he has gained experience in participatory land use management approaches and economic evaluation of dryland areas. Before Hannes joined the ELD-team, he was employed at the United Nations University in Bonn, working on climate change and adapted land use with a regional focus on West Africa. His further interests is in resilience research, participatory planning approaches and food security. Hannes holds a Master degree in Geography, specializing on development and environmental research. 

Tobias Gerhartsreiter

Tobias Gerhartsreiter is the Communications Officer at the ELD Initiative’s Secretariat under the GIZ. Besides all matters concerning communications he is responsible for capacity building and E-Learning activities at the ELD Initiative. He gained special experience in the fields of desertification, sustainable land management and conservation through his work for NGOs in South Africa and Germany as well as through previous research in Swaziland and Mozambique. Before he joined the ELD team, Tobias worked as a consultant for the GIZ “Convention Project to Combat Desertification (CCD)”. Tobias holds a Master’s degree in Human Geography from University of Würzburg with a special focus on conservation and tourism. 

Lara Beisiegel

Lara Beisiegel works as Junior Officer for the ELD Initiatives´s Secretariat. She acquired knowledge in the field of rural development, especially sustainable agricultural value chains, multi-stakeholder initiatives and innovation transfer in different sector and global programs of the GIZ. For her graduation she conducted research in Thailand on behalf of the “Better Rice Initiative Asia”. Besides, she gained work experience in the private sector at the CSR and quality management departments of retail companies. Lara holds a Bachelor´s degree in Food and Nutrition Science and a Master´s degree in Agricultural and Food Economics with specialization on Environmental and Resource Economics as well as Market and Consumer Research.


The ELD Secretariat is hosted by:

Sector Project to Combat Desertification
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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