Dirk P Kohler was founder and CEO of CarbonRe AG, a Swiss-based expert insurance service specializing in climate change and clean energy technologies. With a background in applied economics, environmental management and insurance, Dirk has been associated with GERLING Group of Insurance companies and GERLING Consulting Group since 1987. In 1998 he initiated the GERLING Sustainable Development Project GmbH (GSDP) to move GERLING into Sustainable Development. He took over GSDP in a management buy out in 2003 and merged the company with CarbonRe in 2006.
Dirk is co-founder of United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), its climate change working group, and was accredited by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Dirk was awarded World Finance Carbon Market Awards 2011 for Best Overall Contribution to Insurance (Global) and M&A International 2012 as Swiss clean energy expert of the year.