Sandra Retzer serves as Head of “Sustainable Urbanisation, Transportation and Energy” of GIZ China. She joined the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz) GmbH in September 2014, where she is responsible for Sino-German policy dialogues and technical cooperation projects in the field of energy, electro mobility, low carbon transport and sustainable urbanisation.

In the past 20 years – after getting a diploma in Business Studies as well as a diploma in Chinese language studies – Ms. Retzer has been primarily based in Germany and China working for different transnational companies in large-scale infrastructure, airport, renewable energy and energy storage projects. Before joining GIZ, Sandra Retzer served as Managing Director Asia-Pacific of Younicos AG, a German company specialized in the management of battery energy storage technologies and systems for a stable power supply from renewable sources.

Currently, Sandra Retzer also serves as the National Chair of the Energy Working Group of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. The group has been proactively engaging Chinese and European policymakers on policies, regulations, and standards and market development. Ms Retzer is also a member of several advisory boards related to Chinese-European demo projects.