Daniela Kretz works as a Senior Consultant in the field of Innovation, Competitiveness and Sustainability at IDEA Consult and joined the team in July 2016. Within IDEA, Daniela works on a variety of projects related to technology deployment and interregional collaboration notably on topics related to the European Green Deal such as clean industry, clean energy, agricultural innovation, and circular economy. In these projects, she has experience in performing qualitative and quantitative analyses, stakeholder analysis and mapping, handling data, planning and facilitating workshops as well as organising and conducting interviews. She is very active supporting interregional collaboration, among others through the project ‘Mapping and Interlinking European Entrepreneurial Regions’ for DG Grow and EASME of the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions as well as the Vanguard Initiative’s ‘Advanced Manufacturing for Energy related applications in Harsh Environments (ADMA Energy)’, for which her expertise in stakeholder analysis and mapping in the context of interregional demonstration and collaboration are vital. In addition, she is highly involved in several projects related to the European Green Deal, including a ‘Digital Platform for Circular Economy in Cross-Sectorial Sustainable Value Networks (Digiprime)’ and the recently completed ‘Techno-Economic study on the potential of European Industrial Companies regarding Europe’s Green Deal’ carried out for the Joint Research Centre. In addition, Daniela served as the Single Partnership Coordinator for the Sustainable Buildings Partnerships’ Interregional Innovation Pilot on the Smart University Campus appointed by DG Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission and has served as an expert for the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy) for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. She has also worked on projects such as the ‘Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) priorities meta-analysis and future mission-oriented research and innovation initiatives’ for: DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission.
Daniela previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Bayreuth and the VU University Amsterdam on interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and tackling global environmental change. Daniela has a Master of Science in Global Change Ecology from the University of Bayreuth, Augsburg and Würzburg and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Resource Management from the Brandenburg University of Technology in Germany, which featured an ERASMUS exchange at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria. As a native English speaker, Daniela also has over seven years of experience in completing native English corrections of reports, scientific publications and even a book – all for non-native authors. Daniela is also fluent in German and speaks French.