Uwe Gartenschlaeger MA, studied History, Political Science and Philosophy at the Universities of Berlin and Cologne. After working for four years with a church-based adult education provider specialised on topics of reconciliation and history, he joined DVV International, the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association, in 1995. DVV International is the leading professional organisation in the field of adult learning and education (ALE) and development cooperation. The main focus is on improving the framework conditions for ALE and offering capacity building for the partners. Within the institute, he held the positions of Country Director in Russia and Regional Director in Central Asia and Southeast-Asia Since 2019, Uwe Gartenschlaeger is DVV International’s Deputy Director and President of the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA), the main European ALE network with around 120 members from 43 countries.