Before joining Sida in 2007, Verena had worked as a development researcher and consultant with a strong focus on method development in East Africa for 15 years.
At Sida she joined the Evaluation Department, worked with international evaluations on aid effectiveness and support to statistical capacity building, among others, and became the Deputy Head of the Department.
Between 2011 and 2017, Verena worked with Twaweza as Manager for Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Communications, with DfID Tanzania as Manager for Results and Accountability in the General Budget Support Secretariat, and for the World Bank Tanzania Country Office as Senior Governance Specialist with coordinating the support to Open Government and Open Data.
When returning to Sida in 2017, Verena became part of the Department for Management Support, where she works as Senior Advisor for Capacity Development and Coordinator for Development Effectiveness. Verena holds a PhD in Economic and Social Geography from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.