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Meet the Team

The CONNEX Support Unit is operated by a team responsible for the Unit’s day to day activities and the implementation of the support. Please get in touch with us, if you have any questions, concerns or any other needs for information.


Torge Hamkens
 Advisor CONNEX Support Unit

Torge Hamkens has been advising the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on the resource governance issues, in particular the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the G7 CONNEX Initiative since 2015. Previously, he worked in a GIZ Regional Project on Mineral Resources for Development in Central Asia (Kazakhstan), GIZ’s liaison office to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and for a Member of the German Federal Parliament. He holds a law degree from Cologne University and is a qualified attorney in Germany.


Juliane Weymann
Advisor CONNEX Support Unit

Juliane Weymann joined the CONNEX Support Unit in January 2017. For the past five years, she was based in Monrovia, Liberia, working for the GIZ Resource Governance Programme in West Africa.
Juliane has a background in political science with a focus on governance and development politics and is looking forward to use her experiences for the successful implementation of CONNEX support.



Leon Riedel
Advisor CONNEX Support Unit


Leon Riedel came aboard the CONNEX Support Unit 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.