Imme Scholz is the deputy director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). She is a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development. She holds a Dr. phil. in sociology and has been at DIE since 1992, where she led the environmental department from 2002 to 2010 and set up a team working on adaptation to climate change. Between 1999 and 2002, she was on leave and worked as an environmental policy advisor in the Brazilian Amazon for German development cooperation.
She has published extensively on climate change and development; capacity development in environment; institutional development and environmental policy in developing countries; natural resource management, particularly sustainable forest use.
Scholz has studied Sociology, Politics and Protestant theology at Free University of Berlin.