Holger Dalkmann

Director, Strategy and Global Policy, EMBARQ Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities


Holger Dalkmann has twenty years of experience working in the field of transport, sustainability and climate change. He joined the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C. in 2011 as the Director of the EMBARQ program, which catalyzes environmentally and financially sustainable urban transport solutions to improve quality of life in cities. As EMBARQ transitioned to the new established WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, he is now also responsible for strategy and global policy. In this capacity, Holger leads efforts on how to enable cities to benefit from global processes like COP, the SDGs and Habitat III.

During his former work at the UK-based consultancy TRL and for ten years at the Wuppertal Institute for Energy, Climate and Environment (Germany), a world respected think tank, Holger worked in more than thirty countries on mobility, environment and climate change. He is also one of the co-founders of the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SloCAT) and has been on the SLOCAT board since 2013, where he is one of the driving forces in terms of network development, as well as intellectual and technical input.

Holger holds a Masters degree in Geography and taught at the University of Duisburg and University of Trier. He has published over 100 articles including the influential Avoid-Shift-Improve concept. Holger is a world recognized expert, and has established a strong network in the fields of transport, sustainable development and climate change cooperating.


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