Climate Change, Conservation, Marine and Coastal Areas
Summary of Achievements:
Maritta von Bieberstein Koch-Weser is head of Centennial Group's Social and Environmental practice. She is widely known for her work on social and environmental policy and programs on all major regions of the world. In addition to her substantive knowledge of the issues and her demonstrated ability to find practical solutions to them, she has wide-ranging contacts with government policy makers, the NGO community as well as international financial institutions.
Dr Maritta R. von Bieberstein Koch-Weser is Founder and President of Earth3000. Earth3000, an international non-profit organization founded in 2001, is based in Berlin, Germany. Earth3000 supports innovations in governance for environment and development. Earth3000 promotes understanding, commitment, programs and innovations for salvaging the earth's basic assets for the survival of human kind - climate, biological species, water, top soil, and ocean resources. Earth3000 promotes environmental security and long term systemic improvements in local, national and global environmental governance. Convinced that the next decades are of crucial importance for all future, Earth3000 seeks forceful action to reverse present trends of loss and extinction.
Maritta Koch-Weser is also CEO of the The Global Exchange for Social Investment - GEXSI, which interconnects Social Investors and Social Entrepreneurs. GEXSI promotes private sector development investment and provides investors with quality assurance in the selection and implementation of projects, programs, and partnerships.
For almost twenty years, from 1980 to 1998, Maritta Koch-Weser worked at the World Bank where she held several senior management positions. She was engaged in the build-up of environmental and social programs and policies. In her most recent World Bank assignment she was Director for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development for the Latin America and Carribean Region.
Subsequently, Maritta Koch-Weser served for 2 years as Director General of IUCN - The World Conservation Union, the world's largest umbrella organization of environmental institutions, bringing together a membership of Governments and Government Agencies, hundreds of civil society organizations, and a world-wide network of academic and scientific commissions.
During the earlier stages of her career, Dr Koch-Weser taught Anthropology and Latin American Studies at George Washington University in Washington DC. She holds a Ph.D. from the Universities of Bonn and Cologne, and carried out extensive research in Brazil.
Presently, Maritta Koch-Weser also serves on a number of supervisory and advisory boards to associations engaged in causes relevant to the work of Earth3000, and as Director of Bieberstein Forum for Environment and Development, a small conference facility outside Dresden, Germany.
Maritta Koch-Weser Palais am Festungsgraben Am Festungsgraben 1 D-10117 Berlin-Mitte