Sabine Müller

Co-chair, GDI Advisory Board & Director General of the Sectoral Department

, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Dr. Sabine Müller has held the position of Director General of the Sectoral Department at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH since September 2015. She graduated in agricultural economics and obtained her doctorate at the Department of Agricultural Economics of Kiel University. After obtaining her doctorate, she worked as a consultant in development cooperation for several years, conducting studies and appraisals on behalf of GIZ, the World Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the European Union, among others, mainly in West Africa and Latin America. She joined GIZ in 1990 and spent six years in Costa Rica, where she was involved in a long-term project on sustainable land use with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Subsequently, she headed a GIZ program promoting small-scale farming in Uruguay. She then returned to Germany, initially as head of internal evaluation and quality control at GIZ’s Corporate Development Unit and  between 2004 and 2013 as director of a number of regional divisions (South-East Asia, Central America/Caribbean, and South America). Before her appointment to her current position of Director General of the Sectoral Department, Dr. Müller managed the company’s internal reorganization process dedicated to establishing a viable structure for GIZ’s future development.