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Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
I am an urban geographer (city development and energy geography as main topics) with an 20 year municipal background. I have worked as head of the energy department (City of Freiburg) and head of waste management (City of Freiburg and County Bad Duerkheim) in Germany. I was responsible for the implemenation of Freiburg´s Sustainable Energy Action Plan, coordination of stakeholder processes and especially in the integration of energy aspects in city planning (building standards, energy conception etc.) in close cooperation with the city planners. In the fields of waste management I was representing the City and the County in the regional waste management cooperation processes. Since 2014 I am working as a freelance consultant nationally and internationally in project development and management regarding sustainable city development (Evaluation of SCC1 for EU, Establishment of Energy Energies, SEAPs and Energy Management in Ukraine, Germany and China, Moderation of Participatory conferences and workshops in the fields of energy.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
Already when working for the City of Freiburg I was involved in several transnational projects (city-networks and technical development): In the Network of Energy Efficient Cities in South-East-Europe supporting 5 capital cities in developing their SEAP strategies and implementation of structures and processes ; In my function as Head of the Energy Department I was assigned as contact person for energy networks (energy-cities, climate alliance and iclei), participating in several international projects and exchange. As freelancer and in cooperatioin with the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit" I am working on project development and implementation in countries like Urkaine and China to integrate energy aspects into overall development strategies, build up Energy Agencies and energy management and prepare proposals to EU programmes (Horizon 2020). I have shared experiences as well on lecture tours to USA (Project Post Carbon Cities of Tormorrow) and Canada (Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum).
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
My proficiency to communicate fluently in English is proven by (see also CV): International project mangement with English as main communication language (oral and minutes, reports), (manuscript-free) presentations at workshops and conferences (Global Learning Forum Vancouver 2017; Urban Futures 2018) Moderation of workshops and conferences in English (e.g. 2017 Twins Conference Ruhr - Cities in Climate Change) Refreshing course at ParkhouseTraining 2016

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
Projects: Energy Agencies in Ukraine - Municipal Energy Management - Project development for SEAP in China - Energy Policy in Freiburg Especially to make clear, how different parts of a project are important and related to the overall process whiteboard drawings, Flipcharts or picture-orientated presentations are supportive. I have added a few to this application. May I add, that it is not the concrete method or the means (powerpoint, PREZI) that brings success. It is always the combination of method and personal empathetic explanation, adapted to the audience that leads to a succesful learning. This means as well flexibility to change strategy during a presentation. I have seen some really nice PREZI presentations and confused audiences afterwords. Simple but not too simple, complex but not too complicated and ambious could be a kind of golden rule.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
1. Workshop to integrate energy efficiency in city planning: Integrated City Development in municipalities in Ukraine (see photo-documents that show how participants practically developed ideas) 2. IGSI - India (see photo-document of concrete prototypes) I will provide these photos in a seperate folder via WeTransfer.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
See 3.2. and addtional attached documents from projects: 1. Energy Agencies in Ukraine - Guidebook
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
Main fields of action regarding my expertise are municipal sustainability projects, procesess and structures: Development of Sustainable Energy Action Plans, integrated Waste Management strategies, district and neighborhood energy conception, municipal building standards Involving stakeholders in sustainable processes from PPP (Public Private Partnership) to DDP (Department Department Partnership) Desgin and delivery of trainings, workshops, presentation and conference moderation Project development and management, change management related to muncipal structures and processes to include sustainable policies and projects.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
20 Years of working for municpalites: 7 years as in the field of Waste Management (County of Bad Duerkheim), last two years as Head of the Unit 14 years as Head of Waste Management and Energy Department (City of Freiburg) 4 years as consultant in municipal projects (see CV)
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Examples are: Reporting Guidelines - Establishment of an Energy Agency in Ukraine Der Smart City-Ansatz Chance und Herausforderung für Städte und Gemeinden(currently only in German) Report to establish and develop a project for Energy Management in Small Municipalities in Ukraine Capital Cities towards Sustainable Energy; mit Dubravka Bosniak und Johhannes Elle, giz - 2014. Klimaschutz und Bauleitplanung – Handlungsoptionen für die Praxis; in Chanc/ge Magazin, Nr. 3 -2013. Ecological Waste Management – A modern waste management approach; with Edith Wild; in Local Governments and Climate Change; Maryke van Staden, Francesco Musco - 2010
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
see D.2. - here some examples In the above mentioned publication my role was: Reporting Guidelines: Design and content development, organisation of input from different authors, layout supervision, final control in cooperation with giz. Smart City Ansatz: preparing workshops, literature research, texts Captial cites towards sustainable Energy: texts and project accompanying from 2009 - 2016
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Different kind of experience during position at local governments and during projects as free lance consultant.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
With 20 years of municipal experiences in different fields of sustainability and different job occupations (from citizens advisory service in waste management to Head of Waste Management and Energy Department) I have a broad background regarding technical aspects, city planning and administrational structures, especially municipal, aspects. My work as a freelance consultant allows to share and use these experiences in an internatioanl realm and to easily understand and apprehend the challenges at hand.
Theme / Policy: 
Urban Strategic Planning
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Please see above. The knowledge in Local Governance is related to differnt topics, as Waste Management, Energy Planning, Climate Protection Policies, City Planning. These experiences cannot be devided in separate sections. And to avoid mSultiple themes with similar content, I have decided to use "Local Governance" as a kind of headline under which me experiences in the other fields are - more or less - summarized!

Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies

E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
City of Freiburg: Integrating Energy in City Planning: The City of Freiburg, after the best practice "Vauban", was looking forward to mainstream the experiences from this neighborhood, after developing some neighborhoods "without" ambitous energy target. Forming a working group between different municipal departments a strategy was adapted by the city council in 2007. Role: Leading the working group in cooperation with city planning department, provide information for city councillors and prepare decision document; provision of energy calculation schemes and requirements for engineers. Freiburg Building Standards. The city - after the adjustment of the German Building Code - wanted to furhter develop the Low Energy Building Standard that the city had first introduced in 1992. Role: Steering of the project; tender a survey (by the German Passive-House Institute), workshops with stakeholders, city council and all Mayors, technical visit of experts to Frankfurt to prepare the decision of the new standard; elaborate the related documents for the city council, purchase and planning contracts, as well as trainings for architects and design of an best-practice-brochure of buildings.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
Freiburg Sustainable Energy Action Plan: Two year CO2-Emission Inventory: Supervise process and cooperation with Ifeu-Institue that delivered the study in regular two-year time frame Two year implemenation report on projects of SEAP including regular meetings with stakeholders and presentation to the City Council Energy Management in Small Municipalities Develop a building inventory, benchmarking and portfolio analyis tool to monitor the progress of energy management in the municipalities
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
Newsletters - EU and national on funding and trends Participation at Horizon 2020 and similar policies and funds Exchange with city networks, especially energy-cities and climate alliance
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
LETIT - Local New Energy Implementation - 2006 Covenant of Mayors/JRC- development of CO2-calculation - 2009 SEAP-Monitoring of City of Freiburg: calculation instrument adaptation, 2001-2014, Germany SEAP development - City of Odessa: here data collection, project description and stakeholder workshops - 2014-2016, Ukraine Citizens Participation - SEAPs in small communities: Here design and moderation of workshops, Germany - 2013-2017
Summary Expertise: 
Regarding project development and implementation in the fields of Sustainable Energy Action Plans, Energy and City Planning and Municipal Building Standards I have gained a lot of insight in political, administrational structures and stakeholder involvement. This experience is a main asset in developing local policies to start or improve structures, processes and cooperations on a local level.


Residence location:
German - Mother tongue
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