Head, Contract Development and Compliance
- Nationality: Germany
- Language spoken: German and English
- Favourite Crop: Chickpea
Stefan joined the Crop Trust in January 2013. In his current role as Head, Contract Development and Compliance, Stefan is the primary organizational contact for all contractual and compliance issues. He is responsible for reviewing and managing scientific and corporate contracts and proposals across the organization. He advises project staff and the Executive Directorate on specific issues during proposal development, contract negotiation and project/service implementation.
Stefan has a professional background in plant breeding and in biology with a focus on ecology. After working for the Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht – Hans-Georg Lembke, Germany (a privately-owned, medium-sized plant breeding company), in a vocational training program for 3 years, he decided to study Life Sciences. He obtained BSc and MSc in Biology and PhD in Life Sciences from the University of Oldenburg, Germany, and the Institute for Avian Research, Germany (IfV). Prior to joining the Crop Trust he worked for almost 7 years as a Project Development Specialist with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria. Previously he worked for more than twelve years as a Scientist including a 6-year position as a Research Associate with the IfV.