Researcher & Project Manager
Matti Cartsburg is an Agricultural Economist with more than seven years of international work experience in consulting and management of complex and long-running projects with a specific focus on quantitative data analysis and the modelling of farms and agricultural markets. He has particular experience in modelling climate change impacts on agriculture, cost-benefit analyses and environmental assessments with a special focus on land and water use as well as greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity effects. Additionally, Mr. Cartsburg is an experienced business development manager with a sound knowledge in the development of business cases as well as business plans.
He holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences. He studied at Humboldt University of Berlin and the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain). During his studies, Matti Cartsburg focused on international agricultural trade and development facing climate change impacts.
At HFFA Research GmbH, Mr. Cartsburg is responsible for projects with a special focus on quantitative data analysis. His latest projects in this field include the virtual land and water trade of agricultural products of the European Union, a quantification of food waste in Germany and its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, cost-benefit analyses of climate adaptation scenarios for several Western African countries, numerous in-depth analyses of European and German plant protection and plant breeding markets, developing a policy strategy for the implementation of organic agriculture on the Arabian Peninsula and the modelling of central Asian agricultural markets under the influence of climate change.
Recently, his major focus has been the possible impact of regenerative farming practices on the carbon sequestration potential of agriculture as well as its influence on biodiversity, its role in climate mitigation strategies and possible incentives for its widespread adoption by farmers in Europe.
Before joining HFFA Research, Mr. Cartsburg co-founded the sblocs bikes GmbH, which develops, produces and sells cargobikes for a more climate friendly mobility. From 2016 to 2019 he acted as a Managing Director for sblocs bikes and has since moved into the supervisory board. Prior to that, he worked as a Project Manager at GFA Consulting Group GmbH, the General Agent of the Bilateral Cooperation Programme of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. As Project Manager he was responsible for the preparation, monitoring and evaluation of agricultural projects in Germany, Turkey and Egypt. Furthermore, he was a Partner of agripol – network for policy advice GbR and as such contributed two chapters on the impact of climate change on agricultural production, food security and livestock in Latin America and Central Asia to the World Bank report Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal conducted by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Mr. Cartsburg gained first research experience during his employment as a Research Assistant at the Chair for International Agricultural Trade and Development of the Humboldt University and various internships in Scotland, Canada, Switzerland and Germany.
Matti Cartsburg fluently speaks German and English as well as Spanish at a moderate level.