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Karsten Sach

Karsten Sach
Deputy Director General "European and International Policy"
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Dr. Karsten Sach, born in 1959, is Deputy Director-General for European and international Policy in the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Germany. Before he assumed that office in 2004, he led the Division "International Cooperation, Global Conventions, Climate Change” for five years. Since 1999 he is the German chief negotiator at the UNFCCC conferences of the parties.

1998/1999 he served as Deputy Head of Division "International Cooperation, Global Conventions Climate Change” in the Environmental Ministry. Before that he was the Environment Attaché of the Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Union in Brussels for four years. He entered the Environment Ministry in 1991 and worked in the Division “Protection of the Marine Environment, International Water Protection Law” for two years.

From September 2008 till August 2014 he was Chairman of the Management Board of the European Environment Agency.

He participated in the foundation of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), first as the Chair of the preparatory process, from 2009 to 2011 as Chairman of the Administrative Committee and from June 2013 to May 2014 as Chairman of the IRENA Council.

Before joining the ministry, Dr. Karsten Sach was teaching environment and economic law. He studied law in Kiel and Freiburg and has a PhD in law.

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