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Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance Academy


The role of financial markets in driving the transformation towards a low-carbon climate resilient economy is fundamental to the efficient implementation of global ambitions in the post-Paris Agreement phase. Realising a successful transformation requires thought leaders to understand and critically analyse the key aspects of private capital engagement at various levels and from different sources.

The Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre) is a strategic cooperation between UN Environment and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.


The Centre has a long-standing track record in designing, implementing and evaluating climate and renewable energy (RE) finance projects aiming to facilitate private sector investments. One of the Centre’s primary goals is to equip thought leaders with the necessary skills to improve access to clean energy and climate finance in developing and emerging economies. With this in mind, we have the pleasure of inviting you to a complete and unique learning experience: The Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance Academy Programmes.

Course contributes to UN SDGs

This course will enhance your knowledge in the following SDGs. The SWA offers professional and executive courses dedicated to the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The Programme

The Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance Academy is a well-established educational course offered by the Centre. It provides participants the opportunity to learn and exchange about ambitious climate and sustainable finance

Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Academy | More Information

The Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance Academy is a well-established educational course offered by the Centre. It provides participants the opportunity to learn and exchange about ambitious climate and sustainable finance.

The 5-day training based in Frankfurt am Main has been designed for international public and private sector practitioners. It offers a comprehensive framework and best practices on sustainable energy financing projects in the context of international climate policy.

With two different tracks to choose from within the Climate & Sustainable Energy Academy, you have the opportunity to build a solid foundation in green finance, where you can either explore some of the bigger picture topics or go deeper into the number crunching side. Take a look at the questions below and see which profile suits you best. If you have any further questions after seeing the agendas, simply let us know.

  • Are you entering the sustainable and climate finance sector and looking forward to understand the links between science & technology, politics, and economics & finance? We recommend joining the “Climate Policy & Finance” track. No finance knowledge necessary
  • Do you enjoy crunching numbers and a solid understanding of finance and excel? Do you want to gain a greater understanding on how investment decisions are reached? Then, we recommend enrolling in the “Project finance” track. Basic understanding of finance and Excel necessary

A unique blended learning approach is applied, covering theoretical academic knowledge, applied research, and practical experience from project implementation delivered through senior educators and practitioners who share academic, technical and financial expertise.

The Art of Teaching

The Centre operates in a continuum from research to project implementation, but also as a catalyst to multiply knowledge, skills and good practice in climate and sustainable energy finance. We combine technical know-how, applied research, and academic courses to deliver first rate classroom learning. At the same time, we provide a collaborative space to formulate forward-thinking ideas for the post-Paris Agreement implementation phase, where agendas and issues are constantly changing. We build a creative learning environment around some core principles to ensure a more tangible experience for the participants:

We take you on a journey to demystify climate and RE finance, delving into case studies and learning from discussions and group work with a clear hands-on focus tailored to the needs and realities of developing, emerging and industrialized countries.

We foster a strong combination of theory and practice in the classes, ensuring interactions with experts and practitioners. Training relies not only on classroom style teaching but interaction, visualisation, application, facilitation, moderation and ongoing evaluation. A joint excursion completes the programmes and additionally caters to the creative learning environment.

To help you to think outside the box we are going to spend time in the Frankfurt School Innovation Lab to explore design thinking, learning new concepts to tackle different situations in our ever changing world.

Networking and Entertainment

Participants from previous Academies have brought a wealth of diversification and valuable and distinct experiences which adds to the overall experience. There will be many opportunities to engage, network and socialise with peers from each Summer Academy course.

Despite an ambitious agenda, we also enjoy our downtime and will help you enjoy yours. Our evening programme in Frankfurt will take you on a city tour and you will be able to enjoy traditional German food. We also invite you over for a relaxing barbeque at Frankfurt School to enjoy a German summer evening.


The FS-UNEP Centre: CSEF Summer Academy &Trainer Team


For the 2021 Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Academy, Frankfurt School is offering two partial scholarships. These scholarships offer the successful applicant a 50% deduction from the tuition fee.

To apply for the scholarship, simply complete our application form and return it to Please contact us for further information.


Registrations for the Climate and Renewable Energy Finance Summer Academy are open. Register today to benefit from our Early Bird discount!

Administrative Details

The tuition fee for the trainings is EUR 4,300 and it covers all training materials and full-board accommodation in single rooms for the duration of training including meals as well as transportation for site visits.

The Summer Academies are fully tuition based and not sponsored. Accordingly, participants have to cover the full costs of the training or find a sponsor.

15% early bird discount available

We are planning for our Summer Academy to go ahead this year, however we are constantly monitoring the ongoing situation as well as closely following the advice of the relevant Health Authorities. The health and safety of our guests and staff is our number one priority.

Registrations now open


Please note that we can offer the following discounts:

  • 15% early bird discount
  • 10% for each institution sending more than one participant to a Summer Academy
  • 10% discount for alumni


The Summer Academy will be held at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Being one of the leading business schools in Germany and Europe, Frankfurt School offers modern facilities for an interactive senior training program. Our training rooms are equipped with the newest technology and the newest media to provide flexibility and quality in our training courses. We have a strong focus on the wellbeing of our guests and course participants, a good training environment, air quality and modern equipment.


The language of instruction will be English and no translation will be provided.

Sustainable World Academy package

As a participant of our “Certified Expert in Renewable Energy Finance” e-learning course, we offer you an exclusive 30% discount* for the Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy (12th - 16th July 2021). This brings down the aggregated tuition fee from 1300 EUR + 4300 EUR to 3920 EUR **  (Regular fee of both programmes) or 1100 EUR + 3655 EUR to 3328,5 EUR** (Early bird of both programmes)

*(including access to the e-learning course, training materials for the on campus training, full board, accommodation & local transportation ticket).

About the Trainers

Silvia Kreibiehl


Silvia Kreibiehl is head of the UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance. In her role as head of the Centre, Ms. Kreibiehl has overall responsibility for all international Frankfurt School consultancy projects in the area of climate and sustainable energy finance. She is in charge of project acquisition and management, in particular, quality management. She is also leading applied research efforts in the role of local investors in climate finance. Ms. Kreibiehl is co-author of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) currently being prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Before joining the Centre, Silvia worked for Deutsche Bank for 17 years, with 10 years being in corporate finance (equity capital markets and mergers & acquisitions), particularly in the RE sector. She also worked four years on double bottom line investment opportunities and respective transaction structures in developing countries. Silvia was the lead analyst at Deutsche Bank for the GET FiT concept and responsible for DB’s shareholding in the Desertec Industrial initiative.

Marjan Stojiljkovic


Senior Project Manager for RE & Energy Efficiency Finance

Mr. Stojiljkovic is a Senior Project Manager and Senior Finance Expert at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management with more than 10 years of experience in EE and RE technology financing, currently leading the energy efficiency sub-unit within the FS-UNEP Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance. Since 2009, he has actively supported implementation of number of EE/RE financing facilities in Southeast & Eastern Europe and Central and Southeast Asia and has extensive experience in working on implementation of donor-funded EE/RE finance facilities.

Mr. Stojiljkovic has demonstrated competencies and strong track record  in: (1) financial due diligence of energy efficiency (EE), renewable energy (RE) and public infrastructure projects; (2) financial methods for private-, public-, PPP and ESCO financing; (3) evaluation of project-related risks, particularly financial and environmental and social risks; (4) institutional and regulatory framework policy advisory; (5) project management, including conceptualization, planning and implementation of specialized EE/RE lending facilities and climate finance feasibility studies; and (6) technical assistance (TA) programme conceptualization, institutional implementation and key-performance indicators monitoring.  His engagement included Energy Finance Expert and Team Leader roles in implemented assignments.

Mr. Stojiljkovic is highly familiar with the green technologies financing within private-sector FIs (Banks, leasing companies) has excellent connections in the banking sector (for identification of focal points), is an experienced trainer for EE/RE finance, and has been supporting marketing and product development at several banks in the region.

He holds a M.A. in Economics and Politics. He is native Serbian speaker; fluent in German and English.

Tobias Panofen


Senior Project Manager for Renewable Energy & Clean Technology Finance

Tobias Panofen is a renewable energy finance specialist and senior project manager responsible for the FS-UNEP Centre’s RE portfolio. Tobias has over 10 years of experience in the financial service sector. He has worked both on the project as well as on program or fund level. He supported SMEs and projects to improve the business plan and financial institutions to assess related risks and develop appropriate tools and processes.

Tobias has worked on several programmes and facilities enabling investments in infrastructure projects as well as for smaller-scale application, such as captive installations or off-grid energy solutions. He has a particular focus on identifying market barriers and financial market imperfections impeding the deployment of renewable energy. In response, he has been instrumental in designing several risk transfer facilities with the goal to leverage private investments. Moreover, he is an advisor to public institutions on PPPs in infrastructure.

Tobias has extensive experience in financial cooperation with developing countries. He coordinated the Centre’s projects in Sub-Saharan Africa from FS’ office in Nairobi from 2012 to 2015, where he also worked with several commercial banks and an insurer.

Furthermore, Tobias is the project leader for the upcoming crowd-investing platform that the Centre is setting-up. The platform will be designed as a one-of-a-kind opportunity for retail investors to finance green SMEs and projects in partner countries (initially Ghana, Peru and Rwanda).

Prof. Dr. Ulf Moslener


Prof. Dr. Ulf Moslener is professor for sustainable energy finance at the Frankfurt School. As head of research at the Centre, his current fields of research are the economics of climate change, financing sustainable energy systems and climate finance. He represents Germany in the UN Standing Committee on Climate Finance. In the past, he was deputy head of the Environmental and Resource Economics and Environmental Management departement at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, Germany. His main research areas are international climate policy, the analysis of carbon regulation, carbon emissions trading, and policy instruments to promote renewable energy. He led a number of research projects on behalf of German Federal Ministries and the European Commission. Thereafter he joined KfW Development Bank, where he was dealing with the practice of financing renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing and newly industrialised countries within the German development co-operation. Ulf Moslener holds a Diploma in Physics and a PhD in economics from the University of Heidelberg.

Dr. Christine Grüning


Senior Project Manager for Executive Education and E-Learning

Dr. Christine Grüning delivers a strong interdisciplinary background in environmental economics, finance and policy. Since 2011 she is managing and implementing applied research, education and capacity building projects for the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance.

In her role as senior project manager she focus on the development of executive trainings programme, where she combines her applied research on policy-relevant topics in climate finance and policy with an orientation towards practical application and final implementation. Her current fields of research are the economics of climate change, barriers on investment in mitigation and adaptation finance, market imperfections, and results-based climate finance, which are also feeding into the training programs and executive education offers at Frankfurt School; the concept development and implementation of the Certified Expert of Climate Adaptation Finance, Certified Expert of Climate & Renewable Energy Finance and the Adaptation Finance Fellowship Programme (AFFP) as well as the annual Climate and Sustainable Finance Summer Academies (CSEF).

Between 1999 and 2004, she studied International Business Administration at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). She holds a Bachelor Degree in Financial Studies from Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and a Maestria de Dirección de Empresas (MBA) from the Universidad Católica de Códoba (Argentina). Subsequently she joined the Chair of Public Finance and Environmental Economics at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) and received a doctoral degree in 2010. 

Dr. Grüning has further been crucial for the success of the annual report “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Finance”, which is published by Frankfurt School UNEP-Centre in cooperation with Bloomberg New Energy Finance and UN Environment over the last 13 years.

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The Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance is a strategic cooperation between United Nations Environment Programme and Frankfurt School. The Centre also offers the Climate & Renewable Energy Finance e-learning course.