Executive Board

Oeko-Institut’s Executive Board represents the institute externally, bears responsibility for its strategic development, oversees personnel management and development, and directs overall operative affairs. It has three members, all of whom direct, organise and oversee the institute’s operations on behalf of the Committee. The members of the Executive Board are:

Jan Peter Schemmel

Jan Peter Schemmel became Chief Executive Officer of the Oeko-Institut on 1 October 2019. He is a political scientist with experience of the policymaking scene in Berlin and of international project management.

He previously worked for the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), most recently as director of the Funding Programmes division and director of the Programme Office of the International Climate Initiative.

While at GIZ Schemmel advised and assisted various German federal ministries in connection with implementation of their international cooperation projects. His international experience includes time spent working abroad: for example, from 2010 until 2013 he was GIZ’s Country Director in Mexico, where he was responsible for the cooperation portfolio of the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Ministry of Development. In his work he focused on sustainable energy, biodiversity conservation, climate action, and urban and industrial environmental management. Before and after his time in Mexico Jan Peter Schemmel coordinated research groups at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung think tank, including a group dealing with foreign policy in relation to technology.

Earlier he oversaw the formation of GIZ’s climate strategy and coordinated the development of the growing climate portfolio. He started his career with the Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) in 2001 as an advisor to the Federal Ministry of Development on environmental issues. While there he was also involved in drawing up Germany’s sustainability strategy.

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Anke Herold

Anke Herold has been Executive Director since 1 April 2018. The geo-ecologist has been working at Oeko-Institut’s Berlin office since 1997. From 2009 until 2018, she was Research Coordinator for International Climate Policy. Her work focuses on European and international climate policy, in particular the design of the international climate regime. Anke Herold has been actively involved in international climate negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 1999 and acted as negotiator for the European Union. Since 2007, Anke Herold has been regularly co-chairing in climate negotiations with a focus on transparent reporting, accounting of mitigation targets and verification of greenhouse gas data and emission reductions. She was lead author for several reports of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). Since 2016, she has been a member of the ICAT Advisory Committee that strategically advises the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT), a new fund that supports reporting on greenhouse gas mitigation in developing countries. Currently she is Chair of the Management Committee of the European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change Management anda member of the Editorial Board of the journal "Carbon Management".

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Susanne Fröschl

Susanne Fröschl has been Executive Director since 1 March 2015 and works in Oeko-Institut’s Freiburg office. The majority of her professional career has centred on the field of research management. From 1995 to 1998 she worked in the General Secretariat of EUROCARE, a European network for the promotion of research and development in the preservation of cultural heritage in Europe. From 2000 to February 2015, she worked at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, where she headed the institute’s administration as Executive Director from 2001 onwards. Susanne Fröschl studied communication and political sciences at the University of Salzburg and the Bowling Green State University (Ohio). Alongside her professional activities, she completed a post-graduate MBA in Intra- and Entrepreneurship in 2008.

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