Prof. Bettina Haussmann
West Africa Liaison Scientist, Researcher and Capacity Development Manager University of Hohenheim and McKnight Foundation
Bettina Haussmann earned a Master’s degree in agricultural biology from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany in 1990 and her Ph.D. in 1995, studying the effects of heterozygosity and heterogeneity on the adaptedness of sorghum to semi-arid areas of Kenya. She completed her Habilitation in plant breeding in 2004.
As a Ph.D. student and post-doctoral researcher, Haussmann conducted research in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Mali. She was a Fellow at the University of Hohenheim in plant breeding where she conducted research on Striga resistance in sorghum. Haussmann was a private lecturer at the University of Hohenheim teaching plant breeding in the tropics, use of genetic resources and planning of breeding programs. She also served as the senior/principal scientist in pearl millet improvement and gene bank responsibility at the ICRISAT Sahelian Centre in Niamey, Niger.
Presently, Haussmann serves as a part-time Capacity Development Manager at KWS Breeding Company in Einbeck, Germany, monitoring and evaluating KWS’ capacity development projects in Ethiopia and Peru. She is also an Extraordinary Professor and private lecturer at the University of Hohenheim’s Institute of Plant Breeding. Haussmann serves as the West Africa Liaison Scientist for the McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP), working in funding strategy development, project and proposal evaluation, and teaching and coordination of research projects related to plant breeding in the tropics, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Haussmann also supervises Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. students.