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Olaf Tschimpke, Deputy Chairman of the Council

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Olaf Tschimpke

Deputy Chairman of the Council, President of ’NABU’ (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union)

Olaf Tschimpke

Olaf Tschimpke studied geography, geology, soil science, land cultivation and water management in the German city of Gießen. He also studied economics at the distance teaching university FU Hagen. Before working for the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), he researched environmental issues such as environmentally compatible land use in Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Olaf Tschimpke joined NABU's predecessor organization, the DBV, in 1976. In 1985, he became NABU’s Executive Director for the federal German state of Lower Saxony and, in 2000, Chairman of NABU Lower Saxony. He was elected president of NABU in Kassel in 2003. Since 2004, Olaf Tschimpke has chaired the board of trustees of the Foundation Naturschutzgeschichte and is a member of the board of trustees of both the Michael Otto Foundation for Environmental Protection and the Hanns R. Neumann Foundation. Furthermore, he is a member of the supervisory board of the Wuppertal Institute and of the ZDF Television Council. Having become a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development in June 2010, he was subsequently elected to the position of deputy chairman in 2012 and again in 2016. Olaf Tschimpke is married and has three grown-up children.
 

Curriculum Vitae

2003  Election as president of the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU)

2000 - 2003  State chairman of NABU Lower Saxony

1995 - 2001  Assistant lecturer for environmental politics at FH Hildesheim/Holzminden

1985 - 2000  Executive director of NABU in the state of Lower Saxony

1982 - 1985  Research about environmentally compatible land use in Sri Lanka and Tanzania

1983  Graduation with diploma certificate in Geography

1976 - 1982  Studies at Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen; subjects: Geography, Geology, soil science, land cultivation and economy of water as well as economics at FU Hagen

1974  High school graduation (A levels) at Ratsgymnasium in Peine

2 Dec. 1955  Born in Peine
 

Mandates and honorary commitment

Since 2012  Deputy Chairman of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), re-elected in 2016

Since 2010  Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)

Since 2008  Member of the board of trustees of the Hanns-R.-Neumann Foundation

Since 2004  Chair of the board of trustees of the Foundation Naturschutzgeschichte

Since 2003  Member of the ZDF Television Council

Since 2003  Member of the board of trustees at Michael Otto Foundation for Environmental Protection

Since 2003  Member of the supervisory board of the Wuppertal Institute
 

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