Based at UNESCO’s Regional Sciences Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in Jakarta, Indonesia, since June 2017, Hans is responsible for regional coordination of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme. He also supports the recently established International Geosciences and Geoparks Programme (IGGP) and works on natural heritage issues relating to the World Heritage Convention. Hans has worked with UNESCO’s natural sciences programmes for two decades, previously based at the Organization’s offices in Apia (Samoa), Bangkok, Beijing and Paris. He has worked extensively with the Man and the Biosphere programme in Asia and the Pacific, contributing the establishment of the Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserve Network (SeaBRnet) and the Pacific MAB Network (PacMAB), as well as coordinating the secretariat of the East Asian Biosphere Reserve Network (EABRN). He has a PhD in Scientific Communication and an MSc in International Development, and a particular interest in the role of communications in international science cooperation and networking.