Paul Suding

Former head of Secretariat 2006 - 2008

Paul Suding is since 1989 permanent staff member of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) (ex-GTZ).

For GIZ/GTZ he held various assignments in developing countries, executing mainly programs of German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

He was responsible for German bilateral energy and environment programs in long term assignments to Burundi, China and Egypt. In between he was GTZ Director of the Sustainable Energy and Development cooperation programs with OLADE and CEPAL for Latin America and the Caribbean in Quito and Santiago, and he was the first Head of the Secretariat of the Global Renewable Energy Policy Network REN21 in Paris.

Currently he is Director of a cooperation program on climate change and energy for Latin America and the Caribbean with the Inter-American Development Bank IDB and based in Washington DC. Before GIZ he has worked since 1973 as researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne, and from 1981 to 1989 as Partner in the German consulting firm ENERWA.

Paul Suding holds a Diploma in business administration and a Ph.D. in economics, with specialization in energy and environment from the University of Cologne, Germany. He has published over 100 articles and books on energy topics.