ELD Secretariat

Mark Schauer

Position  ELD Secretariat Coordinator Location  ELD Initiative Secretariat, Bonn, Germany With ELD since  Mark has been part of the ELD Initiative ever since it was founded in 2011. What he does  As the coordinator of the ELD Secretariat, Mark is responsible for the synchronization of partners and donors, policy dialogue, communication with potential project countries and more. He also makes sure, that the ELD Team stays busy. Background  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's degree in Forestry Management.

Lara Beisiegel

Position  Communication and Implementation Officer Location  ELD Initiative Secretariat, Bonn, Germany With ELD since  Lara joined the ELD Initiative in 2017 What she does  Lara works on communication and implementation tasks. Background  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 GIZ. 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.

Silke Schwedes

Position  Science and Capacity Development Officer Location  ELD Initiative Secretariat, Bonn, Germany With ELD since  Silke joined the ELD Initiative in Summer 2017 What she does  Silke is responsible for capacity development and implementation activities. Background  Before she joined the ELD Secretariat, she worked in West and South Africa as well as in Latin America on long- and short-term assignments in the framework of GIZ and EU-financed projects and later on as project coordinator of a German consulting company. She holds a Master's degree in Landscape Ecology and she completed a post-graduation class in Rural Development.

Hannes Etter

Position  Natural Capital Officer Location  ELD Initiative Secretariat, Bonn, Germany With ELD since  Hannes has a long history with ELD going back to 2011 and recently rejoined the team at Bonn. What he does  Hannes is currently establishing the Natural Capital workstream, which explores the links between land management and sustainable economic development. Background  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. He is further interested in resilience research, participatory planning approaches and food security. Over the last years Hannes has also extensively worked on environmental pollution. He holds a Master's degree in Geography, specializing on development and environmental research.

ELD Network

Lindsay Stringer

Position  ELD Network – Policy Dialogue Location  University of Leeds, UK With ELD since  Lindsay joined ELD in 2013 What she does  In the ELD Team, Lindsay not only leads studies on the economics of land degradation, but also participates in activities on stakeholder engagement and policy dialogue. Background  Lindsay is a Professor in Environment and Development at the Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. Her research focuses on the links between livelihoods and environment, science, policy and environmental governance as well as practical and policy mechanisms that can advance sustainable development. She is currently a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder, and in 2013, Lindsay was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for her work on environmental change and sustainable development in drylands. In 2015 she was presented with a Women of Achievement Award.

Stacey Noel

Position  ELD Network – Policy Dialogue Location  Stockholm Environment Institute, Nairobi Kenya With ELD since  Stacey joined ELD in 2012 What she does  In her work, Stacey ensures that the ELD research results are well communicated through direct and continuous engagement with stakeholders and options as well as pathways for the promotion of sustainable land management are identified. Background  Stacey has over 20 years of experience in development management and international relations, with an expertise in the area of water and livelihood, ecosystem services, water and climate change and more.

Robert Costanza

Position  ELD Network – Methodology & Capacity building Location  Crawford School of Public Policy at Australia National University, Canberra, Australia With ELD since  Bob joined ELD in 2012 What he does  In the ELD-Initiative, Bob helped creating the methodology on how to assess the economics of land degradation and sustainable management, as well as how to value ecosystem services in general. Background  Bob is a Professor and Vice Chancellor’s Chair in Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy of the Australian National University. In his transdisciplinary research, he focuses on system ecology, ecological economics, ecosystem services, landscape ecology, ecological modeling and more. He is author or co-author of over 600 scientific papers and 27 books.

Ida Kubiszewski

Position  ELD Network – Methodology & Capacity building Location  Crawford School of Public Policy at Australia National University With ELD since  Ida joined ELD in 2013 What she does  Working with the ELD Initiative, Ida brings knowledge on assessing ecosystem services that support the ELD Initiative's methodology and approach. She is also doing on-the-ground implementation by leading capacity development workshops together with Robert Background  Ida is an Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australia National University. She is an ecological economist with a research focus on ecosystem services and their valuation, measures of wellbeing, scenario planning, and more. Ida is the author or co-author of dozens of scientific papers and 5 books. She was also a climate change negotiator at the Conference of Parties representing the Dominican Republic.

Richard J. Thomas

Position  ELD Network – Scientific Coordination Location  ICARDA, currently based in Canada With ELD since  Richard has been involved with the ELD Initiative since its initiation in 2011 What he does  Richard is a scientific advisor and coordinator for ELD studies, provides scientific guidance for the ongoing project and facilitates the policy dialogue at the international level. Background  Richard was the director for the CGIAR’s Dryland Systems Programme based at ICARDA in Amman, Jordan. He has over 20 years’ experience in managing and implementing research projects and directing research teams on integrated natural resources management including studies on soil physics, chemistry and biology, water, crop and livestock management.

Emmanuelle Quillerou

Position  ELD Network – Methodology & Capacity Building Location  University of Brest, France With ELD since  Emma joined ELD end of 2011 What she does  Emma is one of the ELD scientists. She leads trainings for capacity development and acts as scientific coordinator for ELD studies. Background  Emma is a lecturer (assistant professor) in economics at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest (IUT de Quimper / UMR AMURE). Her research brings an economic perspective to improve ecosystem management from the local to the international level.

Martin Dallimer

Position  ELD Network – Methodology & Capacity Building Location  University of Leeds, UK With ELD since  Martin joined ELD in 2015 What he does  As part of ELD, Martin leads training for capacity building in the ELD approach, and acts as a scientific coordinator and study leader for ELD studies. Background  Martin is an Associate Professor in Environmental Change at the Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. His research focusses on the interactions and interlinkages between ecosystems, biodiversity and the communities and people that rely on them. He uses methods from a range of different disciplines, including environmental and ecological economics, ecology and biodiversity conservation.

Mesfin Tilahun

Position  ELD Network- Methodology & Capacity Building Location  Mekelle University, Ethiopia & Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway With ELD since  Mesfin joined ELD in 2013 What he does  Working with the ELD initiative, Mesfin brings knowledge on integrating biophysical and econometric modeling approaches for assessing agricultural land degradation at national and continental scales and using results from such approaches for ecosystem ser Background  Mesfin is currently an associate professor of Economics at the department of Economics of Mekelle University in Ethiopia and has a research associate professor position at the School of Economics and Business of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Norway.

His research works focus on bio economic modelling, market and non-market valuation of forest and agricultural ecosystem services, and cost benefit analysis of restoration of degraded lands and/or sustainable land management interventions, land use changes, and impact evaluation with gender-disaggregated analysis of development interventions. Currently, together with an international group of researchers, he is engaged in the assessments of youth livelihood strategies in Ethiopia using behavioral economics tools.

Angela Doku

Position  ELD Network – Methodology & Capacity Building Location  University of Geneva, Switzerland With ELD since  Angela has been involved with ELD since 2018 What she does  Angela leads trainings in the ELD 6+1 approach for capacity development, and acts as ELD study leader. Background  Angela is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the Geneva School of Economics and Management at the University of Geneva. Her research focuses on environmental, development, and behavioural economics. Before joining the University of Geneva, she worked as an environmental economics researcher in London, UK, where she undertook various studies in the valuation of ecosystem services, and cost-benefit analysis. Prior to that, she worked in various locations in Ghana for the Centre for the Study of African Economies (University of Oxford), where she led fieldwork for labour force and education projects.

Vanja Westerberg

Position  ELD Network & Co-founder, Altus Impact Location  Geneva, Switzerland and Chamonix, France With ELD since  Vanja joined ELD in 2013 What she does  Vanja has led numerous ELD studies, focusing on the value and feasibility of improving the sustainably of diverse production systems. She is currently also working on the Evergreening Africa project, in Mali and Ghana. Background  Vanja is an environmental economist. She has worked for major French and Danish research organisations (INRA France, CNRS France, DTI Denmark) and the IUCN, before co-founding Altus Impact early 2016. Altus Impact is a social enterprise specialised in environmental advisory and sustainability communications, connecting a global network of environmental consultants.

Her ELD studies are focusing on the value and feasibility of improving the sustainability of diverse production systems - ranging from pastoral management schemes in Georgia and Jordan; to cotton and cashew production in Benin; and Sorghium-Millet-Acacia agroforestry systems in the Sudano-Sahelian zone of Sudan and Mali. Within the Regreening Africa project her research focuses on Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration interventions and again, the contentious cotton crop.