The foundation’s domicile in Greifswald.


Chief executive office

Uli Gräbener

Uli Gräbener


Uli Gräbener, biologist with a broad background in natural sciences, is the foundation’s CEO. Having worked for large environmental organisations he is well experienced in projects of nature protection as well as in post-soviet transition countries. At the UNESCO Moscow office he was in charge of the programs “Biosphere reserves" and "World Natural Heritage” for five years. During the recent ten years with the WWF he has been responsible for “Monitoring and evaluation, quality management and efficiency in nature protection”. In his work at the Michael Succow Foundation he feels mainly driven by the question, how protection and sustainable use may be combined.


email: info(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-11

Fax: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-22


Friederike Badura-Wichtmann and Thomas Beil


Thomas Beil

Friederike Badura-Wichtmann and Thomas Beil are the Michael Succow Foundation's Deputy Executive Officers.   Agricultural engineer Friederike Badura-Wichtmann is in charge of finances and personell at the Michael Succow Foundation. The biologist Thomas Beil is mainly involved with the “Greifswald Agricultural Initiative” and the foundations “National Natural Heritage”-estates



email: badura-wichtmann(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-11

Fax: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-22

email: thomas.beil(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-15

Fax: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-22



Susanne Abel

Susanne Abel


Susanne Abel, a graduated biologist, has been working in different peatland related projects of Greifswald University since 2010. after developing a decision support system for a wise utilization of peatlands, she specialised on paludiculture through establishing a database "Potential Paludiculture Plants (DPPP)". From December 2015 she is coordinating the joint project „Deutscher Moorschutzdialog: Impulse für Klimaschutz, Biodiversität und nachhaltige Landnutzung auf Mooren (German dialogue for peatland and climate protection)“ .


email: susanne.abel(at)
Tel.: 49 (0)3834 - 83542-20


Viktoria Boese-Kim

Viktoria Boese-Kim


Viktoria Boese-Kim has about 10 year working experience in the different international projects of the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan in area of protected areas, land resources management, climate change, waste research, and others. she was an assistant to UNFCCC Focal Point in Turkmenistan and finished a Master of “Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation” in 2012. At the Michael Succow Foundation she is assisting in projects with Turkmenistan.






Andreas Haberl



Landscape ecologist Andreas Haberl specialises in peatland ecology and paleo-ecology. Besides his expertise in these areas, he assists many of our projects with his well-founded knowledge of natural history. The regional emphasis of his work for our foundation centers on the Southern Caucasus, Iran and Russia.




email: andreas.haberl(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-19


Sophie Hirschelmann


Sophie Hirschelmann specialized on international nature conservation during her studies of Landscape Ecology. In internships in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region she gained experience in international cooperation for sustainable resource management. In her diploma thesis she analyzed the social-ecological system of reed use in a river delta in Kazakhstan. In the foundation she is responsible for projects on the development of biosphere reserves and research and education, mainly in the Caucasus region.


email: sophie.hirschelmann(at)
Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-14


Fatemeh (Morvarid) Ahmadi Kamali


Fatemeh (Morvarid) Ahmadi KamaliFatemeh (Morvarid) Ahmadi Kamali is a project coordinator for Iran’s projects at the Michael Succow Foundation. She has a special interest in participatory methods of natural resource management. After graduating with an MA in Environmental Assessment and monitoring from the University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) she was working with the Centre for Sustainable Development and Environment (CENESTA) in Iran. As a Marion Dönhoff Fellow at the Michael Succow Foundation she was researching the enhancement of protected area management of biosphere reserves in Iran.


email: morvarid.kamali(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-18


Rana Kaviani

Rana Kaviani

Rana Kaviani, Iranian by birth, studied Biology in Frankfurt. Since November 2012 she is researching for her PhD "Landscape-ecological evaluation of biosphere reserves in Iran". From February 2015 she is working as a staff member for the foundation's engagement for the development of conservation areas in Iran.





email: rana.kaviani(at)

Tel.:+49 (0)3834 - 83542-18



Nina Körner

Nina Körner


Nina Körner studied East European Studies. For the Michael Succow Foundation and the Greifswald Moor Centrum she is coordinating press and public relations. Apart from communication in print, online and social media chanels for both institutions and their projects this includes networking and knowledge transfer.




email: nina.koerner(at)
Tel.: 49 (0)3834 - 83542-10


Kirsten Meuer

Kirsten Meuer 

As a landscape ecologist, Kirsten Meuer has been engaged in natural resource management projects in Africa and Nepal. Since 2009, she has been working in collaborative protected area management for the German development cooperation (GIZ and DED). Since October 2014 she is supporting the foundation's project "Development of a Biosphere reserve at Indawgyi-Lake" on site in Myanmar.




email: kirsten.meuer(at)
Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-21


Renée Moreaux

Renée Moreaux


Renée Moreaux graduated in landscape ecology and specialized in international nature conservation with experiences from Ecuador and Ethiopia. Her thesis dealt with a social-ecological approach to forest rehabilitation in the Lake Tana region (Ethiopia). Since July 2014, Renée is supporting the organisation of international projects of the foundation, mainly working on the development of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Ethiopia.




email: renee.moreaux(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-18 

Marianna Nitusova

Marianna Nitusova


Marianna Nitusova is a diploma Geographer. Since her studies, her interest focuses on international development cooperation in the field of environmental protection, in particular in the CIS countries and the Caucasus region. From 2007-2012 she worked at the German Development Institute in various projects focusing on the CIS region. Subsequently she worked in Tbilisi as observer for "Conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources" within the KfW program "Ecoregional conservation in the Southern Caucasus". As programm officer at WWF Germany she was from 2015 to 2016 in charge for projects in the Caucasus Ecoregion.


email: marianna.nitusova(at)


Jan Peters

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Landscape ecologist Jan Peters is coordinating the Peatland and Climate Change programme of Succow Foundation with projects in Germany, the Baltics, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. His personal focus is on policy analyses, dialogue processes and project management.

He gained experiences in various international projects in the fields of biodiversity conservation and development cooperation in Asia and Africa. Previously, he worked in a climate change adaptation project of the German development cooperation for rural communities in India.


email: jan.peters(at)

phone: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-17


Stefan Schwill



National Natural Heritage, transfer and management of foundation-owned sites, forestry and forest management are among the focal points of Stefan Schwill’s work for the Michael Succow Foundation. With a degree in landscape ecology, Stefan Schwill lives and works in Northeast Germany – an area whose ecology he knows extremely well. In addition, he volunteers as chair of the Nature Conservation Alliance (NABU) Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.


email: stefan.schwill(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)39744 - 51456


Dr. Nina Seifert

Nina Seifert


Nina Seifert, a biologist focussing on ornithology and animal ecology, has already been working at the Southern and the Northern border of the Western Palaearctic bird migration system. Subsequent to her studies in Münster, Greifswald and Svalbard, she finished her PhD on the ecology and conservation of the Baillon's Crake in West-Africa at the Greifswald university. Since 2014 she is working for the Succow foundation and is responsible for the management of the foundation's National heritage sites in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and Brandenburg.




email: nina.seifert(at)


Verena Seitz

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Verena Seitz studied European Studies. She coordinates Michael Succow's appointments and correspondence. In cooperation with management and foundation board, she is also in charge of fundraising and donor relations.






email: verena.seitz(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-13


Jessica von Stryk



Biologist Jessica von Stryk is responsible for the Programme Library for Peatland Research and Conservation (PeNCIL) currently being established. Being with the foundation from the very beginnings she has gathered remarkable expertise on database management of literature and pictures for this task. Jessica von Stryk also coordinates programmes for volunteers (“FÖJ” and “BfD”) and internships at the Michael Succow Foundation. As project assistant she supports the international projects of the foundation.


email: jessica.von.stryk(at)

phone: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-25


Dr. Wendelin Wichtmann


Dr. Wendelin Wichtmann holds engineering degrees in rural economy and agriculture. Since his PhD dissertation, he has focused on hydromorphic soils, which also form the main part of his work for the Michael Succow Foundation. He is involved in several projects concerning peatland revitalisation, renewable resources, biomass utilisation, and land use. In addition, he has held the volunteer position of managing director of DUENE e.V. (Institute for Sustainable Development landscapes of the Earth).



email: wichtmann(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-16


Jens Wunderlich



Upon completion of his geography degree, Jens Wunderlich worked on projects in German and international development co-operation. He supported the implementation of the UN Biodiversity Convention and the Agreement to Combat Desertification in Central Asia. As a staff member of the Michael Succow Foundation, his responsibilities include the internationalisation and further development of protected areas in Central Asia as well as satellite image analysis for various foundation projects.



email: jens.wunderlich(at)

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 - 83542-14


Jassa Best

Jassa Best


Jassa Best studied conservation and landscape ecology at the University of Greifswald. She substitutes for Verena Seitz at the Succow Foundation and took over the personal assistance for Michael Succow.








Interns / Scholarship holders / Volunteer services

Tobias Heinrich

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After his graduation from school Tobias Heinrich was spending an ecological year in voluntary service at the Michael Succow Foundation. He was supporting nature conservation projects in all departments of the foundation within the office and in the field. Thus he was gaining experience in the field of ecology and peatland and climate protection. After his voluntary year he is continuing his activities as student assistant. He supports the foundations administration.