GRAS Advisory Board

GRAS has been set up and will be continuously further developed through a multi-stakeholder process, involving representatives of private companies, the research sector, NGOs, development organizations, sustainability certification schemes and administrations.

Together with our project partners, the GRAS Advisory Board forms a sound decision basis for the further strategic development of GRAS through external expert advice and scientific oversight in the key areas of competence of GRAS.

The GRAS Advisory Board was set up by the end of 2017 and meets on a quarterly basis to discuss and decide upon strategic steps of GRAS and exchange on latest important developments within the areas of remote sensing, zero-deforestation supply chains, carbon stocks, social indices, renewable resources, agricultural markets and forestry. GRAS is proud to be able to count on the following Advisory Board members:

Dr (rer.-nat.) Kurt P. Günther

Kurt P. Günther studied physics at the University Munich. He finished his thesis about airborne laser fluorescence remote sensing of the ocean at the University of Oldenburg. For more than 25 years he joined the German Aerospace Center (DLR) developing laser fluoro-sensors for vegetation monitoring, algorithms for operational data processing of satellite data (AVHRR, MODIS, MERIS, Landsat), radiative transfer models and global models for biosphere-atmosphere interaction. Now he works as an independent remote sensing consultant.

Jens Hönerhoff
  • DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Vice President Sustainability

Jens Hönerhoff is energy and process engineer and works since 2007 as senior environmental specialist for the DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, the private sector development financing branch of the KfW group. As vice president for sustainability he is inter alia responsible for the development of the WWF-DEG “Water Risk Filter”, the mapping tool for water risks.

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Prof Gernot Klepper Ph.D.
  • Kiel Institute for the World Economy
  • Research Area “The Environment and Natural Resources”

Gernot Klepper is an economist and received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics. He is a senior researcher at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy where he was for many years head of the Department “Environmental and Resource Economics”. Besides his research activities on climate change, energy, and land use issues, he was and still is involved in numerous advisory functions such as being the chair of the National Committee for Global Change Research (NKGCF) of the German Research Foundation (DFG), deputy chairman of the German Climate Consortium (DKK), the association of the leading climate research institutes in Germany, chair of the board of International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) as well as chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research (UFZ).

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Dr Rafaël Schneider
  • Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V.
  • Deputy Director Policy & External Relations
  • Coordination Food Security Standard (FSS)

Rafaël Schneider (Dr. rer. nat.) is geographer and works since 2007 for the Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V., a private organisation acting in the area of development cooperation and humanitarian aid. As deputy director of the Policy Division and coordinator of the Food Security Standard Project, he addresses development policies related to global food security, rural development, agriculture, nutrition and the Human Right to Food. Before, he has been coordinator at the German Development Service (DED) in N’Djaména (Chad) and senior advisor in a DED-GTZ-Program on rural development in Natitingou (Benin).

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Prof Dr Ralf Seppelt
  • Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
  • Head of the Department for Computational Landscape Ecology

Ralf Seppelt (Prof. Dr.) studied applied mathematics at the Technical University Clausthal Zellerfeld, Germany, obtained his doctorate degree at the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany, in agroecology and systems analysis where he worked as research assistant and lecturer at Institute for Geoecology. After several research visits at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, Burlington and Maryland, USA, as well at the CSIRO in Canberra, Australia, he was appointed full professor for applied landscape ecology at Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, where he lectures course on Environmental Modelling. At UFZ he is responsible for the research topic Land use Options of the programme Terrestrial Environment of the Helmholtz-Association. In the BMBF programme on “Sustainable Land Management” he coordinates the synthesis project GLUES “Global Assessment of Land Use Dynamics on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Ecosystem Services”. His major research focus is land resources management based on integrated simulation and modelling systems.

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