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 he views population growth as a contributing factor in the global crisis at hand.

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Prof. Dr. Manfred Bohnen

MEMBER OF SUPERVISORY BOARD

A former president, chairman and chief financial officer, 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 New York, chairman of the Jägermeister AG and Chief Financial Officer at TUI. Prof. Bohnen was member of more than 50 supervisory boards, management boards and advisory councils, including those of the Deutsche Bank, Gothaer and TUI.

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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 the Author of books and engages in the Arab-German-Friendship-Association.

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Dr. Dirk Hamann

MEMBER OF SUPERVISORY BOARD

Dr. Dirk Hamann is a laywer that specializes in resources and energy. He is a partner at Rimôn Falkenfort and member of the presidium at the Deutsche Gesellschaft Club of Rome.

Board of Directors
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Timo Bracht

DIRECTOR

Timo Bracht has been involved in several Organisations and Foundations. He organizes the communication with scientists, politicians and other NGOs.

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Michael Schröder

DIRECTOR

Michael Schröder designed energy projects up to 1 GW. He is an expert in Rating and Project Management.

He organizes the communication with companies and politicians.

Board of Advisors
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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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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).