Experts' profiles - Helen Marquard
Helen Marquard
Helen Marquard is the Executive Director of the SEED Initiative which promotes social and environmental entrepreneurship. It does this through direct support to winners of the SEED Awards which recognise innovative small and micro-enterprises in developing countries, training business development service providers, and gathering evidence and insights for policy makers. SEED was founded by IUCN, UNDP and UNEP at the 2002 Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

Prior to 2007, Helen was Deputy Director at the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Deputy Head at the UK FCOs Environment Policy Department at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office; her responsibilities were international and European sustainable development, chemicals, and biotechnology safety. Helens academic background is in molecular biology and cancer research which she pursued mainly in Germany.
Helen 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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