Markus is currently a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), where he concentrates on the use of Earth observation data to detect and predict patterns between extreme weather/climate events, social conflict, food security and migration. He coordinates one of the World Bank’s projects on drought risk financing and represents HHI in the Black Marble Alliance, an initiative of NASA and USRA that aims to exploit the added-value of global high-resolution night time light observations. Markus is the co-founder of an ESA-funded start-up named Perigee, that links emergency data to a novel social listening approach to close critical fundraising gaps and decrease uncertainties in extreme climate forecasts. Until early 2019, Markus supported the Global Emergency Response Team of SOS Children’s Villages International as disaster risk management coordinator. He has worked with a variety of other humanitarian aid organizations (e.g. Doctors without Borders, Red Cross, UN WFP/OCHA), UNDP, UN FAO, UN SPIDER, ESA, NASA, reinsurance companies, etc.