Eva Schiffer (PhD)
I am a social scientist and facilitator, working as independent consultant, helping groups and individuals to better understand the complex realities in which they work and make most of their influence networks. Before becoming independent, I worked as a post-doctoral fellow for the International Food Policy Research Institute, mainly living in a small town in northern Ghana (Bolgatanga) where I developed Net-Map as an answer to concrete local governance problems. In my work I am driven by never-ending curiosity and a passion for people. This is why I enjoyed living and working in Africa so much, because every day would bring new challenges and learning experience.
Some basic biographical facts: I received my Master in Applied Cultural Sciences in Lueneburg, Germany in 2000, my PhD in Human Geography in Bochum, Germany in 2004. Besides my studies I attended and (later) conducted a number of trainings in facilitation, inter-cultural communication and system centered counseling. The most exciting part of my work at the moment is to develop new and varied ways to apply Net-Map to better understand and manage our complex reality. For the development of Net-Map I was awarded the “Promising Young Scientist of the Year Award” of the CGIAR in 2008. My main regional expertise lies in Africa, my home country is Germany and my current location is Washington DC (click for detailed CV: 155 KB)
If you are interested in Net-Map training (learning the method) online or face-to-face, in social network research, monitoring and evaluation, organizational change or in network oriented facilitation of your meetings and group processes, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly: