From 2009 - 2017. Heinrich Wyes served as Deputy Executive Director of the Central Asian Regional Environment Centre (CAREC) in Almaty Kazakhstan. He is a geologist by training. Areas of his professional experiences include environmental management, the interface between international climate governance, biodiversity and agriculture, global health and resource mobilization. He has gained more than thirty years of experiences in international organizations, academia, civil society, the private sector as well as with governmental organizations. Before joining CAREC, he held senior positions with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organizations (WHO), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the German Ministry of Environment (BMU). He lectures at the German Kazakh University on project management, resource mobilization, public affairs and water resource management. His current research priorities focus on the interface between Industry 4.0 and circular economy in cooperation in cooperation with the Economic Research Institute of Asia (ERIA) and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI).