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Lena Donat, LLM

Lena Donat, LLM


Lena Donat was a Fellow at Ecologic Institute and a member of the Ecologic Legal team. She specialized in international environmental law and with a particular focus on climate change. Lena was involved in the international negotiations on climate change providing legal analysis and advice to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Lena Donat works in German, English, and Spanish and has good knowledge of French.

Lena Donat was active on a number of projects relating to climate change mitigation. She was analyzing national implementation of the EU 2020 climate and energy targets in the Member States in the project "Assessment of Climate Change Policies in the Context of the European Semester" for the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA). These analyses support the European Commission in mainstreaming climate change and energy policies in the context of the European Semester and the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy. European climate policy was also the focus of her research in two projects under the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme (FP7). For the CECILIA 2050 project, Lena Donat carried out research on the instrument mix for climate policy in the European Union (EU) through 2050. In the context of the project Mobilizing and Transferring Knowledge on post-2012 Climate Policy Implications (POLIMP), she was developing evaluation criteria for international climate policy scenarios as well as a knowledge platform which will make knowledge on the impacts of climate policy more easily accessible. 

Prior to her time at Ecologic Institute, Lena Donat worked with Adelphi Research, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris (France), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in Edinburgh (United Kingdom), and the European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium).

Lena Donat received her LLM in global environmental and climate change law with distinction from the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom). She wrote her dissertation on multilateral climate finance with a focus on access to the United Nations Adaptation Fund. She also studied international relations at the Technical University of Dresden (Germany) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.