Jeske, a Dutch national, joined Bioversity International in 2012. As part of the Agrobiodiversity and Ecosystem services programme, Jeske works on varietal diversification for climate change adaptation and the Seeds for Needs initiative in East Africa.
She studied Forestry and Nature Conservation at Larenstein University where she specialized in tropical forests and conducted fieldwork in Vietnam and South Africa. She obtained a Master’s degree from Wageningen University in the Netherlands in Management of Agro-Ecological Knowledge & Social Change with research in Rural Development. Her final thesis was on 'Soil Fertility Management in Home Gardens: an exploration of diverse strategies by smallholders'.
After graduation Jeske worked at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the Netherlands, coordinating tender procedures. She travelled in Latin America in 2010 and part of 2011. Her research interests include livelihood analysis, agroforestry, rural development sociology and conservation.
MSc Management of Agro-Ecological Knowledge and Social Change (Major in Rural Dev), Wageningen University
BSc Forestry and Nature Conservation (Tropical Forestry), Larenstein University