12.00 PM to 01.30 PM (CEST)

Germany’s Development Cooperation

Liveable cities are agents of change and encourage citizens to shape a just and climate-friendly future. Liveability in cities is the central theme at the German Pavilion at WUF11, which will be opened with a discussion on the following key questions: What makes a city liveable? What can we do to ensure a liveable future in cities worldwide? What are best practice examples? How does German DC contribute to this?

Join Germany for the opening ceremony and follow a fruitful discussion with the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, the implementing organisations, and local actors.

MAIN CONVENOR: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
CO-CONVENOR: Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB)



Alexander Carius | Founder & Managing Director, adelphi

Alexander Carius is Founder and Director of adelphi, the Berlin-based think tank on climate, environment, and development. His current research and consultancy focus is on green transformation, the geopolitics of climate change and the future of democracy. 

Ceremonial remarks by German Delegation

Klara Geywitz | Federal Minister, Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB), Germany

Klara Geywitz, the Federal Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Building, was born in 1976 in Potsdam, where she still lives with her family. 

She has been a member of the SPD since 1994. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Potsdam from 1995 to 2002 and graduated with a degree in political science. She was a member of the city council of the state capital Potsdam from 1998 to 2013 and served as a directly elected member of the Brandenburg state parliament from 2004 to 2019. During that time, she served on various committees and held responsible political positions within the state and federal SPD. From August 2020 until her appointment as a federal minister in December 2021, she worked as an audit area manager at the Brandenburg State Audit Office. 

Jana Orlowski | Deputy Consul General, General Consulate Breslau, Poland

Jana Orlowski has studied agricultural engineering in Nitra, Slovakia 1985-1989.
She is working for the German Foreign Office since 1991. Before, she was posted to Slovakia, Accra, Warsaw and Wrocław. Currently Jana Orloswki is the Head of Economic Department and responsible for Polish-German transborder-cooperation at German Consulate General in Wrocław.  

Dr. Peter Kurz | Mayor, City of Mannheim

Dr. Peter Kurz has served as mayor of Mannheim, Germany since 2007. He has overseen an economic and entrepreneurial transformation in the city, and established Mannheim as a Local Green Deal pilot city. He is Chair of the Global Parliament of Mayors and G7 special envoy of the Association of German Cities.


Dr. Jürgen Zattler | Head of Department, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany

Dr. Jürgen Karl Zattler is the Director-General for International development policy and United Nations; 2030 Agenda; social and environmental transfor at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Mr. Zattler is a development and macroeconomist with more than 30 years of experience in international cooperation. Until the end of 2020 he served as World Bank Group Executive Director representing Germany. Prior he had various positions in the BMZ, the European Commission and a private bank. Jürgen Karl Zattler studied economics and political science. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Giessen (trade theory and policy).

Panel Discussion

Khaled Saddik | Chairman of the Board of the Urban Development Fund, Egypt

Khaled Saddik is responsible for setting the strategies and policies for the UDF and leads the implementation of urban development projects on national level. He led the former Informal Settlements Development Fund (ISDF) with exemplary leadership in public participation processes, and problem-solving mechanisms. 

Élcio Batista | Deputy Mayor of Fortaleza and Superintendent of Planning Institute, Brazil

Élcio Batista was Chief of Staff in the Government of Ceará from 2015 to 2020. He served as Executive Secretary of the State Academy of Public Security and worked with the Inter-American Development Bank at Fortaleza City Hall as well as Planning Advisor at the Ceara Institute of Art and Culture.

Kobie Brand | Regional Director ICLEI Africa and Global Coordinator at the Biodiversity Center, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Kobie Brand has more than 25 years of practical and managerial experience in Environmental Management and Urban Development. Her expertise ranges from biodiversity, climate change, coastal management to urban sustainability and planning. She is responsible for the strategic direction, growth, partnerships, programmes and scope of work for ICLEI in Africa, as well as for ICLEI’s global biodiversity and nature-based solutions work and related agendas. This includes the global CitiesWithNature partnership initiative and ICLEI’s One Health, and water and sanitation initiatives.

Ruben Werchan | Senior Officer, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany

Ruben Werchan is presently a senior policy officer responsible for the work on sustainable urban development in the Division for urban development, mobility and circular economy in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Prior to this position, he was a senior policy officer in the division of Regional Development Banks and IFAD. In this capacity, he was responsible for the work with the inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). He joined the Ministry in 2016. Before joining BMZ, he took part in the young professional program of the German development cooperation implemented by GIZ. He worked on public finance issues in Ukraine and for the OECD. 

He holds a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Kiel, Germany, and a Bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from the University of Münster, Germany.

Barbara Schnell | Head of Department, KfW Development Bank

Barbara Schnell has been with KfW since 2001. She has worked in various positions in international project and export finance, corporate strategy as well as development finance. As Director of the Policy Department at KfW Development Bank she is responsible for KfW’s sector policies, including urban development and sustainable urban mobility.   


Martha Gutierrez | Head of Department, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Martha Gutierrez has over 25 years working experience in Development and International Cooperation in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Currently, she is Director of Division of global programs on Crisis and Conflict Management, Security, Displacement, Migration as well as Infrastructure Programmes of GIZ. She will be heading the Division on Global Policy, Governance, Cities from September 2022 onwards.  

Before taking up her present position, Martha Gutierrez served among others as GIZ Country Director in Uganda, as a team leader on decentralization policy advice at the Indonesian Ministry for Home Affairs and as a head of programs on Governance and Democracy Promotion at GIZ Headquarters.   

She holds a Master’s degree in Political Sciences with a focus on Public Law from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  


She was born in Bogotá, Colombia and grew up there and in Ithaca, NY. (USA).