Project Management Team

The project management team is the operational body of the project. It serves as the liaison between consortium partners and the EC, monitors and controls the work plan and its implementation, handles operational as well as financial matters. The project management team consist of the scientific leader of TRAFIG, of the project manager and the financial manager, all located at BICC.

Dr. Benjamin Etzold (BICC)

Dr. Benjamin Etzold is a social geographer and migration scholar with more than 13 years of experience in studying people’s vulnerability and livelihoods, trajectories of migration and displacement, as well as informal labour relations and patterns of food security. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Bonn. In TRAFIG, he serves as the scientific coordinator and undertakes empirical research in Pakistan and Ethiopia.

Maarit Thiem (BICC)

Maarit Thiem attained her Masters in Social Anthropology from the University of Cologne. Her Master’s Thesis analysed the situation of internally displaced people living in Guatemala City. Before joining BICC, Maarit Thiem managed the Global Nexus Secretariat at GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), which is the global hub for an EU/BMZ co-funded programme on the Water-Energy-Food Security (WEF) Nexus. Before her assignment at the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme, she worked in Namibia for the GIZ Land Reform Programme as an integrated expert for the Legal Assistance Centre LAC and for the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change at the United Nations University. Maarit Thiem is the Project Coordinator for the TRAFIG project.

Maarit Thiem (BICC)

Maarit Thiem attained her Masters in Social Anthropology from the University of Cologne. Her Master’s Thesis analysed the situation of internally displaced people living in Guatemala City. Before joining BICC, Maarit Thiem managed the Global Nexus Secretariat at GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), which is the global hub for an EU/BMZ co-funded programme on the Water-Energy-Food Security (WEF) Nexus. Before her assignment at the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme, she worked in Namibia for the GIZ Land Reform Programme as an integrated expert for the Legal Assistance Centre LAC and for the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change at the United Nations University. Maarit Thiem is the Project Coordinator for the TRAFIG project.