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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.

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Matthew Fielding

Communications Advisor 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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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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Marta Anguera

Engagement Officer at SIANI

Marta Anguera works at SEI Headquarters as an Engagement Officer. Marta has a background in journalism and communication. She has worked as a communications assistant and officer for civil society organizations as well as international and European institutions. Her experience includes developing communication tools and activities, assisting the communication of partnership and research projects, over-sighting of social media, websites, stakeholder mapping, design of publications and events management. Marta has previously lived in Spain, Austria, Italy, France and Belgium.

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Alice Castensson

Associate at SIANI

Alice Castensson is an Associate at SEI Headquarters. She works with MEL and our Expert groups. She has experience from civil society, research institutes and the public sector, including the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Swedish Development Forum, and most recently the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
Alice holds a MSc in International Development and Management from Lund University, and a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Uppsala University. She wrote her master’s thesis on the interplay between formal and informal institutions in the Zambian woodfuel sector.

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Teresia Borgman

Part-time communications officer at at SIANI based at SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

Teresia is a part-time communications officer at SIANI based at SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), where she also works as a communications officer at the Faculty of Forest Sciences. She holds a MSc in Agriculture with focus on plant/soil science, environment and development studies. She has completed the journalism programme at Stockholm University and holds a university diploma in Tamil from Uppsala University. Teresia has a background working as a journalist and editor, where she has covered topics related to agriculture, forestry, environment and science. She has a broad interest in communication and global sustainable development, with particular focus on the South Asia region.

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Maja Malmberg

Part time communications officer at SIANI based at SLU

Maja is a part time communications officer at SIANI based at SLU. She holds a PhD in Medicine, where she studied drug resistance development to antimalarial drugs in Tanzania. Since 2013, her research has focused on virus discovery and characterisation from a vast range of animal species (including coronaviruses in cats and dogs) globally. During the covid-19 pandemic Maja's research has primarily been dedicated to sewage analysis of SARS-CoV2 as part of the newly established Sweden Environmental Epidemiology Center (SEEC). Maja is also Vice-Dean at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences with responsibilities for equal opportunities. Maja has a borad interest in interdisciplinarity, developmental research, capacity building, equality and infectious diseases.

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Alin Kadfak

Part time communications officer at SIANI based at SLU at SIANI

Alin is a part time communication officer at SIANI based at SLU. She holds a PhD in Environmental Social Science, investigating coastal transformation processes in a peri-urban fishing village outside of Mangaluru, India. Alin is a researcher at the Department of Rural and Urban Development, SLU. Her current research explores labour rights in sustainable fishing policy as a global environmental governance mechanism, using Thailand and Myanmar as case studies. Alin has experienced doing research in West Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia. Alin desires to continue addressing the growing questions of sustainability, where the interactions between society and environment require further and in-depth understanding.

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Nathalia Grandon

Intern at SIANI

I have a bachelor's degree in biology with a focus on biodiversity and conservation. I’m currently enrolled in a master's programme in political ecology at Lund University. My academic interests include looking at agroecology and the efficiency of conservation efforts with regards to biodiversity and land use, and the effect and role of local communities and their right to land, food and water. I also have an interest in the sustainable development goals and strategies and policies to combat biodiversity loss and ensure that marginalised communities are a part of the solutions.