Paula Rolffs is a researcher working in E3G’s International Climate Finance programme, which focuses on the design of national financing strategies for low emission and resilient development. The team is currently active in Latin American countries as well as South Africa and China. The programme also focuses on the international ecosystem for climate finance and the role and design of multilateral, bilateral and regional institutions and initiatives in deploying public sources of climate finance most effectively in order to mobilise private investment.
Paula has gained experience within the area of renewable energy and climate change mitigation in developing countries as well as the EU. For instance, she worked as an intern and consultant in the Brazilian Energy Programme of the German International Cooperation (GIZ). Prior to joining E3G, Paula worked as a trainee at the European Commission in the Directorate General Climate Action where she was mainly involved in monitoring and evaluating member states’ climate policies.
Paula did her first degree (MSc equivalent) in Regional Science of Latin America at the University of Cologne, including two semesters of studies and internships in Latin American countries, and holds a MSc (distinction) in Energy Policy for Sustainability from the University of Sussex. Paula wrote her first dissertation about the impact on sustainability of the Clean Development Mechanism, including a case study in the Dominican Republic and her second dissertation on consumer finance for solar home systems in Kenya as part of a University project. She speaks German, English, Spanish and Portuguese.