Thorsten Kiefer is Global Hub Director in Paris. His main responsibilities are to co-manage activities on Synthesis & Foresight and on Capacity Building in Future Earth.
Thorsten joined Future Earth after a decade as Executive Director of the Past Global Changes project PAGES, which is transitioning from the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme into Future Earth. Thorsten’s research background is in ocean sciences. He earned his PhD in the field of paleoceanography in 1997 from the University of Kiel, Germany. He continued studying past oceanographic and climatic changes from deep-sea sediments as a researcher in Kiel and at the University of Cambridge, UK. With the move to the PAGES International Project Office in Bern, Switzerland, in 2005, his professional scope expanded widely across the fields of climatic and environmental change and towards international science management. In addition, he serves the open-access journal Climate of the Past as a co-chief editor.