I am a German livestock development specialist with a special interest in ecologically responsible approaches to agricultural and livestock development:
- Ecologically responsible approaches to agricultural and livestock development
- Indigenous knowledge and local resources, their documentation and application in communities and for development
- Integrated livestock healthcare and production for smallholders and pastoralists
- Ethnoveterinary medicine (traditional knowledge of animal production and health care)
- Livestock and climate change
- Gender issues relating to livestock
- Participatory approaches.
- MS in International Development Studies, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA
- Certificate of Specialist in Tropical Veterinary Medicine (Fachtierarzt für tropische Veterinärmedizin), Veterinary Board, Hessen, Germany
- Doctoral Degree in Veterinary Medicine (Dr med vet, equivalent to PhD in USA), Institute of Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, West Germany
- Research on swamp buffaloes at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproduction, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
- State Examination in Veterinary Medicine (equivalent to DVM degree in USA), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Giessen, West Germany
- Writing and editing of information materials and publications
- Field research and desk studies
- Training and capacity building
- Project evaluations
- Organization of (multi-stakeholder) workshops, writeshops, conferences and side-events at international government meetings
- Lobbying and giving presentations on indigenous knowledge, ethnoveterinary medicine, community-based animal health care and conservation of animal genetic resources, and rights of communities to their resources
- Project development and administration, including finance administration.
- Fluent in German and English
- Satisfactory Indonesian and French
- Some Thai
- Long-term work experience (5 countries): Germany, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and the USA
- Short-term experience (24 countries):
- China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea
- Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, UK
- Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda
- Brazil, Canada
- German national
Since 2015: Newsletter editor, researcher and administrator, Bundesverband Berufsschäfer (German Pastoral Farmers Association).
Since 1996: Independent consultant
- League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development (LPP)
- Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (LPPS)
- Intermediate Technology Development Group (UK and Kenya, now Practical Action)
- International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
- Vetaid Tanzania
- University of Victoria, British Columbia
- LID (now The IDLGroup)
- Centre for International Research and Advisory Networks (CIRAN) of Nuffic
- German Church Development Service (EED)
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
- German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
- Germany NGO Forum Environment & Development (FUE)
1993-96: Co-ordinator of the Regional Program for the Promotion of Indigenous Knowledge in Asia (Reppika) at the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Philippines
1993-96: Corresponding editor, Indigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor
1991: Research on traditional veterinary medicine of sheep and goats among farmers in West Java, Indonesia
1988-92: Research associate, Center for Indigenous Knowledge for Agriculture and Rural Development (CIKARD), Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
1989-92: Member, Editorial Board, CIKARD Newsletter, Center for Indigenous Knowledge for Agriculture and Rural Development, Iowa State University
1985-86: Volunteer, Yayasan Indonesia Hijau (environmental conservation project), Bogor, Indonesia
1981-85: Visiting lecturer of the German Academic Exchange Service, Department of Reproduction, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, Indonesia
1978-79: Field research on feeding behaviour of goats in Tunisia
1977-78: Student assistant at the Institute of Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Giessen, Germany.
Oberly Award (honorable mention) for worldwide bibliography on ethnoveterinary medicine (with Constance McCorkle), 1991.
- League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development: member (since 1997), treasurer and board member (January 2001-April 2011), network coordinator (2006-2010)
- Alumni of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
- German Veterinary Association
- Global Indigenous Knowledge Network (to 2004, when the network ceased)
- AGRECOL (member (since 1999), board member (2003-6)
Numerous articles, conference papers, extension manuals and literature reviews on ethnoveterinary medicine, appropriate livestock health care, indigenous knowledge, swamp buffaloes, goats. Click here for a full list.
Available on request.
I undertake short-term consultancy assignments (no longer than 4 weeks at a time). I will consider long-term work in Europe. For family reasons, I am not currently considering long-term employment overseas.
Consulting work is inherently uncertain: funding doesn't come through, projects are delayed, or a competitor may win the bid. Because of demand, I try to plan my work at least 9 months in advance. It is sometimes necessary to juggle dates to make things fit the calendar.
I am occasionally able to take on activities at short notice if a prior commitment falls through, or if it happens to fill a gap in my calendar.
Contact me to check on my current list of commitments. Email messages are forwarded to me while I'm away if I am somewhere with email access.