Hannes Lorenzen

Hannes Lorenzen is senior adviser to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg. He has an MA degree in Development Sociology with a postgraduate degree in International Agriculture (TU Berlin) with special professional competence in international negotiations (EU-Institute for Public Administration, Maastricht) and Mediation (School for Mediation, Steyerberg). He has carried out research, coordination and evaluation work on rural development projects with the Technical Service of the German Government. On the international level Hannes Lorenzen is co-founder of Genetic Resources Action International (www.grain.org) and co-president of the European Rural Development Network Forum Synergies (www.forum-synergies.eu). He is also co-founder and chairperson of PREPARE, the "Partnership for Rural Europe" network for Central and Eastern European Member States (www.preparenetwork.org).  Closer to home, Hannes founded and chairs a local rural development organization on his home island of Pellworm in North Friesland, Germany, which has created synergies between organic farming, renewable energy production, soft tourism and nature protection projects in a local dimension. He is a co-founder and leader of  the European Reform Alliance ARC2020 (Agricultural and Rural Convention www.arc2020.eu) which has gathered more than 160 networks and umbrella organizations of civil society of farmers, environmentalists, animal welfare groups, rural development and public health organisations which have negotiated and agreed upon a common proposal on CAP reform and are working with the European Commission, the European Parliament and EU Member States on a paradigm shift in European Agriculture and a renaissance of rural regions. Most recently he co-organised the European Good Food March (www.goodfoodmarch.eu) which gathered many networks and NGOs beyond the ARC network and culminated in a conference at the European Parliament in Brussels where the three EU Institutions Council Parliament and Commission listened to the civil society proposals on CAP reform.