Chair of Urban Water System Engineering

Dr. Daphne Keilmann-Gondhalekar is an urban planner and research scientist at the Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering, Technical University of Munich, Germany. Her research focus is integrated urban planning, Water-Energy-Food Nexus, and multi-stakeholder processes in India, Niger, Ghana and Germany. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from The University of Tokyo, an M.Sc. in Architecture and Urban Design from ETH Zurich, and a B.Arch. (Hons.) in Architecture from the University of Glasgow. Prior to joining TUM, she worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and as a Senior Researcher at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn.

Prof. Jörg E. Drewes is Chair Professor of Urban Water Systems Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. At TUM, he serves as speaker for TUM’s interdisciplinary Water Cluster. Previously, he served as Full Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, USA (2001-2013) and Director of Research for the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center on Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). Prof. Drewes’ research focuses on energy efficient water treatment systems, water recycling, and the WEF Nexus. He has 25+ years of professional experience and has held academic positions in the USA, Australia, Saudi-Arabia, and Germany. Prof. Drewes is a member of the Advisory Council to the German Government on Global Change (WBGU).

M.Sc. Natalie Paez-Curtidor is a doctoral student specializing in an interdisciplinary environmental engineering and governance oriented approach to Nature Based Solutions and the WEF Nexus approach.

Dipl.-Ing. Johannes Winklmaier is a doctoral student specializing in sustainable energies linked to entrepreneurship and project manager of SEED-Himalaya

Chair of Land Management / Centre of Land, Water and Environmental Risk Management

Prof. Walter T. de Vries' research focuses on smart and responsible land management, urban and rural development, public restrictions cadastres, capacity development for land policy, and the theory and framework for ‘Human Geodesy’. Prof. de Vries acquired a geodetic engineering degree from the Technical University of Delft in 1988, and completed his PhD at Rotterdam He has worked in international projects in Asia, Africa and South America, with UNITAR in Geneva until 1994, and with the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente from 1994 till 2015. He was appointed to his chair position at TUM in 2015. He serves as Dean of Studies of the programs Geodesy and Geoinformatics and as academic coodinator for TUM.Africa. He is a member of the German Geodetic Commisison and member of the Bayern Academy of Rural Space.

Dr. Pamela Duran Diaz is an architect holding a PhD in Urbanism and a postdoc in Sustainable Management of Cultural Landscapes, and is Project Manager of ADLAND "Advancing Collaborative Research in Responsible and Smart Land Management in and for Africa", to strengthen land governance in Africa in collaboration with NELGA (Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa) and financed by GIZ. She leads research projects that use urban planning and land management tools to generate intervention strategies, in which the natural and built environments are as important as built and intangible heritage, hence the local culture acts as a catalyst for development. She is a co-convener of the Sustainability team of Our World Heritage Foundation, lecturer at UNESCO Chair FLACAM (Latin American Forum of Environmental Sciences, Argentina), and President of RGMX (Network of Qualified Mexicans Abroad) Chapter Bavaria. Her research focii include Transnational Land Governance, Sustainable land and water management, Anthropologies of water, and Cultural landscapes and (in)tangible heritage

Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management

Dr. Alexander Gerner is a hydrologist with a sound scientific background and interests in the fields of water resources assessment or groundwater recharge in semi-arid climates on the regional scale. Hence, his link to the W-E-F-Nexus is primarily the question of how to assess the safe or renewable water yield as a major constraint of W-E-F-projects. In addition to his water science background, he is generally interested in sustainability issues and holistic approaches to tackle challenges in this regard. He is a Postdoc at the TUM Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management.


Chair of Agricultural Production and Resource Economics

Assistant Professorship of Urban Productive Ecosystems

Chair of Environmental and Climate Policy

Professorship of Policy Analysis

Chair of Circular Economy

Chair of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems

Dr. Petra Lidl

School of Social Sciences and Technology