Who we are...

Our team consists of experienced professionals who bring years of experience in private and public arenas as well as a dedication to sustainable development.

Our staff qualifications comprise economics, social sciences, spatial planning, environmental science, urban development, geography, engineering and public relations. All employees have international work experience and are fluent in several languages. We currently speak German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Hungarian, Czech, Swedish, Dutch, …

Siegfried Rupprecht

Siegfried Rupprecht

+49 221 6060 55 11

s.rupprecht@rupprecht-consult.eu

Siegfried Rupprecht is the owner and executive director of Rupprecht Consult. He is a social scientist (Universities of Bielefeld, Bamberg and Oxford), working since 1991 in international co-operation in the areas of sustainable transport and urban development, in socio-economic policy evaluation and policy analysis. He has successfully managed large research and demonstration projects in transport and energy while being the head of the European Office of the City of Cologne. In 1996, he started his own Business and since 1998 he is the owner and managing director of Rupprecht Consult - Forschung & Beratung GmbH.  He has worked closely with several Directorates General of the European Commission as project partner, and independent expert. He regularly moderates round tables at conferences and other high-level policy events. He has helped to develop and manage many projects and has advised numerous practitioners and policy makers on sustainable development and international cooperation.

Angéla Rupprecht

Angéla Rupprecht

+49 221 6060 55 15

a.rupprecht@rupprecht-consult.eu

Angela Rupprecht is a trained bank accountant and music therapist (Dipl., FH Heidelberg). Following her first job in a bank in Nürnberg, she studied music therapy in Heidelberg. After twelve years as therapist in a psychosomatic clinic in Cologne, she studied classical singing in London.

Angéla Rupprecht joined Rupprecht Consult in 2002 and is responsible for personnel and financial management. She is also actively engaged in supporting the coordination of several projects.

Wolfgang Backhaus

Dr. Wolfgang Backhaus

+49 221 6060 55 19

w.backhaus@rupprecht-consult.eu

Dr Wolfgang Backhaus is a social scientist (Ph.D. and diploma from RWTH Aachen University, thesis on management of large regional networks). He was a consultant at the EU-office of RWTH Aachen University and worked for the research institute Centre for Learning and Knowledge Management and Department of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering. At Rupprecht Consult, he is leading the Collective and Intelligent Mobility Team. Current and recent projects on public transport, automated driving and electromobility include TROLLEY, ACTUATEELIPTIC, EBSF_2 and CoEXist

Ana-Maria Baston

Ana-Maria Baston

+49 221 6060 55 17

a.baston@rupprecht-consult.eu

Ana-Maria Baston holds a degree in architecture and a master in integrated urban development from the University of Architecture in Bucharest, Romania. She has relevant professional experience in architectural design, urban development and sustainable urban mobility. After several years of working in the field of architecture planning, she started a career in a European project consultancy. As a freelance consultant in Romania, she has been involved in a wide range of EC funded projects related to sustainable urban mobility. At Rupprecht Consult, she is a member of the Integrated Planning team.

Currently, Ana-Maria is on maternity leave. She will return in 2020.

Susanne Böhler-Baedeker

Dr. Susanne Böhler-Baedeker

+49 221 6060 55 14

s.boehler@rupprecht-consult.eu

Dr Susanne Böhler-Baedeker graduated from the University of Dortmund with a diploma in planning sciences in 1996. She joined the Wuppertal Institute for Climate Environment and Energy in 1996, where she was involved in several national and international projects about sustainable and low carbon transportation on different political levels and gained a wide range of experience in analyses and evaluation of transport policies and measures. At Rupprecht Consult, she leads the team on Integrated Planning, working on projects such as SUMPs-Up, Urban Nodes or Urban Nodes in Transnational Transport.

Ralf Brand

Dr. Ralf Brand

+49 221 6060 55 18

r.brand@rupprecht-consult.eu

Dr Ralf Brand is a Geographer (University of Eichstätt) with a PhD in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked as consultant for the Sustainable Performance Group and advised a number of municipalities on their Local Agenda 21 processes. He was also Lecturer in an action-research project at Queen's University Belfast and from 2006 to 2013 Ralf was Senior Lecturer (equiv. to Associate Professor) at the University of Manchester's Architecture Research Centre. At Rupprecht Consult, he leads the team on People-Focused Mobility Solutions, which works on projects such as FLOW, CIVITAS SATELLITE or SUNRISE, which try to make sustainable, healthy and active mobility both accessible and enjoyable for everyone in their everyday lives.

Lasse Brand

Lasse Brand

+49 221 6060 55 10

l.brand@rupprecht-consult.eu

Lasse Brand has an interdisciplinary background in political and sustainability science, with a specialisation in EU governance, mobility management and civic participation. He holds a B.A. in Political Science (Free University of Berlin) and an M.Sc. in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (Lund University). Following his university studies, Lasse coordinated the European project BEAM21 and led climate trainings for local authorities for the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation Brandenburg. At Rupprecht Consult, he successfully completed the trainee programme and is now a member of the Integrated Planning team.

Marcel Braun

Marcel Braun

+49 221 6060 55 20

m.braun@rupprecht-consult.eu

Marcel Braun studied sociology, anthropology and pedagogy at the Universities of Heidelberg, London and Bonn. After graduation, Marcel was a research fellow for two years at the Institute for the Research on Social Opportunities. Prior to joining Rupprecht Consult, he worked for four years at the Research Group “Energy, Transport and Climate Policy” of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy where he was involved in interdisciplinary research projects on European and international climate policy, taking up a variety of research and project management tasks. As Senior Consultant, working at Rupprecht Consult since 2008, he is now a member of the People-Focussed Mobility Solutions team at Rupprecht Consult.

Lisa Marie Brunner

Lisa Marie Brunner

+49 221 6060 55 17

l.brunner@rupprecht-consult.eu

Lisa Marie Brunner studied Geography at the University of Cologne, while focusing on geographic health research and global change. With her master’s studies in ‘Integrative Urban Development – Smart City’ from the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, she specialised in future-oriented, sustainable mobility, and urban development. Lisa Marie conducted research in the Cities, Health, and Active Transportation Lab at Simon-Fraser-University in Vancouver and worked in various research projects about active mobility, future transport, and mobility education at the Road Safety Board Austria in Vienna. At Rupprecht Consult, she is a trainee in the Integrated Planning as well as the People-focussed mobility solutions team.

Marlene Damerau

Marlene Damerau

+49 221 6060 55 16

m.damerau@rupprecht-consult.eu

Marlene Damerau is a geographer specialised in sustainable urban development. She studied at Humboldt-University of Berlin and Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and is absolving a part-time postgraduate Master of Advanced Studies in Regenerative Energies and Energy Economics at University Koblenz-Landau. She worked as an urban planner and URBACT project manager for the municipality of Kassel, as an independent consultant for grant advisory, and as a mobility researcher for the Institute of Regional and Urban Development Research (ILS) in Dortmund. At Rupprecht-Consult, she is member of the Integrated Planning Team.

Bonnie Fenton

Bonnie Fenton

+49 221 6060 55 27

b.fenton@rupprecht-consult.eu

Bonnie Fenton is a researcher and educator specialising in sustainable urban mobility and cycling as a means of transportation. She has a Master of Education from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). Her work experience includes initiating a cycling programme to teach adults to cycle safely and confidently for transportation, researching and reporting on good practices in cycling education and promotion in Europe and North America, and coordinating a public consultation process on the future of cycling in Metro Vancouver. At Rupprecht Consult, among other things, she also created and taught a series of online courses on cycling promotion for starter cycling cities for the EU PRESTO Project. She is a member of the People-Focused Mobility Solutions team.

Daniel Franco

Daniel Franco

+49 221 6060 55 23

d.franco@rupprecht-consult.eu

Daniel Franco Trujillo successfully completed the Master Program Infrastructure Planning (MIP) at the
Universität Stuttgart and he has a bachelor in Civil Engineering as well as one in Physics from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. At Rupprecht Consult, he successfully completed the trainee programme and is now a member of the Collective and Intelligent Mobility team.

Saydrina Ann Govender

Saydrina Ann Govender

+49 221 6060 55 22

s.govender@rupprecht-consult.eu

Saydrina Ann Govender (South African) completed her undergraduate and honours degrees at the University of Cape Town in Environmental and Geographic Science, with a strong focus on urban challenges and atmospheric science. She joined the team last year as part of her MSc. in Sustainability and Consultancy at the University of Leeds, U.K.

During her time with the firm she developed her MSc. thesis from the SUMI project in the arena of sustainability performance. This winter Saydrina graduated with merit and joined us again, this time to take part in a 12-month trainee programme.

Henning Günter

Henning Günter

+49 221 6060 55 13

h.guenter@rupprecht-consult.eu

Henning Günter has an interdisciplinary background in sociology, geography and urban planning and specialized in transportation planning at Tufts University, USA. He gained first work experiences in sustainable transport and city planning working for the Cities of Tubingen (Germany) and Somerville (USA). Henning joined Rupprecht Consult in 2014 as trainee and is now primarily involved in the electromobility and public transportation innovation projects. Henning is a member of the Collective and Intelligent Mobility team.

Amelie Metze

Amelie Metze

+49 221 6060 55 26

a.metze@rupprecht-consult.eu

Amelie Metze holds a diploma in Business Administration of the University of Cologne. She is a certified translator for English and German. Amelie has worked in various industries as Assistance to the General Manager and was continuously involved in project work. She is joining the office team as direct colleague of Gabi Wegeler in part time.

Hana Peters

Hana Peters

+49 221 6060 55 21

h.peters@rupprecht-consult.eu

holds a BA in Psychology from Haverford College and an MSc in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science from Lund University, where her research focused on urban transport and travel behaviour. Prior to joining Rupprecht Consult, Hana applied her international and interdisciplinary background working at ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. At Rupprecht Consult, she is now a member of the People-focussed Mobility Solutions team. 

Hana is currently on maternity leave.

Kristin Tovaas

Kristin Tovaas

+49 221 6060 55 24

k.tovaas@rupprecht-consult.eu

Kristin Tovaas has an interdisciplinary background in sustainability science, communication and system analysis, with a specialisation in sustainable transport and urban development (M.Sc. in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science from Lund University in Sweden). After publishing her thesis as a case study for ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Kristin then joined their World Secretariat in Bonn. At Rupprecht Consult, she successfully completed the trainee programme in 2015 and she is now a member of the People-Focused Mobility Solutions team.

Gabi Wegeler

Gabi Wegeler

+49 221 6060 55 12

g.wegeler@rupprecht-consult.eu

Gabi Wegeler holds a Masters degree in American Studies and public relations (Universities of Mainz and Minneapolis). She works a office manager, manages communication issues and supports project management and dissemination activities. Gabi joined Rupprecht Consult in 1998 and has been an integral part of the growing team since then.