Lena Ruthner
Lead Managing Consultant, International Development
Lena has over 10 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 program 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’s areas of interest include European climate and energy policies, the UNFCCC climate negotiations, Climate Finance, carbon markets and offsetting mechanisms, low carbon development and climate resilience in developing countries, and the international scale-up of low-carbon technologies.

Recent work has included support for the European Commission (DG CLIMA) with the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the organization on study tours to Europe under the EuropeAid project "Technical Assistance on Development of Emissions Trading Systems in China," the drafting of a study on "Innovative Financial Instruments for First-of-a-Kind Demonstration Projects in the Field of Energy" for the European Commission (DG RTD) among others. Other consultancy work focused on Climate Diplomacy, international climate finance, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and New Market Mechanisms, as well as climate impacts and human security in East Africa. These projects involved intensive stakeholder consultation and the development of strategic advice on policy development on the European and international level.

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 possibly 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 transition and developing countries (including Russia, Ukraine, China, Ghana, Ethiopia, India) and has collaborated closely with high-level officials and partner organizations in these countries.

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