Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy

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The role of financial markets in driving the transformation towards a low-carbon climate resilient economy is fundamental to the efficient implementation of global ambitions in the post-Paris Agreement phase. Realising a successful transformation requires thought leaders to understand and critically analyse the key aspects of private capital engagement at various levels and from different sources. The Frankfurt School โ€“ UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre) is a strategic cooperation between UN Environment and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

The Centre has a long-standing track record in designing, implementing and evaluating climate and renewable energy (RE) finance projects aiming to facilitate private sector investments. One of the Centreโ€™s primary goals is to equip thought leaders with the necessary skills to improve access to clean energy and climate finance in developing and emerging economies. With this in mind, we have the pleasure of inviting you to a complete and unique learning experience: The Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy Programmes.


The Programme

The 2018 Frankfurt Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy and Executive Trainings will offer three different courses to choose from and allow participants to build a solid foundation in green finance.

Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy (July 01 - 05, 2019 and Dec 02 - 06, 2019)

The Summer Academy gives participants the chance to take a leading role in the climate finance story. Participants complete core coursework on the linkages between public and private sector finance, the impact of recent international climate negotiations as well as policies and sources of financing to scale up and unlock climate finance. During the summer academy participants are guided through the risks and barriers to private investment in climate finance, and learn to assess the financial viability of investments as well as the impact of public support instruments. Moreover, technical issues are part of the programme, with participants building up a toolbox of practical knowledge on RE project finance to ultimately build their own financial model.

Are you entering the RE and climate finance industry or looking to build on your knowledge and understand the inner workings of the industry? We recommend joining the Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy.

Applied Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Executive Training (July 01 - 05, 2019)

The cutting-edge Executive Training aims to equip participants with a deep understanding of current trends and innovative transaction structures for finance. It allows critical engagement with theories and practical examples in sustainable climate and renewable energy finance. Because of their high level of experience, the Centreโ€™s senior staff and guest speakers with hands-on industry insights will serve as ideal sparring partners to facilitate a deeper exchange, debate and understanding to demystify different trends and concepts discussed. The trainers will challenge you to translate your own knowledge and objectives from your professional background into evidence and motivation for engagement with the financial sector.

Do you have industry experience and are interested in learning some of the new bigger picture themes and innovative trends shaping the sector โ€“ currently and in the years to come?

We recommend enrolling in the Applied Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Executive Training.

Executive Training in Applying Investment Theory to Climate Finance (Dec 02 -06 2019)

Our newest course offering takes a deep dive in investment decisions and the theory behind it โ€“ applied to case studies and analysed in financial models. The course aims to equip participants with the tools to make complex decisions in the face of wider uncertainty in the climate finance world. Participants will learn to interpret the results from real world case studies and build on their financial modelling skills. Policy makers will gain the required understanding to confidently engage in the policy dialogue with investors. The course will take you on a challenging, stimulating and unique journey. Throughout the course you will be challenged by the trainers to apply the theory into practice and discuss the different topics and concepts in a broader context meaningful to financial decision-makers. By the end of the course you will be able to take your financial skills in climate and RE finance into your professional career.

Do you have a love for crunching numbers and a solid understanding of finance and excel and want to gain a greater understanding on how investment decisions are reached?

We recommend enrolling in our new Executive Training in Applying Investment Theory to Climate Finance.

The Art of Teaching

The Centre operates in a continuum from research to project implementation, but also as a catalyst to multiply knowledge, skills and good practice in climate and sustainable energy finance. We combine technical know-how, applied research, and academic courses to deliver first rate classroom learning. At the same time, we provide a collaborative space to formulate forward-thinking ideas for the post-Paris Agreement implementation phase, where agendas and issues are constantly changing. We build a creative learning environment around some core principles to ensure a more tangible experience for the participants:

We take you on a journey to demystify climate and RE finance, delving into case studies and learning from discussions and group work with a clear hands-on focus tailored to the needs and realities of developing, emerging and industrialized countries.

We foster a strong combination of theory and practice in the classes, ensuring interactions with experts and practitioners. Training relies not only on classroom style teaching but interaction, visualisation, application, facilitation, moderation and ongoing evaluation. A joint excursion completes the programmes and additionally caters to the creative learning environment.

To help you to think outside the box we are going to spend time in the Frankfurt School Innovation Lab to explore design thinking, learning new concepts to tackle different situations in our ever changing world.

Networking and Entertainment

Participants from previous Academies have brought a wealth of diversification and valuable and distinct experiences which adds to the overall experience. There will be many opportunities to engage, network and socialise with peers from each Summer Academy course.

Despite an ambitious agenda, we also enjoy our downtime and will help you enjoy yours. Our evening programme in Frankfurt will take you on a city tour and you will be able to enjoy traditional German food. We also invite you over for a relaxing barbeque at Frankfurt School to enjoy a German summer evening.

Christine Strehle โ€œThe program has provided me with valuable insights into new trends andinnovative concepts of RE Finance and effective tools for my daily job. The different perspectives and experiences of trainers and participants, combined with the interactive teaching approach applied enabled me to critically analyze circumstances of RE Finance projects and to think outside the box for finding solutions. The participants of the executive training were well mixed with different professional backgrounds โ€“ from managers of utilities to international development finance consultants and came from around 20 nations โ€“ I really enjoyed the international working atmosphere in the breakouts and the evening program. In a nutshell: Highly recommendable! Christine Strehle, Sales Manager Insurance ServicesAllianz Climate Solutions GmbHSenior Officer, Agribusiness, Rafiki & Microfinance Bank, Kenya The summer academy was very well organized. The staff who put the training together did a fantastic job. The course content was also very relevant. It is interesting to learn that there are many options available for renewable energy and financial institutions can have different products that take this into consideration. It was also interesting to learn about financial modelling and engage with other colleagues in focus group discussions. It was also awesome to experience the German hospitality and warmth and to take a tour of Frankfurt. Overall, I had a splendid time and would love to have a deeper learning and spend more time at the Frankfurt School. Elias Chandi, Damilola SoboConsultant - Sustainable Business Advisory Services, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Africa The Program did an exceptional job in putting together a very well organized 2013 Academy. The sessions were lead by highly experienced professionals, and were a good balance of technical aspects of project finance, RE and EE technologies and policies. The site visits, and case studies were well chosen, and helped bring it all together. In addition, the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the participants further lent to the richness of discussion, and presented great networking opportunities for me.In all, I consider it a week well spent, and highly recommend this program to everyone interested in sustainable energy finance. Damilola Sobo, Areq EmtairahExecutive Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Egypt The course offers unique insights of RE project finance beyond facts and numbers. I found the opportunity to peak into these insights from trainers with over 25 years of hands on project finance experience exceptionally useful. They covered a wide range of technologies and project settings. Areq Emtairah, Hassan Harajli Project Manager, Energy & Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme, Beirut, Lebanon The summer course offered an exceptionally balanced experience between knowledge-building with respect to modeling and financing renewable energy systems world-wide and in various regions, excellent networking possibilities given the diversity of people present from all sorts of institutions and countries, and real-feel of the topic, particularly given the visits to photovoltaic and wind farms in Germany. It is definitely an enriching experience that I am very glad I attended. Hassan Harajli , Darius Nassiry Investment Manager, Renewable Energy, Norfund The program is well-organized with highly-qualified professors and experts sharing their insights into the current status and potential for innovation and deployment across the spectrum of solar, wind and other emerging technologies. Highly recommended. Darius Nassiry , Amit OkeChief Manager, Technology Finance group, ICICI Bank Ltd The course content and the mode of delivery are appropriately suited to the needs of professionals, who are already working in this field and wish to go to the next level. A combination of case studies, financial modeling and policy reviews gives the participants a comprehensive insight of this fast evolving sector. I found the faculty more than eager to share their wealth of experience, accommodating requests for discussions after the sessions. I have learnt a lot from this program and I am sure that those who seek to enter this sector or further their career will find the program a huge value add. Amit Oke,

Administrative Details

The tuition fee for the trainings is EUR 3,750 and it covers all training materials and full-board accommodation in single rooms for the duration of training including meals as well as transportation for site visits.

The Summer Academies are fully tuition based and not sponsored. Accordingly, participants have to cover the full costs of the training or find a sponsor. There are few scholarships available. (Please see Scholarship tab for details and register for our newsletter for more information).

The participant group will be selected based on complementary experiences and backgrounds.


  • 20% for each institution sending more than one participant to a Summer Academy
  • 10% discount for alumni


The Summer Academy will be held at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Being one of the leading business schools in Germany and Europe, Frankfurt School offers modern facilities for an interactive senior training program. Our training rooms are equipped with the newest technology and the newest media to provide flexibility and quality in our training courses. We have a strong focus on the wellbeing of our guests and course participants, a good training environment, air quality and modern equipment.


Scholarships for the Summer Academy

The Frankfurt School โ€“ UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance provides funding for partial scholarships covering maximum 50% of the course fees for applicants meeting the eligibility requirements

Scholarship Criteria:

  • have the means to pay the remaining amount of the fees and transportation

Scholarship applicant should submit the duly completed scholarship application form to after completing the online registration via website.

About the Trainers

Silvia Kreibiehl

Silvia Kreibiehl is head of the UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance. In her role as head of the Centre, Ms. Kreibiehl has overall responsibility for all international Frankfurt School consultancy projects in the area of climate and sustainable energy finance. She is in charge of project acquisition and management, in particular, quality management. She is also leading applied research efforts in the role of local investors in climate finance. Ms. Kreibiehl is co-author of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) currently being prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Before joining the Centre, Silvia worked for Deutsche Bank for 17 years, with 10 years being in corporate finance (equity capital markets and mergers & acquisitions), particularly in the RE sector. She also worked four years on double bottom line investment opportunities and respective transaction structures in developing countries. Silvia was the lead analyst at Deutsche Bank for the GET FiT concept and responsible for DBโ€™s shareholding in the Desertec Industrial initiative.

Andrea Bode

Andrea Bode is senior project manager at the Centre and has a strong background in banking with a focus on credit structuring. Before joining Frankfurt School in 2013, she worked at Deutsche Bank as Vice President in Markets - Structured Finance Structuring.She also held positions in asset finance, corporate and SME lending, and credit risk management. She has significant experience in asset finance, structuring, and execution of tailored financing solutions for various asset classes while taking into account financial, legal, tax, and accounting aspects including the set-up of detailed financial models.

Prof. Dr. Ulf Moslener

Prof. Dr. Ulf Moslener is professor for sustainable energy finance at the Frankfurt School. As head of research at the Centre, his current fields of research are the economics of climate change, financing sustainable energy systems and climate finance. He represents Germany in the UN Standing Committee on Climate Finance. In the past, he was deputy head of the Environmental and Resource Economics and Environmental Management departement at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, Germany. His main research areas are international climate policy, the analysis of carbon regulation, carbon emissions trading, and policy instruments to promote renewable energy. He led a number of research projects on behalf of German Federal Ministries and the European Commission. Thereafter he joined KfW Development Bank, where he was dealing with the practice of financing renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing and newly industrialised countries within the German development co-operation. Ulf Moslener holds a Diploma in Physics and a PhD in economics from the University of Heidelberg.

Martin Cremer

Martin Cremer has a strong banking background, combining structuring expertise of complex private equity debt transactions with international negotiation skills. He has been working in this field for over 14 years in various financial institutions. Before joining Frankfurt School in 2011, Mr. Cremer worked as a freelance debt advisor and held various positions at Unicredit Corporates & Markets in Germany and France, as well as BNP Paribas, culminating as director of leveraged finance. His recent work experience with Frankfurt School includes identifying and negotiating terms with private equity investors in the context of implementing a UNEP Seed Capital Assistance Facility (SCAF) in sub-Saharan Africa. This initiative aims to help clean energy entrepreneurs access enterprise development support and early stage seed capital in addition to structuring and fund raising for the follow-on facility SCAF II. Moreover, Mr. Cremer is the project manager of the AFD Technical Cooperation Programme Implementation and follow-up mission to promote the identification and structuring of renewable and energy efficiency investments in Indonesia. He was also project manager of a microfinance fund that provided technical assistance and financing to MFIs and banks in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 2011 to 2013.

Event Organisers

The Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance is a strategic cooperation between United Nations Environment Programme and Frankfurt School. The Centre also offers the Climate & Renewable Energy Finance e-learning course.


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