Linda Kalcher joined the European Climate Foundation in 2015 and currently serves as the Director of EU Green Deal Diplomacy. In this role, Linda focuses on international bilateral relations with partners such as the US, China and India to leverage the successes of the European Green Deal. She is also appointed as Senior Advisor in the Climate Action Team in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General, working on the EU’s role in international climate diplomacy.
In her previous role as Director for EU institutional relations, Linda led ECF’s nascent work on the European Green Deal, the resilient recovery and the EU’s increase of climate ambition in line with the Paris Agreement that resulted in the successful adoption of a higher 2030 target in the December 2020 European Council. Prior to joining the ECF, she worked as political advisor to Social Democrat Member of European Parliament Jo Leinen, where the debate on the future of energy and climate policies was central to her work. In this role, she gained a thorough understanding of European and international policy-making, while working with a range of stakeholders from businesses to NGOs. Working in the European Parliament, Linda sharpened her ability to negotiate with a wide range of individuals and organisations to influence political decisions.
Accomplished at equestrian vaulting, Linda is also passionate about travelling and languages, she is fluent in German (mother tongue), English, Italian and French and is constantly trying to improve her basic knowledge of Spanish and Dutch.