Mareike B.


Project Manager for Organic Agriculture Projects
Naturland - Association for Organic Agriculture
October-2017 - Present

Coordination, implementation and financial management of the cooperation project with the Green Innovation Centers of GIZ in India and Africa

Countries: Benin, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Togo and Zambia

▪ Capacity development in organic farming and food for GIZ, its implementing partners and their target groups, e.g. through webinars, professional seminars and workshops in Germany and on site
▪ Support of the certification and international marketing of organic products
▪ Support for the (further) development of the national organic market, for example through the implementation of stakeholder workshops and studies on market potential and consumer awareness of organic products
▪ Support of African and Indian organic enterprises in participating in the BioFach fair
▪ Public relations: Content design of PR materials and the homepage

Manager for CSR projects on smallholder mechanization in Southern Africa
BayWa AG and its joint venture BHBW Zambia
August-2015 - September-2017

Management of projects supporting the mechanization of small and medium-sized farms in Southern Africa

Countries: Zambia and South Africa

▪ Developing and implementing the strategy for supporting the mechanization of small farmers through cooperation projects
▪ Identifying and preparing new cooperation projects between BayWa, BHBW and external partners, e.g. with development cooperation organizations (KfW, GIZ)
▪ Steering and monitoring of projects focusing on agricultural financing, agricultural education and training, as well as on joint machinery ownership
▪ Acting as the main point of contact and coordinator between BayWa and BHBW (through regular business trips to Zambia and South Africa as well as six-month stay in Lusaka in 2016)
▪ Liaising with and representing BayWa’s interests vis-à-vis ministries, embassies, chambers of commerce, development cooperation organizations, international organizations (e.g. UN, EU representation), associations and NGOs

Business Developer
BayWa r.e.
June-2017 - September-2017

Countries: Kenya, Zambia and South Africa

▪ Initiation of projects with development cooperation organizations in the field of renewable energies in emerging and developing countries
▪ African Market entry support
▪ Researching country-specific information in the renewable energy sector to assess potential new markets in Africa
▪ Coordination between BayWa AG and BayWa r.e. exploring synergies for new projects
▪ Political communication on development cooperation issues and advocacy towards the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development

Project Manager Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa
GFA Consulting Group GmbH
November-2013 - July-2015

General Agent of the Bilateral Cooperation Programme of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

Countries: Zambia, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia and Ivory Coast

▪ Giving advice to the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in all matters relating to its bilateral cooperation projects in SSA
▪ Identification and preparation of new projects (public-private partnerships, agricultural policy dialogues and association cooperation) in the above mentioned countries
▪ Steering and monitoring these projects, also on the ground (through project visits and project steering group meetings with local ministries, authorities and institutions such as farmers’ unions and cooperative associations, as well as private sector partners)
▪ Preparing and managing events such as BMEL’s International Family Farming symposium

Project and Key Account Manager
Organic Services GmbH
October-2012 - October-2013

Trainee Programme Organic Agriculture

▪ Managing a public-private partnership-project with KfW/DEG to launch a software for the organic certification of producer groups in developing countries
▪ Creation of a web-based training on the basics of organic farming to increase and streamline knowledge about and arguments for organic agriculture
▪ Leading a workshop on group certification software at the IFOAM East African Organic Conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Fellow in the Programme Innovations Team
World Food Programme
March-2012 - June-2012

▪ Collecting data for a study on the operational considerations for a cash-based (“home grown”) school meals programme in Kenya, and reporting on the outcomes of the research
▪ Developing guidelines for a complaints mechanism for 440,000 beneficiaries of WFP's cash and voucher programmes in Kenya to improve WFP’s service delivery
▪ Creating the concept, budget and the design for communication materials to increase donor visibility and to improve the beneficiaries’ nutritional habits in Kenya

Intern in the project “Enhancement of Food Security in the Visayas (EFOS)”
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
July-2011 - December-2011

▪ Evaluating the impact of a food security project on the beneficiaries in Leyte, rural Philippines (evaluation design, data collection, analysis and processing, reporting)
▪ Participating in monitoring visits and farmer trainings
▪ Drafting a policy paper, a product description and a knowledge profile about the cash-for-work approach

Intern in the sector project “Agricultural Policy and Food Security”
Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH
April-2010 - October-2010

▪ Preparing and documenting a symposium on Sustainable Consumption and Food Security
▪ Researching on agricultural policy and food security issues and creating short reports to give advice to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
▪ Drafting and editing fact sheets on food consumption and its impact on food security and climate change, the potential of organic agriculture for global food security, on agricultural biodiversity and on patent laws/IP rights


Master of Science in International Development Studies (part-time)
University of Birmingham
United Kingdom
September-2009 - July-2012

▪ Grade point average: 73 (first class/distinction)
▪ Main focus: Rural development, sustainable ecological development and project management
▪ Two internships at GIZ (Germany/Philippines) and fellowship at World Food Programme
▪ Topic of my thesis: “The effects of Cash-for-Work programmes on food security: The case of Leyte Island, Philippines”

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen
October-2005 - August-2009

▪ Grade point average 1,4 (very good)
▪ Main focus: International Relations and Development Policy
▪ Academic exchange at Universitetet i Bergen, Norway (August 2006 – June 2007)
▪ Topic of my thesis: „More gender equality through employment? A critical examination of the indicator „Share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector“ to measure the MDG „Promote gender equality and empower women“ using the example of Jamaica”