Alexander Müller

Former Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations; Former State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Alexander Müller, a graduate sociologist, is directing a global study for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on ‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food’ and managing the ‘TMG – Töpfer, Müller, Gaßner GmbH, ThinkTankforSustainability’. From 2006 to 2013, he was Assistant Director-General of the Natural Resources Management and Environment Department at the UN World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Before this, he was State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV).

From 2013 to January 2016, he worked as a senior research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. Alexander Müller has been a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development since 2013.

Previous appointments and achievements

Since 04/2016
Managing Director of TMG – Töpfer, Müller, Gaßner gmbH, ThinkTankforSustainability

Since 02/2016
Head of a global study of the United Nations Environment Programme on ‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food’

Since 2013
Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)

2013 – 2016
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany

2006 – 2013
Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Natural Resources Management and Environment Department

2008 – 2011
Chair of the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN)

2001 – 2005
State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMELV), Germany

1995 – 2001
Member of Parliament, Hessen, Germany; Chairman of the Caucus of the Green Party; Member of the Committee of Environmental Affairs, of the Finance Committee and of the Committee for New Media, Wiesbaden, Germany

1992 – 1995
State Secretary of the Hessian Ministry of Youth, Family and Health Affairs, Wiesbaden, Germany

1985 – 1992
City Councilor in Marburg/Germany with the responsibility for environmental and social affairs; chair of the board of municipal utilities for energy, water and public transport

Education

1977 – 1985
Master of Social Sciences (Sociology, Political Sciences) at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany