Institute for Environmental Security
Advancing Global Environmental Security through
Science · Diplomacy · Law · Finance · Education
Currently based in Bonn, Max Spiegelberg works for the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), the German Technical Cooperation since January 2009. As a member of the project on the Convention to Combat Desertification, his working area is climate change adaptation in drylands. In March and April 2008 Max has assisted with Adelphi Consult/Berlin in the preparation, execution and evaluation of the "First Preparatory Conference of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)" held at the Foreign Ministry of Germany.
His ties with the IES go back to a summer internship completed in The Hague in 2007 during which Max prepared a study on Turkey becoming Europe's water tower of the Middle East. Max has since contributed to the Institute's work with regards to internal knowledge management and trough his network of young internationals built during his studies and travels through countries like Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, USA and Europe.
Max is the holder of a B.Sc. in Environment & Resource Management (Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus/Germany, 2002-06) and a M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies (Philipps University Marburg/Germany, 2006-08). He spent one semester abroad at Istanbul's renowned Bosporus University. His master thesis focused on an in-depth analysis of the transboundary water cooperation project between Israel, Jordan and Palestine and its contribution to peace. His work consisted in conducting interviews with decision makers in ministries and implementation agents. Max contributed parts of his work to the report "Regional Water Cooperation and Peacebuilding in the Middle East" by Adelphi Research/Berlin.