Imme Scholz joined DIE in 1992 and headed the departments of global environmental policy and environmental policy and natural resource management (2002-2009) before becoming deputy director and acting director (2018-2020). Imme is a member of many policy and research institutions, including the German Council for Sustainable Development, the SDG Commission of the BMZ (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany, and the European Think Tanks Group on sustainable development. 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, Imme studied sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin where she did her doctorate in 1999 after joining DIE in 1992. Between 1999 and 2002, she worked for the German development cooperation as an environmental policy advisor in the Brazilian Amazon.