Jan Peter Schemmel
Jan Peter Schemmel
Jan Peter Schemmel

Jan Peter Schemmel

Executive Board


  • international action on climate change
  • adaptation to the consequences of climate change
  • environmental and sustainability governance
  • the German sustainability strategy
  • sustainable technology policy
  • strategic forecasting

Relevant projects

  • Programme Office of the International Climate Initiative of Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry BMU
  •  ProNAMA – development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in the fields of social housing, energy efficiency in SMEs and road freight transport in Mexico
  • Mexican-German Climate Change Alliance
  • Climate change and management of nature conservation areas in the Sierra Madre Oriental/Mexico
  • Development of a strategy for technology-related foreign policy
  • The ci:grasp project on development of an information portal on adaptation to climate change in collaboration with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Sustainable German technology leadership
  • Development of GIZ’s climate strategy and coordination of its implementation
  • Development of the climate assessment tool to mainstream climate in BMZ’s cooperation portfolio
  • BRICS+G emerging countries dialogue on sustainable development
  • Environmental finance (payments for environmental services)
  • Assisting Germany’s Federal Development Ministry BMZ in the negotiations on the Rio+10 process
  • Assisting BMZ in the OECD Development Assistance Committee’s working group on the environment
  • OECD DAC guidance on environmental fiscal reforms
  • OECD DAC guidance on strategic environmental assessments
  • Assisting BMZ in connection with development of the German sustainability strategy

Professional experience 

  • Chief Executive Officer of the Oeko-Institut (since 2019)
  • Director of the Funding Programmes division at GIZ (2017-2019)
  • Director of the Programme Office of BMU’s International Climate Initiative (2015-2019) and head of GIZ’s Project Administration Agencies section (2015-2017)
  • Fellow and coordinator of the research team EU Societal Foresight 2030 at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (2014-2015)
  • GIZ Country Director in Mexico: responsibility for the cooperation portfolio with an emphasis on sustainable energy, climate, biodiversity conservation and urban and industrial environmental management (2010-2013))
  • Fellow and coordinator of the team researching technology-related foreign policy at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (2009-2010)
  • Leader of the ci:grasp project in collaboration with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (2009-2010)
  • Co-lead of GTZ’s Task Force on Climate Change and Senior Desk Officer on Climate (2008-2009)
  • Expert Desk Officer on Environmental Policy and Management at GTZ (2006-2008)
  • Desk Officer on Strategy in the Corporate Development Unit at GTZ (2005)
  • Environmental Policy Advisor for BMZ and Desk Officer on Sustainability Strategies at GTZ (2001-2005)


  • Studied political science at Marburg, Western Washington State University and Berlin, obtaining a master’s-level degree in political science.

Foreign languages

  • English
  • Spanish