Max Schmidt

Junior Policy Analyst

Max Schmidt is a junior policy analyst with IISD’s Energy Program, currently working with the Indonesia team.
Max had previously supported IISD’s South Africa and Indonesia teams as a contractor, updating the OECD’s Fossil Fuel Subsidies Database and IISD’s Energy Policy Tracker, as well as reviewing relevant literature on the social costs of combusting fossil fuels and biofuels. As a participant in the Carlo Schmid Fellowship program, he also supported IISD’s India and South Africa teams on their fossil fuel inventories.
Prior to his experience with IISD, Max worked as junior advisor with a Berlin-based climate and renewable energy consultancy. In this role, he evaluated the United Nations Development Programme’s support for energy access and transition as a research consultant and co-authored a study on “green neo-colonialism” in Morocco, Niger, and Senegal, among others. Parallel to his master’s degree, Max worked on the interlinkage of climate change and financial risks as a graduate research assistant at the Department of Economics at SOAS, University of London. Max is a Certified Expert in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance, granted by the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management together with the United Nations Environment Programme Collaborating Centre.
Max holds a Master of Science in Research for International Development from SOAS, University of London, and two bachelor’s degrees in political science and sociology from Leipzig University. He spent one academic year at the University of Edinburgh and three months at the German Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, as part of his bachelor programs. Max is based in Germany and speaks English, German, and French.

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Areas of expertise
Just Transition
Climate and Renewable Energy Finance
Staff type
Master's Degree, Research for International Development, SOAS University of London, 2020
Bachelor's Degree, Sociology and Political Science, Leipzig University, 2019
Languages spoken
German, English, French