Since January 2020: Scientific Managing Director of the Wuppertal Institute
Since 2010: Member of the Wuppertal Institute's management as Authorised Representative
Since 2008: Professor at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics at the University of Wuppertal
2008 - 2010: Acting Head of the Wuppertal Institute
Since 2006: Vice President of the Wuppertal Institute
2003 - 2010: Director of Research Group 1 "Future Energy and Mobility Structures"
1993 - 2003: Project Co-ordinator and Deputy Director of Energy Division at the Wuppertal Institute
1991 - 1993: Research Fellow and PhD Student at the University of Stuttgart, Germany
Education and Academic Training
Doctorate in the field of Energy Technology at University of Stuttgart, Germany
University of Dortmund, Germany. University Diploma in Chemical Engineering
Energy systems and energy scenario analysis
Greenhouse gas mitigation strategies and multi-criteria evaluation
Renewable energies and innovative energy technologies (system integration aspects)
National and international energy and climate policy
Dynamic market development and market launch strategies
Research and technology policy
Technology assessment and forecasting
Sustainable urban infrastructures
Selected Memberships and Activities
Lead author of the IPCC's (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 6th Assessment Report
Member of the "Seoul International Scientific Advisory Council (SIEAC)"
Member of the "International Energy Advisory Council (IEAC)"
Co-Coordinator of the Virtual Institute (VI) "Transformation- Energy Transition NRW"
Directory Board member of the Research Association Renewable Energy (FVEE)
Member of the ACATECH-BMBF-initiative "Energy Systems of the Future"
Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council "Innovation City Ruhr"
Member of the Global Labor Organisation (GLO)
Member of the Advisory Board of the economic, scientific and social partners for monitoring structural change in the mining area of the Rhineland (Germany)
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Climate Protection and Climate Impact Adaptation (Thuringia, Germany)
Member of the Science and Technology Advisory Board Desertec University Network (DUN)
Member of the Coordination Group "Climate Protection Audit in North Rhine-Westphalia
Member of the steering committee "Power Plant Technology Competence Network of the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board E.ON-RWTH Aachen University Research Centre
Scientific Advisory Board member of the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI)
Member of the Scientific Board "Renewable Energy" (peer reviewed Journal)
Editorial Board member of the journal "Energy and Climate Change"
Board of trustees member of the foundation "Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg" (ZSW)
Former Memberships and Activities
Coordinating lead author of the IPCC's 5th Assessment Report (2011-2014)
Coordinating lead author of the IPCC's Special Report Renewable Energies (2009 - 2011)
Mitglied des Expertengremiums für die "European Green Capital" (2014 - 2018)
Member of the Energy Acedemy of the journal Handelsblatt
Chairman of the Jury Selection Committee "Innovation City Ruhr"
Co-Chairman of the Research Advisory Council of the German Biomass Centre (2007 - 2011)
Member of the Commission of Enquiry "The Effects of Long-Term Increasing Prices for Oil and Gas on Economy and Consumers in North Rhine-Westphalia", installed by the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia (2006 - 2009)
Member of the Immision Committee of the State of Brandenburg, Germany (2005 - 2008)
Member of the delegation "Renewables 2004" of the German Federal Government
List of experts of the STAP/Global Environmental Facility
Member of the Scientific Committee "International German Hydrogen Conference" in 2006 and 2008
Member of the International Steering Committee of the "World Renewable Energy Congress 2008"
Current University Lectureships
University of Wuppertal, Schumpeter School of Business and Economics "Dynamic development of markets" (since winter term 2007/08) and master's seminar "Industrial infrastructure and climate protection - transformation processes in industry"
University of Koblenz-Landau "European Energy Policy" (since summer term 2005)
Former University Lectureships
University of Kassel, Master programme Renewable Energies "Energy Economy" (winter term 2006/07)
University of Hagen, Master programme INFERNUM "System analysis" (winter term 2004)
University of Applied Sciences Wiesbaden "Energie und Umwelt" (Energy and Environment) in Environmental Studies from winter term 1997/98 until 2001/02
University Witten/Herdecke "Ökologisches Wirtschaften" (Ecological Management) in summer and winter term 1996
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