Adolf Kloke-Lesch has been an Associate Fellow and Senior Advisor with the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (D.I.E.) since August 2012. In November 2014 he became Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany) which is hosted by D.I.E. as the National SDSN Centre in Germany. In 2011/2012 he served as Managing Director at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Before he was Director General (Global Policies; Multilateral Development Policy; Africa, Middle East) at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ; 2007-2010). After joining BMZ in 1978 he held several senior positions in the ministry inter alia in the fields of research and technology, policy planning and strategy, budget, peace and security, and United Nations.

Adolf Kloke-Lesch has served on several boards, inter alia the founding Board of EITI (2006 to 2007), the DAC Reflection Group (2008/9; “Investing in Development: A Common Cause in a Changing World”), International Board of the Bonn Centre for Conversion (BICC) (since 2014), Advisory Committee of the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development (since 2016).He has written on the future role of global development cooperation, the peace-development nexus, and the role of the SDGs in global and European politics.

He is a graduate of Berlin Technical University (Urban and Regional Planning) and attended a post-graduate course at the German Development Institute in Berlin and Malaysia.