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, a geo-ecologist by training, is the scientific director of the Oeko-Institut. She has been a member of Germany’s delegation to the international climate negotiations for more than 20 years, and has also served with the European Union’s delegation. She has acted as chief EU negotiator on transparency, monitoring and verification at the international climate negotiations, and was involved as such in the drafting of the Paris Agreement. She has also acted as Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change lead author and in other roles for various IPCC reports.

From 2008 to 2018 she held the post of research coordinator for international climate policy at the Oeko-Institut. Throughout that period she led numerous projects at national, European and international level covering a broad range of issues that included the design of the international climate regime and the assessment and implementation of climate policy instruments and actions in the energy, transport, agriculture, forestry and waste management sectors. Her research also focuses on reviewing and monitoring compliance with greenhouse gas mitigation targets and evaluating mitigation actions. In the course of diverse international projects she has advised partner countries, particularly in Latin America, on the implementation and definition of climate policy goals.

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André Nelius

André Nelius has been Executive Director Institute Management since 1 March 2023, working in Oeko-Institut’s Freiburg office. He has headed the Finance & Accounting Department since 2019. He has further developed the department and introduced various digital applications. With his move to the Executive Board, he continues his focus on the strategic development of the Institute and, in particular, the Institute Management. In his professional career, he previously advised public administrations and non-profit organisations on finance and controlling topics.

In his studies of Political Science and Economics in Friedrichshafen, Berlin, and Indiana (USA), André Nelius focused on public management and public finance.

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