Making policies work

Hanne Knaepen

  • Climate change adaptation and resilience-building
  • Climate and green finance
  • Europe-Africa climate diplomacy and governance
  • Transboundary climate impacts
  • Green and just transition

Biography

Dr. Hanne Knaepen, a Belgian national, is the head of climate and green transition, with a special focus on adaptation, resilience, and just transition.

Hanne specialises in climate change adaptation and resilience-building within the context of Europe-Africa relations, with a strong focus on food systems and climate finance. She also looks at transboundary climate impacts in Africa and Europe, and questions around a green and fair transition for African countries. Hanne is also a Visiting Lecturer at Nyansapo College of International Relations and Diplomacy, Accra (University of Cape Coast) since 2016, where she teaches courses on climate risks and international development.

Prior to joining ECDPM, Hanne obtained a master’s degree in Japanese Studies from the University of Leuven and a master’s degree in European Studies from the Free University of Brussels (ULB), both in Belgium. In addition, she received her doctoral degree in Global Environmental Studies at Kyoto University, Japan, where she resided for a period of four years. Throughout her PhD she has worked on the issue of mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development policies and projects in Vietnam, assessing the work of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) within this domain.

External publications and contributions

    COP26 through an Africa-Europe lens

    Commentaries | Published on 22-11-2021

    COP26 through an Africa-Europe lens

    Commentaries | Published on 22-11-2021

    COP26 and beyond: It's choice, not chance

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 27-09-2021

    COP26 through an Africa-Europe lens

    Commentaries | Published on 22-11-2021

    COP26 through an Africa-Europe lens

    Commentaries | Published on 22-11-2021

    Our hopes for the UN Food Systems Summit

    Commentaries | Published on 20-09-2021

    Climate adaptation takes a seat at the table, finally

    Commentaries | Published on 01-02-2021

    COP26 and beyond: It's choice, not chance

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 27-09-2021

    The limits of the UNFCCC and the need for domestic adaptation action

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 27-09-2021

    Solving adaptation is solving vulnerability

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 27-09-2021

    Good governance as the key to effective adaptation

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 27-09-2021

    COP26 and beyond: It's choice, not chance - Editorial

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 27-09-2021

    Hanne Knaepen

    Head of climate and green transition - adaptation and resilience

    Nationality

    Belgian

    Languages

    Dutch, English, French, Japanese

    Contact

    • +32 (0)2 882 50 08
    • hk@ecdpm.org

    Location

    Brussels office

    Rue Archimede 5

    1000 Brussels