German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Advisory Board

The national and international advisory board consists of 12 experts from research institutions, international and national non-governmental organisations, development cooperation organisations and the German Parliament.
In April 2012 the constituent meeting of the newly founded advisory board took place on the island of Vilm.
The advisory board shall advise the academy in the strategic orientation and in the choice of the thematic focal points of the seminar topics and increase the impact of the nature conservation conference centre by networking with other partners.
The Advisory Board meets once a year and develops recommendations to support the further development of the Academy and to ensure the quality of its work.


The Advisory Council is chaired by Trevor Sandwith and co-chaired by Ralf Röchert.


[Translate to en:] Trevor Sandwith

Trevor Sandwith, IUCN, Director of the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme, Switzerland

[Translate to en:] Ralf Röchert

Ralf Röchert, Alfred-Wegener-Institute for polar and marine research, Head of Communications Department, Germany, Vice President

[Translate to en:] Thomas Tennhardt©Hoffotografen

Thomas Tennhardt, NABU


Tom Heyner

Tom Heyner, Heyner Mobile Automotive GmbH, CEO

[Translate to en:] Elguja Khokrishvili©Michael von Lingen

Dr. Elguja Khokrishvili, Embassy of Georgia in Germany, Ambassador

[Translate to en:] Stephan Krall

Dr. Stephan Krall, GIZ GmbH, Head of the Competence Centre Biodiversity, Forests, Agriculture

Steffi Lemke©Deutscher Bundestag Stefan Kaminski

Steffi Lemke, German Parliament, Member of the German Parliament, The Green Party

[Translate to en:] Erines Otorbaev©Botschaft der Kirgisischen Republik

Erines Otorbaev, Embassy of the Krygyz Republic in Germany, Ambassador

[Translate to en:] Erika Stanciu

Erika Stanciu, ProPark Foundation for Protected Areas, Executive Director;Former Secretary of State of the Ministry of Environment and Forests of Romania

[Translate to en:] Carsten Träger©Deutscher Bundestag Susie Knoll

Carsten Träger, German Parliament, Member of German Parliament, Social Democrat Party

[Translate to en:] Brecht Verhelst©Brecht Verhelst

Brecht Verhelst,BirdLife international, Caucasus Development Officer

[Translate to en:] Sejal Worah

Sejal Worah, Ph.D., WWF India, Conservation Director