Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
Born in 1958 in Vienna, Austria
Degree in Meteorology, University of Vienna (1983)
1985 – 1993: Work in the field of air quality and climate change at the Austrian Federal Environmental Agency
Since 1993 Head of Division for Climate and Air Quality in the former Austrian Federal Ministry for the Environment, Youth and Family Affairs, since 2000 the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.
Main responsibilities: National, EU and international air quality and climate change policy in Austria (work on legal as well as technical issues), i.a. leading the Austrian Delegation during the meetings of the bodies of the UNFCCC since Kyoto, attendance of all 22 COPs so far. COP Vice-President in 2017.
Already in the second half of 1998 chair of the EU climate change Council Working Group during the Austrian EU Presidency, speaker for the Union in the negotiations at the 4th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC.
Again chair of the EU Council Working Group in the first half of 2006.
Also responsible for the introduction of the EU Emissions Trading System in Austria.