Carsten works on climate and energy policy issues at ICLEI Europe since 2009, with experience in training, energy planning, integrated management and infrastructure, resilience, risk assessment and international networking. He supports local governments in Germany as well as throughout Europe in the development, improvement and financing of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans, Smart City solutions and thermal infrastructure. To this end, he coordinates capacity building of political and technical decision-makers in all processes of urban climate and energy management. Furthermore, he develops market dialogues, public-private and/or civic partnerships and stakeholder engagement strategies and concepts together with public authorities and industry. Other activities include the monitoring of international and European energy and climate policy developments and advocacy on behalf of local governments at the Conference of the Parties (COP). Carsten is expert member on Climate Finance at the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) and part of the Advisory Board of CraveZero. Carsten holds an M.A. in International Development from the University of Vienna, Austria, but his university career also includes the University of Pavia, Italy and the Federal University of Salvador Bahia, Brazil. He speaks German, English and Portuguese.