Plant Species Officer (JPO), Project Coordinator
UNEP-CITES, Univ. of Zurich, Network for the Evaluation of One Health
I am plant species officer (JPO) in the scientific services team at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). In this role, I am supporting policy processes that enable sustainable international trade in trees and medicinal plant species. Such trade regulations are intimately linked to IPBES' concepts of nature's contribution to people, indigenous and traditional knowledge, as well as livelihoods. As member of the European Network for the Evaluation of One Health, I co-developed and validated EVOLvINC - a process evaluation tool to assess knowledge integration in the governance of transdisciplinary and intercultural multi-stakeholder collaborations, as they are common in north-south partnerships at the science-policy interface. As ethnobotanist and project coordinator, I have seven years experience in co-designing and co-executing such collaborations, focused on the documentation of traditional medicinal plant knowledge, and integration processes between traditional and biomedical health systems in Guatemala (total funding volume 700,000 CHF). In these initiatives, we collaborate with several indigenous Councils of Elders, regional NGO's, the National Cancer Hospital of Guatemala and local universities, as well as international partners. My background are environmental sciences (MSc. Univ. of Bayreuth) and decision sciences (MSc. LSE London), with a PhD obtained from ETH Zurich.