Ruggero Schleicher-Tappeser

* 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.



2015 – 2020

Co-founder, co-CEO, PSC Technologies GmbH, Berlin-Adlershof

2013 – 2015

Coordinator, xGWp European Gigawatt Fab

2008 – till today

Freelance Consultant, Sustainable Strategies, Berlin: energy policy, renewable energies, photovoltaics, business strategies

2004 – 2008

Secretariat of the Alpine Convention Innsbruck/ Bolzano/ Chambéry:
2004 Vice Secretary General
2005-2006 Acting Secretary General
2007 Senior Adviser

1999 – 2003

Co-founder and co-director of SQM-praxis GmbH, Freiburg/ Firenze
development of instruments for “SQM – Sustainable Quality Management”:

1989 – 2003

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:

1986 – 1988

Research associate, Institute for Ecological Economics, IÖW, Bonn/ Berlin: research project on regional technology policies

1978 – 1985

Free lance journalist in Bern/ CH: environment, energy politics, science; member of the board of the Swiss Energy Foundation SES

1970 – 1977

University of Bern/ CH: diploma in physics with Prof. Oeschger

1961 – 1970

European School Varese/ IT: European Baccalaureate


Born in Frankfurt a.M./ DE

working languages

German, English, French, Italian, (Spanish)