Deputy Regional Director for Europe, ICLEI – Local Government for Sustainable Communities
Diploma in Spatial Planning (Dipl. Eng. equivalent to MSc)
Holger joined ICLEI in 1997 and is on ICLEI’s Board of Directors, leading ICLEI´s Sustainable Resources, Climate & Resilience team. He has more than 25 years of experience in local environmental and sustainability management and planning, project development and co-ordination, team supervision, and guidance and training.
Holger has developed, supervised and coordinated many international and European projects with large consortia – among them MUE25, CHAMP, Asian Cities Adapt, ecoBUDGET (Asia, Europe) EU Cities Adapt, DReAMS and Sustainable NOW.
He has been engaged with nature-based solutions and ecosystem services through various research projects and studies, including TEEB, GREENSurge, URBES, RAMSES; RESIN, SMR, DG EVN – Health and Social Benefits of Environmental and Biodiversity Protection, CoR – Multilevel-governance of our natural capital, contribution of regional and local authorities to the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
Holger is a renowned expert for sustainability management, resource efficiency, climate adaptation and nature-based solutions and has been member of several international and EU Expert Groups, including the Green Infrastructure Working Group (since 2014), ISO TC 268 ‘Sustainable Development of Communities’ (since 2012), CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Sector Forum Smart & Sustainable Cities and Communities (since 2015), EU Expert Group for the Soil Thematic Strategy (2003) and the EU Working Group on Urban Environmental Management Plans and Systems (2004), and the EU Adaptation Steering Group (2010-2013), and the EKLIPSE expert group developing an NBS Impact Assessment Framework.
Holger is author and editor of various books and publications. Before joining ICLEI, he led the Soil Contamination, Soil Protection and Land-use Management research department at the University of Dortmund, Institute for Environmental Research (1990-97).
Holger holds a Diploma of Engineering in Spatial Planning.