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Global Landscapes Forum science advisor and Senior Scientist, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)

Anja joined World Agroforestry in 2010, leading the Research Methods group that helps ensure science quality. She led the Sentinel Landscape Initiative 2012–2016, coordinating 10 teams across eight landscapes that provided evidence of the importance of forests and trees in the livelihoods of rural communities. Previously, Anja ran a consultancy on sustainable land management in Malaysia and lectured in statistics at the University of Malaysia; and worked for several years in the German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection’s Federal Agricultural Research Center. Anja has a PhD in Precision Farming, University of Braunschweig, Germany and a Masters in Environmental Geochemistry, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Since 2017, Anja has been based in the Philippines leading a global policy project for integrating trees-on-farms’ targets into sub-national plans to support governments’ commitments to the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity and Climate Change.


  • –present
    Head, Research Methods Group, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)