Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind

Scientific Managing Director of Wuppertal Institute until 30/04/2020

Uwe Schneidewind

Professional Experience

  • Since November 2020: Mayor of Wuppertal
  • March 2010 - October 2020: Professorship "Sustainable Transition Management" at the faculty of Economics (Schumpeter School of Business and Economics) at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal
  • March 2010 - April 2020: Scientific Managing Director of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
  • 1997 - 2010: Carl von Ossietzky-Universität Oldenburg:
    • 1997 - 1998: Management of the professorship "Business Administration, with focus on Production Management and Environment"
    • 1998 - 2010: Full professorship (C4) for "Business Administration, with focus on Production Management and Environment"
    • 2002 - 2003: Dean of the faculty of Economics and Law
    • 2003 - 2004: Dean of the faculty of Information Science, Economics and Law
    • 2004 - 2008 President of the University of Oldenburg
  • 1993 - 1997: Scientific researcher and project coordinator at the Institute for Economy and the Environment at the University of St. Gallen (IWÖ-HSG)
  • 1991 - 1992: Strategic Management Consultant at Roland Berger & Partner, Düsseldorf (In the field strategic environment management consultation / management consultation)

Education and Academic Training

  • 1998: Habilitation thesis and appointment as Associate Professor at the University of St. Gallen (Habilitation thesis: The Enterprise as Structural-Political Stakeholder)
  • 1995: Doctoral thesis at the University of St. Gallen (Dissertation: Ecology and Competitiveness in the Suisse Chemical Industry)
  • 1986 - 1991: Studies of Business Administration at the University of Cologne and the HEC School of Management, Paris (Focus on: industrial management, corporate accounting, business informatics, operations research)


  • Cicero Ranking of the 500 most important German speaking intellectuals (2019)
  • FAZ Economists Ranking of the 100 most influential German economists (2017)
  • BAUM Environmental Award (science category) (2016)
  • Award for Good Teaching at the University of Oldenburg (2002)
  • Latsis Award for postdoctoral thesis (1998)

Selected Current and Former Activities and Memberships

  • Member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
  • Member of the Club of Rome
  • Member of the German UNESCO Commission, DUK
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Witten/Herdecke University
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the State Development Bank of North Rhine-Westphalia, NRW.BANK
  • Chair of the Chamber for sustainable development of the German Protestant Church (EKD)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany)
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Association for Ecological Economic Research, VÖW
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the German Protestant Church Congress
  • Board member of the Federation of German Scientists (FGS; German acronym VDW)
  • Expert for the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development
  • Head of the Expert Commission "Science for Sustainability" of the federal state Baden-Württemberg
  • Member of the "Economics for Sustainability" Advisory Board at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Head of the Government Commission on Climate Change of the Federal State of Lower Saxony

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