Dr. Imme Scholz is president of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin, Germany and honorary professor for global sustainability and its normative foundations at the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. Between 2099-2022 she was the deputy director of the German Development Institute (DIE). She joined DIE as a researcher in 1992. Between 2002 and 2009 she headed the department on environmental policy and natural resource management at DIE. She has published extensively on several topics at the interface of environment and development, including the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, adaptation to climate change, and sustainable forest use.

In the 1980s, she studied sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin where she did her doctorate in 1999. Between 1999 and 2002, she was on leave and worked for German development cooperation as an environmental policy advisor in the Brazilian Amazon. She is co-chair of the UN Independent Group of Scientists which is tasked with elaborating the Global Sustainable Development Report 2023. She is a member of the German Bioeconomy Council (2021-2023), the German Council for Sustainable Development (2013-2022), the German Committee Future Earth (2019-2022), and the Supervisory Board of Bread for the World (since 2012).