The EUFORGEN Secretariat manages the Programme and coordinates its activities.
Using the resources provided by the countries, Bioversity International appoints the EUFORGEN Coordinator and other staff to work for the Programme. The Secretariat collaborates with Bioversity and with FAO and informs them of EUFORGEN activities. The Secretariat may also seek advice from Bioversity and FAO on relevant scientific, technical or policy-related issues.
The Secretariat prepares technical and financial reports annually and sends them to National Coordinators. It also represents the Programme at relevant events and meetings.
Michele Bozzano joined Bioversity International in 2002 to provide scientific assistance to the EUFORGEN Programme. In 2015 he was appointed coordinator of the Programme.
He has contributed to and led the development of technical and scientific outputs including reports, technical guidelines, distribution maps, conservation strategies and the EUFGIS database and its portal.
Michele contributed to the development of the Forest Genetic Resources Training Guide, a new approach that aims to make teaching and learning about issues related to forest genetic resources easy and engaging. He coordinated the development of a Thematic Study on ‘Genetic considerations in ecosystem restoration using native tree species’ for the FAO’s report on The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources.
Ewa Hermanowicz leads the communication activities of EUFORGEN, from managing the website and social media channels to organizing events and workshops. She is responsible for production of videos and public awareness materials.Ewa is originally from Poland and has a Masters degree in International Development. Until 2015, she was also part of the Knowledge Management and Capacity Strengthening unit at Bioversity International. Prior to that, she worked as consultant at the Independent Science & Partnership Council, and at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, promoting and strengthening the Education for Rural People initiative.
Nina Olsen Lauridsen assists the secretariat in developing new communication channels, in particular the website.
Nina has recently graduated with a master in Agricultural Development from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. She has an interest in forest resources and climate changes and wrote her thesis about deforestation impact on rural livelihoods in South East Asia.