YPARD welcomes Martina Graf as the YPARD Europe coordinator for the recently established YPARD Europe Chapter. Martina will lead the development of the European network, creating a working group with the young professionals who have demonstrated their interest in working to shape the YPARD plan of action for Europe.
Martina is based in Switzerland, holds a Bachelor of Science in International Agriculture and is currently undertaking a Master of life Sciences in Sustainable Production Systems in Agriculture, which covers both Swiss and tropical agriculture.
Martina has a significant experience in teaching and connecting people. She is employed as a part-time scientific assistant in the unit of Master Studies, at HAFL and is a part time vocational school teacher in agriculture (plant and fodder production, ecology, milk production), in Berufs- und Weiterbildungszentrum Obwalden, Sarnen, Switzerland. She also has previous experience in Nicaragua, supporting the initiation of a pilot project for a supplemental irrigation system on coffee physiology, which involved the implementation of different trials and engaging with stakeholders.
Martina is a dynamic and solution-oriented person, a team worker as well as an independent worker, who is fond of change and challenges! We believe she will be a great asset, and will help to boost a fast flourishing YPARD Europe!