Since 2012 Marie-Luise Beck is managing director of the science federation Deutsches Klima-Konsortium (DKK) – an association of 24 renowned research organisations engaging in climate research and climate impact research. Projects like the online course on climate change in English and German as well as the K3 Conference on climate communication were created under her leadership. Previously, she was responsible for science-policy dialogues in the context of a project at the Freie Universität Berlin on safety and security called „Forschungsforum Öffentliche Sicherheit”.
From 2000 to 2009 she acted as research assistant and office manager for various Members of Parliament at the Deutsche Bundestag. There, she managed the launch of the parliamentary initiative “Zukunftsforum Öffentliche Sicherheit”, of which she is still a member of the Board. She graduated with Staatsexamen (equivalent to MA) from Biology, German Literature and Pedagogics at the Philipps University, Marburg.
Jakob Flechtner is head of the Climate Policy Department at the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce. (DIHK). The DIHK represents the entire commercial economy in Germany towards politics, administration and the public with the aim of creating good framework conditions for successful business. Members of the DIHK are the 79 Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs).
After completing his studies in economics and international relations in Münster, Berlin and Paris, Jakob Flechtner headed the office of a member of the European Parliament in Brussels. Since 2011 he has been working for the DIHK in Brussels and subsequently in Berlin on topics such as European environmental policy, energy system transformation, network expansion, acceptance issues, environmental management and climate protection. One focus of his work is the national emissions trading system. He is a member of various committees and advisory boards, such as the Environmental Expert Committee and the Competence Center for Nature Conservation and Energy system transformation.
Dr Lars Grotewold heads the Centre for Climate Change at Stiftung Mercator. He oversees the Centre’s grantmaking for projects to deliver effective climate change mitigation amounting to more than 100 mio. Euros since 2009.
In this function, he was also responsible for the creation of numerous renowned institutions like the Agora Energiewende, Agora Verkehrswende, Clean Energy Wire and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change. He is a member of several advisory bodies to the Federal, State and regional governments. Being a molecular biologist by training, he used to work with several research institutes in Germany and the UK as well as with the National Council for Science and Humanities in Cologne before joining Stiftung Mercator.
Joachim Hein is currently senior adviser on climate and energy policy with BDI, the Federation of German Industries. The BDI is the umbrella organisation of 36 branch associations, and its members represent roughly 100,000 companies employing more than eight million people.
In 1992, Dr Hein, a chemist, joined the French-German Institute for Environmental Research based in Karlsruhe, Germany. Dr Hein joined the BDI in 1995 and has since then acquired the responsibility for climate policy in all its facets. His main focus is on the EU Emissions Trading System and on questions pertaining to the development of global carbon markets.
Professor Andreas Loeschel holds a Chair for Energy and Resource Economics and is director of the Center of Applied Economic Research at the University of Münster. He received his PhD in Economics at the University of Mannheim in 2003. Since 2011 he has been the chairman of the Expert Commission of the German Government to monitor the energy transformation.
He also directs the Virtual Institute Smart Energy North Rhine-Westphalia (VISE). Andreas Loeschel is a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the Fifth and Sixth Assessment Report (2010-14, 2017-21). He is a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and a Visiting Chair Professor at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing. In the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) economist ranking he was several times among the 50 most influential economists in Germany.
Sabine Minninger is a Policy Advisor on Climate Change with the German Protestant aid agency Bread for the World, dealing with global warming and development issues. Since 2008 she has been following the UNFCCC process together with partner organizations in the Global South.
From 2004 until 2012 she was employed in long-term positions in Southeast Asia and in the South Pacific in consultation with partners of the German Church Development Service on climate resilience. While her main focus is on climate justice, adaptation and climate finance, she is intensely involved in work on addressing climate induced loss and damages.
Sabine Nallinger is Managing Director of berlin-based Foundation 2° – German CEOs for climate protection (Stiftung 2° – Deutsche Unternehmer für Klimaschutz) since September 2014. Foundation 2° is a CEO initiative. The foundation supports politicians in establishing freemarket framework requirements for climate protection and activates German businesses to find solutions for climate protection.
As a trained city and transport planner, Sabine Nallinger has been working for 20 years on scientific and practice-oriented projects on future-oriented concepts for metropolitan areas, environmentally compatible regional, urban and transport planning as well as mobility management. She worked for the state capital of Munich as well as for the Munich Transport Corporation. There she headed the research and development department and was responsible for numerous research and cooperation projects at national and European level. Since 2008 she is a member of the Munich City Council for Alliance 90 / The Greens, where she oversees energy, urban development and transport policy issues. In 2014, she ran for the Office of Mayor of Munich. She is an elected member of the Main Committee of the German Association of Cities and the Transport and Economic Committee of the Bavarian Association of Cities.
Norbert Schmitz studied Business Administration at the University of Cologne where he also acquired his PhD. After working for several years for a leading European management consultancy, he founded Meo Carbon Solutions, a management consultancy focusing on sustainability and climate protection. During his time with Meo, he developed ISCC, International Sustainability and Carbon Certification, a multi-stakeholder approach that is now the world's leading sustainability certification system being used in more than 100 countries. 3,500 companies use ISCC to demonstrate sustainability along their supply chains and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Mr Schmitz also initiated the development of GRAS, Global Risk Assessment Services. Based on satellite data and databases, GRAS provides information on land use change, biodiversity, carbon and social criteria. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of 4C, the world's largest coffee certification system. In addition, as a member of the Fuel Task Group, he supports the development of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).
Julia Taeschner is the Group Sustainability Officer at Aareal Bank AG. Since July 2015, Julia Taeschner has been responsible for the group-wide steering and strategic development of sustainability management, the implementation and monitoring of the banks’s and the Group’s sustainability activities, as well as reporting. In addition, she is in charge of ESG integration in investor communication.
In her almost 10-year career as Head of Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Boerse Group, she has set up and expanded the sustainability management for the stock exchange operator. In 1998, she completed her studies with a diploma in International Business Administration.
Since April 2010 she is a member of the Steering Committee of econsense - Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V. and since October 2018 chairwoman of the Board of the Association for Environmental Management & Sustainability in Financial Institutions (Verein für Umweltmanagement & Nachhaltigkeit in Finanzinstituten e.V. - VfU).
Steven Tebbe is the Managing Director of CDP Europe, the regional hub of a global non-profit helping investors, companies and cities assess their environmental impact and take urgent action to build a truly sustainable economy. An expert on environmental, security and mobility issues, he has held senior management positions at Daimler, Airbus and NetJets, most recently as Vice President for Environmental Affairs.
With Master's degrees from Harvard and the Solvay Business School, Steven is a partner at Antural Partners, a sustainability consultancy, a Royal Geographical Society Fellow, a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a member of EFRAG’s European Lab Steering Group.
Heino von Meyer
Heino von Meyer is a Senior Cousellor engaged in research and consultancy. He is chairing and moderating various multi-stakeholder fora.
His main topics are: Sustainability, Integrity and Cohesion with focus on environmentally sound local development, on responsible management of global value chains and on combating regional disparities in Europe.
He is Senior Policy Advisor with Ecologic Institute, Berlin and a member of various advisory bodies at national and European level. In the 1980s, Heino von Meyer was head of various research and consulting institutions, particularly dealing with issues of European agricultural, regional and environmental policy. Since 1991, working at OECD Headquarters in Paris, he was initially entrusted with the development of OECD regional statistics. Subsequently he became responsible for the OECD Environmental Performance Reviews. From 2002 to 2019 he served as Head of the OECD Berlin Centre in charge of public affairs and communication in the German speaking OECD countries.
Hans-Jörn Weddige is the Group Coordinator Energy, Climate and Environment Policies at thyssenkrupp Group with activities from elevators to steel making, plant manufacturing to materials trading, or automotive parts to components for renewable energies. He is involved in many forward looking technology projects such as Carbon2Chem, Oxyfuel Cement Making, Alkaline Water Electrolysis or MULTI. Previously he worked in academia, federations and industry in Germany and abroad.
Mr. Weddige chairs the BIAC Environment and Energy Committee at the OECD, and is a chair and co-chair of several bodies, including official business observer at the UNFCCC. He is co-owner and advisory board member of a German industrial SME and a Reserve Officer of the German Army. He holds a Ph. D. from Technical University Freiberg (Germany) and an M. Eng. in Metallurgy, Economics and Management from Oxford University, where he sits on the industrial advisory committee.
Dr. Zornbach grew up in a small gardening company and studied biology from 1979 until 1986 at the University of Hamburg. His main fields of expertise include applied botany, zoology an microbiology. After the PhD at the Federal Research Center on Agriculture and Forestry (today Julius Kühn – Institute) he went to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, where he worked in the unit of plant protection and since February 2017 in the unit of sustainability and climate change. Now he is head of this unit.
Dr. Zornbach chaired the OECD Pesticide Risk Reduction Steering Group for more than ten years, chaired several OECD Seminars and workshops and finally the OECD Working Group on Pesticides, which is the highest body within OECD dealing with plant protection questions. In the years 2018 / 2019 Dr. Zornbach chaired the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA).