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Dr. Nicole Kranz


Dr. Nicole Kranz

Master of Environmental Science and Management (MEScM)

Dr. Nicole Kranz was an Associate at Ecologic Institute. Before, as a Senior Fellow with Ecologic Institute, Nicole Kranz was involved in various research and consulting projects in the environmental policy arena, mostly related to international water governance, public participation in environmental policy processes, as well as the implementation of the Water Framework Directive. A native speaker of German, she is fluent in English and has a good working knowledge of French.

Dr. Nicole Kranz currently serves as Country Coordinator for the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) in South Africa, a partnership facility managed by German Development Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit; GIZ) on behalf of the German and UK governments with the goal of establishing trilateral partnerships between the private sector, public entities and civil society to mitigate and manage key water risks in the country and the southern African region. She is also involved in regional water management issues in cooperation with GIZ's regional water management programme based in Botswana. Since 2015, she has also been co-managing the operations of GIZ South Africa's Center for the Cooperation with the Private Sector.

Prior to her work in Southern Africa, Dr. Nicole Kranz worked with the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) and the German government on global water and sanitation policies. As a policy advisor with GIZ, she was involved with the 2011 Bonn Conference on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus and was part of a team developing innovative private-public partnership concepts at GIZ's Africa Department. At that time, she also served as a research associate with the Center for Transnational Studies, Foreign and Security Policy (ATASP) at Freie Universität Berlin (Prof. T.Risse) and managed the Berlin component of a joint LSE/Sciences Po/FU project on the reform of global sustainability policies in the run-up to the Rio 2012 Earth Summit.

In appointments prior to Ecologic she was a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California and worked as sustainability consultant for BMW Group DesignworksUSA in Los Angeles. In 2006, she completed a research fellowship at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC.

Dr. Nicole Kranz holds a Diplom degree in Environmental Science (Geoökologie) from Carolo-Wilhelmina Technical University in Braunschweig (Germany) and a Master degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA). In 2010, she completed her doctoral degree in Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany).