Niels Hauffe, President of NWV

»» Niels Hauffe specializes in business development and strategic alliances.

For many years, he was a senior executive of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research ("CSIR"), the largest research, development, and implementation organization in Africa. Prior to founding NWV, he was both director of the CSIR's International Services' office in Washington and Science and Technology Counselor of the South African Embassy.

In that position, he facilitated the commercialization and transfer of technology both to and from South Africa and served as the CSIR's liaison with multilateral and bilateral funding institutions such as the World Bank, USAID, and UNDP. Previously, he ran the CSIR's offices in Los Angeles and London. As part of this work, he managed international projects in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Earlier in his career, he spent eight years with the CSIR's Division of Building Technology helping clients in South Africa implement new building technologies and products. Before that, he spent 17 years in technical positions in the Canadian pulp and paper industry with International Paper and Domtar, where he rose to head of forest products and logging research.

Niels earned a BS in Forestry at Oxford University and an MS in Forest Products at Laval University, Quebec. He is fluent in French and German.

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