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, coordinating international projects on value chain innovation in and around the agro-food sector. As part of FOODMETRES (www.foodmetres-kp.eu) Mr. Wascher developed the quantitative ecological footprint tool ‘Metropolitan Foodscape Planner’. For the Network of Excellence LIAISE, he co-developed the design and implementation of the Sustainability Impact Assessment ToolKit (www.liaise-kit.eu) while at the same time developing a great deal of policy-analytical skills such as Knowledge Broker in policy-science sessions. As managing director of the consultant company SUSMETRO (www.susmetro.eu), Mr. Wascher provides expertise on metropolitan food planning – 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 (www.bivac.eu). Currently he lends his services to Protix for building up a biomass supply network at the level of North-Brabant and the wider surroundings. 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.