Dr Imme Scholz

Deputy Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Dr Imme Scholz, a university-trained sociologist, is Deputy Director of the German Development Institute (DIE) in Bonn. She has spent the past twenty years or more working on various issues at the environment-and-development interface, inter alia, on land and forest use in the Amazon Region, sustainable consumption, adaptation to climate change and the role of development policy in the promotion of environmental cooperation.

Imme Scholz has been a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development since 2013 and a member of the Evangelical Church’s (EKD) Advisory Commission on Sustainable Development since 1996.

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2009
deputy director of the German Development Institute (DIE)

2005 – 2009
head of department IV ‘Environmental policy and natural resource management’ at DIE

2002 – 2005
head of department III ‘Global environmental policy; transformation and stabilization’ at DIE

1999 – 2002
seconded to German development cooperation (GTZ) in the Brazilian Amazon

1999
obtained doctoral degree at the Free University of Berlin, department of sociology

1997 – 1998
on leave for doing field research in Brazil for her PhD, again awarded a scholarship by the Evangelisches Studienwerk in Villigst

Since 1992
researcher at DIE

1990 – 1992
assistant to the economic attaché, Embassy of Chile in Bonn

1985 – 1990
studied sociology, politics and Protestant Theology at the Free University of Berlin, qualifying as a Diplomsoziologin (Master’s in Sociology); was awarded a scholarship by the Evangelisches Studienwerk based in Villigst

17th April 1964
born in Bremen, Germany

Honorary commitment

Since 2013
member of the German Council for Sustainable Development

Since 2012
member of the Supervisory Board of Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung and Deputy Chair of the Protestant Development Service and Humanitarian Aid Committee

Since 2011
member of the Board of Trustees of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Since 2011
council member of the Stiftung für Umwelt und Entwicklung NRW

Since 2010
member of the selection committee of the climate protection scholarship programme of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Since 2002
member of the North-South Advisory Council of the Heinrich Böll Foundation

Since 1996
member of the Advisory Commission on Sustainable Development to the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), between 2004 and 2010 deputy chairwoman