When it comes to observing and evaluating further developments in the water/climate sector and assessing products and technologies, ÖKOWORLD is supported by an advisory board of three scientific experts for the ÖKOWORLD WATER FOR LIFE and ÖKOWORLD KLIMA funds.
The ÖKOWORLD principle completely separates portfolio management and fundamental analyses from sustainability research. The portfolio managers only invest in schemes that have been approved and included in the investment universe beforehand on the basis of pre-defined social, ethical and ecological criteria. The Sustainability Research Team therefore carries out a preliminary check of all companies that qualify for inclusion in the investment universe for each of the ÖKOWORLD funds and assesses them on the basis of positive and negative criteria.
Gerald Haug became a Section Head at the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam in 2003 and was appointed a professor at the University of Potsdam. In mid-2007, he returned as a full professor to ETH Zurich, where he had previously worked between 2000 and 2003 and qualified as a professor in 2002.
Since August 2015 he has been Director of the Department of Climate Geochemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry.
Haug's research addresses the climate and oceanography of the Cenozoic era, focusing in particular on climate development over the last millennia. Using geological climate archives, he investigates the interaction between climate and the marine/terrestrial biosphere, paying particular attention to the influence of the climate on mankind's living environment. Gerald Haug was awarded the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz prize by the German Research Foundation in 2007.
David Montag is a senior engineer at the Institute for Urban Water Management [Institut für Siedlungswasserwirtschaft] at the RWTH University, Aachen. From 2008 to 2011, he was the head of research for the treatment of waste water and sewage. He received his doctorate in 2008 after completing his thesis entitled "Recovery of phosphorous through the treatment of waste water – developing a process for integration into urban sewage treatment plants". His doctoral thesis was awarded a prize by the Institute for the Advancement of Water Quality and Water Resources Management [Institut zur Förderung der Wassergüte- und Wassermengenwirtschaft (IFWW)].
Alongside the recovery of phosphorous from waste water, sewage sludge and sewage sludge ashes, which remains a widely-debated issue today, David Montag's research primarily deals with the elimination of trace substances such as organic industrial chemicals and pharmaceutical residues from waste water. A further field of work is the energetic optimisation of waste water treatment processes and sewage treatment. David Montag is a lecturer at RWTH Aachen, where he teaches "Advanced waste water treatment".
David Montag is an active member of various committees and working groups as part of the German Association for Water, Waste Water and Waste (DWA).
Harald Bradke has been the head of the Competence Center for Energy Policy and Energy Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe since 1996, has lectured in energy management at the University of Kassel since 1999, became an honorary professor in 2010 and has been a member of the advisory board at VDI-Gesellschaft Energie und Umwelt since 2001.