Katherina Reiche

Managing Director of the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU); Former Parliamentary State Secretary

Katherina Reiche, a university-trained chemist, has been Managing Director of the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU) since 2015. From 2009 to 2013, she was parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. She was subsequently parliamentary state secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Katherina Reiche is Honorary President of the Federal Association of Public Services (bvöd) and of the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services (CEEP). She has been a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development since November 2016.

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2016
Honorary President of the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services (CEEP)

Since 2015
Honorary President of the Federal Association of Public Services (bvöd)

Since 2015
Managing Director and Managing Member of the Executive Committee of the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU)

2013 – 2015
Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

1998 – 2015
Member of the German Bundestag

2009 – 2013
Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

2005 – 2009
Deputy Chair of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, responsible for education and research policy and for the areas environment, nature conservation and nuclear safety

2002
Member of the competence team of chancellor candidate Dr. Edmund Stoiber, responsible for family policy; in the 15th electoral period, chair of the working group on education and research in the CDU/CSU parliamentary group

1997 – 1998
Research assistant at the University of Potsdam

1997
Further study periods at Turku University in Finland

1995 – 1996
Research assistant at the Institute of Chemistry and Biology at Clarkson University, New York

1992 – 1997
Studied Chemistry at the University of Potsdam, obtained a university degree in Chemistry

1992
Obtained ‘Abitur’ (advanced school-leaving certificate) at Luckenwalde Gymasium (grammar school)

16 July 1973
Born in Luckenwalde, Brandenburg

Political career

2000 – 2010 and since 2014
Member of the CDU Federal Executive Committee

Since 2001
Member of the State Executive Committee of the CDU Brandenburg

2008 – 2015
District Chair of the CDU Potsdam

Founding member of the Christian Democratic Student Group (RCDS) at the University of Potsdam

Voluntary work

Member of the non-profit German-US association Atlantik?Brücke

Member of Friends of the Catholic Marian School, Potsdam

Member of the society to support the reconstruction of the Garrison Church in Potsdam

Member of the Board of Trustees of Deutsches Museum, Munich

Deputy Chair of the Public Affairs advisory board at the Quadriga University of Applied Sciences, Berlin