Agora Energiewende – that are particularly the members of staff in Berlin.
Being experts in energy policy, the members of the Agora team bring with them experience in politics, business, civil society, and governance. They analyse the energy policy debate, and guide the scientific work of Agora Energiewende. They also prepare the topics for the discussions of the Council of the Agora.
Patrick Graichen studied economics and political science, earning a Ph.D. on the topic of municipal energy policy at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Economics, University of Heidelberg.
Assistant to the Executive Director
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Born in Münster, Anja Katthöfer studied art history, political science, and history in Kiel. After earning her M.A., she spent a year in Italy on a grant from the Guggenheim Collection.
Assistant Administration, Human Resources and Finance
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Marie Haßheider holds a diploma in Business Administration. During her studies at Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster and University of Sydney she has specialized in the field of Organization and International Management. She has been working in different commercial departments with publishing companies.
Dr. Barbara Praetorius
Deputy Executive Director and Head of Team Germany
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Before joining Agora Energiewende, Dr. Barbara Praetorius was head of the division Strategy and Key policy issues of the German Association of Local Public Utilities (VKU) from 2008 until 2014. Prior, she has been Senior Researcher and Project Lead in the division Energy, Transport, Environment at the DIW Berlin from 1992 to 2008.
Before joining Agora in 2014, Dr. Thies Clausen worked as Political Director of bne, a German trade association advocating the interests of new entrants to the energy market. He also served as bne’s expert on questions of the electricity market design.
Daniel Fürstenwerth worked from 2011 to 2012 together with power grid operators and environmental organisations in the Renewables Grid Initiative to support the integration of renewable energies in Europe.
Alexandra Langenheld worked for the European Commission from 2006 to 2012 - initially seconded from the German Federal Environment Ministry as National Expert "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency" to the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport in Brussels and from 2009 as Energy Policy Analyst at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy.
From 2013 to 2014 Philipp Litz worked as project manager in the Berlin office of Deutsche Umwelthilfe (German Environmental Aid) in the energy department.
Dr. Gerd Rosenkranz
Senior Associate Key Issues
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Gerd Rosenkranz, holder of a doctorate in material science and graduate engineer in the field of metallurgy, completed his postgraduate studies in communication science and worked as a journalist for national daily and weekly newspapers for more than 20 years.
Since 1989, Lars Waldmann, who studied sociology and economics, has worked as a freelance journalist and consultant in the field of renewable energies in Munich.
From 2010 to 2012, Markus Steigenberger led the Germany programme of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), where he still serves as a consultant. In this role, he helped develop Agora Energiewende.
From 2012 until 2013 Joanna Mackowiak Pandera PhD worked for Danish DONG Energy in Warsaw as the director of the renewable energy market development. In the year 2011 she was deputy minister of environment responsible for Polish presidency in the EU. From 2007 until 2010 Joanna led the cabinet of the environment minister.
Dimitri Pescia worked for the Department of Economic Affairs – international network of the French Treasury – at the French Embassy in Berlin from 2008 to 2013, where he monitored and analyzed German energy, environment and raw material policies. Head of section Energy and raw materials, he worked to reinforce the French-German bilateral cooperation and conducted numerous benchmark studies of the German electricity market.
From 2012 to 2013, Christian Redl was based in the Netherlands and worked for an international energy consulting firm focusing on electricity market design, power system planning and renewables integration.
Stephanie Ropenus worked as a policy advisor at the German WindEnergy Association, with a special focus on grid integration, from 2010 to 2014. Her areas of expertise comprise both political and technical aspects (network codes) of grid integration as well as the revision of energy laws (in particular, Renewable Energy Act and German Energy Act). She established and coordinated the “Grids Working Group” within her association.
Head of Communications
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Christoph Podewils gained his journalistic experience in the field and also collected several years of experience in the renewable energies industry. He holds a degree in geography and volunteered at the Westfälische Nachrichten in Münster at the end of the 1990s. Subsequently he worked as a science journalist for Deutschland Radio.
From 2007 to 2012, Nikola Bock, who holds a degree in communications and is a qualified hotel specialist, led the conference department at the publisher Lexxion. There, she was responsible for the organisation and marketing of specialist events on EU legal issues taking place all over Europe.
Mara Marthe Kleiner
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Mara Marthe Kleiner has studied Poltical Science with focus on quantitative methods and international political economy in Mannheim, Bremen and Maastricht. She wrote her Master's thesis about bilateral FDI and its determinants.
Benjamin Kees studied computer science and psychology at the Humboldt University in Berlin and at the Universidad de la Habana, Cuba. His thesis focuses on the technical, ethical and social aspects of automation of video surveillance.