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Lena Ruthner
Lead Managing Consultant, International Development

Lena has over 15 years of experience in policy consulting and international program and project management. She has worked for various think tanks, non-governmental organizations, the European Commission, and the German Ministry of Environment. Lena has managed international high-level policy initiatives as well as technical assistance projects and programs in the fields of environment, climate change, and energy. She has been involved in academic and policy-related research activities, including desk- and field-based data collection and analysis.

Lena brings leading expertise on the international climate negotiations and the provisions of the Paris Agreement. She is currently advising the European Commission (DG CLIMA and the European External Action Service) on its climate diplomacy strategy and adaptation outreach and the EU’s engagements with partner countries post-Paris. She is directing two major technical assistance projects in China and South Korea with a focus on the countries’ energy transition and low carbon development and has also advised selected African countries on climate impacts and adaptation/finance provisions under the UNFCCC.

Lena has a strong background in European Climate and Energy Policies and has provided technical advice on the implementation of the Energy Union Governance Process in Member States, including for the integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs). 

While managing the high-level initiative “Breaking the Climate Deadlock” at the international NGO The Climate Group, Lena gained understanding on the political economy of countries' positioning in the international climate negotiations and possible entry points for constructive dialogue. At the German Ministry for the Environment, Lena was responsible for the coordination of bilateral cooperation with partner governments in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA). In this function she supervised a variety of projects focusing on capacity building in climate- related institutions (government, civil society, and businesses) in the region. Lena has worked with transitioning and developing countries (including Russia, Ukraine, China, Ghana, Ethiopia, India) and has collaborated closely with high-level officials and partner organizations in these countries.