Barbara Frei Haller

Dr Barbara Frei Haller

Dr. Barbara Frei Haller is a Swiss scientist with an interdisciplinary background in pharmaceutical sciences. She is affiliated to the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences IPW at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich as a lecturer in ethnopharmacy. She holds a PhD in phytochemistry, ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, and a MSc and BSc in pharmaceutical sciences all from ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Her main research interests cover natural product chemistry regarding prevention and treatment of malaria, ethnobiology and its general leverage for parasitic diseases, and transdisciplinary approaches in development cooperation. Her research led her to longer stays among Mexican indigenous healers and to a long standing collaboration with icipe HQ in Nairobi, its field stations and project sites.

Barbara is a Board Member of Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development (, a Swiss non governmental organisation and partner of icipe for two decades focussing on food security and sustainable agriculture by contributing to the implementation of Agenda 2030 with a strong focus on SDG 2 “Zero Hunger”. Barbara chairs the program committee which is responsible for the preliminary selection of new and innovating projects and the monitoring and impact assessment of on-going projects and capacity building.

Through Barbara’s further positions in a public pharmacy and as an advising clinical pharmacist, as well as a member of the Swiss Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences SAPhS she is involved in the ongoing discussions and development in all areas of the pharmaceutical and public health care sector nationally and globally.

Barbara Frei Haller joined the icipe Governing Council (GC) in 2017 and is looking forward to supporting  further development of icipe, especially in the human health and pharmaceutical field as well as in sustainable capacity building.  As a member of the icipe GC she focuses on and encourages dialogue between the different hierarchy levels of icipe and will try to make dissenting or silent voices heard.


Perspectives on/Aspects of R4D: Knowledge of History of icipe


Quality control: Defending silent voices

Monitoring/compliance: Watching Compliance

Sharing expertise: Capacity building