Simone Schiele was employed as a Fellow at Ecologic Institute. As part of the Ecologic Legal team, she worked mainly on projects involving international environmental negotiations, including negotiations on the future UN climate regime post 2012, and the enforcement and further development of international environmental law. She is a native German speaker, fluent in English and has basic understanding of French.
Before her employment at Ecologic Institute, Simone worked for six months with the forest programme of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, supported by a Carlo-Schmid-Scholarship. During her studies so far, she has worked for the Legal Affairs Programme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Environmental Law Centre, the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union and the Bayerische Landesamt für Umwelt (LfU - Bavarian Environmental Agency).
She graduated with a degree in law and economics from Augsburg University (Germany) and also holds a master's degree in business administration (international management) from the Swedish University of Kalmar. Simone wrote her dissertation on "Legal dynamics of the evolution of international environmental régimes - The case of the international climate régime" and expects to receive her PhD in 2011. Both her graduate and doctoral studies were supported by a scholarship of the Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst.