Efficient, integrative and professional

Our team has excellent knowledge and experience in forestry and agriculture, climate protection, economics, environmental policy and organizational development. With more than 60 employees, we offer an extensive pool of expertise. This enables us to respond efficiently and professionally across disciplines to our clients’ requirements. 

Management team



Managing Director

Bernd Wippel is an expert in forest-related economic and strategy issues in both national and international contexts. He works with the private sector, public administrations and associations to adapt to economic and social challenges.




Carola Deutschmann is responsible for finance and accounting at Unique. This includes financial accounting, annual financial statements, tax returns as well as internal reporting and project controlling. Ms. Deutschmann has been working in finance for 30 years and has been a tax consultant since 2000.



Head of Markets and Forest Investments

Eva Meier-Landsberg’s main topics are analyses of markets and value chains, sustainable wood supply and innovative wood use in the bioeconomy as well as in urban wood construction. She also works on wood trade flows, as well as wood sector and cluster studies in Germany and abroad.



Head of Agriculture and Rural Development Department

Jochen Statz is an expert in international forestry development cooperation. His work focuses on forestry, rural regional development and adaptation to climate change. He has many years of experience as a leader of forestry development projects in cooperation with governmental and non-governmental actors. Mr. Statz is active worldwide with a regional focus on East Africa, South Asia and Central Asia.



Director Business Development

Johannes Wölcke spent 10 years at the World Bank as Senior Economist and 2 years at GIZ as Program Manager and Senior Advisor. His work focuses on the development and implementation of complex and innovative investment projects and programs, as well as analytical work at the interface between agriculture, natural resource management, and climate change. He has more than 20 years of practical experience in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Latin America.



Head of Monitoring and MRV

Matthias Seebauer is one of the leading international experts in the field of monitoring, MRV and impact monitoring. He also has many years of work experience regarding inventories, trainings and the implementation of sustainable land use. The regional focus of his work in the climate and land use sector is Africa and Asia, especially China.


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Head of Agriculture and Rural Development Department

Suzanne van Dijk is an expert in sustainable livestock management. She focuses on projects related to climate smart agriculture, sustainable dairy production systems and value chain development for smallholder farmers. She also analyzes the impacts of climate change and uses them to develop practical recommendations for agribusinesses. Suzanne’s regional focus is Europe and East Africa.



Head of Climate Department

Till Pistorius is an internationally renowned expert in climate and biodiversity policy. Between 2006 and 2015, he was part of the German delegation to the negotiations of the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity. His work focuses on environmental policy development and governance of Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR), Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA), REDD+, and other land use issues. The regional focus of his work is Southeast Asia.



Managing Director

Timm Tennigkeit is an expert in the development and implementation of investment projects in agriculture and forestry. He works on private and public investment projects at the interface between climate change mitigation and land use. He has more than 20 years of practical experience in Africa and Asia as a World Bank consultant and farm manager.



Head of Administration

Ms. Raimann is responsible for the administrative management of Unique. Her activities include personnel administration, supporting management in the optimization of work processes.





Alexander Pinkwart is an expert in MRV, GIS, and monitoring and forest inventories in the context of REDD+ and voluntary carbon market projects. His work focuses on developing robust systems and methodologies for quantifying and modeling the effects of land use management on carbon, soil erosion, and water. He works primarily on projects in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific.



Agriculture and Rural Development

Alwin was Assistant Professor at the agricultural faculty of the University of Hohenheim (Germany) and he worked for CIMMYT as Senior Economist based in India. He focuses on analytical work and capacity development at the interface between agriculture, climate change and natural resource management. Alwin has strong exper-tise in quantitative and qualitative analyses related to the agricultural sector of developing countries.



Agriculture and Rural Development

Anke Reichhuber is an expert in agriculture and sustainable land use. Ms. Reichhuber’s main areas of expertise are the development and evaluation of investment projects as well as analytical studies in the fields of natural resources, agriculture and climate change. She worked as an Agriculture Economist at the World Bank for five years. Her regional focus is on Africa and Asia.



Business Development

Annika Korte works in the areas of acquisitions, project management, and safe-guards. This includes the coordination of proposal preparation, monitoring project implementation and analyses related to projects’ environmental and social safe-guards. Annika has worked as a safeguards consultant at the World Bank, and for GIZ in Vietnam and Germany.




Axel Weinreich is an expert in silviculture, forest planning, forest inventories and forest information systems. His work focuses on the further development of multi-source forest monitoring systems, the modernization of forest planning and forest information systems (FIS).




Benjamin Schwarz is an expert in voluntary carbon markets, monitoring, and MRV for the land use sector. His work focuses on climate change project development, soil carbon modeling, and carbon fluxes. Regional foci of his work are West Africa, the South Pacific, and Latin America.



Agriculture and Rural Development

Christian Bateki is an expert in sustainable livestock systems. His work focuses on analytical studies of livestock performance and natural resource use. Mr. Bateki is also involved in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction, modeling, and digitization in livestock production. His regional focus is on East and West Africa.




Christian Held works across markets and value chain analysis, future markets of the forestry and timber industry, investment consulting for forestry and industrial companies and related valuation issues. He also works on timber trade flows, as well as timber sector and cluster studies in Germany and abroad.



Business Development

Christina Pieper completed her master’s degree in Development and International Relations at Aalborg University in Denmark. In addition, she completed professional training as a coordinator in International Project Management (IPM) and gained regional experience in East Africa at GIZ. Currently, she is completing her Masters in Monitoring and Evaluation. Christina works in the fields of acquisition, project management and M&E.




Eva Kehayova is an expert in the fields of forestry associations and initial reforestation. Her work focuses on consulting for organizational forms of private forests as well as communication strategies for activating forest owners and the accompaniment of forest policy transformation processes.




Femke Lutz is an expert in modeling the effects of land management practices on GHG emissions from soils. With her deep knowledge of soil science, her work focuses on monitoring soil carbon in the context of sustainable land management. She has project experience from Latin America and East Africa.




Florian Burmeister is responsible for the smooth functioning of the company’s IT and is also the direct contact person for employees on questions relating to software and hardware. He has extensive knowledge in the areas of end device and network administration.



Agriculture and Rural Development

Gero Pawlowski is an expert in sustainable forest management, forest and resource conservation. His work focuses on the acquisition and supervision of studies as well as the coordination of the implementation of long-term projects. The regional focus is South America and East Africa. Gero Pawlowski is currently head of an agroforestry training project in Zambia on behalf of the BMEL.




Grit Techel is a senior expert in forestry. She works primarily on commercial forest plantations and timber and NTFP value chain development, with a regional focus on Africa. She has experience in participatory natural resource management involving smallholders and communities, and in climate change mitigation and adaptation project development.




Irene Calo’s work focuses on forestry analysis and reporting for investors in the context of feasibility studies, due diligence, and monitoring of invested forestry projects. She is responsible for the production and financial monitoring of over 10,000 ha of our forest plantations in Paraguay and accompanies forest projects in obtaining carbon and FSC certification.


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Jacinto is a senior expert in the development and implementation of environmental and climate finance projects. His focus is on sustainable land use, restoration and REDD+. Prior to joining Unique, he worked at UNEP on private and financial sector engagement in REDD+, sustainable land use, and supply chains and governance. Jacinto has extensive experience in Latin America, Africa and Asia Pacific.


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Jaime Garbanzo Leon is a geoscientist and expert in GIS, modeling, quality control and assessment of monitoring data. He works at Unique at the interface of web-mapping, remote sensing and geophysics. The focus of his work is on the automation of mapping processes and the development of programming tools.



Business Development

Jana Rauch has strong competencies in project management, capacity development, and impact monitoring and evaluation. She has been working in international cooperation since 2006. She is in charge of major acquisitions across the technical departments as well as international projects. Ms. Rauch worked for GIZ and KAS for eight years as a consultant and project manager in Central America.




Johannes Mössinger is an expert in management information systems and software for impact monitoring, as well as land use modeling. He is developing robust monitoring tools tailored to the requirements of standards and the needs of family farms. The regional focus of his work is on Latin America and East Africa.




Johannes Pirker is an experienced expert in international forestry. His work focuses on the development of voluntary carbon market projects, forest financial cooperation programs, and MRV and monitoring systems in the context of REDD+ and FLR. His regional focus is Francophone Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.




Jonas Lechner is an expert in tropical forestry, FLR and plantation management. Prior to joining Unique, he established and managed nurseries and plantations in Borneo. His work focuses on implementing forest investments, carbon forestry projects and supporting smallholders in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.



Business Development

Katia Obst is responsible for the research of suitable tenders for the different departments of Unique. She accompanies and coordinates the preparation of tenders, especially for projects of the IADB, EU and GIZ, as well as various German institutions. Through her project work at Unique since 2002, she was able to gain practical experience in different regions of South America.




Leif Nutto has many years of international project experience in the specialist areas of silviculture and utilization of plantation and natural forests. His focus is on the analysis and optimization of process flows along forestry and timber industry value chains as well as the review and implementation of investments in the forestry sector.




Lincoln is an experienced agricultural economist who joined Unique in 2018. His work focuses on the development and economic modeling of sustainable land use business models and cost-benefit analysis of forest landscape restoration (FLR), climate smart agriculture, and sustainable investment.




Malte Viergutz is responsible for the conception, further development and administration of the IT infrastructure and external presentation at Unique. He supports the technical departments with needs-based IT solutions. Malte has many years of experience in media design and web design and develops modern communication solutions.




Marc Frank works in the area of controlling and finance. This includes financial accounting, processing of projects as well as project controlling and monitoring. Mr. Frank has extensive experience in the field of corporate finance.




Marlène Zehfuß is an expert in forest valuation, forest inventories, geodata processing and statistical analysis. Her activities focus on management consulting for private and communal forest enterprises as well as the preparation of forest value assessments. Marlène Zehfuß is a publicly appointed and sworn expert in the field of forestry, soil and inventory valuation.




Matthias Dees is an expert in forest inventories, remote sensing and geoinformation systems. He has many years of worldwide experience in method development, design and implementation of inventories, and monitoring. Matthias teaches forest inventory and remote sensing at the University of Freiburg’s Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources.




Matthias Wenzel is a technical leader in forest management planning, forest inventory and forest nature conservation. He is a publicly appointed expert in forestry. His core activities are forest management in municipal forests, operational assessments in private forests and the processing of nature conservation issues, including the coordination of mapping for ecological management plans.




Maximilian Roth is a renowned expert in biodiversity, SFM, coastal protection and mangrove management. He is Unique’s country focal point for Vietnam and manages the Hue-based regional office. His regional focus is on Southeast Asia and Africa.




Maximilian Sperlich’s core competencies are geoinformatics and big data management. Maximilian works on the development of software for use in the forestry sector with a focus on the acquisition and analysis of remote sensing based data.




Metodi Panev has expertise is in GIS, remote sensing and spatial analysis in the land use sector. He has experience in the design and implementation of forest inventories at operational, regional and national levels. He has international work experience having spent several years in South America.




Miguel Kohling’s expertise is in the field of satellite and aerial remote sensing in the land use sector. His work focuses on method development in the area of machine learning as well as process automation and processing of large data sets.




Monika Kolb works in administration and financial management and supports the Business Development department in acquisitions and project management. She has many years of project experience in the scientific field, corporate training and as an editor in the quality assurance of technical documentation.




Olivier Wenzek’s core competencies are information systems design, software architecture and data science. Olivier is responsible for the development, expansion and infrastructure of Unique’s digital tools and information systems. His work focuses on the design of web-based solutions, DevOps and programming.



Agriculture and Rural Development

Paul Borsy is an expert in rural development and resource management. His work focuses on the development, evaluation and supervision of long and short-term projects in the areas of resource management, biodiversity, climate change, agriculture and renewable energy. Mr. Borsy is active in Africa, South America and Asia.




Paul Jacovelli has extensive experience – primarily in Africa and Asia – and specializes in sustainable forest management for the production of timber, bioenergy and other value-added products. His particular focus is the development of incentive systems and support structures for smaller investors in plantations.



Agriculture and Rural Development

Renuka Srinivasan is an expert in natural resource management. The technical focus of her work is on the impacts of climate change in agriculture and forestry, and the development of regional adaptation strategies. Ms. Srinivasan’s regional focus is East Africa and South Asia.



Agriculture and Rural Development

Shimels Eshete Wassie is an expert in sustainable livestock management. His work focuses on analytical studies of dairy production and ‘monitoring, reporting and verification’ (MRV) of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from livestock production. He also develops climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies through ‘nationally determined contributions’ (NDCs) from the livestock sector. His regional focus is on East Africa.



Agriculture and Rural Development

Simon Charré is an expert in natural resource management, particularly mountain forests and rangeland resources. His work focuses on developing value chains for non-timber forest products and strengthening cooperation between authorities, local NGOs and international organizations. Simon Charré’s regional focus is Central Asia and the Caucasus.               




Thomas Asbeck specializes in silvicultural and conservation issues in Central Europe and Scandinavia. His knowledge mainly relates to integrative management strategies with the aim of preserving important forest structure elements in the context of climate change.




Veronica Alonso’s work focuses on business and macroeconomic analyses for projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa. In the context of value chain and sector studies, she prepares surveys and analytical tools. She also develops business models for companies and investment projects.


We employ both experienced professionals and young talents from a variety of fields ranging from natural resource management, forestry and timber management to agriculture, rural development and climate change.

Organization and locations

Unique was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Freiburg, Germany. We have subsidiaries in Paraguay, Vietnam, Ethiopia and Kyrgyzstan as well as team members in Argentina, Colombia, Uganda, Great Britain and Serbia to strengthen our regional presence.

Our publications show the range of diverse topics that our project teams work on. We share our knowledge for a better future for all.