Matthias holds an MSc in Environmental Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. He has visited Oxford University, Harvard University, Yale University and the University of Heidelberg for short, intensive courses and summer-schools, on various topics of international governance.
At Perspectives, Matthias has contributed to drafting mitigation policies, national mitigation targets, studies on market mechanisms and advised government and private sector delegations during UN climate negotiations on a broad range of negotiations topics since 2012. Previous clients include the World Bank, UNDP, UNEP, various governments, private sector companies and development cooperation agencies such as GIZ, AfD, and SNV. Matthias has been authoring and co-authoring studies and reports on geoengineering since 2012 and increasingly focusses on the implications of carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation management techniques on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Besides his work with Perspectives, Matthias is pursuing a PhD at the group of Prof. Frank Biermann at Utrecht University and works at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany as research associate. His research addresses governance issues surrounding on carbon removal and solar geoengineering technologies and explores potential pathways for adequate policy design.