Manuel Friedlein

Project Development Intern


Manuel supports the Berlin office with project development and fundraising activities. He works closely with the Head of Development and Partnerships and all other teams to develop project proposals for funding from and collaboration with regional, national and global institutions.

Before joining Climate Analytics, Manuel has been working as a consultant with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) supporting a project on climate change adaptation in transboundary flood risk management in the Western Balkans. His main activities focused on the development of a GCF proposal for Albania. Apart from that, he has been working as an intern for GIZ’s Competence Centre on Climate Change and Environmental Policy mainly supporting the substantial and organizational preparation and execution of side events during COP23 in Bonn. Manuel gained his first working experience on climate change at the UNFCCC Secretariat. He spent half a year supporting the Mitigation, Data and Analysis Programme (Transparency Team) as well as the Adaptation Programme (Loss & Damage Team).

Manuel holds a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from Maastricht University and a Double Degree Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development from United Nations University and Maastricht University. During his Masters, he specialised on Climate Risks & Vulnerability and wrote his thesis on “Risk Governance of Climate Change Adaptation: A case study of risk-based decision-making in Germany and the UK”. For this effort, he was awarded the Ortwin Renn Student Prize for Applied Risk Research by the Society for Risk Analysis Europe.