The DCZ Team in Beijing

Phase 2 of the Sino-German Agricultural Centre (DCZ) commenced on the 1st of April 2018 and the new international team would like to introduce themselves in this re-constructed DCZ website.

Dr. Jürgen Ritter

German Managing Director (DCZ)

has been in China since 2001 and was involved in the implementation of several cooperation projects between the European Union and China, mainly in the fields of Village Governance and EU-China Policy Dialogues.
Previously Jürgen Ritter worked as lecturer at the Institute of Chinese Studies at University of Tübingen in Germany, spent several years in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and after 17 years in Beijing regards this as his second home.


Karin Tränkner-Benslimane

Advisor Agricultural Policy Dialogue (APD)

brings in her long practical experience in sustainable agriculture. As a project manager in the HADDOKKEO National Horticulture Research Centre in Laos she essentially contributed to the successful introduction of tropical fruits in Laos. For the German Rural Development Program in Cambodia she cooperated with institutions of the Ministry of Agriculture, Asian Development Bank and universities. In this complex program she gained as the program coordinator experience in agricultural policy dialogue.


Dr. Eva Sternfeld

Advisor Science Dialogue and S&T Platform

is specialized in issues related to China’s environmental policies and resource economy.
Prior to working with DCZ, Eva Sternfeld was a visiting professor at the Institute for East Asian Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and head of the Center for Cultural Studies on Science and Technology in China of the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin). Between 2000 and 2008 she has been working as a foreign advisor for the Center of Environmental Education and Communication of the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection in Beijing. She has widely published on issues related to urban/rural development and water management in China.


Prof. Liu Yonggong

Advisor Agribusiness Dialogue

is a Professor at the Faculty of Development Studies, College of Humanities and Development (COHD), China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing. From 1986 to 1988 and 1990 to 1991 as young visiting scholar he went twice to Hohenheim University for carrying out joint research pro­grams in animal science and rural development studies. Since 1991, besides academic activities at the university, he also served as senior consultant for about 70 agricultural and rural development projects financed by Chinese government and international development agencies, such as World Bank, ADB, UNDP, FAO, WFP, UNESCO, GEF, IFAD as well as by bilateral agencies like GIZ, EU, DFID, AusAID.


Dr. Aihemaitijiang Rouzi

Advisor Agricultural Sustainability

obtained his master’s and Ph.D. from University of Greifswald, KU-Eichstätt and Technical University of Berlin, Germany in the field of Geography. He has been working on numerous research and academic exchange projects between China and Germany funded by NSFC, VolkswagenStiftung, BMBF, DAAD and CSC. His main focus has been sustainable agriculture, agro-economics, alternative crops, ecosystem services and water issues in NW China.


Tang Bing

Project Assistant

has long-term experience with Sino-German cooperation projects before joining DCZ. She assists the project team, especially the team leader in their activities and is responsible for office management and financial matters.


Lea Siebert

Junior Expert in Agricultural Policy & Sciences

studied Geography and Chinese at Freie Universität Berlin and holds a MSc in Urban Ecosystem Sciences from Technical University of Berlin. In shorter and longer visits over the last ten years she gained some experience in travelling and living in China, e.g. as an intern at Sino-German Nanjing Integrated Center for Earth Science. In her research she specialized in soil science with a focus on sustainable agriculture, energy crops and environmental policies.