Suhel is the founder and CEO of GeoMedia. He is a seasoned expert on the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Nagoya Protocol, from global negotiations to local implementation. His focus is on value-chain development, particularly in Africa and the MENA region. He has been co-manager of the ABS Capacity Development Initiative since its foundation in 2005. Suhel studied geography, ecology and economics. He has since been working for a broad range of national and international organisations.
Anna Lena's expertise includes integrated landscape management, local community development and multi-stakeholder participation. Being fluent in five languages, she currently focuses on advising francophone countries on biodiversity conservation and ABS. Anna Lena studied political sciences, peace and conflict studies and resource management, and holds a PhD in environmental sciences. Earlier positions include lecturing at the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí and working for GIZ in Mexico.
Eva holds a Master of Laws and has, as former staff of GIZ, rich experience in international cooperation. She has lived and worked in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe. Her expertise includes the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Nagoya Protocol and the 2030 Agenda. Eva contributes to policy concepts and multistakeholder processes, on the spot and virtually. Further she is in charge of legal issues, managing international events and technical publications in German, English and French.
Judith supports the conception and organisation of global events. She undertakes background research and analyses, and contributes to studies and publications. Her thematic focus is on ABS and DSI. Judith holds a Master's degree in crop sciences, with a focus on production ecology and resource conservation. Before joining GeoMedia she participated in the collaborative research center 'Future Rural Africa', investigating Namibian savanna ecosystems and future pathways for sustainable development.
Yannick is responsible for GeoMedia's contract and tender management. He has gained great expertise in the German federal government's biodiversity portfolio and the financing structures of UN programmes. Besides, he is well-versed in setting up and organising on- and offline events. He manages the internet presence of several clients, and contributes to structuring and layouting publications and presentations. Yannick's academic background is in politics, economics, sociology and history.