Dr. Barbara Hendricks
Minister of the Environment
Lower Saxony Environment Minister
Stefan Wenzel, the Minister for Environment of Lower Saxony, is an agricultural economist and dedicated anti-nuclear activist. Since his teens, he has stood up for the protection of environment and nature. As the fight against climate change is a matter of personal importance to him, he and his family live on an estate of low-energy houses.
Parliamentary State Secretary
Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter is Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. Ms Schwarzelühr-Sutter, an economist, became a member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) for the first time in 2005. She has been chair of the board of trustees of the German Federal Foundation for the Environment (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt) since 2014.
Jochen Flasbarth has been State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety since December 2013. He studied economics, political science and philosophy in Münster and Bonn. From 1992 to 2003 he was president of the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union NABU e.V. He was Director-General for Nature Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from 2003 to 2009 and was president of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) from 2009 to 2013.
Martin zur Nedden
Scientific Director and Managing Director of the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu)
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Martin zur Nedden has been the Research Director and Managing Director of the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) since 1 November 2013. He had previously been Vice-Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Urban Development and Construction of the City of Leipzig, Head of the Municipal Planning and Building Control Office of the City of Bochum and Technical City Councillor of the City of Unna.
Minister for Forestry, Environment and Sustainable Development, Republic of Congo
Born in 1952 in Enyellé, Congo, he completed his studies in former Leningrad, URSS. In 1976 he joined Congo public administration, worked in the ministry for rural economy and ministry for water and forests. He was Ambassador of Congo to Bulgaria from 1986 to 1988, and CEO of SUCO (Congo Sugar Company) from 1989 to 1991. Minister of Forestry since November1997, he is one of the founders of the Congo Basin Forest Conservation Initiative.
Co-founder of both Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network
Rob Hopkins is a serial blogger, author of The Power of Just Doing Stuff and he tweets as @robintransition. He previously wrote The Transition Handbook and The Transition Companion, and was recently awarded a PhD by the University of Plymouth and an Honorary Doctorate by the University of the West of England. In 2012 he was voted one of the Independent‘s top 100 environmentalists and one of "Britain‘s 50 New Radicals". He is an Ashoka Fellow, a keen gardener and one of the founders of New Lion Brewery in Totnes and a Director of Totnes Community Development Society, the group behind Atmos Totnes, a very ambitious community-led development project.
Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
Direktor des Potsdam-Instituts für Klimaforschung (PIK)
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber founded the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in 1992 and has been its Director ever since. He holds a Chair in Theoretical Physics at Potsdam University, is an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute (USA), and, inter alia, Co-Chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU).
Member of the Board of the Association of German Cities (DST) and Lord Mayor of the State Capital of Hannover
Stefan Schostok has been Lord Mayor of the State Capital of Hannover since 11 October 2013 and a Member of the Board of the Association of German Cities (DST) since 2014. He became a Member of the State Parliament of Lower Saxony in 2008, and was the Chairman of the SPD parliamentary group there from 2010 to 2013. In 2009 he became Chairman of the SPD district Hannover. Before that he had been a policy expert in the Environment Ministry of Lower Saxony, having graduated with a Diploma in Social Education.
Councillor of the Association of German Cities (DST), Head of the Department for Environment and Economy
Since October 2011 Detlef Raphael has been active as Councillor of the Association of German Cities (DST) and the Association of North Rhine-Westphalian Cities (Städtetag NRW) for environment and economy as well as for fire and emergency protection. Having graduated with a Diploma in Social Sciences, in the 1980s and 1990s he worked for the Social-Democratic Association for Local Politics at both federal and Länder level and for the association of the West German housing industry.
Vice-President of the German Association of District Councils (DLT) and District Councillor for the District of Göttingen
Bernhard Reuter is the Vice-President of the German Association of District Councils (DLT) and Vice-President of the Association of District Councils of Lower Saxony. Since November 2011, he has been District Councillor for the District of Göttingen; from 1999 to 2011 he was the District Councillor for the District of Osterode am Harz. He is also chairman of the board of the Regional Association of Southern Lower Saxony. Before that his positions included school director. .
President of the German Association of Towns and Communities (DStGB) and Mayor of the City of Bergkamen
For 15 years, Roland Schäfer has been alternatingly President or First Vice-President of the German Association of Towns and Communities (DStGB) and the North Rhine-Westphalian Association of Towns and Communities. Since 1998 he has been Mayor of Bergkamen, where he had been active as town clerk beginning in 1989. Before that he was a lawyer in the administration of the district of Soest, in the regional administration of Arnsberg and in the Interior Ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia.