Manfred A. Lange received a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Kiel, Germany in 1980. After a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Californian Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, USA, he held a position as staff scientist/glaciologist at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany. From 1992 to 1995, he was the Director of the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland. Between 1995 and 2007, Manfred Lange was appointed full Professor in Geophysics at the Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany. Since 1998, he was also the Director of the University of Münster’s Center for Environmental Research. Manfred Lange has been and continuous to be coordinator and participant of numerous projects of the European Union and the European Science Foundation and has coordinated various nationally funded research projects in Germany, Finland and Cyprus. He has been the founding Director of the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) of the Cyprus Institute (CyI) in Nicosia, Cyprus (www.cyi.ac.cy) and continues to serve as full Professor at EEWRC. Since September 2007 until September 2015. Between April 2013 to October 2015, he was the acting Vice President for Research of CyI and since May 2015 he has been appointed as Acting Director of the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center at CyI. He currently serves as Director of the Future Earth MENA Regional Center, as well as Director of the MENA Regional Nodal Offices for the Global Land Programme and the Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study. His main research interests include the assessment of climate change impacts with a focus on water- and energy security, renewable energy sources and energy- and water use efficiency in the built environment.