Johanne Hanko is an environmental engineer holding a doctoral degree in Engineering from Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany. She further studied in UK on Environment, Safety and Ocean Engineering in the Oil and Gas industry, and in France, hazardous waste management at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) of Lyon.
She is a certified auditor for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) registered with the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA), and in 2003 was admitted as an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of London.
Dr. Hanko worked as a technical specialist and project coordinator for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Asia and Africa for over 10 years, and was an invited as guest lecturer and professor to various conferences, symposiums and specialized courses organized by institutions and Universities in Asia and Latin America.
At present, Dr. Hanko is working as an international consultant with projects in Latin America and Africa, and is President of the foundation FADIPCO (Fundación de Apoyo al Desarrollo Integral de los Pueblo y Comunidades) of Bolivia supporting local communities in improving their quality of life by providing solar photovoltaic systems to households in remote communities while protecting their environment.
She is also the representative of the German Society for Solar Energy in Bolivia, and is on the board of Directors of the Bolivian Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Foundation Engineers in Action. Dr. Hanko is author of various publications on environment, energy and rural development issues.