Daniel Klingenfeld

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Dr. Daniel Klingenfeld, MPP, M.Sc.
Head of the Directors' Staff

Tel: +49-331-288-2402

E-mail: daniel.klingenfeld@pik-potsdam.de

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Telegraphenberg A31
P.O. Box 60 12 03
D-14412 Potsdam


Dr. Daniel Klingenfeld is an expert on energy and climate policy issues. As Head of the Directors' Staff at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, he is in charge of the scientific and organizational support of the Directors and supports the dialogue with politics, business, and society at large. From 2017-2019, he served as a member of the Governing Board of the Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (Climate-KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Daniel Klingenfeld has been working at PIK since September 2009, initially as a research analyst for the director at the German Advisory Council on Global Change to the Federal Government (WBGU). In addition, he completed his doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Ottmar Edenhofer over the same time frame. His doctoral thesis was published in the series Studies on International Environmental Policy. Dr. Klingenfeld holds further degrees from the Kennedy School at Harvard University (Master in Public Policy) and ESCP Europe (M.Sc. in Management).

Daniel Klingenfeld studied business administration and intercultural management at Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. Following an exchange year at the University of Technology in Sydney, he earned a triple Master's degree from ESCP Europe, having completed study years in Paris, London, and Berlin. His thesis examined the chances for acceptance of a global cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases in the United States of America. From 2006-2008, as a McCloy Scholar, he pursued Master studies in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, specializing in energy and climate policy. Following his graduation, Daniel Klingenfeld worked in the Climate Change and Clean Energy Group at IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. Building on further experience in the energy domain, such as for example with the National Commission on Energy Policy in Washington D.C., he focuses on the challenges of global energy and climate policy design.




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