Dr. Alessandra Giuliani


Dr. Alessandra Giuliani Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL
    Fachbereich Agronomie
    Länggasse 85
    3052 Zollikofen


  • Applied research projects in the field of agrobiodiversity, socio-economic and rural development in various developing countries, youth in agriculture, agri-environmental education, sutainable livelihoods

  • Teaching in BSc and MSc modules (biodiversity, value chain, social participatory approached)

  • Coaching of BSc and MSc students' thesis and other research works

  • Writing and publishing reports and articles

  • Networking and identification of hosting organisations for students doing their research in developing countries, project acquisition

  • Collaboration with Universities in Myanmar and Cambodia


  • Master degree in life sciences (Sustainable agricultural production and value chains)

  • BSc in International Agriculture

  • Biodiversity

  • Tropical crops

  • Income generation and markets in developing and transition countries


  • Applied research on agrobiodiversity, livelihoods and market development

  • Environmental education

  • natural resources management by local communities

  • youth in agriculture

  • Neglected and underutilised species


  • 2008-present Research and Teaching Associate Bern University of Applied Sciences, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL), Zollikofen, Switzerland
  • 2007 consultant; various short/term assignments and missions in the field of agriculture research for development Free lance
  • 2002-2006 Associate Scientist in socio-economics Bioversity International, Syria and Italy
  • 2000-2002 Researcher Institute for System Integration Studies, Rome, Italy
  • 1999-2000 Programme Assistant United Nations Environment (UNEP)
  • 2018-2019 Post Graduate Certificate in Education International (PGCEi) University of Nottingham, UK
  • 2006-2009 PhD of Sciences in Geography University of Bern, (Centre for Develop&Environ)
  • 1998-1999 MSc in Environmental Management Fondation Universitaire Luxembourgeoise and Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
  • 1990-1995 Bsc and MSc in Statistics and Economics University of Rome La Sapienza
  • 2023 Cognitive Coaching Foundation (Thinking Collaborative)
    2015-2016 Certificate for University Teaching from Bern University of Applied Sciences


  • Environmental Education Coordinator, WWF and Save the Children, Myanmar Developing a curriculum and producing teaching learning material for a pilot programme for strengthening environmental education through project-based extracurricular learning in 120 schools, including training of teachers.

  • Case Studies on impact of biodiversity of potential BioTrade products in Myanmar (Helvetas Regional Biotrade Project in South East Asia)

  • Value chain analysis on the existing and potential markets of agricultural commodities for small producers in Northern Shan State (CARE International Myanmar)

  • Analysis of the current food and nutrition security situation and nutrition-sensitive agriculture practices in Northern Shan State (CARE International Myanmar)

  • Research on the aspirations of rural youth in dry land agricultural livelihoods systems (ICARDA and YPARD)

  • Several short missions in the frame of the SDC funded development project ASAP-M to support rural professionals’ associations in Morocco

  • Planning the Project Exit Phase of the Mongolian Potato Program (funded by SDC) on potato and vegetable seed system

  • Organisation of a stakeholder Workshop on market opportunities for local fruit trees in the Tajik Pamir valleys and a case study for Bioversity International

  • Applied research on value chains of , agrobiodiversity products and livelihoods in rural communities in Syria



  • Senior Advisor of the Youth Platform for Agricultural Development (YPARD),Co-founding member, Vice-Chair (2006 -2009)

  • Peer reviewer of manuscripts for MDPI journals (2016-present)

  • Swiss Forum on International Agricultural Research (SFIAR): Support to the Secretariat (2007-2015)

  • European Forum on Agricultural Research for Development (EFARD): Vice-Chair (2010-2014)

  • AGRINATURA Network of Agricultural European Universities: Board of Directors Member (2015-2017)

  • member of the Swiss NGO-Business-SDC Partnership in Cambodia since 2020

Supervised theses

Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • English - Full professional proficiency
  • Italian - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • French - Professional working proficiency
  • German - Professional working proficiency
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Morocco
  • India
  • Myanmar
  • Cambodia