Former Council members and Secretary-General

2001-2020

Former Chairpersons

Marlehn Thieme

Chairwoman of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2012 to November 2019, President of Welthungerhilfe, member of the Council of Lutheran Churches in Germany (EKD), Chairwoman of the ZDF Television Council

Member from April 2004 – November 2019

Hans-Peter Repnik

Chairman of the German Council for Sustainable Development from May 2010 to January 2012, former Parliamentary State Secretary to the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Member from May 2010 – January 2012

Dr Volker Hauff

Chairman of the German Council for Sustainable Development from September 2001 to May 2010, former Senior Vice President at BearingPoint, former German Federal Minister of Research, Technology and Transport

Member from April 2001 – May 2010

Matthias Platzeck

Chairman of the German Council for Sustainable Development from April to August 2001, former Prime Minister of the State of Brandenburg, former Mayor of Potsdam

Member from April 2001 – May 2003

Former Secretary-General

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Prof. Dr Günther Bachmann

Secretary-General from 2001 – February 2020

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Former Council members

Dr Heinrich Graf von Bassewitz

Former Commissioner for Organic Farming within the German Farmers’ Association (DBV) and former member of the DBV’s Executive Committee

Member from July 2010 – June 2013

Philip Freiherr von dem Bussche

Former President of the German Agricultural Society

Member from April 2001 – April 2002

Dr Ursula Eid

Former Parliamentary State Secretary to the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Member from July 2010 – June 2013

Dr Joachim Faber

Former CEO of Allianz Asset Management

Member from July 2010 – June 2013

Jochen Flasbarth

Former President of the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU)

Member from April 2001 – January 2003

Horst Frank

Former Mayor of Konstanz

Member from May 2003 – May 2010

Prof. Dr Wolfgang Franz

Former President of the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Member from April 2001 – March 2004

Vera Gäde-Butzlaff

Former CEO of the Berlin municipal cleaning company Berliner Stadtreinigungsbetriebe (BSR); former CEO of GASAG AG

Member from July 2013 – October 2016

Dr Hans Geisler

Former Saxony State Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Family

Member from June 2006 – June 2013

Alois Glück

Former President of the Central Committee of German Catholics, former President of the Bavarian State Parliament

Member from July 2011 – October 2016

Rainer Grohe

Former Chairman of the Environment Committee of the Federation of the German Industries (BDI)

Member from April 2001 – March 2007

Hermann Graf Hatzfeldt

Former Chairman of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in Germany

Member from May 2003 – March 2007

Roland Heinisch

Former member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bahn AG

Member from April 2001 – March 2007

Dr Claus Hipp

Entrepreneur, HiPP GmbH & Co. KG, former Vice President of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)

Member from April 2001 – January 2003

Walter Hirche

Former President of the German Commission for UNESCO, former Parliamentary State Secretary within the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, former Secretary of Commerce of Lower Saxony and Brandenburg

Member from July 2010 – October 2016

Prof. Dr Stefan Homburg

Professor of Public Finance, Leibniz University Hannover

Member from April 2004 – March 2007

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Jochem

Former Professor of Energy Management and National Economics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)

Member from April 2001 – March 2007

Dr Margot Käßmann

Former Regional Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church

Member from April 2001 – March 2004

Prof. Dr Ute Klammer

Professor of Social Policy, University of Duisburg-Essen

Member from June 2008 – May 2010

Prof. Dr Edward G. Krubasik

Former member of the Central Management Board of Siemens AG, former President of the German Physical Society (DPG)

Member from September 2006 – May 2010

Thomas Loster

Former member of the Geoscience Research Group at Munich Re

Member from September 2006 – May 2010

Kathrin Menges

Former member of the Management Board at Henkel KGaA

Member from 2013 – April 2019

Jennifer Morgan

Former Director of the climate programme at the World Resources Institute

Member from July 2013 – October 2016

Alexander Müller

Managing Director of TMG – ThinkTank for Sustainability, former State Secretary within the German Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture, former Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations

Member from July 2013 – November 2019

Prof. Dr Edda Müller

Former member of the Management Board of the Federation of German Consumer Organisations, former Minister for Nature and the Environment of the State of Schleswig-Holstein

Member from April 2001 – March 2007

Dr Franz-Josef Overbeck

Bishop of Essen

Member from June 2010 – June 2011

Heinz Putzhammer

Former member of the Federal Executive Board of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)

Died on 27.06.2006

Member from April 2001 – June 2006

Prof. Dr Lucia A. Reisch

Professor at Copenhagen Business School

Member from June 2010 – November 2019

Prof. Dr Jürgen Rimpau

Former member of the Management Board of the German Agricultural Society (DLG)

Member from May 2003 – May 2010

Prof. Dr Josef Sayer

Former Director-General and CEO of MISEREOR, the German Catholic bishops’ organisation for development cooperation

Member from April 2001 – March 2007

Tobias Schlegl

Former radio and television presenter

Member from May 2004 – March 2007

Max Schön

Entrepreneur, former Chairman of Foundation 2° – German Businesses for Climate Protection, former President of the Deutsche Gesellschaft Club of Rome, co-founder of the Desertec Foundation

Member from July 2010 – October 2016

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml

Director of the Forest Research Institute (FVA) of Baden-Württemberg

Member from November 2016 – November 2019

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster

Former Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Telekom Stiftung, former Mayor of Stuttgart

Member from February 2012 – November 2019

Dr Eric Schweitzer

President of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, CEO of ALBA Group plc & Co. KG

Member from July 2010 – June 2013

Achim Steiner

Head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), former Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Member from November 2016 – June 2017

Prof. Dr Georg Teutsch

Scientific Managing Director of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

Member from June 2007 – May 2010

Prof. Dr Klaus Töpfer

Former Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Founding Director of the IASS, former German Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development, former German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Member from April 2001 – May 2010

Holger Tschense

Former Mayor and Alderman of Leipzig

Member from May 2003 – January 2006

Olaf Tschimpke

Former President of the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU)

Member from June 2010 – November 2019

Christiane Underberg

Co-owner of Underberg KG

Member from June 2007 – November 2008

Prof. Dr Fritz Vahrenholt

Former CEO of REpower Systems, former Senator for the Environment of Hamburg

Member from April 2001 – March 2007

Michael Vassiliadis

Chairman of the trade union IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (IG BCE)

Member from 2007 – October 2016

Eggert Voscherau

Former member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE

Member from May 2003 – January 2006

Susanne Weber-Mosdorf

Former Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)

Member from June 2007 – December 2007

Hubert Weinzierl

Former President of the German League for Nature and Environment (DNR), former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), former Chairman of Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND)

Member from April 2001 – June 2013

Ranga Yogeshwar

TV presenter

Member from June 2007 – August 2008

Prof. Dr Angelika Zahrnt

Former Chairwoman of Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND)

Member from April 2001 – June 2013

Experts co-opted by the German Council for Sustainable Development

Prof. Dr Gerhard de Haan

Head of the Institute for Future Studies in Education Science (Institut Futur) at Freie Universität Berlin

Co-opted expert from January 2014 – June 2015

© Foto: Universität der Künste Berlin, Designforschung
© Photo: Universität der Künste Berlin

Prof. Dr Gesche Joost

Professor of Design Research at Berlin University of the Arts

Co-opted expert from November 2017 – June 2019

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© Photo: Christian Schnaubelt

Dominik Naab

National Chairman of the German Catholic Scout Organization (DPSG)

Co-opted expert from November 2017 – June 2019

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Dr Andreas Marcus Rickert

Chairman of the Board of the non-profit analysis and consulting organisation PHINEO AG

Co-opted expert from November 2017 – June 2019

Prof. Dr Harald Welzer

Co-founder and Director of the non-profit Futurzwei Foundation, Honorary Professor of Transformation Design at Europa-Universität Flensburg

Co-opted expert from January 2015 – October 2016

Jochen Zeitz

Former Chairman of the Administrative Board of Puma SE

Co-opted expert from October 2011 – September 2012