Niels Balzer has been a Policy Officer with WFP since May 2009. He works on innovative disaster risk reduction measures with a focus on risk transfer mechanisms. Before coming to Rome, Niels spent three years in Malawi where he designed and managed the WFP Cash and Food for Livelihoods Pilot Project. Prior to his assignments with WFP, he worked with various European NGOs in Switzerland, Germany, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Niels received his M.Sc. in Geography from University of Zurich in 2003 and obtained a Master of Advanced Studies in Development Cooperation from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 2006.