Olaf Tschimpke

Deputy Chairman of the Council

President of ’NABU’ (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union)

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
02.12.1955
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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