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Curriculum vitae



  • Year of birth: 1961 in Gangkofen, Lower Bavaria
CV can be downloaded as pdf here:
  • Familiy status: married, 2 children
full version (49 pages)
  • Citizenship: German
short version (8 pages)
  • Languages: German, English



  • 1987
Diplomvolkswirt, University of Munich
  • 1991
B.A. Philosophy, Hochschule für Philosophie, Munich


Professional Experience

  • 1981-1987
Founding of a private enterprise; several occupations in the Public Health System
  • 1987-1994
Member of the Jesuit Order
  • 1991-1993
Chief of a Humanitarian Aid Organization (Jesuit Refugee Service) in Croatia and Bosnia
  • 1993-1994
  • 1994-2000
Research Assistant, Institute of Sociology, Technical University Darmstadt
  • 1999
Ph.D. in Economics (summa cum laude), Social Conflict and Technological Change. Evolutionary Models of Energy Use.
  • 2000-2005
Deputy of the Head of Department of Global Change and Social Systems
  • 2003-2007
Leads together with Hermann Held the Project 'Ocean Sequestration and the Transformation of the Global Energy System' funded by the Volkswagenstiftung
  • 2003-2007
Leader of the Project SPARK
  • since 2007
Head of Research Domain III - "Sustainable Solutions" at PIK
  • 2004 - 2008
Lead-Author of the IPCC, Chapter 1 and 11; the IPCC received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007
  • 2004-2006
Chief Scientist in IMCP (Innovative Modelling Comparison Exercise)
  • since 2005
Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • 2006
Guest Editor of the Special Issue of the Energy Journal: O. Edenhofer, C. Carraro, J. Koehler, M. Grubb: Endogenous Technological Change and the Economics of Atmospheric Stabilisation. The Energy Journal.
  • 2006-2009
Leader of the Mitigation Part of the ADAM Project together with Professor Eberhard Jochem
  • 2006
Organiser of the International Conference "Low Stabilisation Scenarios - Costs, Technologies and Strategies", 16/17 March in Potsdam in cooperation with FEEM
  • 2007
Member of the German Delegation in Bangkok, IPCC, WG lll
  • since 2007
Key Climate Change Advisor to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • since 2007
Deputy Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • 2007
Appointment as president of the Wuppertal Institute together with a professorship for Environmental Economics at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal; appointment turned down
  • since 2008
Professor for "Economics of Climate Change" at the Technical University Berlin, Member of Faculty VI and VII
  • 2008-2015
Co-Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • since 2012
Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)


Membership of Boards and Committees, Scientific Policy Advice

  • since 2007
Member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften Hamburg
  • since 2008
Member of the Verein für Socialpolitik, Ausschuss für Umwelt- und Ressourcenökonomie
  • since 2008
Member of the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE)
  • 2009-2017
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the ifo-Institute Munich
  • since 2009
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the EUREF-Institut Berlin
  • since 2009
Member of the Forschungsunion (Science-Industry Cooperation), Promoter Group Climate and Energy
  • since 2010
Member of the group "Climate, Energy & Environment" of the German National Academy of Science Leopoldina
  • since 2012
Member of the Advisory Committee of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (joint effort of the Global Green Growth Institute, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Environment Programme (UNEP), and World Bank)
  • 2012-2016
Member of the foundation council of Munich Re
  • since 2013
Member of the Forschungsforum, Promoter Group Economy
  • since 2013
Chair of the Euro-CASE Energy Platform
  • since 2014
Council Member for the Climate Change Advisory Council in Ireland
  • since 2015
Member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering
  • since 2015

Member of the Advisory Committee to Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative CMI

  • since 2016
  • since 2018

Member of the Volkswagen Sustainability Council

Member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

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