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Johannes Danz
  • Name: Johannes Danz
  • Position: Program Manager
  • Telephone: +49 511-643-3348
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Johannes Danz is BGR’s manager of the Extractives and Development program. He coordinates an interdisciplinary team that works with him towards the realization of the Agenda 2030. Within that his thematic focus lies primarily on economic development, commodity value chains and human rights. Cooperating with the private sector is of particular concern to him because a sustainable extractive sector cannot develop without private initiative. 

Jakob Eckert
  • Name: Jakob Eckert
  • Position: Researcher
  • Telephone: +49 511-643-2509
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Jakob Eckert works in the policy advice component of the sector program. His job is to enable government officials and holders of political office to make informed decisions. This involves the permanent monitoring and analysis of trends regarding international natural resource policies and economics.

Fabian Stähr

Fabian Stähr has been working at the BGR since the end of 2015. He is responsible for the implementation of innovative pilot schemes in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector, particularly gold and its associated supply chain management. In cooperation with Klaus Steinmüller, Fabian also supports capacity building measures directed at geological surveys in developing countries in terms of commodity-economic evaluation of deposits.

Nils Wortberg

Nils works on new concepts and pilot measures related to Energy Resources and Climate. Among these are the reduction of gas flaring and the usage of natural gas as a bridging technology. Moreover, he coordinates and designs small-scale measures including capacity development in the Somalian government authorities supervising the national petroleum sector. 


Johanna Beate Wysluch
  • Name: Johanna Beate Wysluch
  • Position: Program Manager
  • Telephone: +49 228 4460-3096
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Johanna Beate is the manager of the Extractives and Development sector programme at GIZ. She ensures that processes and organisation in her team run smoothly, and safeguards the professional and technical quality of the results. Her task is to assist BMZ in advancing the development of German development cooperation approaches in the extractive sector against the background of new requirements under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Together with the sectoral division GIZ creates new solutions for sustainable development in resource-dependet partner countries. Johanna Beate Wysluch is a lawyer and trained mediator and previously headed the German EITI-Secretariat in Berlin, as well as an anti-corruption project of the BMZ in Indonesia.

Dr. Leopold von Carlowitz

Leopold mainly deals with the topics, conflict minerals, resource conflicts and human rights in mining. He focuses on supply chain transparency and sustainability standards in the metals sector and promotes respective multi-stakeholder collaboration. Up to the end of 2015 he worked on the GIZ land reform project in Namibia, having previously held posts at the Center for International Peace Operations, the United Nations and in peace and conflict research.

Tuba Cirak
  • Name: Tuba Cirak
  • Position: Administrative officer, office management
  • Telephone: +49 228 4460-3359
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Tuba deals with office administration. Her job is to support the team in commercial, administrative and financial matters. Among other things this includes drawing up and managing contracts, but also financial management. In addition, she is the contact person for organisational issues and deals with office management within the team.

Janne Kaiser-Tedesco
  • Name: Janne Kaiser Tedesco
  • Position: Advisor
  • Telephone: +49 228 4460-3483
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Janne joined the team at the beginning of 2016 after working four years in the extractive sector in West Africa. The main areas of her work are local content, organizational development and digitization. She is also the contact person for the cross-cutting theme of gender in the extractive sector.

Tim Schlösser

Tim is responsible for the topics raw materials and climate / energy / environment. These include, inter alia, working on the new Climate Smart Mining approach in cooperation with the World Bank and the research coordination of the use of renewable energy in the mining sector. In addition, he represents the sector program at the Global Battery Alliance and supports the cooperation with other sustainability standards in the commodities sector. Before joining the SP, Tim worked for GIZ`s Academy of International Cooperation (AIZ), where he coordinated training programs on climate, energy and natural resources.

Lisa Stellner
  • Name: Lisa Stellner
  • Position: Junior Advisor
  • Telephone: +49 228 4460-3302
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Lisa is responsible for the program`s knowledge and project management. In addition to strategic communication, she supports by monitoring and evaluating the program. She is also the contact person for the cross-cutting theme of gender in the extractive sector.

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