Dr. Ursula Fuentes Hutfilter is presently on leave from her senior position at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment. From 2013 until January 2017 she was Head of Unit for Strategic Aspects of Climate Policy and the National Climate Plan at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Germany, where she has been responsible for general and strategic aspects of climate policy, as well as for the development of the German domestic climate plans and programs at national level. Previously she was in charge of managing, building up and developing the National Climate Initiative, a funding programe for innovative climate technologies and projects for local communities, small-scale businesses and consumers. From 2003 to 2010, she held positions in units on International Climate Policy of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, inter alia as Head of German Delegation to the IPCC (Fourth Assessment Report Cycle, Initiative on Special Report on Renewable Energy) and as an Issue Leader for the EU Negotiation Team to the UNFCCC, focussing on overall mitigation strategy, forestry (REDD/LULUCF), shared vision/ultimate objective, scientific and strategic aspects. She holds a PhD in Atmospheric Physics (1998) and a degree in Physics from Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany.