Björn Conrad is a non-resident fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. He is a research vice president of the Innovation and Environment research area at the Berlin-based Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Europe's largest think tank furthering policy-oriented research on contemporary China. His areas of expertise include China’s environmental policy, climate change and energy, environmental technologies, and technology innovation.
Before joining MERICS, Björn worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (Investment Center, East Asia and Pacific Region) as a Climate Change and Environment Officer, designing and managing environmental projects in China and its neighboring countries. Prior to that, he worked for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) at the World Bank in Washington DC, where he primarily focused on the GEF's efforts on climate change adaptation and mitigation.
From 2008-2011 Björn was a research associate with GPPi in Berlin, where he built up the institute's focus area Rising Powers and Global Governance. His work experience includes teaching fellowships at Harvard University and the University of Trier and also internships with the German Foreign Office in Berlin and the UN Secretariat in New York. He was also a visiting associate with the Boston Consulting Group’s Munich office. His commentaries have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, European Voice, Handelsblatt, ZEIT online, and EU Observer.
Björn received a master's in political science, economics and chinese studies from the University of Trier and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he studied from 2005 to 2007 as a Fulbright scholar. He spent the academic year 2002-2003 at the department of Chinese language and culture studies at Peking University and has regularly lived and worked in China since then. He has held scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), the Fulbright Commission, the Asia Europe Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Languages: German, English, Chinese, French
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