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  Memberships in professional societies  
  Academic positions    
  Professor of agrofood economics, management and marketing
Faculty of Science and Technolgy
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  Associate Professor of agrofood economics, management and marketing
Jun 2010 - Jun 2016
Faculty of Science and Technolgy
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Associate Professor of supply and value chain management
Feb 2008 - May 2010
Agribusiness, Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health
Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand

  Assistant Professor (C1)     
Oct 2002 - Jan 2008
Department of Agricultural and Food Market Research
Institute for Food and Resource Economics
University of Bonn, Germany



  Senior Research Associate
Feb - Sep 2002

Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO
Halle (Saale), Germany
  Leadership and management roles [top]    

Study Course Director
Oct 2014 - ongoing
Bachelor in Agricultural and Agro-environmental Science
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano 

  Co-speaker of the South Tyrolean Food Policy Council (“Südtiroler Ernährungsrat”)
Jan 2019 - ongoing

President of the rural producer group “Förderverein Eggentaler Qualitätsprodukte”, an association of about 15 South Tyrolean farmers
Nov 2016 - May 2018

  Participation in international donor-funded research projects [top]    

Title: Schaffung eines innovativen Beschäftigungsnetzwerkes für ländliche Arbeitsmarktrandgruppen und Stärkung der gemeinschaftlichen bäuerlichen Direktvermarktungsfähigkeit am Beispiel der Eggentaler Regio-Kiste.
Programme: European Social Fund (ESF), Ziel 2 "Regionale Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und Beschäftigung", Achse II – Beschäftigungsfähigkeit, Zugang zum Erwerbsleben, aktives Altern, e. Umsetzung aktiver und präventiver Arbeitspolitiken, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Eingliederung von MigrantenInnen ins Erwerbsleben, des aktiven Alterns und der Unternehmensgründungen.
Partners: Gemeinden Deutschnofen, Welschnofen, Karneid, Ortsgruppen der Südtiroler Bauernjugend Organisation und der Südtiroler Bäuerinnen Organisation.
Project code: Fasz.Nr. 2/11/2012.
Duration: January to December 2013.
Project budget
: €85,000.
Function: Project coordinator.

  [Project website]

FOODCOMM, EU-FP6 STREP, Task 18: Improving the economic relationships along the food chains.
Start: March 2005.
Donor: EU Commission.
Contract No: SSPE-CT-2005-006458 FOODCOMM.
Project budget: €1.9m (EU financial contribution: €945,000).
Function: co-ordinating consortium member and lead scientist

  Instructor activities [top]    
  Invited course instructor for a 2-day seminar on "Landwirt-schaftliche Märkte und deren Auswirkungen auf meinen Betrieb" (Agricultural markets and their impact on my business).  Südtiroler Bauernbund- (SBB-) Weiterbildungs-seminar.  SBB-Zentrale, Bolzano.  21-22 March 2013.    

Invited expert for delivery of a 5-day workshop on "Market and Marketing Research in Agribusiness".
15-19 September 2008.
Agricultural University of Ashgabat.

Invited by: OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

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  Consulting/advisory work [top]    
  International expert for the impact assessment of the cooperatives development projects in East Shewa and West Arsi Zones of Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia.  Contract awarded by the Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Commission Branch Office of Meki (ECC-SDCBOM) and Caritas Austria.  August 2018 (5 days)    
  Invited international expert for the economic development of O’Higgins region (Cachapoal river basin) in the Chilean Andes.   Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago.  October 2017 (5 days)    
  External Reviewer for the Sparkling Science research programme of the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW).  Dezember 2017    
  External PhD examiner for Sarah Motonyi. University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics.  November 2017 (1 day)    
  Invited referee by the Italian Ministry of Education, Rome for the evaluation of several PRIN proposals and VQR products. 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2016    
  Invited academic expert for the evaluation of research proposals within the public good agriculture research programme (Stimulus) of the Irish Ministry of Agriculture, Marine and Food, Dublin.  March 2011 (1 day)    

Adviser to the agriculture study of the final report on 'Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment of the Negotiations of a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and China' (more)
ommissioned by EU Commission, DG Trade
Sub-contracted by Development Solutions Ltd
April 2008 (2 days)


Team leader of the agricultural-product case-study team
sub-contracted by Development Solutions Ltd
(together with S. Schornberg, J. Schiefer)
May - Jun 2006 (12 days)
EU Commission, DG Trade
Study on the future opportunities and challenges of EU-China Trade and investment relations
Tender No 2005/S 248-244397

  Member of German case-study team
Sub-contracted by Agra CEAS Consulting
(together with M. Hartmann, J. Simons, S. Schornberg)
Mar - Jul 2005 (40 days)
EU Commission, DG Agri
Evaluation of the Common Market Organisations (CMOs) for pigmeat, poultrymeat and eggs
Tender No AGRI - 2003 - Evaluation - G4 -7
  European Consultant
Jan - Feb 2004 (7 days)
The Uganda National Banana Research Programme (UNBRP), operated by the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Kampala, Uganda
  International Consultant
Jul - Aug 2002 (17 days)
Swiss Project for Horticultural Promotion - Kosovo (SPHP-K)
Intercooperation, Pristina, Kosovo
  Private-sector positions [top]    
  Project Leader
Nov 2001 - Jan 2002
PlanetHome AG (HVB Group)
Munich, Germany
  Senior Researcher
May - Oct 2001
The Boston Consulting Group,
Consumer and Retail Practice - food & agribusiness focus 
Munich, Germany
  Assistant to the Managing Director
Oct 1997 - Jan 1999
Garibaldi, medium-sized importer, wholesaler & retailer of
Italian food products 
Munich, Germany
  Others (before and during studies) [top]    

Research assistant (part-time)
Oct 1995 - May 1997
Institute of Agricultural Policy and Market Research,
University of Giessen, Germany


Shop assistant (part-time)
Feb 1993 - Oct 1994

Garibaldi Nymphenburg, an Italian delicatessen
Munich, Germany

  Bistro chef (part-time)
Aug 1992 - Oct 1994
Neubauer's Lokal, 20-seat Paris bistro-style restaurant
Near Munich, Germany
  Intern (full-time, production-procurement-administration)
May 1992 - Sep 1992
Mövenpick Group, an international food service and hotel chain
Munich, Germany

Communication-center operator (full-time, military service)
Jul 1990 - Apr 1992
NATO headquarters, 4th Allied Tactical Airforce
Near Ramstein, Germany

  Production helper (part-time)
Feb 1987 - Apr 1990
Batscheider (Lieken Urkorn), a national industrial baker 
Munich, Germany