Guido Schmidt (Fresh Thoughts Consulting GmbH)

Senior Policy Expert

I’m German PhD with 26 years’ experience as project manager, team leader, and key expert on better understanding, preventing and/or solving water and environmental problems and conflicts. Since 2012, I have led the Secretariat of the European Innovation Partnership on Water. I am involved in several projects regarding the implementation of the EU water legislation, as well as on water governance in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.


Climate change, increased pollution and water use conflicts are drivers which require risk mitigation and adaptation actions in the water sector, and improved data management is one of the opportunities to address them.




Fresh Thoughts Consulting GmbH is an independent and forward-thinking policy consultancy based in Europe, providing expertise, novel ideas and resources to support decision-making and the implementation of environmental policies. We link science to policy and governance by emphasising the integration of knowledge and expertise, covering various fields and levels of decision-making. Acknowledging the interrelated nature of current-day environmental challenges and issues, we seek to integrate environmental issues into connected topics, addressing societal issues, involving stakeholders and managing risks.