Katherina Reiche has a graduate degree (Diplom) in chemistry, was a member of the Federal Government for seven years and is the mother of three children. From 1998 to 2015, she was a member of the German Bundestag and from 2005 to 2009, she was Deputy Chairwoman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary party in the Bundestag, with responsibility for education and research policy as well as the areas of the environment, nature conservation and nuclear safety. From 2009 to 2013, Katherina Reiche was Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, and from 2013 to 2015 she was Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. From 2015 to 2019, she was Managing Director of the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU) and President of the German Association of Public Services (bvöd) and the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services (CEEP). Since June 2020, she has been a member of the National Hydrogen Council of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Katherina Reiche has been Chairwoman of the Management Board of Westenergie AG since 1 January 2020.
She has been a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) since November 2016 and was reappointed for a further term in 2019.
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