Who we are
Prof. Michael Rodi
Professor Michael Rodi has been a professor of Public Law, Finance, and Tax Law at the University of Greifswald since 1999. He is the director of IKEM and founder of IKEM Academy: Energy and Climate.
Prof. Rodi has provided consultancy services to the German Ministry of Economic Affairs, the German Environmental Agency, and the European Union on the topics of tax surcharges, climate change law, and financial resource collection, respectively. He was also responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive ecological tax reform in Vietnam.
His current focus lies in climate and energy legislation, with a particular emphasis on the interaction of fiscal instruments.
Anika Nicolaas Ponder
Anika Nicolaas Ponder leads the Sustainability & Innovation team at IKEM. Her expertise includes innovative engagement formats for the energy transition, international networks, and project management. Anika has managed the IKEM Academy since 2011. In recent years, she served as project lead for the Baltic InteGrid, an EU consortium investigating meshed offshore grids in the Baltic Sea. She was also project manager for two multi-award-winning collaborative projects between IKEM and Ellery Studio for Creative Strategy.
Anika holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the Amsterdam School of Business and a master’s degree in Sustainable Development from the Sorbonne, Paris.
Alexandra is a research associate at IKEM with experience in advocacy work, international frameworks, and interdisciplinary and creative problem-solving. Her work for the Institute has included IKEM Academy planning, visibility and strategic planning, just transitions research, and gender equality research and implementation.
Alexandra holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, with a concentration in human rights and justice studies, and a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, with an emphasis in security and sustainability policy.