Helen Burmeister is Research Analyst in adelphi's International Climate Policy team. Her work focuses on the research and analysis of the Paris Climate Agreement and innovative approaches to climate finance.
Before joining adelphi, Helen gained experience in international development cooperation and worked at a global environmental and climate think tank, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in Oxford. During her time at SEI, she worked on the development of the Climate Services platform WeADAPT and on approaches to climate change adaptation in African urban areas. Prior to this, she supported the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH with a project on ecosystem-based climate change adaptation in coastal regions of Colombia. Helen gained further experience at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on fundamental issues of development cooperation within the MENA region and on Mediterranean policy. At the German embassy in Paris, Helen helped with preparations for the COP21 climate change conference, which brought about the Paris Climate Agreement.
Helen holds a Master of International Affairs from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She spent a semester abroad at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. During her Master studies, she focused on topics relating to international climate and energy policy and international environmental law. She completed her bachelor's degree at the Freie Universität Berlin in History and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Contemporary History.