Jersey Seipel began his studies at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. During his enrolment in cultural anthropology as well as international political science and sociology at the Centre for Southeast-Asian Studies he conducted a research project at the museum for cultural anthropology, undertook a field-study of one of the Capeverdian Islands and later became tutor for visual anthropology. After a short spell in Paris he enrolled at the University of Frankfurt where he finished his M.A. with a thesis on cargo cults in western New Guinea in 1998 and later was a contributing author to ?Hauptwerke der Ethnologie?.
Following training as logistician for M?decins sans Fronti?res, Jersey spent the following eight years supporting humanitarian aid mission in Africa and Asia. His assignments included South-Sudan, Congo, Burundi, Cambodia, Indonesia and Afghanistan. During this period he worked in six war-zones, managed two reconstruction projects and was involved in the Boxing Day 2004 Tsunami recovery phase as logistics delegate for the Red Cross in Sumatra. He also gained valuable experience as project manager and head of mission in Phnom Penh and Kabul.
Jersey Seipel settled in New Zealand in 2007 and has since worked as operations manager for a multinational company before joining the University of Sydney as lecturer for humanitarian logistics. In addition, he teaches logistics and supply chain management at Massey University in New Zealand and is a member of an Auckland-based consulting agency. His academic research interests include humanitarian logistics, global supply chain management, disaster response management and air transport.