Albrecht, Carl Edward Archibald
Dr. Carl Edward Archibald Albrecht was born in 1975 in Hanover, Germany as son of a dairy farmer and a high school teacher. After his high school graduation he spent four months at the ‘Near and Middle East Association’ in Hamburg followed by three months at a law office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he went – just for fun – to the camel market in the afternoon of October 18, 1995. This visit was a defining moment in his life as it caused a deep interest in camels and shaped his further education and research. Most of his research projects so far were camel related. The project in Ghana is an exception.
After his time as agricultural trainee and his army service he started to study agriculture at the Georg-August-University Göttingen in 1998 specializing in animal production with a focus on tropical animal production. He graduated with a Master of Science of Agriculture in 2003 followed by his doctorate in agriculture. His Doctor of Science of Agriculture was accomplished in 2006. In 2007 he started his second studies in Cultural Anthropology and chose Anthropogeography for the minor subject which he would continue during his master studies and specialized in Applied Anthropology with a regional focus on Africa. He graduated as Bachelor of Arts in Cultural and Social Anthropology in 2012 and continued with his Master studies in Cultural Anthropology. Research projects during his studies in Agriculture and Cultural Anthropology brought him to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE); Rajasthan, India; Egypt and the Northern Region of Ghana. He graduated with a Master of Arts in Cultural and Social Anthropology in 2015. His practical research in Ghana is the foundation of this book.
Besides his work he has extensively travelled Europe, Africa and Asia and is especially interested in animal production and products, urban and peri-urban livestock production, animal-man-relationships, anthropology of nutrition, pastoral nomadism, water scarcity and desertification, historical anthropology, economic anthropology and intercultural cooperation. He is member of the International Society of Camelid Research and Development (ISOCARD) since the founding ceremony on April 15, 2006 in Al-Ain, UAE and a member of the National Geographic society.