Maja Göpel


Maja Göpel is a political economist and important voice for a sustainable transformation of society working at the intersection of economy, politics and society. She presents her ideas in scientific publications ("The Great Mindshift") as well as public books “Unsere Welt neu denken”, which has been on the German bestseller list for months. From 2017 to 2020, she was Secretary-General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), a body that advises the government on the design of global transformations towards sustainability. Previously, she headed the Berlin office of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and represented the interests of future generations in EU and UN processes as Director Future Justice at the World Future Council. In 2019, Maja Göpel was appointed honorary professor at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. She is a member of the Club of Rome, the World Future Council, the Balaton Group, the Bioeconomy Council of the German Federal Government and a co-initiator of the Scientists for Future network. On top of that, she supports several organisations by being a member of their scientific advisory councils, board of trustees or foundation councils.

Selected Publications

  • "Unser Welt neu denken. Eine Einladung", 2020
  • "The Great Mindshift. How a New Economic Paradime and Sustainability Transformations go Hand in Hand", 2016


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Twitter: @beyond_ideology

What gives you hope?

All forms of love.

How does change happen?

When a set of committed people decide to unite their abilities.

If you could have a conversation with one person (dead or alive) who would that be?


Dr. Janine von Wolfersdorff is Policy Fellow at THE NEW INSTITUTE for the programme “Shaping Regenerative Economies”.

She advises THE NEW INSTITUTE on finance
and political issues relating to the implementation of sustainable accounting - ESG accounting / true cost accounting - and taxes.



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