Daphne Keilmann-Gondhalekar is part of a network of young German and Chinese leaders from all sectors who come together to engage in intensive dialogue and to undergo further professional and intercultural training. The Zukunftsbrücke – Chinese-German Young Professional Campus takes place in alternate years in China and Germany.
Daphne Keilmann-Gondhalekar is member of the International Expert Group on Earth System Preservation (IESP) at Technical University of Munich. Before, she was an urban planner at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn. Her expertise is in water and health research in particular in China and India. Trained as an architect and urban designer at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in Switzerland, Daphne holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, Japan in urban planning, completed in 2007 on the topic of Eco-city development in China. For this research, Daphne spent about six months living in China, mainly in Tianjin. As a Postdoctoral researcher, Daphne worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, USA in 2007-8, coordinating the project “Clean Energy City China” and co-teaching the “Beijing Urban Design Studio” at Tsinghua University, Beijing.