Our team

Office Staff

Thomas Winter

Thomas Winter

Managing Director

Thomas has been interested in the protection of the Baltic Sea ever since spending a semester in Gdańsk in 2005 as a part of his International Cultural and Business Studies curriculum in Passau. His diverse background includes positions as a Programme Director at the German National Academic Foundation, as Head of the Social Science Department at social EduTech startup Kiron, and as Product Owner at several tech startups. After his PhD in International Relations with a focus on Central East Europe, Thomas added an MBA in Sustainability Management in order to devote his time professionally to the protection of our environment.

Besides his job as BaltCF’s Managing Director, he volunteers as an environmental auditor for international music festivals and supports a German climate protection NGO.

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Board of Directors

Alfred Schumm

Alfred Schumm


WWF, Director of Innovation, Science, Technology & Solutions


Jörg Schmiedel

Jörg Schmiedel


Landscape planner

Susanna Knotz

Susanna Knotz


Project leader BUND

According to the statute, members of the Board of Directors are appointed as follows:

  • one member recommended by WWF Germany
  • one member recommended by BUND e.V. (Friends of the Earth Germany), section Mecklenburg-West Pomerania

Board of Trustees

 Stefan Schwill, President

(Regional Chairman at NABU e.V. section Mecklenburg-West Pomerania)

Stephan Zirpel, Vice President

(Director of Environmental Conservation Germany)

Thomas Blaudszun, Member

(Vice president at BUND e.V. section Mecklenburg-West Pomerania)


According to the statute, members of the Board of Trustees are appointed as follows:

  • one member appointed by NABU e.V. (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union), section Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
  • one member appointed by WWF Germany
  • one member appointed by BUND e.V. (Friends of the Earth Germany), section Mecklenburg-West Pomerania

Project Advisory Committee (PAC)

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