Grantees

Konrad von Moltke Grantees past and present discuss their experiences with the Fund. Watch full discussion

Katharina Hölscher (2015)

“Konrad von Moltke’s legacy provides inspiration to those who seek to ensure equal participation opportunities, create learning environments in which people can fundamentally reflect on their beliefs, values and assumptions, and contribute to empowerment by stimulating the re-definition of roles and responsibilities in the process of achieving a just and environmentally safe future. I believe that this spirit of co-creation of societal actors as well as the integration of different kinds of knowledge will be key to solve the pressing challenges human societies face today on global, national and local scales. I deeply admire Konrad von Moltke’s achievements in creating networked civil society institutions and working towards civil society empowerment.”

Katharina Hölscher is a PhD researcher at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, since 2014. She works on various projects that revolve around transition governance (especially in cities), transformation research and transdisciplinary research methods, transition management and climate change. In her PhD research Katharina focuses on governance strategies and capacities for navigating social-ecological transitions towards resilience and sustainability in the context of climate change. Her ultimate aim is to create new knowledge and learning for a better future as well as to inform policy-making practice. Her research results will feed into a transition management methodology that brings together various stakeholders to develop climate mitigation and adaptation pathways. The grant from the Konrad von Moltke Fund allows Katharina to carry out research on the climate governance of New York City. In collaboration with The New School she conducts interviews with policymakers, practitioners and researchers in New York City to better understand how diverse actors develop, implement and coordinate climate governance strategies and initiatives by identifying opportunities, generating and communicating knowledge and collaborating in networks on climate mitigation and adaptation.

Stefanie Albrecht (2015)

“As a visionary leader, Konrad von Moltke is an inspiration for my own path in environmental policy research and practice. As it was for Konrad von Moltke, my focus is also on the role of non-governmental actors and grass-roots influencing sustainable development and environmental policy-making. My work is driven by the desire to explore the dynamics, solutions and variables of decentralised local self-organisation while linking role model actors with academia and policy makers. I hope to expand upon Dr. von Moltke’s work, and support through his fund and network will help me to continue in that direction.”

Stefanie Albrecht joined Ecologic Institute in 2014 as a Research Assistant in European Environmental Policy. She currently works on projects related to governance and sustainable resource management. Among others, her research supports participatory scenario development towards post‐carbon visions and backcasting scenarios in two German cities. Before starting at Ecologic Institute, Stefanie Albrecht worked for three years as a student assistant for Springer Science+Business Media as part of her cooperative education Bachelor in Business Economics with a focus on Digital Media. She has a research interest in ecovillages as models of sustainable living and development. For a study on socio-ecological interaction and institutions she stayed for two months at the emerging Ecovillage Madagascar. The grant from the Konrad von Moltke Fund allows Stefanie to carry out research on ecovillages as change agents of societal transformation towards sustainability. This research also provides the empirical foundation for her master's thesis.

Anna Bee Szendrenyi (2015)

“Like Konrad von Moltke, collaborative relationships have been incredibly central to my academic and professional paths. As a young researcher, it is a great honor for me to have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of a great visionary and engage in the field of sustainability transitions as a way to create enduring partnerships that will continue his legacy far, far into the future.”

Anna Bee Szendrenyi joined Ecologic Institute in 2014 as a Transatlantic Fellow. Her research focus is on water and agriculture, with a special emphasis on governance. She is particularly interested in sustainability transitions in agriculture and their role in the European context. Prior to Ecologic Institute, Anna Bee worked with Peter Gleick at the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California on similar topics. Anna Bee is looking forward to applying the Konrad von Moltke Fund towards exploring his third agenda, International Environmental Affairs and Governance. In particular, she is interested in developing a better understanding of the current and future role of governance as it relates to sustainable development and transition management.

Katherine Weingartner (2015)

“Konrad von Moltke’s legacy reflects the importance of developing the skills to connect the dots across disciplines and borders to address global problems. While the world watches as melting ice opens the North Passage to an extent never seen before and the international community is abuzz with discussions of Arctic development, the importance of bringing these skills to the multidisciplinary Arctic region cannot be overstated. It is essential that I actively participate in Arctic research beyond the bounds of my city, particularly as it relates to environmental security, to contribute to progressive actions in the Arctic. Through the Konrad von Moltke grant, I will be able to advance his legacy through the pursuit of these ambitions."

Katherine Weingartner has been part of the Ecologic Institute team since February 2014, first as a visiting Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Fellow and currently as a Transatlantic Fellow. Her research covers a breadth of topics including energy security, environmental crime, cooperation and strategy trends in the Atlantic, sustainable urban planning and Arctic issues. Katherine is thrilled to pursue her interests in Arctic issues from an environmental security standpoint as a Konrad von Moltke Fellow by engaging in scientific conferences and conducting scientific research abroad with leading experts in the field.

Keighley McFarland (2014)

"In my young career, I have focused on the same issues that moved Dr. von Moltke to drive forward such monumental change in the European and transatlantic policy world: improving European environmental policy and governance to ensure a sustainable future. I hope through support from the Konrad von Moltke Fund to expand this work to build on Dr. von Moltke’s legacy and network."

Keighley McFarland joined Ecologic Institute in 2012 as a Research Assistant in European Environmental Policy. She focuses on a variety of issues in climate, resource, and biodiversity policy. Her research includes the evaluation of the Natura 2000 Network, development of a qualitative land use footprint, and bottom-up strategies for climate adaptation. Prior to her time at Ecologic Institute, Keighley worked at Friends of the Earth Germany on climate and agriculture policy and non-profit administration. The grant from the Konrad von Moltke Fund has allowed Keighley to carry out research on social innovation for sustainable food systems at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions in Rotterdam, working closely with practitioners in sustainable food networks to better understand the growth of innovative solutions to modern food system challenges. This research also provided the empirical foundation for her master's thesis.

Brandon Goeller (2014)

“Konrad von Moltke had a unique ability to communicate the interconnectedness of environmental issues and international affairs to citizens, scientists, and decision makers. I believe that this work needs to be continued to improve the quality of our environment and the well-being of our societies. Konrad von Moltke’s legacy of fostering environmental stewardship by interlinking environmental policies and uniting and empowering a broad spectrum of actors serves as an inspiration and challenge as I embark on my scientific career.”

Brandon Goeller was a Transatlantic Fellow at Ecologic Institute from December 2012 until May 2014. His research addressed management challenges and opportunities for rehabilitating freshwater ecosystems in light of the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive and the EU Flora Fauna Habitat Directive. Before joining Ecologic Institute, Brandon investigated the hydromorphological and ecological aspects of river restoration and management with research organizations and government agencies in Germany and the United States. Brandon is grateful for the opportunity to continue addressing the ecological and socio-economic dimensions of river management as a Konrad von Moltke Fellow by participating in scientific conferences and conducting scientific research abroad.

Adam Pearson (2014)

"The work of Konrad von Moltke resonates so strongly with me because he understood how an increasingly fragmented and connected world not only creates system-wide challenges but most importantly, opportunities. He understood the value of working with people on all sides to develop strategies according to the needs of everyone. This spirit of face-to-face collaboration, I deeply believe, will guide my approach to future international environmental efforts and activities."

Adam Pearson joined Ecologic Institute in 2013 as a Transatlantic Fellow. His research interests include renewable energy, climate change policy, and interdisciplinary research dissemination. Before his time at the Institute, Adam spent time at American and German NGOs and research institutions, honing analytical, scientific, and policy approaches to develop new transport and energy strategies. Thrilled by the opportunity, Adam looks forward to applying the Konrad von Moltke funds to wrestle with these interconnected behavioral, environmental, and energy challenges at the international stage. Read more: Biography.

Andrew Eberle (2013)

"Konrad von Moltke was a trailblazer, foreseeing the implications that an ever-more connected world would have for people around the globe. He saw the potential benefits that a more connected and cooperative world could bring for everyone, and I hope to continue identifying and exploring these opportunities, as he did.”

Andrew Eberle joined Ecologic Institute in the spring of 2013 as a Transatlantic Fellow. Working primarily with Ecologic’s legal team, his research addresses climate change, transport, and trade policies and their many impacts on the environment and beyond. Previously, Andrew worked for multiple organizations in the area of renewable energy law. Andrew is excited by the opportunity the Konrad von Moltke fund has given him to further explore the environmental, economic, and social implications of climate change and the transition to a more sustainable society, in particular the many complex challenges faced by the Arctic region. Read more: Biography

Terri Kafyeke (2013)

"Konrad von Moltke’s legacy proves that a single person can create a domino effect by influencing not only people but also institutions. I wish to be part of that effect and acquire skills, contacts and experiences that will enable me to make a difference and contribute to a better, more environmentally-conscious world. I can only hope to one day follow Konrad von Moltke’s footsteps, but I am confident that I am headed in the right direction."

Terri Kafyeke joined Ecologic Institute in 2012 as a Transatlantic Intern. The internship was part of her MEnv in Environmental Assessment. After completing her degree in Canada, she returned to Ecologic Institute in 2013 as a Transatlantic Fellow. Her main research interest is the integration of environmental matters in decision-making, and more specifically environmental impact assessment. She is also involved in marine policy and green economy-related projects. The Konrad von Moltke fund will amplify Terri’s fellowship experience by enabling her to attend relevant international events, meet people from her field and share ideas with them.
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Elizabeth Dooley (2013)

“Konrad exuded concern for others and how we treat this planet we share. Sustainability in the relationship between agriculture and the environment is a global imperative as we move into a more populated, climate-uncertain future. I am honored to have the opportunity to explore these pervasive issues in the footsteps of such an amazing advocate.”

Beth Dooley’s work denotes a strong connection to her rural Iowa farming background and interest in the reciprocal relationship between food production and the natural resources on which it depends. An attorney specialized in agricultural, global environment and climate change law, Beth came to Berlin in 2013 to join the agricultural and biodiversity team at Ecologic Institute as a Transatlantic Fellow. As a 2013 Konrad von Moltke Fellow, Beth would like to build on her prior work at the University of Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research on international forestry, development and sustainable land management by continuing to explore the linkages between global agriculture, climate change, and food security. The Konrad von Moltke fund will enable Beth to travel to events on agriculture, environment and climate change in order to strengthen her knowledge and understanding of these complex topics as well as build networks and connections with others who share her research interests.  Read more: Biography

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