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Shaping the future with experience

Experts are dedicating their knowledge and international experience to work with the Foundation Development and Climate Alliance on committing to a climate-friendly future. Including expertise from different areas make for a strong Alliance.

The Board

Peter Renner

Chairman of the Board of Directors

📧 peter.renner[at]

Peter Renner is a political scientist with an emphasis on international policy. For 20 years he has held leading positions in various NGOs. For nearly 30 years he has worked in the areas of technical assistance, economic cooperation and development cooperation, and gained extensive experience abroad. His duties have taken him to destinatations including Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South Caucasus and Africa. Most recently, he worked as the chair of a foundation for development cooperation with a staff of 650. He is quite familiar with the challenges of project work in the areas of development cooperation and climate policy – especially with the implementation of Nature-based Solutions. Peter Renner has served the chair of the Foundation Development and Climate Alliance since 2020. 

Dr. Olivia Henke

Board of Directors

📧 olivia.henke[at]

Dr Olivia Henke has a degree in geography and took her doctorate in international environmental policy at the Freie Universität Berlin with a thesis on the voluntary carbon market in Germany and the effects of voluntary climate protection projects on poverty. She has over 20 years of professional experience in sustainable development, with a focus on the relationship between humans and nature, including on sustainability management and on educational programmes on domestic and developmental policy. From 2011 to 2020, she was managing director of the non-profit organisation “Klima-Kollekte – Kirchlicher Kompensationsfonds”, where she set up a carbon offset fund for the Christian churches in Germany that has since been expanded. Since 2020, Dr Olivia Henke has been on the Executive Board of the Foundation Development and Climate Alliance. 

Dialogue with the Board of Directors

Persistent hot weather, flooding and storms: the consequences of climate change can be felt ever more clearly – even in Europe. Yet it is primarly the people in the countries of the Global South who are already suffering from these phenomena. In the interview below, Chairman of the Board Peter Renner and Executive Board Dr Olivia Henke explain why the subject of climate protection is of such global urgency, and how every individual can make a difference. 

The Team

Clara Aires

Head of Administration & Office

📧 clara.aires[at]

Sina Brod

Head of Research & Consulting

📧 sina.brod[at]

Vera Bünte

Head of Communication & Public Relations

📧 vera.buente[at]

Marleen Ehmke

Assistant of Events

📧 marleen.ehmke[at]

Valeska Gelfert

Advisor Communications

📧 valeska.gelfert[at]

Dimitrios Karatassios

Advisor Research & Consulting

📧 dimitrios.karatassios[at]

Krystelle Lochard

Head of Engagement & Partnerships

📧 krystelle.lochard[at]

Cornelia Stork

Assistant of CRM

📧 cornelia.stork[at]

Marion Szymaniak

Advisor Finance & Controlling

📧 marion.szymaniak[at]

The Foundation is made up of the Board, The Board of Trustees and the founding institutions, KfW and BMZ.

Photo credit: Die Hoffotografen GmbH