Hannah Elisabeth Kurnoth works as an analyst in the field of climate diplomacy. As part of her work, she coordinates the Global Climate and Security Risk and Foresight Assessment for the German Federal Foreign Office, writes risk briefs and policy papers on climate security with regard to different regions and focus topics, organises the Berlin Climate and Security Conference, and supports the preparation and implementation of various sub-projects on climate diplomacy. In addition to her in-depth knowledge of the climate security nexus, she has experience in the area of UN sustainable development goals (SDGs), gender, and international security.
Before joining adelphi, Hannah worked as a junior consultant at Corsus. She was also self-employed with assignments from Engagement Global (BMZ) within the project Global Sustainable Municipality Schleswig-Holstein. She supported the evaluation and reporting on the implementation of the SDGs (qualitative and quantitative) for several German cities, designed and implemented workshops and events on sustainability, public goods economics, anti-corruption, human rights and the UN SDGs, and worked on the preparation of a public goods economic balance sheet for three German cities. Furthermore, she supported the Hamburg Ministry for Environment and Energy as project assistant. As part of this work, she coordinated the implementation of the SDGs, supported meetings of the inter-agency working group "SDGs in Hamburg", and organised the implementation of a mobility laboratory.
Hannah holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from the Hertie School in Berlin. She wrote her Master's thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Ischinger on the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in Germany. She was chairwoman of the Hertie Circle Club, which networks students and policy makers through symposia with leading political figures and is supported by the IPLI Foundation for future leaders. Hannah held a Cusanuswerk scholarship from 2014 to 2020.