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Frauke Thies

Executive Director

Since July 2022, Frauke Thies heads Agora Think Tanks (Agora Energiewende, Agora Industry and Agora Agriculture) as Executive Director and in a dual leadership with Markus Steigenberger.  

Thies was previously responsible for the climate portfolio of the Open Society Foundations in Europe. Prior to that, she worked in European associations for eight years, including as Executive Director of the European business association for digital and decentralised energy solutions, smartEn, from 2015 to 2020, and as Policy Director at SolarPower Europe from 2012 to 2015. Thies started her career at the environmental organisation Greenpeace, where she held various positions in EU energy policy from 2005 to 2012, with secondments to the USA and India. Thies holds a Master of Environmental Sciences from the University of Lüneburg and a Master of Business Administration from Vlerick Business School in Belgium. 

Thies also serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Climate Economics I4CE, the Advisory Council of Aurora Energy Research, the Strategic Advisory Council of EnergyVille, and the Advisory Board of the European University Institute Carbon Markets Hub.