About Us

→ The DESERTEC Foundation is a global civil society initiative aiming to shape a sustainable future. It was established in 2009 as a non-profit foundation that grew out of a network of scientists, politicians and economists from around the Mediterranean, who together developed the DESERTEC Concept.
What do we do?

We are working on the fast global implementation of the DESERTEC Concept, a comprehensive solution that combats global warming, ensures a reliable energy supply, and promotes development and security. The team of the DESERTEC Foundation consits of people, who believe that another world is possible. Committed to turn Vision into Reality, each team member works pro bono to support the mission.

— We raise awareness for the benefits of DESERTEC and the energy-potential of Desert Regions

— Promote the establishment of the political and economic framework conditions necessary for a global transition to renewables

— Support knowledge transfer and scientific co-operation

— Foster exchange and co-operation with the private sector

The Team of the DESERTEC Foundation
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HRH Hassan bin Talal of Jordan

FORMER CURATOR

"The supra-regional partnerships, which will be developed through DESETEC-projects, will lead to a new chapter of cooperation between people from the European Union, West Asia and North Africa.”

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Roland Berger

FORMER CURATOR

"Emerging regions urgently need clean and reliable energy as the basis for prosperity, food and drinking water production. At the same time, we can accelerate the energy revolution of the rich world with energy imports from desert regions. We have to promote this development. "

Supervisory Board
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Frithjof Finkbeiner

CHAIRMAN OF SUPERVISORY BOARD

Frithjof Finkbeiner, entrepreneur, has been campaigning for a world in balance since 1994, when he sold his company. Within the worldwide network of Rotary, he mobilizes for the right of everyone to determine the size of his or her family, because...

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Prof. Dr. Manfred Bohnen

MEMBER OF SUPERVISORY BOARD

A former president, chairman and chief financial officer of various companies of international standing, Prof. Manfred Bohnen has significant experience gained over more than 50 years. His vast experience includes important positions such as president of Euro Waste Service …

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Philipp Schoeller

MEMBER OF SUPERVISORY BOARD

Philipp Schoeller, father of 7 children, lives and works in Munich. Besides his Supervisory Board’s activities, he is also voluntarily active in the Board of the German Association CLUB OF ROME and member of an advisory board of the …

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Jonathan Walters

MEMBER OF SUPERVISORY BOARD

Jonathan Walters worked for the World Bank until September 2014. He was the Director for Regional Programs and Partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) and led the World Bank’s $6 billion MENA Concentrated Solar Power …

Board of Directors
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Timo Bracht

DIRECTOR

Timo Bracht has been active several foundations and initiatives. He both lead his own projects as well as mentoring projects.

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Michael Schröder

DIRECTOR

Michael Schröder studied technically oriented business administration (BWL t.o. Dipl.) at the University of Stuttgart from 2001 to 2005. Michael Schröder has more than 10 years of experience in project development, coordination and …

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Hubert Schwingshandl

DIRECTOR

Hubert Schwingshandl is an expert for energy economy. He started his career in 1972 and hold leading several positions. Last from 2007 to 2013 as head of the energy economic dept. by E.ON Energie in Munich. In frame of …

Board of Advisors
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Sabir Adam

ADVISOR

Sabir Adam is an investment banking professional (10+ years), having adivised on M&A and capital market transaction with an aggregate value of aorund 30 Billion British Pound.

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Sagar Aryal

ADVISOR

Sagar Aryal is a member of the Plant-for-the-Planet Supervisory Board, Co-Founder of the Climate Strike and Former Comittee Member of the UN Global Combat Local Network Nepal.

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Michael Altrichter

ADVISOR

Michael Altrichter is an engineer and business angel from Austria. The chairman of the supervisory board of "startup300" is also an investor for several entities.

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Dr. Ulrich Hueck

ADVISOR

Dr. Ulrich Hueck is an engineer with a focus on power plants. As one of the founding members of Desertec, he held many public lectures on the technology behind the Desertec Concept.

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Fatou Jeng

ADVISOR

Fatou Jeng is a youth activist from Gambia. She works as an organizer, moderator and speaker to support the National Youth Conferenc on Climate Action, The Youth Climate Action and many more. She studies environment, development and policy at the University of Suxxex.

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Passy Ogolla

ADVISOR

Passy Ogolla is an African Eco-Activist. She is a member of the Society for International Development, School of International Futures and YOUNGO. Writing about nature, renewable energies and sustainability she inspires change in behaviour and policy.

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Chiagozie Udeh

ADVISOR

Chiagozie Udeh is a Nigerian climate activist. His efforts have focused on UN Climate Action and working on aspects like the YOUNGO, Youth Constituency and the COP - Climate Negotiations.

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Jörg Hoffmann

ADVISOR

Jörg Hoffman has a PHD as a process engineer. He has more than 35 years of experience in plant construction. He is also a working psychotherapist.

He volunteers in the Ruhr-Area in the field of sociatal inclusion (Founding Member of KD 11/13 and Second Chairman of Life Culture Factories).