Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Sustainable Studies
Study Lead “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Agriculture and Food (TEEBAgriFood)”,
Managing Director of TMG – Töpfer Müller Gaßner GmbH, ThinkTank for Sustainability
1985 Diploma Sociology, Philipps-University, Marburg.
1985 -1992 Elected City Councilor, Marburg for social and environmental affairs, municipal utilities (electricity, natural gas, water and public transport).
1992 to 1995 State Secretary, Ministry of Youth, Family Affairs and Health in the State of Hessen.
1995 to 2000 Member of Parliament, Hessen
2001 to 2005 State Secretary, Ministry for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture in the Federal Republic of Germany.
2006 to 2013 Assistant-Director General of UN FAO for Natural Resources and Environment
2009 to 2011 Member of Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC)
2008 to 2011 Chair of UN Standing Committee on Nutrition
2013 to 2015 IASS in Potsdam
Since 2014 Study Lead of TEEBAgriFood
2016 Managing Director of TMG – Think Tank For Sustainability
Member of the German Council for Sustainability
Member of the Board of the board of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and of the Crop Diversity Trust