The UNFCCC secretariat is developing a user-friendly platform to facilitate meetings and engagement that Negotiation Parties may wish to convene and/or participate in. This Platform has supported thousands of participants with planning their schedules, watching live sessions and networking at SBs and COP26.
Managed senior level stakeholder expectations, including UN agency leaders, vendor executives, and government officials.
Served as an effective spokesperson for the project and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels within the organizations and beyond.
Led multi-disciplinary and cross-functional teams in project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment.
Ensured alignment across delivery teams who may represent resources from multiple internal (UNFCCC, client teams) and external sources (vendors, consultancies, product teams).
Directed review of relevant documents and reports; identify and initiate follow-up actions
Identified priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions
Drove prioritization and feasibility discussions, including recording decisions requiring trade-offs
Managed scope and decision process around any changes to expected project outcomes, delivery commitments, and/or schedule
Ensured end-to-end solution delivery perspective taking into consideration technical components, as well as tangential and relevant processes, training, and communications
Developed a framework and rigor for governance, decision making, dependency and risk management
Provided a path toward issue identification and remediation with early escalation and impact analysis
Identified resources necessary for delivery, including required subject matter experts for guidance when needed
Led development of and continuous management of project roadmaps, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) related to project delivery. Exercised due financial diligence of overall project budget, actuals, and forecast and develop a contingency plan
Ensured a good cooperation spirit between the different teams and the well-being of the staff assigned to the project.
Leveraged existing ICT technologies and tools to the extent possible.
The sustainable meeting hub is expected to lead to increased participation by developing Nations into the UN process and in less travel needed to achieve this increased participation. It will be further used by small delegations to increase their involvement rates in meetings during large conferences such as the Conference of Parties (COP). The solution allows to broadcast meetings so that the event can be viewed by an audience which is larger than the normal maximum number of participants.
This project is financed by the Government of Germany and is developed with a service provider in Spain. The project was already running for five months. The initial analysis of the project discovered that many stakeholders of the project were unattended, that major documents were missing, that a quality strategy was not existing, the envisaged technology was potentially not suitable for the project purpose, the financials of the project were unclear and a design for the subsequent service did not exist. Based on the shortcomings of the current state the following actions were planned and executed:
Establishment of a communication strategy
Liaising with external project sponsors, e.g. Government of Germany
Buy-in of internal stakeholders like the upper management and the department which will run the service
Management of vendors and licenses
Creation and approval of needed documents like the project initiation document (PID) and a project plan
Creation and communication of regular documents, e.g. project highlight reports
Initiation and execution of needed meetings and reviews for instance project board meetings and stage gate reviews
Creation of a project plan with synchronization of deliverables with the vendor and the ability for internal resources to book their time
Initiation of several workshops to discuss the design of the subsequent service with colleagues from other departments
Liaising with external project sponsors, e.g. Government of Germany
The project is now in a healthy state and it is ongoing.
The Data Center Consolidation Project (DCCP) project aimed to achieve optimization of the current infrastructure through consolidation in a cloud environment by:
Harmonization of the hosting across multiple applications
Simplification of administration and overhead processes thereby reducing costs
Provision of a scalable environment
Reduction of operational risks
Increased quality and availability
Increased Disaster Recovery (DR) capability
Reduction of hardware replacement costs
Reduced carbon footprint of server infrastructure
The UNFCCC ran three different data-center with locations in Bonn, London and across Switzerland. Around 200 applications where hosted widespread over three different development stacks and platforms. Most of these applications are mission critical and support stakeholders of the UNFCCC around the world in all time zones. Beside the technical risk, the risk of unknown quality of applications and the number of stakeholders were key in the project. Both items were addressed due out the project and resulted in a smooth and successful migration with no quality issues or unplanned interruption of services.
Created a software waste management software system allowing clients to implement the legal requirements of the waste acts into their businesses that could also be tailored to suit their individual requirements and needs. Devised a software application based on the European Seveso II Directive to assist businesses with its implementation, management and interpretation of the rules
Built successful strategic partnerships through proactively identifying potential markets, projects and clients; cultivated and maintained effective and strong relationships with regulatory authorities and business partners
1994 - 1996
Environmental Engineer, European Academy Cologne
1989 - 1993
Business Administration & Engineering (Diplom-Ingenieur), University of Applied Science Cologne
Certified SAFe® 4 Agilist
ITIL® 4 Foundation
A highly self-motivated, resourceful and enthusiastic IT specialist with a well-defined understanding of scenario and strategy development and an exemplary record of consistently developing clear goals and planning and implementing strategies ahead of scheduled time. A first-class communicator who engenders trust and respect with ease whilst cultivating and maintaining effective relationships with business partners, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders. Excels in team management, has a proactive and innovative work ethic and always strives for quality, applying processes and discipline to achieve exceptional results.
Led a series of projects which made climate negotiation events fully remote or executed in a hybrid setup, while the most recent project was the COP26 in Glasgow.
Refined the relationship management process and leads the team of relationship managers.
Led the offensive quality initiative, to ensure the success of the Data-Centre Consolidation Project (DCCP) which migrated two external data-centres and one on-premise data-centre into the Microsoft cloud.
Steered the SharePoint Migration Project where around 30 mission critical applications (which were implemented in SharePoint with various design patterns), had to be migrated to SharePoint 2013 prior to the DCCP.
Designed and introduced a financial management framework which ensured the correct functioning of the internal accountancy of the ICT department for various internal and external clients.
Spearheaded MS Project Server 2013 as a major component of the implementation of a Project Management Office (PMO) including the introduction of timesheets in the ICT department.
Guided ICT and organisation wide staff during the implementation of a PMO and its connected frameworks. Wages and trains project managers and execute and tracks project audits.
Implemented several mission critical software systems (partially implemented in SharePoint) on time and in budget.
Initiated the implementation of a new Datawarehouse based on Microsoft Technologies and set-up the initial project plan and ensured the attraction of the required funding.
Led the implementation and headed the quality initiatives of various reporting systems to report the GHG emissions and financial initiatives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Parties.
Created and launched a highly successful consultancy and software business offering services and software for the environmental protection to a wide-ranging client base including large industrial businesses and regulatory authorities in Germany and Europe. Attracted in 13 years over 100 clients.
As the owner of software business diligently advised the German Federal Environment Ministry on how to technically implement the 1996 Bill for the Waste Management Act on a federal level.
Written several successful articles and books on waste management
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