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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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Anna Ioannou

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer at SIANI

Anna has experience from projects strengthening sustainable and fair food systems in Sweden, India and Argentina. She has also worked with monitoring, evaluation and learning at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Swedish local governments. She holds a M.Sc. in rural development and natural resource management from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Her M.Sc thesis focus on the formal and informal structures within Bolivian horticulture markets in Argentina, with special attention to the roles of Bolivian women. Prior to this Anna received a B.Sc. in political science and economics from Uppsala University.

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Margarita Cuadra

Communications Coordinator (SLU) 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 (GMV) at SIANI

Linda is involved in several programs and projects at the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV) where the main part of her time is within the AgriFoSe2030 program where she is the assistant theme leader of theme 2 on multifunctional land uses. She is also coordinating communication for SIANI and the Focali research network. Linda holds a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Environmental Science from University of Gothenburg and has field experience from Rwanda and Colombia where she performed her theses. Her main areas of interest lies within effects of land use changes on ecosystems and livelihood, in forest landscapes as well as agricultural landscapes.

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Maria Ölund

Communications Coordinator (GMV) at SIANI

Currently the project coordinator of Focali (Forest, Climate and Livelihood Research Network) and project coordinator of LARRI (Land Rights Research Initiative) working at GMV – Centre for Environment and Sustainability in Gothenburg. Master degree from School of Global Studies and a B.A in Development and International Cooperation, from University of Gothenburg. Master thesis field research about pastoralists’ livelihoods, socio-ecological resilience, climate change and land investments in the Afar region of Ethiopia. Work experience as a research assistant in research project about the role of trees for local livelihoods, resilience and food-security in Burkina Faso. Work experience as communication officer, lecturer in participatory field methods and as a freelance journalist. Has in addition rich work and study experience related to development cooperation from Ethiopia, Tanzania and Vietnam.

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Alin Kadfak

Communications Coordinator (SLU) at SIANI

Alin has experienced doing research in West Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia. She holds a PhD in Environmental Social Science, where she spent 8 months fieldwork investigating coastal transformation processes in a peri-urban fishing village outside of Mangaluru, India. Prior to her academic career, Alin used to work for several international and national NGOs in Thailand, e.g. WWF Thailand. Her main interests include (global) resource governance, fisheries management, climate change and social justice. Alin desires to continue addressing the growing questions of sustainability, where the interactions between society and environment require further and in-depth understanding.