Secretary General of ICLEI (2002 – 2012), Founding Director of ICLEI East Asia Secretariat
Mr. Otto-Zimmermann has an Engineering Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning, Technical University of Hannover, Germany and obtained a Magister Degree (Magister rerumpublicarum) in Public Administration, University of Public Administration, Speyer, Germany. He has held positions in national and local government as well as an inter-municipal consultancy.
Mr. Otto-Zimmermann is a member of World Economic Forum´s Global Agenda Council on Infrastructure & Urban Development and an alumni of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Business & the Environment Programme, Cambridge, UK. He also has several board and advisory functions such as with the International Green Purchasing Network and KATERVA. He is author, editor, or co-editor of 11 books and hundreds of articles in various magazines on local environmental planning & management and non-motorized urban transport.
Besides that, he was lecturer at over 200 congresses, conferences, symposia and training sessions and initiator and scientific director of congresses on sustainable cities, Local Agenda 21, local environmental management, environmental impact assessment, non-motorized urban transport and eco-procurement.