Core technical staff
Evelyn Mathias

Evelyn is a German veterinarian with a doctorate from the University of Giessen in Germany, an MS in international development from Iowa State University, and a board certification in tropical veterinary medicine. She has some 30 years of experience in international development and has worked in 26 countries, focusing on ecologically responsible livestock production, ethnoveterinary medicine and indigenous knowledge. She joined LPP in 1997 and was LPP’s treasurer and network coordinator from 2001 to 2011. Her present work focuses on studying and promoting alternative healthcare and management approaches and studying other livestock-related topics.

Email: evelyn@mamud.com

Ilse Köhler-Rollefson
Ilse is a native of Germany but has been partly based in Rajasthan (India) since she met the Raika camel pastoralists during a research fellowship on camel socioeconomics and management systems in 1990/1991. Her academic background is in veterinary medicine and anthropology and her research has been supported by the German Research Foundation, National Geographic Society, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the American Institute of Indian Studies. She has more than 100 scientific publications in journals spanning various disciplines and published a number of monographs. In 1998, she was awarded the degree of “Habilitation” from the LMU University in Munich which is equivalent to professorial status in Germany. Her work was recognised with a Rolex Associate Award for Enterprise in 2002, and the Trophèe des femmes of the Fondation Yves Rocher in Germany in 2009.   See Ilse explaining the goals of LPP in this video.   Further details at http://ikrweb.wordpress.com/ and http://rolexawards.com/en/the-laureates/ilsekohlerrollefson-home.jsp Email: ilse@pastoralpeoples.org
Paul Mundy

Paul is a British development communication specialist, based in Germany and working throughout the developing world. After completing his PhD in mass communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, in 1992, he has gained extensive experience as trainer, writer, publications designer, editor, workshop manager and communicator, working with universities, agricultural research and extension agencies and non-government organizations.

Email: paul@mamud.com

Silke Brehm

Silke Brehm has a degree in geo-ecology from the University of Bayreuth. She worked with LPP as Science Officer in the Drynet project from 2007 to 2010. Silke Brehm manages LPP´s EU Liaison Office in Brussels.

Email: silke.brehm@gmx.de

EU Liaison Office Brussels
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LPP Administration
Sabine Poth
Sabine heads LPP’s administrative unit and takes care of a myriad of other things, including travel arrangements for our partners. She has an M.A. in German literature and is also a livestock keeper – running a small horse farm in Germany’s Odenwald Region, together with her family. Contact: sabine@pastoralpeoples.org and +49-6154-630357 (mornings only)
Sabine Roßkamp
Sabine Roßkamp has a background in commerce and is assisting Sabine Poth in the administration of LPP. She is also in charge of all book-keeping and accounting chores at LPP.
LPP Associates

We have a roster of experts in various fields that share our philosophy and contribute their diverse academic backgrounds and practical expertise to achieve LPP’s goals.

Aisha Rollefson
Aisha has an M.Sc. in Geography and has supported LPP as an intern and junior researcher. Currently based in Berlin, she has conducted field research among the Raika in India, helped our partner Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan establish a value chain for camel dung paper and acted as liaison with like-minded German NGOs working on sustainable livestock keeping.
Antje Kahlheber
Antje Kahlheber, Biologist and Writer has travelled around the world with a special focus on traditional livestock keeping and nomadic lifestyle. She is working for a consumer protection organisation in Germany and assists LPP with her skills in scientific writing and public relations.
Jacob Wanyama

Wanyama is a Kenyan born veterinarian with over 20 years of experience in livestock development in Eastern and Southern Africa, where he has worked in government and international development organisations and has implemented community-based livestock development projects. Until 2008 he was country director for Vetaid in Mozambique. He is currently the Africa coordinator of the LIFE Network, an organisation that seeks to empower local livestock keepers through the use of their local breeds.

He has published several books on ethnoveterinary medicine, contributed to many edited volumes, and has a large number of publications to his credit. He presented the key-note address during the IFOAM Conference on Organic Animal and Plant breeding held in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2009.

Wanyama was instrumental in organising the Conference of Indigenous Livestock Keeping Communities in 2003 that resulted in the “Karen Commitment” and is a core member of the movement for Livestock Keepers’ Rights.

He is a member of the Nourishing the Planet Project Advisory Group of the Worldwatch Institute (U.S.A.) and the Kenyan National Advisory Group on Animal Genetic Resources.

Jörg Volkmann
Jörg Volkmann graduated in Geography and in International Management of Non-Profit Organizations. After having worked in environmental planning and natural resources management, he specialized in income generation from forest and agricultural products, including value chain development, certification and marketing. As program director and consultant he worked for more than 10 years for a German NGO, private consultancies, and the German International Cooperation, mainly in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia. In addition to his consulting activities, he was contracted from 2006 to 2008 as Associated Researcher at Bonn University for a project on the use and conservation of wild coffee in Ethiopia. In 2008 Jörg Volkmann was nominated Finalist of the World Bank Development Marketplace Grant Competition for a forest coffee certification concept.
Kamal Kishore
Kamal hails from Kullu in the Indian Himalayas. An animal scientists by training, he worked in various government research institutes, evaluating strains of crossbred sheep, engaging in multidisciplinary wool research and working on mutton production and meat technology. Disenchanted with the government system, he established an angora rabbit breeding farm, advised weaver cooperatives on wool technology, and NGOs working with sheep breeders on the Deccan Plateau. In 1992 he started his own manufacturing unit Kullu Karishma for hand made products from vegetable dyed natural fibres in which he employs over 40 women. Currently, Kamal acts as the Coordinator of the Rainfed Livestock Network in India and most recently advised the Government of Bhutan on participatory conservation of the country’s sheep breeds.