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Dr Dina Barbian

Dr. Dina Barbian

Dr Dina Barbian is Managing Director of the eco2050 Institute for Sustainability and has headed it since it was founded in 2012. She holds a degree in industrial engineering (specialising in production technology) and a doctorate in sustainability economics. She wrote her doctoral thesis entitled “Economics and sustainable development – developing an approach to implementing sustainability” back in the 1990s. This makes her one of the first to deal with the topic of sustainability in the German-speaking world.

She has more than 30 years of professional experience, including in sustainability and environmental management, CSR, ESG and business informatics. She advises companies on sustainability transformation, certification and regulation (CSRD, LkSg, KSG).

From 1998 to 2021, she held the Chair of Information Systems at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, where she also established the Institute for Sustainability in recent years. Between 2011 and 2018, she was a visiting professor at many different universities, including the Summer University in Aarhus (Denmark) and in Sofia (Bulgaria) with the lecture “Sustainable Development and National Strategies” and the School of Science and Technology in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) with the lecture “Digitalisation & Sustainability”.

Since 2012, Ms Barbian has been advising companies from the mechanical and plant engineering, logistics and software sectors as well as healthcare providers on their path to becoming a sustainable company. She has both technical and IT industry expertise.

Her research areas include sustainable digitalisation, technological sustainability, strategies for climate neutrality, sharing economy, energy and resource efficiency, circular economy, resilience research in global systemic supply networks, cyber-physical systems and interdisciplinary interface topics from the fields of production, logistics, digitalisation and sustainability. She is a (keynote) speaker, moderator and author of books and specialist articles.

She lectures on the topics of “National Sustainability Strategies”, “Digitalisation & Sustainability” and Supply Chain Management”.


Additional qualifications acquired since 2021:

Authorised trainer of the DGQ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Qualität)

Certificate course “Corporate Carbon Footprint – The climate footprint for companies and products“ (Umweltinstitut Offenbach)

Certificate course with examination “FSC™ Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood Expert“ including training “Lead chain of custody auditors as specified in FSC-PRO-20-004 V1-2“ (ASI certificate: TR-COC-21-118-C)

Training course “Chain of custody standard FSC-STD-40-004 V3-0 for users“ (Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Germany)

Training course “Material flow cost accounting according to DIN EN ISO 14051 – Application for business practice“ (VDI Centre for Resource Efficiency)



Climate Advisory Board, City of Nuremberg

Advisory Board, Centre for Climate Resilience (ZfK) at the University of Augsburg

Advisory Board, New Normal GmbH

Advisory Board, Climate Connect Deutschland e. V.

Expert in the FORIMPACT GmbH  network

Ambassador, THE STORY OF A NEW WORLD (short video)

Spokesperson, Netzwerk Digitalisierung + Nachhaltigkeit, VDE Bavaria

Editorial board member, regional magazine Technik in Bayern


Activities in women’s networks:

Women in Green Hydrogen

Future Woman – Empowering women in sustainability

GWNET – Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition