Based in Berlin, Martin joined the ECF at its founding in 2008 and played a central role in building up its political strategy. This included setting up the “Agora Energiewende” and “Agora Verkehrswende” in Germany (in cooperation with the foundation Mercator) and ECF’s campaign for strict CO2-standards for cars on the EU-level.
Martin previously worked as a consultant on environmental and European policies in Berlin. From 1998 to 2005, he was the director of Friends of the Earth Europe in Brussels – Europe’s biggest grassroots environmental network and served as chairman of Friends of the Earth Europe from 2005 to 2008.
Martin has over 30 years’ experience as a volunteer and professional in NGOs and has co-founded and chaired organisations from the local to the international level. He worked on projects covering a wide range of issues, such as transport, energy, climate change, EU cohesion and agricultural policies and sustainable city planning. For example, he was co-founder of Forum Vauban which created the award-winning sustainable city quarter ‘Vauban’ in Freiburg (UN Habitat Best Practice) and co-ordinator of the successful ecological tax reform campaign in Germany in 1996-97 (with Deutscher Naturschutzring). Earlier in his career, he worked as a journalist and scientist.
Martin studied Biology at the University of Würzburg and Freiburg (Germany) and holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Plant Physiology.