We will present the list of speakers with a short bio in alphabetical order to give you an overview about their individual field of professional expertise.

Please, note that this section will be updated regularly!

Last update: 07.05.2017

Gotelind Alber

is an independent researcher and advisor on sustainable energy and climate change policy with a special focus on gender issues, climate justice and multi-level governance. She is co-founder and board member of the global network GenderCC-Women for Climate Justice, and has served several years as focal point of the Women and Gender UNFCCC observer constituency.

She holds an advanced university degree in physics and has 30 years of working experience in research, policy and management, among others as managing director of the Climate Alliance of European Cities. Her current work focuses on the integration of gender dimensions into urban climate policy.

Thomas Bruhn

is a physicist working trans disciplinarily at the IASS since 2012 who is interested in the relation between humankind and the earth system in the light of the Anthropocene. He is co-leading the project AMA (A Mindset for the Anthropocene) on how the cultivation of qualities like mindfulness and compassion can contribute to sustainability and also investigates co-creative processes in the context of political decision making. Before joining the IASS he did research on semiconductor nanostructures in Berlin, Rome and Marseille. He is also a trained facilitator and is a member to the thinktank30 of the Club of Rome and member of the BOD of the Global Contract Foundation.

Tim Butler

obtained his PhD in 2003 at the University of Melbourne, Australia on the topic of the global atmospheric methane budget. After several years of postdoctoral research experience at the Max Plank Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, he joined IASS Potsdam to lead a research group with a focus on air pollution modelling. He is also a guest professor at the FU Berlin.

Armin Haas

is a senior researcher in the Systemic Risk project of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam (IASS), and leads the IASS activities within the EU Horizon 2020 projects Dolfins and Green-Win. Moreover, he leads the research line Integrated Risk Governance of the Global Climate Forum (GCF). At IASS his main research foci concern the economic, ecological and social sustainability of the financial system, and innovative contributions to the management and governance of systemic risks. At GCF, his research focuses on innovative approaches for the management of large-scale complex uncertainties. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Before joining IASS, he worked as senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and headed the research group Bayesian Risk Management.

Dr. Jasmin Honold

is a scientific employee at the German Institute of Urban Affairs (difu) in Berlin since 2016, where she focuses on sustainable urban development with an integrated perspective and municipal data/statistics. She achieved her doctoral degree in the graduate research program „Perspectives on Urban Ecology III“ funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Further academic experiences include research positions at the chair of health sociology/Universität Potsdam and plant ecology/TU
Berlin, as well as lectureships at Hochschule Bochum and Leuphana Universität Lüneburg. J. Honold studied Psychology at Goethe Universität Frankfurt/Main and Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Kathrin Keil

is Scientific Project Leader at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, where she leads the Arctic research project GloCAST (Global Change and Arctic Sustainable Transformations). GloCAST uses the Arctic as a prominent case to illustrate interrelations between global and regional change processes and between stakeholders from within and outside the Arctic. Kathrin received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Freie Universitaet Berlin. She is Senior Fellow of The Arctic Institute – Center for Circumpolar Security Studies and part of the German observer delegation to the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council.

R. Andreas Kraemer

Founder of Ecologic Institute, is currently Senior Fellow at Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS Potsdam) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Canada, non-executive Director of the Fundação Oceano Azul, Portugal, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of German Studies at Duke University.

In 2015, he was Visiting Scholar at the MIT. His research focuses on the theory and practice of think tanks and how they function in different political systems, the interactions among policy domains and international relations, and global governance on environment, resources, climate and energy.

Petra Kuenkel

is an accomplished author and a leading strategic advisor to pioneering international multi-stakeholder initiatives that tackle common goods and sustainability issues. As a Member of the Club of Rome and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Collective Leadership Institute, she promotes the scaling-up of global transformation and system’s theory awareness as well as leadership and collaboration skills for people from the private sector, public sector and civil society. She is a thought leader on re-inventing leadership as a collective competence and her practical work is grounded in living systems and complexity science. She has a profound background in conceptualizing leadership development in multinational corporations and in dialogic change as an approach to transformation in complex social systems. Furthermore, she wrote several publications, for example the ground-breaking book “The Art of Leading Collectively”, published in the US by Chelsea Green Publishing.

Petra Kuenkel created the Collective Leadership Compass – a systemic meta-level guiding tool for navigating complex change in a collaborative way to enhance the 2030 Agenda for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It focuses on invigorating co-creative human interaction patterns as core drivers of transition processes and empowers leaders and change agents to navigate collaboration and multi-stakeholder initiatives successfully into a sustainable future.

The overarching topic of the Potsdam Summer School 2017 is “Human Environments in a Changing World” – let’s move from our common visions to implementation and realize Sustainability together.

Diana Mangalagiu

is Professor at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and Sciences Po Paris. She has a dual background, in both natural sciences (Ph.D. Artificial Intelligence, Ecole Polytechnique, MSc Physics) and social sciences (MSc Sociology, MSc Management).

Diana has two decades of research, teaching and advising experience in sustainability and articulation of environmental and economic policies in corporate and public policy settings addressed through modelling, stakeholder-based inquiry and foresight approaches and authored numerous scientific articles and books. She co-founded the Initiative for Science, Society and Policy Dialogue, is a scientific board member of the Global Climate Forum, Integrated Risk Governance Project and Co-Chair of the Global Environmental Outlook, UNEP.

Joerg Mayer-Ries

Between 1979 and 1982 Joerg Mayer-Ries studied Business Economics, Political Economy, Political Science and Sociology at Augsburg University and from 1982 to 1984 Business Economics and Political Economy in Oldenburg. He finished his studies with diploma in Political Economy. Later on during his professional career he finished his PhD. in Political Economy at the FU Berlin, focusing on emerging transnational regimes for climate and rainforest policy.

Concerning professional experience, Mayer-Ries worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Institute for Political Economy (University of Oldenburg) from 1984 until 1989. Between 1990 and 1998 he was Director of Studies for Economic, Environmental, Regional and North-South-Policy at the Lutheran Academy at Loccum and Berlin. Subsequently, he worked until 2007 as Senior Consultant for Sustainability Policy, Innovation and Research Policy at IFOK, Institute for Organisational Communication, Berlin, a private business consulting.

Since 2007 Joerg Mayer-Ries is Head of Division for General Aspects of Environmental and Sustainability Policy in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. On behalf of the Federal Ministry he will work during 2017 as Guest Senior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) at Potsdam (Germany) and Guest Senior Scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Norio Okada

studied infrastructure planning, water resources management and systems methodology at Kyoto University, and received. B. Eng, M. Eng and Dr.Eng all from Kyoto University in 1970, 1972 and 1977. He worked at IIASA as research scholar from 1978 to 1980.

He is currently a Fellow at IASS. From the first of April 2016, he is Advisor to the Institute of Disaster Area Revitalization, Regrowth and Governance (IDiARRG), Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. On March 31, 2016 he retired as Director of the above institute and Professor of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. He is Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University and also visiting professor of Kumamoto University, Japan. From 1993 to 2012 he was Professor of Kyoto University and between 2009 and 2011 he was Director of Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University. From 1977 to 1992 he was associate professor and professor at Tottori University, Japan.

He was visiting professor at several universities such as Disaster and Development Centre, Northumbria University, New Castle upon Tyne, UK, University of Waterloo, Ont., Canada, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria, and Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China His major research interests are twofold: 1) Methodological development and application 2) field-based research for planning and management of physical and human systems, particularly related to natural disasters, the environment, water resources and infrastructure systems. His methodological foci include i) risk management and governance, ii) conflict management and game theoretic approaches, and iii) adaptive management of complex systems under high uncertainty as well as iv) stakeholder-involved participatory approach.

Since 2001, he has been leading an extensive international research initiative to establish a new cross-disciplinary research area called Integrated Disaster Risk Management, by organizing a series of international conferences and workshops in collaboration with IIASA, Austria. This research initiative has resulted in the formation of the new academic society called “The International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM Society) of which he has become elected as the first President and re-elected and was in office until April, 2017.

Rainer Quitzow

joined IASS in December 2014. His research focuses on sustainable innovation and industrial policy and governance of the energy transition in Germany and beyond. In particular, he has focused on the internationalization of emerging renewable energy industries and the changing role of emerging economies in this context. He regularly engages in policy-oriented advisory work for both German and international clients. Before his career as a researcher, Rainer Quitzow worked in the field of international development with a focus on governance, environmental and trade policy. At the World Bank in Washington, DC he conducted governance and policy impact analysis for the preparation of development programs in Latin America and Africa.

Pia-Johanna Schweizer

Pia-Johanna Schweizer leads the interdisciplinary research project Systemic Risks at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam in Germany. Pia holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stuttgart University. From 2011 until 2016, Pia coordinated the research unit “Planning & Governance” within the Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS
and directed the project “Potentials and Limits of Discursive Approaches” at the Stuttgart Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS) at the University of Stuttgart. She has been a visiting scholar at Michigan State University from 2013 to 2014. From 2015 until 2016 she has been Fellow of the Asian Energy Studies Center of Hong Kong Baptist University. Pia received the Chauncey Starr Distinguished Young Risk Analyst Award from Society for Risk Analysis in 2015.

Ariane Steinsmeier

Ariane has joined Rare in May 2015 as the Senior Director for Europe with the focus on advancing existing and building new partnerships in Europe to strengthen community-led solutions within conservation and climate change. Given Rare’s focus on empowering local communities to better protect and manage their natural resources, Ariane is also building a European network of partners from academia and practice to strengthen behaviour change approaches within conservation. Between 2011 and 2015, Ariane has been the lead of TNC’s global efforts around with the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) streamlining TNC’s work in the UN conventions with the common goal to strengthen the role of natural solutions to climate change. As an environmental sociologist by training, Ariane has worked at the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation in Bonn in the Department of Society and Sustainability (2002 until 2003) and as a senior policy advisor for biodiversity at the German Bundestag (2005 until 2009).

Patrick Toussaint

works as a research associate in the IASS project Implementation of the Paris Agreement (IPA). He is currently pursuing a PhD on equity and justice in international climate governance. He further holds a Master of Laws in international environmental law and policy from University College London and a Master of Science in environmental technology and international affairs from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and TU Vienna.