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Name:

Dr. agr. Volker Kleinhenz

Birthday:

27/11/1965 in Leverkusen, Germany

Address:

55 Strathmore Avenue #04-151

 

Singapore 140055

Mobile:

+65-9338-0873

Fax:

+49-322-4178-087

Email:

v.kleinhenz@gmail.com

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http://www.volkerkleinhenz.com

 

http://www.linkedin.com/in/volkerkleinhenz

Curriculum vitae

Experience

Since 2014

SunEdison Energy Holding (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Singapore

 

Agronomist

 

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

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

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

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

·         Provide agronomic advice to key customers

2014

John Deere Asia (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Singapore

 

Agronomist

 

·         Mapping corn production systems and processes covering land preparation, planting, crop care and harvesting in Thailand, Indonesia and in the 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

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

2013 – 2014

TH Herbals Joint Stock Company

Hanoi, Vietnam

 

Agriculture Manager

 

·         Managing the Agriculture Department

·         Developing cultivation operations for medicinal crops 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

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

·         Developing rice cultivation on 7,000 ha and improving 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 the Agriculture Division with 75 staff

·         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

·         Planning of 50-ha trial farming of “aerobic” rice in Ethiopia

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

 

·         Developing production plans and financial budgets for 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

·         Crops for domestic and overseas markets (Middle East and U.K.): aubergine, bittergourd, bottlegourd, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, capsicum, carrot, chili, sweet and baby corn, okra, onion, round melon, snapbean, snowpea, spongegourd, sugarsnaps, tomato, watermelon and zucchini

·         Layout and implementation of open-field drip irrigation/fertigation (90 ha), nethouses (10 ha), and climatized greenhouses (soilless cultivation with highwire, 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 and coordinating an interdisciplinary €2m international research project

·         Establishing a pilot 0.3-ha greenhouse vegetable farm in the humid tropics of Thailand

·         Introducing and managing daily operations at the research farm

·         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 technologies

·         Developing postharvest handling, sterilization, packaging and storage techniques

·         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

1996 – 1997

Bavarian State Research Centre for Agriculture (LfL)

Freising, Germany

 

Programmer

 

 

·         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

1989

Garden-Center Pflanzen-Kölle

Munich, Germany

 

Trainee

 

 

·         Intensive greenhouse production of ornamentals



Education

 

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”

Consultation

08 – 10/2012

Yousef Abdul Latif Jameel Group

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

 

·         Advising on advanced agricultural operations on six organic date palm farms (2,511 ha) in Quassim and Madinah

·         Advising on automized irrigation (iMetos ica), fertigation with organic fertilizers and sulfur burners, organic pest and disease control, implementation of mycorrhizal/PGPR inoculum technologies, and farm certification through GLOBALG.A.P. and EU regulation on organic production (EC No 834/2007, EC No 889/2008)

04 – 05/2012

Atheneum Partners and Monitor

Ha Tinh, Vietnam

 

·         Advising on Agricultural Policy in Vietnam

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

03/2012

Gulf Craft

Malé, Maldives

 

·         Advising on a “Hydroculture Project on the Maldives”

06 – 08/1997

K+S Group / International Potash Institute

Kassel, Germany

 

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

Telephone Consultation

 

Gerson Lehrman Group

New York, USA

2013

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

2012

·         “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”

2011

·         “Supplier Quality Management”

2010

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

2008

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

 

GuidepointGlobal

London, UK

2013

·         “Fruits/Vegetable Large Farms”

2009

·         “Irrigation Market Outlook”

2008

·         “Price Sensitivity of Farmers to Potash Fertilizers”

 

PrimaryInsight

New York, USA

2008

·         “The Global Sugarcane Industry”

2007

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


Project Management

2011 – 2012

·         “Tonle Sap Lowlands Rural Development Project”

2001 – 2004

·         “Protected Cultivation in the Humid Tropics”

2000 – 2001

·         “Field Operations for Economic Year-round Vegetable Production”

1998 – 2000

·         “Improved Management Practices for Culinary Bamboo Shoots”

1997 – 2000

·         “Production and Post-harvest Systems for the Chinese Waterchestnut Industry”

1997 – 1998

·         “Culinary Bamboo Shoots in Australia”

1992 – 1995

·         “Integrated Vegetable Production in Paddy Rice Fields”


Funding Generation

2001

·         “Optimized field operations for economic year-round vegetable production” (€25,000 p.a.)
Council of Agriculture, Taiwan

2000

·          “Improving and maintaining productivity of bamboo for quality timber and shoots in Australia and the Philippines” (€380,000)
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Australia

1992

 

·          “Integrated Vegetable Production in Paddy Rice Fields” (€80,000)
German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Publications

 

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.

Referee for International Journals

 

·         African Journal of Agricultural Research

 

·         Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

 

·         Biological Agriculture and Horticulture

 

·         International Journal of Horticultural Science

 

·         International Agricultural Engineering Journal

 

·         Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology and Sustainable Development

 

·         Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics

 

·         Journal of Soil and Water Conversation

 

·         Scientia Horticulturae

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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