Katrin Pütz

Full of energy and up for a good laugh, but with one topic she understands no fun: aid for Africa. She dedicates more than her professional life to prove that Africa needs no aid.

Biography

The practitioner

KatrIn grew up on her grandmothers' small dairy farm where working with animals and on the field from childhood on shaped her passion for nature and environment. She used her practical talent to become a cabinet maker by trade and to work in different parts of the world as bull catcher, bread baker, cheese maker, roof tiler and tour guide. Her practical skills have been enhance by her passion and later combined with academic knowledge.

The scientist

She graduated from the University of Koblenz in Ecological Impact Assessment (B.Sc.) and holds an M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from University of Hohenheim. She is an alumni of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. As PhD candidate at Hohenheim University she develop the concept of mobile biogas and implemented the research together with Addis Abeba University, HoA-REC.

The social entrepreneur

Katrin founded the only international Biogas Company that works in Africa and has stayed independent of Western funding. (B)energy is now based in Germany with independent branches in a growing number of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Her unique entrepreneurial approach is based on values like dignity and independence and it is characterised by simple and impactful innovations such as the biogas backpack and modular burner.

The social entrepreneur

Katrin is on a mission to see an aid-free biogas sector thrive. She leads several initiatives that create awareness about the negative effects of aid and collaborates with African biogas entrepreneurs to fight against further market distortion through foreign aid in #BiogasUnite. She shares her experience and passion with organisations and individuals interested in taking innovative and honest approaches to solve global issues.

International Awards

Presenting oneself in the best light is not her thing. Katrin does not apply for awards. She is convinced that her hard work will be recognized when it has a significant impact in the world. She works to earn rather than chase awards. Each one of the awards she is receiving is a true honor as she has always beed nominated by somebody.

Katrin Puetz talks at TED X talk Ethiopia

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