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THE CLIMATE CHOICE

From our own experience, we know how complex and time-consuming it is to find sustainable solutions for your own company. From green hosting and sustainable electricity to industry-specific, innovative technologies. But companies in particular can make a major contribution to climate change.

With this challenge and over a long journey THE CLIMATE CHOICE was born.

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower every company to become a Climate Champion.

Our Vision

A world in which nature, people and the economy exist in harmony.

Our Team

Lara Obst

Co-Founder & Chief Sustainability Officer

At THE CLIMATE CHOICE, Lara is responsible for Operations, Sustainability as well as Communications and can answer any question about climate change.

Lara, after her B.A. in Art & Culture Organization, did her double Master in Innovation Management at TU Berlin & UT Twente, and received an additional Masterlabel in Sustainability. Lara’s master’s thesis was recognized by the Philippe de Woot Award for CSR. In recent years, Lara gained extensive experience in the Climate Tech industry as Co-Founder of MOWEA (modular wind turbines), Venture Developer of Weeve.network (IoT Data Platform) and Corporate Accelerator Manager DACH at Climate KIC.

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Yasha Tarani

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

At THE CLIMATE CHOICE, Yasha is responsible for business development, finance and sales.

He holds his Bachelor’s degree in Media Economics from Hochschule der Medien and a Master’s degree in Management from Leuphana University. Yasha previously founded the SaaS company resmio.com and built it into one of the leading restaurant software providers in Germany as CEO until 2017. Afterwards, he supported various tech start-ups in fundraising, management and sales issues.

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Dr. Reyhood Farhan

Co-Founder & Chief Data Scientist

At THE CLIMATE CHOICE, Rey is responsible for Product Development and Data Science.

He holds a Master’s degree in Physics and a PhD in Bioinformatics. After working as a Data Scientist at PwC and SoundCloud, Rey most recently led the Data Science team at Silicon Valley product development firm Originate.com as a Director, working on data-intensive products for companies in the financial sector such as Blackrock, Pimpco, Prudential.

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Theresa Wenning

Project Manager

At THE CLIMATE CHOICE, Theresa is responsible for the Climatesummit.de as well as other Business Development projects.

Theresa recently completed her Master in Sustainability Science, Policy and Society at Maastricht University and brings both project management experience and practical experience in sustainability assessments to the team.

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Timo Schäpe

Lead Engineer

At THE CLIMATE CHOICE Timo is responsible for Software Development and IT Security.

After his diploma in computer science with focus on “security in networked systems”, Timo worked for the last 10 years as interim head of engineering and independent backend software engineer for several well-known startups and companies (e.g. Orderbird, resmio, momox, Tinnitracks, McDonalds, Bonprix) and supported them with Big Data infrastructure.

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Malte Räuchle

Product Management working student

At THE CLIMATE CHOICE, Malte supports the team as a working student in Product and Web Development.

He already gained practical experience during an internship in the field of thermodynamics and application at BMW, and is also currently completing a master’s degree in operational environmental informatics at HTW Berlin.

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Hannah Kleffmann

Content Marketing & Communications working student

At THE CLIMATE CHOICE, Hannah supports the team as a working student in the area of Content Marketing and Communication.

Hannah is currently studying Applied Media and Communication Sciences at the TU Ilmenau and was part of the marketing team for the first sustainable festival in Thuringia for three years.

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Jonas Strunk

Entrepreneur in Residence

As Entrepreneur in Residence at THE CLIMATE CHOICE, Jonas manages various areas in interim – especially Business Development and People & Talent. 

Besides his studies in the Netherlands, South Korea and Portugal, he gained relevant experience at the management consultancy Accenture, the venture capital fund Capnamic and the e-mobility start-up UNU. In university courses and during his master thesis, he focused his attention on impact start-ups and sustainable investments.

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Inga Müller

Eventmanagement Intern

At THE CLIMATE CHOICE, Inga supports the organization of the Climatesummit.de as an event management intern.

Previously, Inga was able to gain experience in event management by organizing a TEDx event and already successfully completed her bachelor’s degree in cultural studies at Leuphana University.

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Anna Nasoetion

Content Marketing & Communications Intern

At THE CLIMATE CHOICE, Anna supports the organization of Climatesummit.de as an intern in the area of Content Marketing & Communication.

Previously, Anna was able to gain experience through various volunteer activities and is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication sciences.

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Do you want to work with us?

Join our Team of passionate climate and tech enthusiast who want to have a positive impact on climate change.

The Climate Choice stands for

Make people happy

Employees and customers choose companies with a heart for the environment. Living sustainability increases customer satisfaction, employee loyalty and our social well-being.

Transforming values

A generation that takes to the streets for its children loves companies that stand behind them. Climate-conscious companies also convince investors and uncover new market potential.

Future-proof work

The CO2 tax and plastic ban have set an example. Politicians recognize the growing need for action and are already setting the course for climate transformation with new incentives and regulations.

Advisory Board

Christopher Keefe

CMO & Entrepreneur

As Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Omidyar Network, Christopher led global marketing for an investment firm founded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Previously, he was Sr. Vice President at GMMB, a renowned U.S. consulting firm whose clients included “Obama for President,” the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Visa and the United Nations Foundation.

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Corinna Weinmiller

Sustainability Manager at Nestlé Deutschland

As Sustainability Manager at Nestlé Germany, Corinna has more than 15 years of experience in sustainable supply chains and is currently focused on the climate roadmap for the company. As a driving force, Corinna was instrumental in getting Nestlé Germany to join a petition on CO2 labeling of food products.

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Tilmann Silber

Climate Expert and Strategist

As South Pole’s Director Sustainable Supply Chains, Tilmann built a leading consulting team that develops climate strategies for some of the world’s largest companies. His focus is on supply chains and the consumer goods industry. As a former Board Member of the International Platform for Insetting (IPI), he is one of the pioneers of “insetting”, the development of climate change projects in supply chains. His experience includes companies such as Nestlé, Unilever, L’Oréal, Chanel, Mondelez, Beiersdorf, Mars, Coop and Lidl.

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Yvonne Jamal

Founder & CEO at JARO Institute for Sustainability and Digitalization (e.V.)

As Chairwoman of the Board of the JARO Institute for Sustainability & Digitalization, Yvonne and her committed JARO members want to make sustainable action the standard for business, and she is focusing intensively on capacity building and networking among the various stakeholders. In particular, the establishment of sustainable procurement with responsible supply chains is close to her heart. To this end, she recently developed a complete e-learning program with the JARO Institute. Her previous professional positions were with companies such as Zalando, TUI, Hilton and Accor.

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Alexander Grosse

Advisor & Entrepreneur

Alexander Grosse has been active in the software scene for 25 years. He started as a developer, founded two startups and was head of development at SoundCloud, among others. After his last job at BCG’s Digital Ventures (a corporate venture builder), Alexander works as a business angel and startup advisor. He is co-author of the book ‘Scaling Teams’, which is about how to best address startup growth pains.

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Armin Iskander

Founder & CEO, Iskander Business Partner

Armin Iskander, a computer scientist, is an entrepreneur with a passion and an expert when it comes to implementing product and customer ideas in the company. He started his career at Roland Berger and founded Iskander Business Partner in 2005. Today he is CEO, supervisory board member and investor. In his day-to-day business, he works as a management consultant. His clients include well-known start-ups and medium-sized companies as well as international corporations.

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Our actions, transparency & network

THE CLIMATE CHOICE also does not want to release even more emissions, but rather prevent them as far as possible and operate in a climate-neutral manner. We want to save more emissions than we release. To this end, we use solutions that allow us to do this from the very beginning. We host this website at biohost.de, use windcloud.de for our software, we use GLS Bank for finances, we use green electricity from Naturstrom.de in our home office and use co-working offices that are equipped to be as sustainable as possible, we cover all distances in Berlin by bike, we travel in Germany only by train, we pay attention to predominantly vegetarian, regional and seasonal food and we offset our footprint according to the guidelines of Leaders for Climate Action. Nevertheless, we are only at the beginning of our journey and will keep you informed about our progress towards becoming a “climate positive” company.

We are part of several entrepreneurial networks and initiatives for climate action in business. Among others, we are allowed to support Leaders for Climate Action, Entrepreneurs4Future as well as the EntrepreneursPledge and are members of the German Sustainable Business Association. We are also particularly pleased to be honorary members of the Impact Hub Leipzig!

Memberships & Climate Action

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  • Leaders for Climate Action Logo
  • Greenweb Foundation theclimatechoice
  • ClimatePartner Klimaneutrales Unternehmen
  • Bundersverband Nachhaltige Wirtschaft e.V.
  • Entrepreneurs for Future
  • Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e.V.