Ulrike Bickel

Ulrike Bickel supports the strategic development of Arepo as well as the evaluation of projects and programmes of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) since May 2020. As a graduate socio-economist with masters degrees in tropical agriculture / organic farming and environmental protection, she brings 20 years of experience in development cooperation and international environmental policy.

Before joining Arepo, she was responsible for the UN Desertification Convention and International Forest Policy in the Environment Department of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). At BMZ, she was responsible for the revised version of the BMZ forest concept with the participation of DC apron organisations and associations and was the contact person for two GIZ sector projects for forest certification and tropical forest programmes. As MISEREOR Advisor for Human Rights and Energy Raw Materials, she then worked for 6 years on the social and ecological consequences of the extraction of fossil and renewable raw materials, qualified partners in the global South in lobbying and advocacy work, and advocated with the German Federal Government for a fair transition in energy and raw materials in North and South. As the deputy head of the transport sector at the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) she coordinated the German environmental NGO’s Black Carbon Campaign to reduce climate-harmful soot emissions. As a consultant for natural resource management, agriculture and rural development in the Latin America department of the GFA Consulting Group, she wrote numerous proposals in the “green sector”, including forest and biodiversity conservation, climate adaptation of agriculture and energy policy. After her parental leave she worked for several years in the international programme department of Brot für die Welt, and since 2017 as an independent consultant on sustainable agriculture, highly hazardous pesticides, food security, agroforestry and climate / energy politics.

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