Senior Policy Advisor
Maria Pastukhova is a Senior Policy Advisor in E3G’s Berlin office. She works on energy diplomacy, geopolitics of energy transition and sustainable finance.
Maria leads E3G’s work on Energy Diplomacy, international financial institutions and geopolitics to drive the sustainable and just transformation of the energy systems.
Maria works with policymakers, academia, civil society, organizations and businesses to build diplomatic coalitions around the sustainable and socially equitable transition to low-carbon energy systems. Her particular focus is the energy dimension of the EU Green Deal and its geopolitical and economic implications. Within her work on public finance institutions, she designs and develops advocacy strategies towards international banks in their shift away from fossil fuels.
Before joining E3G, Maria worked at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) covering the geopolitical aspects of energy transition and EU energy diplomacy, as well as the EU/German-Russian energy relations. She also supported the work of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) on power grid connectivity for sustainable development in Northeast Asia and will continue to consult ESCAP on this issue. Prior to that, she had worked with Foresight Intelligence, developing strategic foresight formats for a broad range of (geo)political issues.
Maria has a Master’s in political science from the Free University of Berlin and a Diploma in International Relations awarded by the Irkutsk State University (Russia). In her Bachelor, she studied Japanese Studies at the Free University of Berlin and Tsukuba University (Japan). She is currently writing her PhD on the political economy of energy transition in Northeast Asia.
Originally from Siberia, Maria loves to go for a freeride with her snowboard in winter, and on a sailboat in summer. She plays violin and is a concertmaster at a Berlin youth orchestra.