Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst heads the Division for International Nature Conservation at the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.She holds a Master degree in International Agricultural Development from the Technical University of Berlin and a Ph D in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim. Before joining BfN in 2004, she worked at the University of Bonn as a senior research fellow. From 1996 to 2001 she lecturer at and headed the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of the North, South Africa. Prior to this appointment she worked as a research fellow at SADC/ICRISAT (Southern African Development Community/International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics) in Zimbabwe. Areas of her research and interest include the socio-economics of resource management (water, land and tropical forests), poverty alleviation and food security and more recently the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity (TEEB).