Dr Hans Friederich is Director General of the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR), a multilateral development organisation of 42 Member states for the promotion of bamboo and rattan. Dr Friederich works at INBAR’s Secretariat in Beijing.
As Director General, Dr Friederich has spearheaded INBAR’s move from a forestry research institution to a global development organisation. He has achieved this through creating a new strategy for INBAR, strengthening the organisation’s relationship with the UN and several Global Conventions, and launching the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan.
Dr Friederich has over 30 years’ experience working in Africa, Asia and Europe as a natural resources manager. He has a PhD in hydro-chemistry from the University of Bristol. Prior to joining INBAR, Dr Friederich was Regional Director for Europe at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), where he worked for 20 years.
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