Prof. Dr. Maja Göpel

Sustainability and Transformation Scientist & Author
Prof. Dr. Maja Göpel | Speaker at SILBERSALZ 2022 (credit: Anja Weber)
Prof. Dr. Maja Göpel | Speaker at SILBERSALZ 2022 (credit: Anja Weber)

Maja Göpel is a political economist and important voice for a sustainable transformation of society working at the intersection of economy, politics and society. She presents her ideas in scientific publications ("The Great Mindshift") as well as public books “Unsere Welt neu denken”, which has been on the German bestseller list for months.

From 2017 to 2020, she was Secretary-General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), a body that advises the government on the design of global transformations towards sustainability. Previously, she headed the Berlin office of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and represented the interests of future generations in EU and UN processes as Director Future Justice at the World Future Council.

In 2019, Maja Göpel was appointed honorary professor at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. She is a member of the Club of Rome, the World Future Council, the Balaton Group, the Bioeconomy Council of the German Federal Government and a co-initiator of the Scientists for Future network. On top of that, she supports several organisations by being a member of their scientific advisory councils, board of trustees or foundation councils.