Dr. Adnan Koucher was born and grew up in Iraq. After obtaining B.Sc. degree from the Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry at the University of Mosul, he went to the UK and obtained MSc degree in Rural Social Development from the University of Reading in 1984. For several years he worked as a lecturer in the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Salahaddin in Arbil, Iraq. Later he left Iraq for the Netherlands and joined the Third World Centre at the University of Nijmegen as a Research Fellow in development studies. His research resulted in obtaining a Ph.D. degree in Social Sciences from the University of Radboud-Nijmegen in 1999.
He obtained certificate in Project Management from Oxford University, UK, and a certificate in Didactics for qualified higher education teachers from University of Wageningen, the Netherlands
In 1999 he began his work as a Director of Research at Van Hall Larenstein University (VHL) until 2004 when he became in charge of the Master Studies Programme of International Agriculture at VHL university. now part of the Wageningen University and Research Centre. His interest in initiating academic collaboration with academic institutions in Arab countries resulted in a joint MSc course in International Agriculture with the University of Cairo in Egypt as well as professional training courses in GIS with the Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre in Jordan.
His professional work includes working as senior lecturer for 13 years (1999-2012) at VHL, teaching various themes at the Master programme and a Project Manager (210-2012) of the VHL University project of Farmer field Schools in Fayoum province- Egypt. The project was sponsored by NUFFIC, Netherlands. In 2012 he left VHL to take up a consultancy work as Advisor of Curriculum development at the Centre of Development Innovation, Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands. In 2016 he set up Dutchedcon a Dutch consultancy for higher education and post graduate studies.
He participated in various development projects in Asia and Africa. His interest in the issues of globalization, governance and NGO’s is reflected in his contribution to several scientific conferences worldwide.