Julia Panny studied economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as Slavistics at the University of Vienna, spending a semester abroad in Prague. She then completed the "Master of Advanced International Studies", a joint programme of the Diplomatic Academy Vienna and the University of Vienna. She worked at the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) and was a junior professional at the German Commission for UNESCO in Bonn where she focused on the topic of education for sustainable development (ESD). Between 2015 and 2021 she worked at EIT Climate-KIC, the European Union's climate innovation initiative, in Paris, Brussels and Frankfurt. Focusing on project management, she was responsible for a programme fostering climate innovation in Southern, South East and Eastern Europe and built up an international cleantech startup accelerator programme. Since June 2019, she has been a research associate at the Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets at Fraunhofer ISI. She works in national and international research and consulting projects on renewable energies.