Executive Board

Executive board

Kai Schlegelmilch (Chair)
Kai Schlegelmilch is an economist and has been trained as a banker. He is working for the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety since 1999, currently for the Federal Agency for Nature Conversation. In the meantime, he also worked at several other institutions, Federal Environment Agency, the Wuppertal Institute for Environment, Climate, Energy and the European Environment Agency. In the German Environment Ministry he was responsible i.a. for the implementation of the Environmental Tax Reform in Germany. With this experience he was later an advisor to governments in China, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam regarding similar reforms on behalf of i.a. the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). He is a founding member of GBG, served as vice-chair from 2002 until 2016 and from since then as chairman of the GBG board.

Prof. Dr. Felix Ekardt (Vice-Chair)
Prof. Ekardt is a lawyer, sociologist, philosopher of law and scholar of religion. He is the leader of the Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy in Leipzig and Berlin and since 2009 professor of public law and legal philosophy at the University of Rostock. 2013 he was candidate of the Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) for the mayoral election in Leipzig. Since 2016 he is vice-chair of the GBG board.

Markus Knigge (Vice-Chair)
Markus Knigge is a diploma engineer in urban & regional planning and holds a M.A. in international affairs and international economics. He is Senior Advisor to the Pew Charitable Trusts’ European Marine Programme. Previously, he worked as EU Marine Programme Officer for WWF’s European Policy Office in Brussels and as Senior Fellow with Ecologic Institute in Berlin. Since 2015 he is member of the board, since 2017 as vice-chair.

Dr. Tobias Ernst (Treasurer)
Tobias Ernst is a lawyer and Managing Director of Kiron Open Higher Education gGmbH. Before he worked for Teach First Germany, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Bertelsmann Foundation. Since 2013 he has been member of the board, since 2017 as treasurer.

Dr. Botho Kickhöfer
Botho Kickhöfer graduated in sociology, did a doctorate in educational psychology and is author of several teaching books. During his time as a member of the Eco Social Forum Germany he was editor-in-chief of the newsletter. He is founding member and since then spokesman of the GBG regional group Munich and board member of GBG since 2014.

Eike Meyer
Eike Meyer is Adviser with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). From 2010 – 2015 he was a staff member of GBG and its Vice Director since 2012. In 2014 he was also Interim Director of the GBG project Green Budget Europe (GBE). From its establishment as an independent organization in the end of 2014 until the beginning of 2016, he represented GBG as treasurer in the GBE Board. Since 2015, he is also  a member of the GBG board.

Advising members of the Executive Board

Helen Lückge
Helen Lückge is an economist and consultant for climate, environmental and transport policy at Climonomics since October 2010. Before she worked for INFRAS Research and Consultancy in Zurich and for Ecologic Institute in Berlin. She is a member of the GBG board since 2010.

Bettina Meyer
Bettina Meyer is an economist and works for the Ministry of Energy, Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Areas of Schleswig-Holstein. She is a member of the GBG board since 2000.

Uwe Nestle
Uwe Nestle is an environmental engineer and independent advisor on energy and climate policies. Before he launched EnKliP, he worked at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in Germany for more than ten years. Previously, he worked at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin and at the office of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology in Saarbrücken. He is a member of the GBG board since 2011.