Frauke Thies has been Managing Director of Agora Energiewende since July 2022. She is an environmental scientist and economist and an expert on European energy and climate policy and thus strengthens Agora's European profile. She has over 15 years of professional experience in the fields of Energy and Climate, covering various senior positions in Germany, Belgium, USA, and India.

Highest Level of Education


Current Job/Study field

Civil Society (NGOs and Think Tanks)


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Current employer

Agora Energiewende

Work experience

  • Executive Director
    Agora Energiewende - Full-time From July 2022 to Present

    Agora Energiewende is a think tank that develops evidence-based and politically viable strategies to advance the goal of climate neutrality in Germany, Europe, and the rest of the world. We inform policymakers, economists, researchers, and civil society while encouraging a productive exchange of ideas. Our policy proposals are practical and free of prior ideological commitments. Our exclusive mission is to serve the climate.

  • Head of Climate
    Open Society Foundations - Full-time From January 2021 to July 2022

    Head of Climate

  • Executive Director
    smartEn Smart Energy Europe - Full-time From September 2015 to December 2020

    smartEn (fomerly SEDC) is the European business association integrating the consumer-driven solutions of the clean energy transition.

  • Policy Director
    SolarPower Europe - Full-time From September 2012 to September 2015

    Management of Solar Power Europe's Policy and Intelligence team, definition and implementation of SolarPower Europe's policy and knowledge management strategy; part of the SolarPower Europe leadership team.

  • EU Energy Policy Director/EU Energy Policy Adviser
    Greenpeace - Full-time From September 2005 to August 2012

    Definition, management and implementation of the Greenpeace strategy concerning European energy policies; active engagement in the EU decisionmaking process on renewable energy issues, including the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive.

  • Seconded Fellow
    Worldwatch Institute - Full-time From September 2009 to December 2009

    Seconded fellow, doing research and policy projects on international and US climate policy


  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Executive MBA
    Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School From September 2015 to September 2016
  • Master of Environmental Sciences, Major in Environmental Economics, Politics and Physics
    Leuphana Universität Lüneburg From September 2000 to September 2005

Area of expertise

Climate policy Energy policy Environmental policy Renewable energy technology Sector coupling/Energy system integration Electricity market design Electricity Regulation Emissions Trading Systems (ETS) Energy market models Energy wholesale markets


  • German
  • English
  • Dutch
  • French


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