Johannes Winklmaier, Dipl.-Ing.









Urban Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Curriculum Vitae

since 2022 Acquired funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) for the demonstration project SEED Himalaya, which he is managing since its launch in September 2022. SEED Himalaya aims to support the remote community of Chambawat in the Indian Himalayas in its transformation into an environmentally resilient and economically empowered community. This is to be achieved through community-based, decentralized energy supply as well as local value creation in agriculture. The inclusive bottom-up development plan, covering both green infrastructure as well as socio-economic structures, is tailored to the local resources, capacities, and needs. This ensures the sustainability of the project and enables the replication of its approach in other Himalayan communities.

Co-founded the TUM SEED Center for Sustainable Energies, Entrepreneurship and Development, which is one of seven German Excellence Centers for Development Cooperation managed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


Started his position as research assistant at the Chair of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems at TUM. There he initiated research on decentralized Energy-Water-Food Systems in the Global South, established a pilot project in the rural village of St. Rupert Mayer, Zimbabwe, and co-founded the NGO TU eMpower Africa e.V.


Graduated at Technical University of Munich (TUM) in mechanical engineering with specification on Thermo-Fluid Dynamics and Renewable Energy Systems.

Fields of Research