Linda Kalcher joined the European Climate Foundation in 2015 and currently serves as the CEO’s special advisor and Director on Resilient Recovery. In this role, she drives the ECF network’s efforts on greening the economic recovery, leading the set-up of a macroeconomic think tank network, political outreach and aligning pan-EU advocacy efforts. Linda’s outreach includes a broad set of policy-makers, investors, businesses, finance experts, regional and local actors as well as other stakeholder groups to ensure the Green Deal remains central to Europe’s recovery from COVID-19.
In her previous role as Director for EU institutional relations, Linda lead ECF’s nascent work on the European Green Deal and the EU’s increase of climate ambition in line with the Paris Agreement. Prior to joining ECF, Linda worked as political advisor to Social Democrat MEP Jo Leinen, where the debate on the future of energy and climate policies was central to her work. In this role, she gained a thorough understanding of European and international policy-making, while working with a range of stakeholders from businesses to NGOs. Working in the European Parliament, Linda sharpened her ability to negotiate with a wide range of individuals and organizations in order to influence political decisions.
Accomplished at equestrian vaulting, Linda is also passionate about travelling and languages, she is fluent in German (mother tongue), English, Italian and French and is currently trying to improve her basic knowledge of Spanish and Dutch.