Elena von Sperber
As part of Ecologic Institute’s Events Team, Elena von Sperber focuses on the organization and implementation of collaborative processes that address challenging environmental policy issues. She engages in the conceptualization of national and international conferences, workshops, dialogues, and study tours. Her area of particular interest is transatlantic exchange, bringing together experts and stakeholders from both sides of the Atlantic, for dialogue, debate, and exchange of best practices in the environmental field. Elena is also an active member of the management team of the Konrad von Moltke Fund, which provides international mobility grants for young researchers from around the world. She is fluent in German, English, Spanish, and Swedish.
Prior to her assignment in Berlin, Elena was based at Ecologic Institute in Washington, DC, where she dealt with transatlantic projects in a variety of areas, including ocean governance, Arctic and Antarctic issues, climate change, and sustainable tourism.
Before joining Ecologic Institute, she worked as the International Program Coordinator for the Blue Flag Programme in Copenhagen (Denmark). The Blue Flag Programme performs environmental certification for beaches and marinas worldwide. Prior to that, she worked at Natlikan Sustainability Solutions, an environmental consulting firm in Malmö (Sweden).
Elena holds a graduate degree in international cultural and business studies (Diplom-Kulturwirt) from the University of Passau (Germany) and a master's degree in International Environmental Science from Lund University (Sweden). As a student, she volunteered for conservation and environmental education initiatives in Patagonia and on the Galápagos Islands with a special interest in penguins and giant tortoises. She has also worked for organizations in Munich, Paris, Quito, Klaipeda, and Gütersloh.