Thomas Hoerz studied Agriculture in Hohenheim, Germany and Refugee Assistance in Oxford, UK. In 1990 he started to work abroad in a GTZ food security program in Tanzania, moved later to food assistance with GTZ in East Africa and continued humanitarian work with Oxfam, the World Food Programme, UNHCR, FAO and several NGOs. During part of the 1990s he focused on household energy and environmental stabilization in refugee hosting areas.
Eckart Koch teaches International Economic Relations at the University of Applied Sciences, Munich, and publishes on globalization, international economics, and intercultural management. As long-term expert he managed projects in Indonesia and the Philippines and has more than 20 years of experience as independent consultant for development projects in Asia and Africa. In recent years he has focused on management and strategy consulting, Capacity WORKS and results-based monitoring and is an accredited member of various GIZ advisory groups.
Sandra Holzherr’s expertise includes planning, conceptualizing and implementing programs and projects for organizational and human resource development, both in the private and public sector.
As founding member of the work group Communal Development Policy in Baden-Württemberg and with her commitment to implement administrative structures and processes for sustainability in local governments, she links global and local activities and brings together business and public administration on both the strategic and operational level.