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Former Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI - Germany
Monika Zimmermann works as a freelance expert for urban sustainability, project design and management, and as trainer, presenter and moderator. International cooperation between cities, the networking of high-level actors and sustainable urban mobility are among of her core competencies. In 2020, Monika worked on several projects on “Collaborative Climate Action”, the politically intended, well-organised cooperation across different levels of government to achieve defined climate goals – ideally through joint action. She also researched on multi-level climate cooperation in Germany. Monika Zimmermann held the office of Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI – Local Governments of Sustainability and acted as Deputy Executive Director of the ICLEI World Secretariat, Bonn (2013-2018). At ICLEI, Monika was crucial for building up ICLEI’s work on urban sustainability, sustainability management, low-carbon development, EcoMobility, Resilient Cities, Smart Cities, biodiversity. She was also responsible for ICLEI’s global events and knowledge management, urban research and strategy development. Monika holds a Master degree in political & administrative sciences of the FU Berlin and has studied journalism. She is author of numerous books, articles, training materials and blogs.