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October 10, 2019


Executive Director, SDSN Germany

Adolf Kloke-Lesch became Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany) in 2014 and is member of the global SDSN’s Leadership Council. SDSN Germany brings together leading German knowledge institutions as well as partners from business and civil society. Working particularly on the science-policy interface SDSN Germany aims at contributing to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Germany and Europe as well as to German and European efforts for sustainable development across the globe.

Prior to his engagement with SDSN Germany Adolf Kloke-Lesch served as Managing Director at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ; 2011/2012) and Director General (Global Policies; Multilateral Development Policy; Africa, Middle East) at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ; 2007-2010). After joining BMZ in 1978 he held several senior positions in the ministry inter alia in the fields of research and technology, policy planning and strategy, budget, peace and security, and United Nations.

Adolf Kloke-Lesch is a graduate of Berlin Technical University (Urban and Regional Planning) and attended a post-graduate course at the German Development Institute in Berlin and Malaysia.

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The SDSN Germany was founded in April 2014 by leading German knowledge centres. The network pools knowledge, experience and capacities of German academic, corporate and civil society organisations in order to contribute to the sustainable development of Germany as well as across the globe.

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