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Dr. agr. Volker Kleinhenz


27/11/1965 in Leverkusen, Germany













Curriculum vitae


2014 – 2015

SunEdison Energy Holding (Singapore) Pte Ltd





·         Agronomist in SunEdison's solar-water-pump (irrigation) division

·         Identifying agronomic solutions for irrigation of pineapple (Lampung/Indonesia), pineapple and banana (Trujillo/Honduras), rice (Mukdahan/Thailand and Kampong Chhnang/Cambodia), and corn and vegetables (Sumba/Indonesia)

·         Identifying, developing and maintaining strategic partnership and research alliances with agricultural industry, government and universities

·         Identify potential for developing new products and provide necessary input to Design and Product Development teams

·         Provide agronomic advice to key customers


John Deere Asia (Singapore) Pte Ltd





·         Mapping maize production systems and processes covering land preparation, planting, crop care and harvesting in Lopburi/Thailand, Kediri/Indonesia and in Mindanao/Philippines

·         Region Strategic Marketing Agronomist in the John Deere Agriculture & Turf Division covering China, India, Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

·         Identifying and developing agronomic, process and product information solutions to channel partners and customers for sustaining successful farming systems

2013 – 2014

TH Herbals Joint Stock Company

Hanoi, Vietnam


Agriculture Manager


·         Managing agricultural operations for medicinal crops targeting up to 500 ha in Nghe An Province

·         Cultivating Gac (Momordica cochinchinensis) and passionfruit (Passiflora edulis, P. foetida)

·         Setting-up NETAFIM microdrip fertigation systems with NMC Pro irrigation control and NetaSense soil moisture sensors in combination with YARA water-soluble fertilizers

·         Selecting and acquiring specialized equipment incl. Antonio Carraro compact 4WD tractors and Martignani electrostatic mist blowers

·         Surveying potential production areas in Dalat and in Attapeu/Laos

2012 – 2013

Yousef Abdul Latif Jameel Group

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Technical Director Agriculture Division


·         Managing agricultural operations on six organic date palm farms totalling 2,511 ha

·         Implementing remotely controlled irrigation (iMetos ica) and subsurface irrigation

·         Implementing fertigation systems with organic water soluble/liquid fertilizers and sulfur burners

·         Establishing phytosanitary programs for organic pest and disease control

·         Establishing local production of mycorrhizal/PGPR inoculum through licensing technology from a leading European producer

·         Introducing GLOBALG.A.P.,  Tesco Nurture farm certification standards and EU regulation on organic production (EC No 834/2007, EC No 889/2008)

04 – 05/2012

Atheneum Partners and Monitor

Ha Tinh, Vietnam


Agriculture Consultant


·         Advising on Agricultural Policy focussing on rice and vegetable production in Ha Tinh province

·         Revising “Ha Tinh Province Socio-Economic Development Master Plan for 2020 and a Vision for 2050”


Gulf Craft

Malé, Maldives


Agriculture Consultant


·         Advising on a “Hydroculture Project on the Maldives” focussing on year-round greenhouse production of non-heading lettuce under hydroponics

2010 – 2012

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Senior Advisor


·         Establishing and promoting rural-development activities in a target area of 73,000 ha with a population of 88,000 in Kampong Chhnang province

·         Advising on agricultural operations for off-season rice cultivation on 7,000 ha and year-round vegetable production on 2,700 ha

·         Developing and facilitating a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), the Provincial Department of Agriculture (PDA) Kampong Chhnang, East-West Seeds International Ltd. and GIZ

·         Project management within the “Tonle Sap Lowlands Rural Development Project” financed (US$ 20m) by the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

2009 – 2010

Jenaan Investment L.L.C.

Cairo, Egypt


Manager Agriculture Division



·         Managing agriculture operations incl. pivot irrigation and fertilization for large-scale field crops including Alfalfa, barley and millet in Egypt’s Sahara

·         Expanding cultivation area from 1,460 ha to 5,685 ha

·         Scheduling, acquiring and applying fertilizers worth US$2.7m p.a.

·         Implementing soil-moisture control for optimizing irrigation (Sentek TriScan)

·         Developing and implementing production plans and financial budgets

·         Forecasting and planning requirements for agricultural equipment, inputs including irrigation water, fertilizer, seed, fuel and labor

2007 – 2009

Herbert van der Hamm Fruit Trading Company Pvt. Ltd.

Mannheim, Germany


Director Quality Management


·         Quality assurance of imported and domestically produced fresh fruits and vegetables

·         Developing a supplier management program for conventional and organic produce

·         Monitoring and assuring legal and B2B pre- and post farmgate standards incl. GLOBALGAP, QS, BRC, and IFS

·         Maintaining customer relationship with key retailer ALDI

·         Focus on year-round supply of tablegrapes from Brazil, Argentine, Chile, India, Egypt, Spain, Italy and Greece

·         Substantially reducing pesticide residues, e.g., by 90% in tablegrapes, and thereby ensuring legal maximum residue levels (MRLs) and customer specifications

2005 – 2006

FieldFresh Foods Pvt. Ltd.

Gurgaon, India


Chief Agronomist and Head – R&D


·         Managing agricultural operation on up to 2,688 ha based on the company’s business plan

·         Implementing cropping plans by issuing crop and region-specific agronomic “packages of practices” for contract farms and company-owned R&D farm in the states of Punjab and Rajasthan

·         Primary crops for domestic and overseas markets (Middle East and U.K.): bittergourd, carrot, baby corn, okra, snapbean and snowpea

·         Layout and implementation of open-field drip irrigation/fertigation (90 ha), nethouses (10 ha), and climatized greenhouses (soilless cultivation with highwire, 6.5 ha, 500.000 $)

·         Implementing and monitoring GLOBALGAP and Tesco “Nature’s Choice” farm certification standards with emphasis on overseas pesticide maximum residue level (MRL) legislation

2001 – 2004

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Klong Luang, Thailand


Project Consultant



·         Managing establishment and agricultural operation of a pilot 0.3-ha greenhouse vegetable farm in the humid tropics of Thailand as part of an interdisciplinary €2m international research project

·         Supervising and training 20 local staff and overseas M.Sc. and Ph.D. students

·         Developing and improving crop and pest management practices for tomatoes under protected cultivation

1997 – 2000

Central Queensland University (CQU)

Rockhampton, Australia


Research Officer



·         Establishing and developing new primary industries (bamboo and Chinese waterchestnut)

·         Developing crop and soil management, and postharvest handling, sterilization, packaging and storage technologies

·         Developing wastewater disposal systems with plants

·         Developing a 6-year (2001-2007) agricultural project ("Improving and maintaining productivity of bamboo for quality timber and shoots in Australia and the Philippines") in the Philippines and Australia funded (380,000 €) by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

·         Developing and policy formulation for farmers’ associations (Australian Commercial Bamboo Corporation Ltd, Bamboo Society of Australia, Australian Aquatic Vegetable Corporation)

·         Publishing a book chapter on “Aspects of Bamboo Agronomy” in Advances in Agronomy, the world’s leading publication in agriculture


K+S Group / International Potash Institute

Kassel, Germany


Freelance Author



·         Authoring a publication on “Sulfur and Chloride in the Soil-Plant System“

1996 – 1997

Bavarian State Research Centre for Agriculture (LfL)

Freising, Germany





·         Developing software for the State Seed Testing Unit and the State Seed Legalization Unit

·         Managing databases of approx. 12,000 seed-testing results p.a. with the SAS-System

1992 – 1995

Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC)

Tainan, Taiwan


Research Scholar



·         Developing crop and soil management technologies for sustainable vegetable and rice production systems in the tropics and subtropics in Southeast Asia

·         Studies of traditional (inter-) cropping systems in the tropics and subtropics

1989 – 1990

University of Ghana (UG)

Accra, Ghana


Research Scholar



·         Screening local and imported tomato varieties for high-temperature tolerance

·         Studying agronomic characteristics of indigenous vegetables

·         Tropical tree crop propagation and cultivation


Garden-Center Pflanzen-Kölle

Munich, Germany





·         Intensive greenhouse production of ornamentals



Technical University Munich (TUM)

Weihenstephan, Germany

1992 – 1997

Ph.D. (Dr. agr.) – Agricultural Sciences



·         Thesis: “Technologies for Sustainable Vegetable Production in the Tropical Lowlands”

1986 – 1992

M.Sc. (Dipl.-Ing. agr. univ.) – Horticultural Sciences


·         Thesis: “Intercropping with legumes in the tropics”

·         Studies of “Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences”

Telephone Consultation


Gerson Lehrman Group

New York, USA


·         “Agriculture Market Overview in SEA”, “Agriculture”


·         “Rice Pledging Scheme in Thailand”, “Rice Industry Dynamics”, “Agronomy: Soil Productivity”, “Global Rice Industry”, “Agricultural Value Chain”, “Hydroponics”, “Contract farming”,
“Fertilizer Supply/Demand – Middle East market”


·         “Supplier Quality Management”


·         “Trade of Citrus Fruits and Grapes Globally”, “African Agriculture”


·         “Wheat Industry in Europe”, “Potash Fertilizer Purchasers”, “Crop Protection/Agriculture Market”



London, UK


·         “Fruits/Vegetable Large Farms”


·         “Irrigation Market Outlook”


·         “Price Sensitivity of Farmers to Potash Fertilizers”



New York, USA


·         “The Global Sugarcane Industry”


·         “The Global Fertilizer Industry”, “The Chinese Agricultural Sector”



49 contributions to international peer-reviewed journals, magazines, book chapters, books and other publications incl.:


·         Kleinhenz, V., Chea, S., Hun, N., 2013: Survey of rice cropping systems in Kampong Chhnang province, Cambodia. Rice Science, 20(2), 154-164.


·         Kleinhenz, V., Midmore, D. J., 2001: Aspects of Bamboo Agronomy. In: D. L. Sparks (Ed.): Advances in Agronomy, Vol. 74, 99-153. Academic Press, New York, USA.


·         Kleinhenz, V., Elsmore, S., Harrower, K., Lyall, T., Gosbee, M., Blackburn, K., Midmore, D. J., 2000: Storage methods for extending shelf life of fresh, edible bamboo shoots [Bambusa oldhamii (Munro)]. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 19, 253-264.


·         Kleinhenz, V., Schnitzler, W. H., Midmore, D. J., 1997: Effects of legume live mulch on crop performance, soil available nitrogen, and crop-N status in intensive tropical vegetable production. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture, 14, 261-278.


·         Kleinhenz, V., Katroschan, K., Schütt, F., Stützel, H., 2006: Biomass accumulation and partitioning of tomato under protected cultivation in the humid tropics. European Journal of Horticultural Science, 71, 173-182.


·         Kleinhenz, V., Milne, J., Walsh, K. B., Midmore, D.J., 2003: A case study on the effects of irrigation and fertilization on soil water and soil nutrient status, and on growth and yield of bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens) shoots. Journal of Bamboo and Rattan, 2, 281-294.


·         Li, M., Kleinhenz, V., Lyall, T., Midmore, D. J., 2000: Response of Chinese waterchestnut (Eleocharis dulcis (Burm. F.) Hensch) to photoperiod. Journal of Horticultural Sciences & Biotechnology, 75, 72-78.

Language and IT-Skills


·         English, German: fluently written and spoken


·         French, Spanish: school knowledge


·         Data analysis/statistics, databases (SAS-System, SigmaPlot, DataFit, MySQL)


·         Programming (SAS-System)


·         Office applications (MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop)



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