Liesa Sauerhammer is a Project Manager in the area of climate diplomacy. Her fields of expertise include water resource management, climate change adaptation, peace and conflict, and disaster risk management. Liesa conducts field research and evaluations, risk assessments, training sessions and stakeholder consultation processes. She also advises on strategic and organisational development.
Liesa has extensive experience in project coordination and consultation in international development cooperation. Working with Plan International Switzerland, she coordinated and implemented a project aimed at building resilience to floods at the community level in Central America. Among other things, Liesa was responsible for analysis, knowledge management and the setup of a monitoring system. Prior to that, she worked for the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in water sector reform in Palestine, helping establish the national regulatory authority, improve the regulation process in the water sector, and consult stakeholders at the local, national and international levels. She also worked in the field of transboundary water cooperation for GIZ at the Mekong River Commission in South-East Asia. There, she helped train national and regional stakeholders and organised the Second Mekong Climate Change Forum. Liesa has completed training in Capacity WORKS, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT), conflict transformation, constructive negotiation for sustainable development, stakeholder collaboration, and roles and competencies in consulting.
Liesa has a master’s degree in Integrated Water Resource Management from the Technische Hochschule Köln and the University of Jordan in Amman. She had a DAAD scholarship during the German-Arab Master’s Programme and did field research in Jordan, Palestine and Morocco.