Soenke Kreft leads the work of Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) which is hosted at United Nations University – Institute for Environmental and Human Security (UNU-EHS). He oversees the policy engagement and public sector strategy work to promote and improve risk sharing and risk transfer schemes for the benefit of climate impacted people and communities.
Mr Kreft for his entire career has been deeply engaged in international climate policy and sustainability processes, having led the Climate Policy Team at the German NGO Germanwatch from 2013-2016. This allowed him to provide major input to the Paris Agreement (UNFCCC) and also contribute to other initiatives, such as the G7 InsuResilience.
Prior to his role as Executive Director, Mr Kreft was familiar with MCII for many years; he participated in the first phase of MCII’s project “Climate Risk Adaptation and Insurance in the Caribbean” in 2011, and was responsible for a large capacity development and agenda-setting programme with the Least Developed Countries group on climate-induced Loss and Damage, which in turn provided the rationale to launch the UNFCCC loss and damage thematic work and subsequent initiatives, such as G7 InsuResilience and the G20-V20 Global Partnership for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance.