Experts' profiles - Helen Marquard
Helen Marquard
Helen Marquard is the Executive Director of the SEED Initiative, a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy. Founded by IUCN, UNDP and UNEP at the 2002 Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, SEED supports innovative small-scale and locally driven entrepreneurships around the globe, which integrate social and environmental benefits into their business model. The goal of SEED is to support the ability of such entrepreneurs to scale up or replicate their activities and enable them to make a contribution to their local economies and communities and promote sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems while reducing poverty, marginalisation and exclusion.
Helen was previously Deputy Director in the UKs Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, where she led work in a number of policy areas including international and European sustainable development, chemicals and biotechnology safety, and also spent some years at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Prior to that she worked as a research scientist in Germany studying DNA repair mechanisms in the early stages of chemically-induced cancer.
She holds a BSc in Physics and a PhD in Molecular Biology, both from Manchester University in the UK. Helen has published many research papers, co-edited The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and has translated several technical and medical books.
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