Christine Kühnel

Dr.-Ing. (TU Berlin), Dipl.-Ing. (CAU Kiel)

+49 (0)30 1208 434 17

Managing director


Christine is an expert on the heating transition, environmental protection and civil society aspects of the energy transition. As Managing Director of the Reiner Lemoine Institute in Berlin, she has been responsible for its scientific and commercial management together with Kathrin Goldammer since January 2024. Prior to that, she had been Head of Institute Administration since 2019.

Christine studied industrial engineering in Kiel. After completing her doctorate at TU Berlin, she worked at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as Scientific Coordinator and at the German Academy of Science and Engineering as Scientific Officer in the BMBF project "Forschungsforum Energiewende". Before joining RLI, she was team leader in the field of renewable energies and energy-efficient mobility (bioenergy) at the German Energy Agency.

Christine was spokesperson of the Berlin Climate Protection Council 2017 - 2021, member of the Enquete Commission "New Energy for Berlin" of the Berlin House of Representatives 2014 - 2016, as well as Chairwoman of the Board of BUND Berlin.

In addition to her work, Christine is currently on the board of the professional network Hypatia, a non-profit organisation committed to the visibility and networking of women in the context of the energy transition.