The Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership (SGUP) aspires to positively influence urban and environmental policy-making and implementation. Therefore, SGUP supports a multi-sectoral approach towards environmental conservation and sustainable urbanisation through policy dialogues between the German Ministry of the Environment (BMU) and the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD), as well as their associated institutions. With a team based in Beijing and a liaison office situated in Berlin, SGUP works closely with local authorities from both Germany and China, ensuring continual exchange among our political partners and supporting engagement that warrants a common line of action. SGUP invite city and government officials, professionals within the focus fields, academics and industry representatives to become part of the political dialogue.
As Project Director, Peter is responsible for coordinating, implementing, and evaluating project activities, as well as maintaining a constant flow of communication between German and Chinese ministries and with SGUP’s wide range of partner institutions. His main focus is on the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water management.
Peter has extensive experience working in the urbanisation field in both Germany and China. Before joining the SGUP project in Beijing, he served as an urban planner and consultant in the field of sustainable development for various German and Chinese firms, working on areas such as strategy design, landscape planning, heat and power supply, concept development, and project management.
Peter’s academic background includes a master’s degree on Urban and Regional Planning from TU Berlin, where he focused on Environmental Law and International Urban Development Studies. He went on to pursue a master in business administration with a focus on International Real Estate Management from the Biberach University of Applied Science, Germany.
Xueling supports SGUP with consultation and technical advice on sustainable urban development within the Chinese context, particularly focusing on the topics of recycling, pre-fabricated buildings, sustainable transport, and resource efficiency. She also serves as the main intermediary for exchange and coordination between SGUP and the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and other Chinese Ministries and partner institutions.
Xueling holds a master’s degree in Human Geography and a bachelor’s degree in Hydrology. Before joining the SGUP team, Xueling served in positions with several different GIZ projects in the fields of energy efficient buildings and city-quarter renovation. She has extensive experience working on curricula development, training and project implementation in Chinese cities.
Daniel works in the Liaison Office of the Sino - German Urbanisation Partnership in Berlin. He advises the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nuclear Safety and Nature Conservation on the cooperation on sustainable urbanisation with China and connects the project with the work of the German actors of the partnership. His main responsibilities are the preparation of the Sino-German Mayors Program and the Sino-German Urbanisation Forum.
Daniel holds a PhD from the University of Bonn on China – Arab relations. He joined the GIZ in 2017. Previously he was Project Director at a CCS - regulatory project for the European Commission in Beijing and taught political theory at the school of China's foreign ministry (CFAU). In Germany, he was a visiting fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin and worked as advisor at the program office of the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nuclear Safety and Nature Conservation.
Marie oversees and facilitates cooperation of SGUP with international institutions and industries, and devises the communication strategies and outreach blueprint of the project. Marie works closely on the fields of smart cities and climate risk adaptation, inclusive and age-friendly cities, and social housing.
Marie is an urban expert with nearly ten years of experience working in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Europe. She trained as an urban geographer at the University of Cologne, Germany, with a focus on sustainable urbanisation, climate-risk resilience, and urban planning & development. Her Ph.D. research covered Chinese inter-city competition for talents in the mega-urban region of the Pearl River Delta.
Joining GIZ in 2015, Marie has also worked in the field of international agendas towards sustainable urbanisation by serving as an advisor to the German government on the Habitat III process.