SDSN Europe provides support for a green, digital, job-based and inclusive recovery in Europe

With ten national and regional networks of universities and knowledge institutions in the EU, SDSN Europe supports and advocates for the alignment of the European recovery with the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement.

How do Nordic and European organisations support Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) implementation at the local level? Which initiatives are relevant for different Nordic countries? This report considers localisation efforts and serves as a guide, with the references providing information and background on selected Nordic and European SDG localisation efforts, reflecting important objectives, priorities, and key activities of the different institutions, organisations, and programmes.
As humanity’s current production and consumption patterns exceed planetary boundaries, many opinion leaders have stressed the need to adopt green economic stimulus policies in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, in line with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. This paper, produced by the team at SDSN Cyprus, provides an integrated framework to design an economic recovery strategy aligned with sustainability objectives through a multi-criterion, multi-stakeholder lens.
Already before the pandemic, the EU was facing difficulties in implementing the 2030 Agenda. Recovery measures to address the pandemic’s short- and medium-term socio-economic consequences will determine whether the EU moves towards a sustainable development model by 2030 or locks in unsustainable pathways instead.
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Adolf Kloke-Lesh
Co-chair of SDSN Europe
Phoebe Koundouri
Co-Chair of SDSN Europe
Co-Chair of SDSN Greece
Angelo Riccaboni
Co-Chair of SDSN Europe
Chair of SDSN Mediterranean
María Cortés Puch
Vice-President of SDSN
Networks Programme
Simone Cresti
Manager SDSN Mediterranean
Elena Crete
Manager Senior Working Group on the European Green Deal
Barbara di Paola
SDSN Europe Communication Specialist
Andrija Erac
SDSN Networks Manager
Maria Lentoudi
SDSN Europe Communications Manager
Dominic Kranholdt
SDSN Europe Manager
Theodoros Zachariadis
SDSN Europe Manager
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Adolf Kloke-Lesch became Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany) in 2014. He is a member of the global SDSN’s Leadership Council and Co-Chair of SDSN Europe.

Prior to his engagement with SDSN Germany he served as Managing Director at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ; 2011/2012) and Director General (Global Policies; Multilateral Development Policy; Africa, Middle East) at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ; 2007-2010). After joining BMZ in 1978 he held several senior positions in the ministry inter alia in the fields of research and technology, policy planning and strategy, budget, peace and security, and United Nations.

Adolf Kloke-Lesch is a graduate of Berlin Technical University (Urban and Regional Planning) and attended a post-graduate course at the German Development Institute in Berlin and Malaysia.

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Prof. Phoebe Koundouri is a world-renowned environmental economics professor and global leader in sustainable development. She is widely recognized as a pioneer in innovative, human-centric, interdisciplinary systems for the sustainable interaction between nature, society, and the economy. Prof. Koundouri is listed in the most-cited women economists in the world, with 15 published books and more than 300 published peer reviewed scientific papers.

Prof. Koundouri is University Professor (the university’s highest academic rank) at the School of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business, an elected fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science and the President-elect of the European Association of Environmental and Natural Resource Economists for the period 2019-2025 (EAERE) with more than 1200 scientific member institutions, from more than 75 different countries).

Angelo Riccaboni is Chairman of PRIMA Foundation, created by 29 Countries and the EC to fund agrifood innovation, located in Barcelona. He also chairs the Santa Chiara Lab, an innovation center at the University of Siena. Former Rector of the University of Siena from (2010-2016), he is a member of the Leadership Council of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Chair of the Regional Centre of the SDSN for the Mediterranean, Co-Chair of the SDSN Europe. A full Professor in Business Administration at the University of Siena, his main research interests relate to businesses’ governance and management systems for sustainability and to innovation in agrifood systems. He was Chair of the Association of Italian Rectors Foundation. He is also a Member of the EC sub-group on Mission Area Soil Health and Food of the ‘shadow’ strategic configuration of the Horizon Europe Programme Committee.

María Cortés Puch is the Vice President of Networks of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which operates under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to support the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. She leads the SDSN efforts to build a global network of universities, research centers and civil society organizations that pursue sustainable development innovation locally through research, public education, executive training, demonstration projects, convening of social stakeholders and incubation of solutions. Prior to joining the SDSN, María worked for UNESCO at the Science Policy and Sustainable Development Division for two years. Previously, she coordinated the European energy and transport programs at the Polytechnic University in Madrid, and worked for two years as a Scientific Officer at the Spanish Office for Science and Technology in Brussels, analyzing EU policies for international cooperation, transport and energy. She began her professional career with the National Institute of Aerospace Technology in Madrid as a Technology Transfer Officer. Maria holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University (Fulbright scholar) and BSc. and MSc. degrees in Physics from the Complutense University in Madrid (with one year at Paris VII as an Erasmus scholar). She currently lives in Madrid with her family.

Simone Cresti is a staff member of the Santa Chiara Lab of the University of Siena. With a background in political sciences and sustainable management systems he is involved in research and education projects in the fields of sustainability.
He contributed to the development of the Massive Open Online Course “Sustainable Food Systems: a Mediterranean Perspective” offered through the ASD Academy-EdX platform and to the organization of the Siena Advanced School on Sustainable Development.
He is engaged in the research project “Fixing the Business of Food” developed by the Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition, The Center of Sustainable Investments of Columbia University and SDSN.
He is part of the teaching Staff of the Jean Monnet Module “Delivering Eu Studies on Agenda 2030” and serves as Network Manager of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the Mediterraenan region.

Elena Crete is a Manager for the SDSN, where she focuses on special initiatives for the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) and other climate and energy projects for SDSN. Elena serves as the central SDSN lead for the annual Low-Emissions Solutions Conference (LESC), launched at COP22 in Morocco. Part of Elena’s core portfolio is to help bring low-emission solutions to decision makers across networks and sectors to help implement the Paris Agreement. Elena also serves as the Secretariat point person for the Andean Network, Hong Kong Network, Japan Network, Indonesian Network, South Korea Network, and the Southeast Asia Network. Previously, Elena worked as the Operations Manager for SDSN leading the finance and administrative work for the SDSN New York Office. Prior to that she worked in a similar operations capacity for the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development (CGSD) at Columbia University. Other experience included two years as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Connect To Learn, a secondary education initiative created in partnership with the Earth Institute, Ericsson and Millennium Promise. During that time, Elena ran a scholarship program for 732 high schools girls across 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa within the Millennium Villages Project, working closely with colleagues from Ericsson to install computers and broadband connectivity in the rural schools where the scholarships students were enrolled. Prior to these professional experiences, Elena completed a Masters of Arts in Climatology and a Masters of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, and earned an Earth Science Bachelors Degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Barbara is in charge of the communication of the Italian Secretariat of PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area), the most ambitious innovation and scientific diplomacy programme ever launched in the Mediterranean by the European Union and by 19 countries on both shores. She supports the diffusion and promotion of the PRIMA programme in Italy and innovative solutions on thematic areas such as the sustainable management of water resources, sustainable agriculture and agrifood value chains.

She is based in Siena where she supports the communication of Santa Chiara Lab – University of Siena. She works, in particular, to the dissemination of projects, best practices and activities for the development of more innovative and sustainable agrifood systems.

She is passionate for environment and sustainability, new challenges and emerging trends in particular in the agrifood sector and its central role for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.  She is also interested in how the companies and the organizations communicate and promote sustainability with a cross channel approach.

She graduated in Communication Sciences at the University of Siena and she took a postgraduate in Media Science and Technology at the University of Pavia.

Andrija is a Manager within the National and Regional Networks Program of the SDSN. He coordinates SDSN Europe, an initiative that seeks to mobilize and coordinate the knowledge and science across networks for a sustainable and resilient European Recovery. He also oversees the work of national and regional SDSNs in Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Western Balkans and Bangladesh. He supports the work of SDSN thematic network on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and contributes to the work of the Lancet Pathfinder Commission. Previously, Andrija worked as a Deputy Manager at the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce), managing high-value commercial and investment negotiations and disputes. In this role, Andrija worked with a variety of sectors (construction, energy, transports etc.) and actors (multinational companies, state owned enterprises, state entities, IGOs) in over 30 countries. He facilitated and helped unblock 80+ cross-border financial, legal & technical projects. Andrija also worked with the OECD on anti-corruption and business integrity in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Maria Lentoudi is the Communications Manager of the Cluster on Sustainability Transition,  UN SDSN GreeceEIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece and ReSEES Research Laboratory and Communications Manager of SDSN Europe.Previously, she worked for two and a half years as a communications specialist at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and she has also worked as a digital marketing coordinator & communications specialist in the private sector. She is a Ph.D. candidate in marketing in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. She received her M.Sc. in Services Management at Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), and her BSc in Sociology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences.

Dominic Kranholdt is a researcher at the German Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), where he is mainly responsible for Germany’s National Sustainability Strategy, the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to working at SDSN Germany, Dominic Kranholdt worked at the Goethe-Institute in Madrid, the Representation of the Free State of Thuringia to the European Union in Brussels, the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York City and the GIZ in Berlin. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from the University of Passau and a Master’s degree (with distinction) in International Political Economy from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. He specalized in EU Trade and Investment Policy for Sustainable Development.

Theodoros Zachariadis is a tenured Associate Professor at the Energy, Environment and Water Research Centre of the Cyprus Institute. In 2009-2020 he served as an Assistant and then Associate Professor of environmental policy and energy resource management at the Cyprus University of Technology. In 2015-2020 he was the Dean of the University’s Faculty of Geotechnical Sciences and Environmental Management. He holds a Diploma and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His postdoctoral work focused on the economic analysis of energy and environmental issues. He has worked as a researcher at the National Technical University of Athens and as a European Marie Curie Fellow at the Economics Research Centre of the University of Cyprus. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, a Visiting Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark, a Manager at SDSN Europe, and an associate editor of the international Journal “Energy Economics”. He is also a member of the Leadership Council of SDSN Cyprus and served as a Board member of Green Budget Europe, a Brussels-based expert platform promoting environmental fiscal reforms. He is the recipient of the 2009 Research Prize of the Republic of Cyprus and the 2019 Environmental Prize awarded by the President of the Republic of Cyprus. His research interests are on the techno-economic analysis of energy, environmental and transport policies, with a special interest in environmental taxation.