Our team


Managing Director


The position of the managing director is currently vacant. The three members of the Board of Directors are responsible for the tasks.

Telephone: +49 3834 25 44 718
Email: office@baltcf.org

Peter Torkler works as the managing director of baltcf since January 2015. He graduated as a Diplom Geographer and joined the foundation after more than a decade of professional experience in the field of European policies. During the past years he worked with WWF Germany on financing Europe’s protected area network Natura 2000, through the integration of EU public funds for biodiversity and co-operation with the European Commission and relevant European authorities.

Gudrun Bürth

Gudrun Bürth

Office Assistant

Gudrun Bürth joined the foundation in December 2018.

She was always interested in the protection of the environment especially the Baltic Sea as she was born and raised in Greifswald, the location of the baltcf.

Due to several years of experiences as an office assistant and assistant for marketing and sales for international operating companies, she speaks English fluently. Communication and solution-oriented acting are strong characteristics of her.

Phone: +49 3834 5181599

Email: gudrun.buerth@baltcf.org

Office hours: Monday – Thursday 08 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Board of Directors

Alfred Schumm

Alfred Schumm


WWF, Director Innovation, Sciences,Technologies & Solutions


Jörg Schmiedel

Jörg Schmiedel


Landscape planner

Frank Häuser

Frank Häuser



The members of the Board of Directors have been appointed by the Board of Trustees as follows:

  • one member to be recommended by WWF Deutschland
  • one member to be recommended by Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz (Friends of the Earth) Deutschland, state section Landesverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V.
  • one member to be recommended by Nord Stream AG

Board of Trustees

Dr. Dirk von Ameln, President

(Senior Advisor to CEO at Nord Stream 2 AG)

Stefan Schwill, Vice president

(Regional Chairman at NABU (Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union) Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V.)

Thomas Blaudszun, Member

(Vice president of BUND (Friends of the Earth), state section

Landesverband M-V e.V.)

Christoph Heinrich, Member

(Executive Board at WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Germany)

Christian Pegel, Member

(Minister at the Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Digitalization of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

The members of the Board of Trustees have been appointed by the following organisations:

  • one member appointed by Naturschutzbund Deutschland (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union), state section Landesverband M-V e. V.
  • one member appointed by WWF Deutschland
  • one member appointed by BUND (Friends of the Earth), state section Landesverband M-V e. V.
  • one member appointed by Nord Stream AG
  • one member appointed by the State Chancellery of the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania

Project Advisory Committee (PAC)

The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) is a body of experts, whose members have various backgrounds in science and who are based in different Baltic Sea countries.