Stefan Kratz is a Senior Policy Advisor with Ecologic Institute, based out of the San Mateo office in California (USA). His areas of focus and experience include clean energy, cross-border investment in renewable energy and clean technology, environmental and biodiversity protection, and these topics in relation to China, the USA, and Europe. Stefan Kratz is a native speaker of English, fluent in Mandarin Chinese and German, and proficient in Italian and French.
Stefan Kratz first joined Ecologic Institute in 1995 as a Research Assistant for four years while completing his master's degree in Berlin (Germany). During that time, the focus of his research covered eco-labeling of genetically modified organisms as well as cross-boundary conflicts over water resources.
Stefan Kratz most recently worked for the German solar company Q-Cells SE, first as Managing Director of their China office from 2007 to 2010, then as Vice President Corporate Development and Head of Commercial System Sales in North America from 2011 to 2012. He lived and worked in China for ten years from 2000 to 2010 on issues relating to poverty alleviation, health care, biodiversity protection, fair trade, and solar and clean energy.
From August 2010 to July 2011, he attended Stanford Graduate School of Business (USA) as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow during a sabbatical year. Stefan Kratz holds a Master of Science in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a Diplom in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin, and a Bachelor of Arts with a dual major in Environmental Sciences and Policy and Comparative Area Studies from Duke University.