Dr Manfred Konukiewitz is Deputy Director General, Global and Sectoral Policies and Commissioner for Climate Policy of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. He heads the directorate for global and sectoral policies in development cooperation. As Commissioner for Climate Policy, he advises on climate related issues in development policy, in particular international climate finance. He is the German member in the UNFCCC Transitional Committee for the Green Climate Fund, installed at CoP 16 in Cancun. Before joining the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Manfred Konukiewitz was seconded to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi, appointed as Senior Advisor to Under-Secretary-General Klaus Toepfer. Manfred Konukiewitz is a graduate of the Free University of Berlin and Indiana University, USA and received his Ph.D. in Political Science.