Dirk M. Wascher holds academic degrees in landscape planning from Germany and the United States (University of Washington, Seattle). He has been a member of the European Environment Agency Task Force in Brussels, Programme Officer at the European Centre for Nature Conservation and Senior Researcher at Wageningen UR. As managing director of the consultant company SUSMETRO, Mr. Wascher provides expertise on landscape assessment, metropolitan food planning and transition management towards sustainable solutions. – e.g. for the German IBA in the city of Heidelberg and the Federal State of Thuringia or to Phytowelt in implementing the Interreg Project BIVAC on bio-value chains. Mr. Wascher has taught landscape architecture at the University of Michigan, Wageningen University as well as European environmental policy at the University of Dayton. He is fluent in German, English and Dutch and communicates in French and Spanish.