speakers & moderators

For this year’s event, we’ve invited several high-level participants from across the EU and Germany – to coincide with the country’s presidency of the Council of the EU

Ester Asin Martinez
Director – WWF European Policy Office (EPO)

A lawyer and political scientist by education, and an experienced advocate, Ester Asin Martinez has been working for civil society organisations leading their engagement with the EU for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining WWF EPO in October 2018, Ester worked with a number of global and regional NGOs – Save the Children, CARE International, CONCORD – in leadership, and senior advocacy and funding roles focusing on development, humanitarian matters, migration and human rights. She has worked for the European Commission in West Africa, and started her career in Brussels with the European Consumers Organisation (BEUC).

Dr. Camilla Bausch
Director, Ecologic Institute

Her main fields of research are climate and energy policy.

Dr. Bausch was a long-standing part of the German Delegation to the UN climate negotiations. She has been active in the introduction and reform of the emissions trading system in Germany as well as ongoing developments of energy law. The implementation and effects of the German energy transition on neighboring European countries is an important aspect of her work as well as the ongoing development of European climate and energy policy.

Dr. Franziska Brantner
Member of the German Bundestag

Dr Franziska Brantner is a Member of the German Bundestag since 2013 for Alliance 90/The Greens. Currently, she is Parliamentary secretary and spokesperson for European Affairs. Before that, she was spokesperson for child- and family policy and Member of the European Parliament (2009-2013).

Helena Braun
Member of Cabinet, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans at European Commission

Dr. Hans Bruyninckx
Executive Director, European Environment Agency

Dr. Hans Bruyninckx became the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency on 1 June 2013. In 1996 he completed a PhD in international environmental politics at Colorado State University and since 2010 headed the HIVA Research Institute in Leuven which specialises in policy research.

Over the last 20 years, he has conducted research in more than a dozen countries, in areas including environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development.

Céline Charveriat
Executive Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

Céline has been the Executive Director of IEEP since 2016. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of sustainable development and concentrates her research work on the domestic implementation of SDGs in Europe. She is the founder of the Think2030 platform and the Think Sustainable Europe network.

Prior to joining IEEP, she worked for 10 years at Oxfam International, first as a researcher on poverty and international commodity markets, then as an advocate on trade and climate change issues. As campaigns director, she conducted Oxfam’s campaigns on inequality, climate change, gender and humanitarian crises and conflict.

R. Andreas Kraemer
Founder, Ecologic Institute

R. Andreas Kraemer is an advisor on ethical or « green » investment, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Oceano Azul Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. He teaches on EU integration and co-evolution of European environmental policy in the Berlin Progam of Duke University, NC, USA, and on corporate climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for the EADA Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

His research focuses on the role and functions of science-based policy institutes or « think tanks » in theory and the practice in different political systems, the interactions among policy domains and international relations, and global governance on environment, resources, climate and energy.

Christian Kroll
Founder and CEO, Ecosia

Christian is the founder of Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees. He launched Ecosia in 2009 after a year-long trip around the world to help people in developing countries and to do something about climate change. The Berlin-based search engine now has 70 employees and millions of users, enabling the company to plant a tree every second.

Prof. Dirk Messner
President of the German Environment Agency (UBA)

Prof. Messner is an internationally recognised expert on globalisation / global governance, transformation pathways to sustainability, decarbonisation of the global economy, sustainability and digital change, and international cooperation and societal change.

He combines his research interests with teaching activities and is currently professor of political science at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Luisa Neubauer
Climate Activist & Author

Luisa Neubauer, born in 1996 in Hamburg, Germany, is one of the co-organizers of Fridays for Future and the most prominent representative of the German movement in media. She works for various NGOs on topics such as climate protection, intergenerational justice and is acting against poverty. In 2018, she met the Swedish pupil Greta Thunberg at the UN climate conference and was one of four German delegates to the G7 youth summit in Canada. At the end of 2019, she took part in the climate conference in Madrid, together with Greta Thunberg and other activists. In early 2020 she attended the World Economic Forum in Davos. In January 2020 Luisa Neubauer and Fridays for Future protested against Siemens’ participation in the planned Australian hard coal mine Carmichael.


Dr. Hinrich Thoelken
Director for Climate and Energy Policy and Digital Transformation Federal Foreign Office, Berlin


Ambassador Hinrich Thoelken is Director for Climate and Energy Policy and Digital Transformation in the German Federal Foreign Office. He previously served as Germany’s first Digital Ambassador.

In his current position he leads the Foreign Office’s work on Climate and Energy Diplomacy, and continues to work on Digital Diplomacy.


Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer
Founding Partner, TMG

Professor Dr. Klaus Töpfer is the Founding Partner of TMG, former Executive Director of the IASS and Council Chair at Agora Energiewende. He is also the former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) based in Nairobi and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (1998-2006). He was Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from 1987 to 1994 and Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Housing and Urban Development from 1994-1998.

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