* 28.6.1952 Rüdiger Schleicher
Born in 1952, I mainly grew up in northern Italy where my father worked in a European nuclear research centre. After my degree in physics in Switzerland with one of the climate modelling pioneers, I worked as journalist and consultant on energy issues and was member of the board of the Swiss Energy Foundation.
Moving to Germany in 1985, I turned to research on regional policies in a European context, focusing on sustainable innovation and transport. For fifteen years I was founder and director of the EURES Institute for Regional Studies in Europe in Freiburg/Germany. Later, I served as Acting Secretary General of the Alpine Convention, an international treaty for the sustainable development of the Alpine area.
Back as consultant in the energy debate in 2008, I focused on renewable energies, photovoltaics and grid issues. Highlights were advising the German government in the foundation process of IRENA, and the moderation of a national dialogue on distribution grids. More recently I analysed the consequences of disruptive developments in transport technologies.
Wanting to get more directly involved in industry, 2013-2015 I coordinated a high-level European industrial initiative for establishing a Gigawatt scale production of PV cells and modules. 2015-2020 I was co-founder and co-director of a start-up specialising in silicon carbide technologies.
Today I am concentrating on the assessment of technologies and innovation strategies in the context of global challenges and on writing more generally on technology, society and nature.
Co-founder, co-CEO, PSC Technologies GmbH, Berlin-Adlershof
Coordinator, xGWp European Gigawatt Fab
Freelance Consultant, Sustainable Strategies, Berlin: energy policy, renewable energies, photovoltaics, business strategies
Secretariat of the Alpine Convention Innsbruck/ Bolzano/ Chambéry: www.alpconv.org
2004 Vice Secretary General
2005-2006 Acting Secretary General
2007 Senior Adviser
Co-founder and co-director of SQM-praxis GmbH, Freiburg/ Firenze
development of instruments for “SQM – Sustainable Quality Management”: www.sqm-praxis.net
Founder and director of EURES – Institute for regional Studies in Europe, Freiburg/ DE:
regional development, sustainable development, transport, environment, European policies,
intercultural cooperation. Projects in most European countries: www.eures.de
Research associate, Institute for Ecological Economics, IÖW, Bonn/ Berlin: research project on regional technology policies
Free lance journalist in Bern/ CH: environment, energy politics, science; member of the board of the Swiss Energy Foundation SES
University of Bern/ CH: diploma in physics with Prof. Oeschger
European School Varese/ IT: European Baccalaureate
Born in Frankfurt a.M./ DE
German, English, French, Italian, (Spanish)