After having worked as Deputy Director of Agora Energiewende from 2012 until 2013, Dr Patrick Graichen became Director of Agora Energiewende since January 2014. Agora Energiewende is a think-tank developing scientifically based and politically feasible approaches to ensure the success of the energy transition. From 2001 to 2012, he worked at the Federal Ministry for Environment. There, he began his work in the area of international climate policy.
From 2004 to 2006, he served as Personal Assistant to the Secretary of State in the Ministry. In 2007, he became Head of the Unit for Energy and Climate Change Policy. During this time, he was in charge of negotiating the design of the economic instruments of the Kyoto Protocol, the Integrated Energy and Climate Programme of the Federal Government (2007), the EU’s Climate and Energy Package (2008), as well as the legislative procedures in the area of the energy law. Then, the Ministry granted Dr Graichen leave for his work at Agora Energiewende since 2012.
He studied Economics and Political Science and did his Ph.D. on municipal energy policy at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Economics at the University of Heidelberg.