Prof. Dr. Maja Göpel

political economist | sustainability expert / WBGU

The German Advisory Council on Global Change works on the science-policy-society interface. As Secretary General Maja Göpel divides her time between management, public speaking, pioneer engagement, and networking as well as continued research on system transformations for sustainable development.

Her personal focus is new prosperity models with an emphasis on the role of paradigm shifts as strategic leverage points, summarized in her book The Great Mindshift (Springer 2016). Maja Göpel is a scientivist that combines theory with practice and formerly headed the Berlin Office of the Wuppertal Institut and spent six years starting up the World Future Council, its Future Policy Award, and the “Future Justice” program with EU and UN campaigns. She holds a PhD in political economy, a diploma in media/communication, and is a professor at Leuphana University, member of the Club of Rome, the World Future Council and the Balaton Group and Fellow of the Progressive Zentrum in Berlin. She serves on several Advisory Councils and as the mother of 2 fantastic daughters.

In February 2020 Maja Göpel's new book "Rethinking Our World" (“Unsere Welt neu Denken”) was published as a plea for a general overhaul of our economic system and future-oriented thinking.