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KTF Alumni Network

Alumni meeting 2019 in Vardzia, Georgia (photo: A.Strauss)
Alumni meeting 2019 in Vardzia, Georgia (photo: A.Strauss)

An important feature of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship is its active network of alumni.

This network is a strong resource for supporting, advising, and coaching each other. It also opens up options for cooperation between the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship countries and German institutions as well as strategic partners.

Alumni activities are planned and implemented jointly by fellows and the organizers of the programme. Each cohort of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship has formed a social media network coordinated by a member of the cohort. There is also a social media network of the entire group of alumni and current fellows.

Alumni reunions form an important element of the alumni work. The first three alumni meetings took place in 2015 and 2017 in Germany, and in 2019 in Georgia. Participants continued learning on management skills by attending advanced level trainings on media skills, negotiation and conflict resolution. They also engaged in peer coaching, reflecting their professional situation and the framework conditions for nature conservation within their regional subgroups.

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Alumni are also already involved in the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship programme as mentors for the transfer projects of the current fellows and as ambassadors for the recruitment of further fellows.

For contacting the alumni network, please send an email to

Alumni meeting 2017 in Berlin (photo: A.Strauss)
Alumni meeting 2017 in Berlin

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