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Martin Stavenhagen

Climate, Energy and Water Policy Consultant, National University of Singapore

Martin Stavenhagen is a consultant, policy analyst and project manager with ten years of experience in climate, energy and water policy, sustainable urban development, and public sector reform.

He has managed several German technical cooperation projects in South Asia on solar industry standards, water and air quality measurements, and quality infrastructure, and has designed and facilitated policy training programs for decision-makers from more than 40 countries. He also researched urban resilience and water demand management strategies in cities at the Institute of Water Policy, National University of Singapore. Currently, he's a consultant on climate, energy and water policy and the circular economy.

He has a Master of Environmental, Social and Urban Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, a postgraduate degree in development cooperation from the German Development Institute (DIE) in Bonn, and will be a Certified Expert in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance by the Frankfurt School of Finance and UNEP by late-2019.


  • 2017–present
    Co-Founder and Lead Consultant, SD Consulting
  • 2016–2017
    Research Associate, Institute of Water Policy, National University of Singapore
  • 2014–2016
    Program Manager for Executive Education, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
  • 2011–2013
    Project Coordinator for Technical Cooperation with Asia, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Technology


  • 2011 
    German Development Institute (DIE), Postgraduate Program for Young Professionals in International Development Cooperation
  • 2010 
    Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Master of Public Policy - Environmental, Social and Urban Policy
  • 2007 
    Universität Erfurt, Germany, Governmental Studies (B.A.) - Political Science, Philosophy and Economics


  • 2018
    Saving water in cities: Assessing policies for residential water demand management in four cities in Europe, Cities, Volume 79, September 2018, 187-195
  • 2017
    Impacts of droughts and floods in cities: Policies and governance, International Journal of Water Resources Development, Volume 33, Issue 4
  • 2012
    Evaluation of the German-Chilean Fund for Strategic Planning and Implementation of Self-Financed Reforms (in German) , DIE Studies, No. 63
  • 2011
    Commercializing Solar Energy: Lessons from the Indonesia Solar Home Systems Project, Energy Governance Case Study #11, Centre on Asia & Globalization
  • 2010
    What is wrong with ODA today? – The Paris Declaration and Lessons Learned from the EU Asia Urbs Project in Cambodia, Asian Journal of Public Affairs, Vol. 3, No. 2

Professional Memberships

  • International Public Policy Association (IPPA)