Juliane Weymann is the Coordinator of the CONNEX Support Unit Secretariat. She joined the Secretariat in January 2017. Prior to this, she was based in Monrovia, Liberia, working as an advisor with the GIZ Resource Governance Programme in West Africa. Juliane has a background in political science with a focus on governance and development politics. She is a certified expert in organizational development and enjoys using her diverse experiences for the successful development of the CONNEX Support Unit
Leon Riedel came aboard the CONNEX Support Unit Secretariat in 2018. Prior to this, he took part in the German federal traineeship for development cooperation commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ). Combining a master’s degree in mining engineering with relevant experience in federal development cooperation, he adds great diversity to the team. With that background, he appreciates to be part of the successful implementation of the CONNEX Support Unit activities.
Dr. Olumide Abimbola joined the CONNEX Support Unit Secretariat as Specialist for Business Development in July 2018. Prior to joining the CONNEX Secretariat, he worked as Trade and Regional Integration Expert at the African Development Bank in Tunis and Abidjan, and on research coordination and business development at OpenOil, a Berlin-based open data and financial analysis firm working on extractive sector governance. Olumide has an MA in Development Studies and a PhD in Economic Anthropology. He is excited for the opportunity to bring his professional skills and experience to the successful implementation of the CONNEX Support Unit.
Dennis Rach joined the CONNEX Support Unit Secretariat in March 2018. Prior to this, he worked at the Sectoral Program Extractives and Development on issues at the nexus of climate and environment policy and the extractive sector, such as climate smart mining and carbon emissions of ASM and LSM. He is excited to be part of CONNEX and is looking forward to use his knowledge and experience to further support the successful implementation of the CONNEX Support Unit.
Baran Igret joined the CONNEX Support Unit Secretariat in April 2018. Prior to this, she worked at the Sectoral Program Extractives and Development. Baran is responsible for budget monitoring and for completion of financing. She advises the team in commercial processes. She appreciates to be a part of the CONNEX – Team and to support the CONNEX Support Unit activities.
Hilke Kracke came aboard the CONNEX Support Unit Secretariat as the new intern in March 2018. She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a degree in Global Studies, having completed her first year at Leipzig University. She is very eager to support the CONNEX Support Unit in order to ensure high-quality cooperations that foster long-term engagement and investment.