Dr. Jürgen Hannak
Doctor of Social and Economic Sciences
Head of Programme Circular Economy

As Head of Programme Circular Economy at adelphi, Jürgen Hannak is advancing the establishment of sustainability management and resource efficiency in international supply chains. His work focuses on the textile and leather sectors. In particular, he promotes approaches in operational chemicals management and recycling management as well as the financing of sustainable production. A social and economic scientist, he has 25 years of work experience at home and abroad and is an expert in the conception, implementation, and evaluation of international initiatives within the framework of technical cooperation between multilateral and bilateral development organisations, the European Commission, and the private sector.

For projects, Jürgen is working on developing and implementing sectoral sustainability strategies. He is also responsible for improving sustainability management in industrial zones and parks. His work also includes moderating consultation processes with stakeholders in order to formulate new approaches, policies and strategies. In addition, he supports industry associations in developing and embedding long-term sustainability roadmaps. To this end, he develops training programmes for associations, conducts training courses, and advises on implementation concepts. In addition, he is developing methods and instruments for analysis and performance measurement in sustainability management.

Prior to joining adelphi, Jürgen worked as a consultant for multi- and bilateral development organisations such as the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), as well as various consulting agencies. His career has included assignments and stays in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He was most recently a team leader for the environmental component within the framework of the GIZ programme for the Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in industry (PSES) in Bangladesh. In this position, he was responsible for improving the framework conditions for the promotion of sustainability management in the textile and leather sectors. He also served as the point of contact for the German Sustainable Textile Partnership (Textilbündnis) on issues relating to the sectoral implementation of Best Available Technologies (BATs) / Best Environmental Practices (BEPs) and chemicals management.

Due to his diversity of engagements as an advisor and trainer in the international sphere, he has extensive experience in engaging with a broad range of diverse stakeholders, ranging from government institutions, associations, and industry bodies to research institutes and academic / non-academic educational institutions and NGOs. Parallel to his work as advisor, he was a guest lecturer at the Anna University and Sri Ramachandra Medical University in Chennai (India) from 2001 to 2005. In the development and implementation of training programmes, he emphasises competence-based learning as well as "experiential learning" approaches.

Jürgen is the author and co-author of several publications, sectoral studies and strategy papers as well as manuals and guidelines on environmental, chemical and occupational health management issues.

He studied at the Leopold Franzens Universität in Innsbruck (Austria) and at the University Hong Kong, completing his academic work with a master's degree in business administration and a doctorate in social sciences and economics, with a focus on strategic planning and Networked Thinking. Jürgen is certified in Capacity WORKS.

Selected Projects

Selected publications

  • Resource Efficient Management of Chemicals – Toolkit for Companies and Service Providers in the Textile and Leather Sector

    Hannak J, Omar Faruq 2017: Resource Efficient Management of Chemicals. Toolkit for Companies and Service Providers in the Textile and Leather Sector. Bangladesh: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
  • Handbook on safety & health management in the leather footwear industry

    Das, BN and Jürgen Hannak 2001: Handbook on safety & health management in the leather footwear industry. Chennai, India: Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI).
  • Manual on Design, Operation and Maintenance of Tannery Effluent Treatment Plants – Occupational Health & Safety Management in Effluent Treatment Plants

    Buljan J, Sahasranaman A, Hannak J 1997: Manual on Design, Operation and Maintenance of Tannery Effluent Treatment Plants. Occupational Health & Safety Management in Effluent Treatment Plants. UNIDO Regional Programme on Pollution Control in the Tanning Industry in South East Asia.