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Our Team

At the core of SIANI is a dedicated secretariat, based at the Stockholm Environment Institute, SLU and GMV in Sweden.

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Madeleine Fogde

Programme Director at SIANI

Madeleine has a broad background within the educational field. She has worked extensively with programme development, information dissemination, capacity development and adult learning in Southern Africa since 1993. Her experiences with capacity development ranges from illiterate women in remote rural areas to politicians at central positions. She has contributed to the development of a bilateral rural water supply and eco-sanitation programme for Austria in Mozambique. Experiences generated in the field have transformed into national strategies vital for Mozambique's achievement of the MDG's. From 2007 to 2011, Madeleine managed the extensive Sida financed Ecological Sanitation Research programme at the SEI. @MadeleineFogde

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Matthew Fielding

Deputy Director & Communications Manager at SIANI

Matthew has worked as a field researcher for several years in the Amazon region of South America and in Western Africa. He recently returned to Stockholm after 2.5yrs based in Bangkok. He is responsible for all the communications obligations of SIANI and oversees both web and social media. His research focus has been on interactions between agricultural practice, soil health and livelihoods. He has wide interests linked to these areas in emerging technologies such as biochar and remote sensing and especially their potential in rural capacity development. Matthew has an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and a BSc in Tropical Environmental Science from the University of Aberdeen. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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Ekaterina Bessonova

Communications Officer at SIANI

Ekaterina holds Master Degree in Sustainable Development from Uppsala University. Her final project was devoted to design of public-private partnership for waste management in Haiti. She also has a degree in Political Science, during which she majored in Political Communication and System Analysis. Ekaterina’s primary interests are focused around strategies for sustainable futures including organizational change, sustainable business and communication for development.

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Miron Arljung

Data and Engagement Officer at SIANI

Miron has a M.Sc. in Geography from Stockholm University; his master’s thesis involved a Minor Field Study to Costa Rica to study the effects of coffee certification on land use. He has also studied indigenous land ownership and conflict in New Zealand. Miron’s previous experience includes an internship at the Independent Office of Evaluation at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, communications work for the Swedish Development Forum (FUF) and volunteer work at Navarino Natura Hall, part of a cooperation between Stockholm University, the Academy of Athens and TEMES S.A. dedicated to research and education on climate and environment.

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Margarita Cuadra

Communications Coordinator at SIANI

Margarita is originally from Nicaragua, where she was Lecturer at Universidad Nacional Agraria-UNA in Managua for more than 20 years. Margarita has a background in Agronomy and holds a doctoral degree in Crop Production Ecology. At SLU, she has worked as a lecturer and researcher since 2009. She has been an exchange teacher with Mekelle University in Ethiopia. Margarita has been working with SLU Global since 2014, coordinating the cooperation between SIANI and SLU. Presently, she is also holding the position of head for the division of Rural Development at SLU.

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Linda Hansson

Communications Coordinator at SIANI

Project coordinator for Focali (Forest, climate and livelihood research network), involved in the SIANI/Focali theme collaboration “Forests, landscapes and food security”. Linda has a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Environmental Science and has done her theses on forests and land use in Rwanda and Colombia. Her main areas of interest are effects of land use changes on carbon storage and livelihood, in forest- and agricultural landscapes. She has communication and coordination experience from Friends of the Earth Sweden with focus on climate, food and land rights from an equity perspective, and from waste management focused on waste reduction.